arielsm23 wrote: I just said that the rankings improved which correlates to some sort of improvement, mostly admissions standards. Which I imagine will eventually through the years pay off in the job market.
This is, again, not accurate.
Look, rankings matter. They do. But they matter in a different way than you appear to think they do.
When looking at school rankings, you need to look in blocks. There are the T14 schools (and all the little jockeying and infighting that comes with them). Those are the schools that don't really tie you down to a specific region of the country. They're followed by the other six schools that make up the T20 (give or take a few). Now, you start to get tied down to a region. Vanderbilt, for example, doesn't mean that you'll definitely work in the South after school, but there's a damn good chance that's where you'll end up.
Once you go down to the top 50, you start to get more and more regional, and by the top 100, you will be working in the same state, if not the same city, as your law school.
So when you get out of the T20, the rankings don't mean anything, because USNWR only ranks nationally. SMU might rank higher than DePaul, but someone at DePaul has a better chance in Chicago than in Texas (and vice-versa). So it doesn't matter if Texas A&M jumps up an absurd number of ranks. It's still in a lower tier. If it didn't jump over any Texas schools to get to its current spot, that doesn't help you.
And of course, a hypothetical future ranking jump will not help you get a job.