jbagelboy wrote: willwilliams1334 wrote:
cornell seems to place way above its rank for biglaw
There's no such thing as "placing above its rank", since the rankings aren't really based on placement. Totally arbitrary - the rank is based more prominently on LSAT/GPA. However, I agree it's interesting that Cornell has the numbers it has. They could push for a 170 LSAT median and given the Ivy name and strong NYC placement, they'd probably get it and jump into T10.
Exactly. Rankings in the non-T6 T13 (Georgetown is inarguably 14th) are pretty meaningless. In addition to LSAT/GPA, the USNWR rankings are also heavily influenced by the schools' academic reputations among academics, lawyers, and judges. I'm not saying academic reputation is an unimportant or irrelevant consideration, but these ratings, as compiled, are lagging indicators when it comes to placement power.
Michigan, for instance, was widely considered a top-five law school until the 1990s. Many of the deans, lawyers, and judges doing the voting date from an era when Michigan's placement power was significantly greater than it is today, both in absolute and relative terms. Accordingly, Michigan has been tied for sixth at worst
in the academic reputation ranking in recent years. Michigan's reputation score has been consistently higher than Penn's, even though Penn today annihilates Michigan in placement ability. Though Michigan has ranged from 7th-10th in the overall ranking in the last three years, it's arguably the weakest of the T13 in placement power. It would be entirely rational for someone to pick Duke, NU, or Cornell over Michigan at equal cost.