AssumptionRequired wrote:Law firms will not watch the rank each year and write how they change. They know that MVPB are top 10 schools but not ranked as highly as Columbia. I doubt many hiring attorneys can list the exact order of CCN MVPB from year to year as we can. I could be wrong but this is the impression I have gotten
This is exactly what I have seen as well. They know the general reputation and approximate ranking-range for any school they come across, but don't monitor the tiny changes from year to year. Discussion like "if N closer to CC or MVP tier?" are entirely off their radar, since they already have a preconceived notion of all of these top 10 schools and it would take years of massive rise or decline for it to be consequential to them. In speaking to many attorneys, they explicitly said that they don't use the terms "T10" or "T14" in a definite way and only mean to imply the notion of a top school, fully acknowledging that they didn't know whether or not there had been changes at the margins (which is why Texas becoming a "T14" would only be of consequence to students, and not employers).
I attend a T20-T50, interviewed out of region. Was specifically told by a V25 that they base ranking cut-offs on a school's relative ranking. If you were in Top X% at a school in the Top Y, then you could be interviewed. Otherwise, you there was no chance of an offer. Asked an associate at another V25 and he said they had a substantially similar methodology.
Yes, being ranked 7 versus 9 won't matter much. But a big jump or a big drop (Emory? GW? Hastings?) can matter for GPA cut off purposes.