Wholigan wrote:To be honest, I think this scenario is where the rankings matter the least. Maybe if a firm is considering someone from a school they rarely hire from, they check out USNWR to see how that school stacks up compared to schools they do hire from frequently. But if you are interviewing in NYC, the firms are filled with people from NYU and CLS, and they already have their viewpoints of the two schools, which are not going to suddenly change if NYU leapfrogs CLS for a year or two. In a T2 context, the same goes for Temple and Villanova. They are always close to each other, all the firms in Philly have people from both, and I guarantee you no local firms are making hiring decisions based on which is marginally higher in a given year. I bet the same exact thing is true in GA and FL with UF/FSU/UGA/Emory. Other than that, the only reasons attorneys care so much about their alma maters is their own vanity and bragging rights. Wanting the dean fired due to rankings is no different than wanting the football coach fired after a big bowl loss.
I can agree with that to an extent. That is a good point. But going from what you said about attorneys boasting about their alma maters, I think that if UGA were to pass Emory, then the UGA alumni could possibly swing pulling in more graduates from there. I know that Emory and UGA both have established reputations in the region, but I still think that this could make a difference. This is irrelevant, however, because it is very
unlikely that UGA will jump that high, at least anytime soon.
I would like to note that when I said earlier I was trying to decide between UGA and Texas, I do not mean I am deciding between #28 and #15. I am deciding between ~$60k CoA and 10% NLJ 250 placement in a crowded secondary market (Atlanta) in my home state and ~$135k CoA and >30% NLJ 250 placement in two secondary markets (Dallas, Houston) in a state I think I could enjoy.
edit: Sorry, used the wrong symbol. I meant <30% NLJ 250 placement for Texas. I think it was around 28% in the most recent data.