flcath wrote:UCI is doing everything right for a new LS: keep the class sizes small (allows for better student numbers, and a smaller--and thus more reputable--faculty), stock up on enough splitters and reverse splitters to game the numbers, go for quality over quantity in every aspect, hire a prominent dean to game the peer assessments, etc.
However, the idea that this will make it a Top 20 school is indeed laughable, and richly deserves the mockery that is brought down upon it in classrooms and law offices across the country. None of this is talking shit about UCI--which as I said is quite impressive objectively--but about the over-the-top claims of some of the people on here.
That having been said, the retards who believe this will not suddenly stop believing this in the face of overwhelming evidence and common sense, so I guess we'll have to wait for the rankings to put an end to this idiotic cult. Please do not commit mass suicides when your Tier 2 school is ouTTTed for what it really is.
Until then, have fun studying for the baby bar!
Do you know how the US News methodology works? Take a look: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/articles/2008/03/26/law-methodology.html
Say what you want about whether they're preparing their students for success, but they are for sure gaming the rankings perfectly. Seriously, if you look at each category, the only one they're not going to debut at T20 in is the practitioner assessments.