omninode wrote:I find it annoying when they have ties. It makes no sense. Is there really no difference between Michigan and Penn, Berkeley and UVA?
I wouldn't be surprised if, ten years from now, they have 17 schools tied for first place.
Here's one thing that I struggle to understand about the US News rankings -- they allow a graduate to count as "employed after graduation" regardless of the type of employment. Unless I am mistaken, US News allows JDs to count as "employed" even if the graduates work as waiters or bartenders.
Without some sensible restriction in this category, most schools can claim a 95% employment rate after graduation, because 60% (or whatever percentage) of the grads can work in low-skilled jobs that have nothing to do with their law degrees, and yet this still counts toward the school's ranking. Even if the employment categories don't count for too much in the overall ranking, it's still confusing why they would leave it like that. I'm guessing they have no way to filter the data on their end, but I have to say that I find it extremely flawed.