moonman157 wrote:And they're even not bad when it comes to establishing "tiers." The problem with USNWR rankings is the problem with any system of rankings for law schools, namely that any ranking system with have UNC higher or lower than University of Washington, but for someone with ties to Seattle who wants to work there, where UNC is ranked in relation to UW is absolutely meaningless. The TLS conventional wisdom of "T14 or best local school in the area that you have ties to" is TCR for choosing a law school most of the time, but there's no way for a simple rankings system to take that into account.
I think you could, but it'd be a pain in the ass. You'd have to separate the country into regions, and have separate national and regional rankings. Then you rank the "national" schools, this would probably wind up looking a lot like the current USNWR rankings, but maybe only do the top 25 schools or so. Then you match the rest of the schools only against schools in their state/region, so you have, for instance, the University of Utah ranked relative to ASU, Colorado, U of Arizona, and U of Idaho under a Mountain West/Southwest regional ranking, but not listed in competition with Alabama and Georgia. Stipulate that objectively and quantitatively comparing schools from different regions is nearly impossible unless you're talking about the nationally recognized schools ranked in the national list.