JazzOne wrote: Daico wrote: Tacitus wrote:
Esc wrote:I believe that in 5 years, UT could, by general consensus, be a better school than GULC. At some point assuming that UT (or, for the sake of the argument, Vandy or UCLA) does improve so substantially, USNWR has to acknowledge the change, or become irrelevant.
I don't believe that time has arrived, but, over the next few years, I will be curious to see if USNWR recognizes gradual changes or if it keeps the rankings essentially static until one year, bammo, they change everything in a big shakeup that will sell a bunch of magazines.
10% of the USNWR score is Money Spent/Student. UT is making a concerted effort to lower their incoming classes to drive that score up. Sager is making a concerted effort to raise their endowment. With PT students included in GULC's overall score now, I have to think that UT is getting closer than ever (unless GULC just has oodles of money).
Here's to that combining with an upward trend in peer-assessment scores to knock GULC out of the T14.
Yeah, last year's class ('11) was supposed the be the first class to be under 400, but they overenrolled slightly so it should be ours ('12) that hits that milestone (or sinks under it? Either way).
This is very interesting. UT seems to have given away a ton of scholarship money this year.
I do not think we will have any idea of what our class size will be until the official numbers are released. Remember that the number of acceptances a school doles out is always an educated guess, based on a historical formula assuming a certain yield rate, with the goal of getting between X and Y number of students to matriculate. Because of the economic clusterfuck, no one really knows how this year's yield rates will be affected. It is certainly conceivable that UT, given its lower cost than the other top law schools, could see a higher-than-normal yield rate (especially if it is giving away alot of scholarship money that would qualify out-of-state students for resident tuition) and thus a larger class size than predicted.
This could have the effect, as far as USNWR rankings go, of decreasing the money/student ratio, but increasing the yield rate. As far as actual things that matter go, our Class of 2012 could be the first class with <400 students. Or it could be closer to 450. There's no way to tell right now.