General Tso wrote:they aren't really all that different. if you want biglaw, you won't have a good shot coming out of either Davis or Hastings, although in recent years it seems that large firms are more willing to visit SF than Davis.
the reputation scores are a wash...generally admissions data too. the real reason for Davis' bump up in USNWR is things like expenditures/student (Hastings is a big school, Davis probably has more money, and is probably counting the new building construction cost towards this figure), faculty: student ratio (again, Hastings is a big school), and Davis claiming 98% employed at graduation.
I am of the opinion that this last figure is outright fraud. If you look at USNWR from years past, Davis never claimed a significantly higher employment rate than Hastings. That makes sense, since they are peer schools. In the 2009 rankings they jumped up from the long-time 70-75% employment rate up to 85%. In 2010 (the real whopper), Davis claimed 98% employed at graduation, higher than Boalt and almost 30% higher than Hastings (which claimed a realistic and consistent with past reportings 69% employment rate).
are the numbers reported to USNWR supposed to match the numbers provided by the ABA?