JamMasterJ wrote:This is totally credited. At one point M was what, 3rd? And it's real respect (not simply it's ranking) reflected that.
This at least part myth. When the US News rankings first came out, in 1987, Michigan was ranked third. US News then significantly reformulated the rankings methodology, and Michigan has been in the 7-10 range ever since.
Historical law school rankings:
1987-1999: http://www.prelawhandbook.com/law_schoo ... sn_history
2000-2008: http://www.prelawhandbook.com/law_schoo ... 00_present
It certainly is true that it's a part of TLS lore that Michigan was once a peer to HYS. I don't know how true this is in reality, and I don't know that it matters. It certainly, almost 25 years later, has very little importance to current decision-making.
JamMasterJ wrote:WRT to IAFGs statement about a 4% difference in placement between CCN and DNC: Do you mean overall placement? because Biglaw placement is a bit further apart.
You can deduce from these figures what you will. The data suggest to me that they cannot be relied upon to decide between schools in the minitiers:
2010 NLJ 250
1 Northwestern University School of Law 55.9%
2 Columbia Law School 54.4
3 Stanford Law School 54.1
4 University of Chicago Law School 53.1
5 University of Virginia School of Law 52.8
6 University of Michigan Law School 51
7 University of Pennsylvania Law School 50.8
8 New York University School of Law 50.1
9 University of California, Berkeley School of Law 50
10 Duke Law School 49.8 http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNL ... 2443758843
2011 NLJ 250
1 University of Chicago Law School 58.97%
2 Cornell Law School 58.33
3 Columbia Law School 55.20
4 University of Pennsylvania Law School 53.31
5 Harvard Law School 49.74
6 University of Virginia School of Law 46.79
7 University of California, Berkeley School of Law 45.61
8 Northwestern University School of Law 44.37
9 New York University School of Law* 43.27
10 University of Michigan Law School 42.47http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNL ... 2483173162