kappycaft1 wrote: dixiecupdrinking wrote:
DaleCooper wrote:The best school in D.C. is always going to bring in a certain degree of quality.
This sentence is really all there is to say about GULC. It can do whatever it wants and as long as it's better than GW, lots of people with good LSATs will go there. Thus its rank will not plummet.
Don’t mind the fact that U.S. News & World Report has said that they are going to begin judging employment criteria more strictly, and GULC’s employment rate sucks. Unfortunately, “lots of people going there” is not synonymous with “lots of people graduating with decent employment.” (If “lots” is a raw number, then perhaps yes just because of the sheer size of GULC’s class; however, if it is a percentage of the graduating class, you are looking at dismal numbers.)
GULC is also one of the few top schools that has to try to insert graduates mainly into DC, which is an extremely tough market. Most of the other T20 schools have different markets that they can place graduates into. Accordingly, if DC gets rough, GULC could very easily plummet.
I don't think GULC will ever "plummet," per se. If it goes down, it will be a gradual decline. In any case, Georgetown is generally perceived as having a very prestigious law school. I recently spoke to an gentleman who graduated from law school 20-30 years ago, but was no longer practicing law. He mentioned Georgetown in the same breath as Harvard.
I may be cynical, but I think the US News will probably try to have a ranking formula that will not be too much different from general perceptions of the school (although with GULC at 14, it arguably is out of step with general perceptions).