run26.2 wrote:jamcdowell wrote:Because they need these rankings to show their worth. As far as a law firm, I do not think they hold as much weight.danquayle wrote:I've had people outright ask me what the current rank of my school was during interviews. I sense a lot of it is just curiosity --> people love a horse race. But even if people don't place much stock in the ranks beyond the spectacle, they are interested in them and I have to imagine there's some effect.
By chance I met a recruiting coordinator from a respectable Texas firm while I was choosing a law school to attend. She asked which schools I was considering. When I told her, she said, "Oh, those are good schools. We take from the top ##% at school X and ##% at school Y." We discussed school rankings and she told me that they had a spreadsheet with a percentage cut-off for interviewees from each school.
Firms probably care a lot less once you have the job. But they are conscious of the school you attend and the GENERAL signal it sends about your quality as a candidate when you are interviewing.
It makes sense that they'd have cut offs for each school, but are those cut offs in any way related to US News, or just their views of school quality which may have some correlative, but not causal, relationship with the US News? Like if their cut off for Baylor it top 10% now, would that suddenly go to top 25% if Baylor shot up to US News top-25?
I would doubt it.