ajr wrote:Just do a small experiment. When you are doing your summer at a firm, go around asking the people around you if they know where ASU is ranked. You'll be surprised. Not to say that the people you talk to are the ones making the hiring decisions, but 'impressions' of schools just stay with people for life and USNews rankings do little to change them. Heck, let me see how much you keep up with USNews rankings a few years after being at a firm.
+1 because there is nothing you wrote I disagree with.
Actually, last week we (several SAs) had lunch with our SA firm (they like to keep us SAs updated, plus there is the human touch aspect) and for a brief millisecond the topic of the new law school ranking came up. Nobody knew they were due out and it was obvious that they (three associates) could have cared less.
To me, the bigger point is that I am this firm [primarily] because the USNWR ranking provided me the opportunity of interviewing with two dozen on-campus recruiters. On the other hand I have a couple acquaintances from other area law schools who are lucky to meet with one or two recruiters all year. They are smart, friendly, have good grades and attend well-respected schools. Their limitation revolves around their USNWR status (which actually isn’t all that bad…. a seven point jump would place one into tier 1, whether that is a game changer, I do not know).
What I do know is that I do not want send out emails, stamp envelopes, network and look up alumni (I did that before OCI, giant fail and a waste of time). For some it must work fine, I know my firm is in the midst of some jillion dollar case and the president of the competing firm is from Cooley. . . round and round it goes.