I think the list is extremely valuable
I kid. But, at least it attempts to focus on job prospects rather than reputation, which I like. It sounds like their sampling size is too small and may be giving greater weight to schools that place well regionally but less so elsewhere. Vanderbilt's reputation has been building slowly in areas outside the South, partially because we're seeing more alums make hiring partner in cities like LA, Phoenix and NY. As the network gets stronger we're going to continue seeing greater access to firms that used to view the school as regional, which I like. And as long as we're getting jobs around the country we don't need to be as concerned about rankings in general, regardless of who publishes them. Dean Rubin recently called the USNews rank "an irritiating but inevitable concern," which I think would be true about the Vault rankings if they were actually viewed as a concern (and I don't think they are right now). Blah.
Plus I think we're better at softball than UVA, although we won't know this year because the Entertainment & Sports Law Society failed to raise the funds to send a team to the tournament over in C-Ville. I'm pretty sure I went on the record last fall and challenged UVA, so at this point I'll retract my earlier challenge and just say good luck to everyone who's going next month. Have fun battling over which school's better at something that IMHO is far less important to career development than your karaoke skills. [shrugs shoulders, trolls off to a meeting followed by free kegs at the biz school and then some excellent Justin Townes Earle tonight at the Basement.]