danconstan wrote: SoftBoiledLife wrote:
DCDeckard wrote:Davis is ahead of Hastings in the 2010 rankings!! This, along with all of Davis' other great strengths, pretty much sealed the Hastings/Davis debate for me in favor of Davis.
IF those "leaked" rankings are real, Davis rising to 35 ahead of UCH should pretty much ice the Davis/Hastings debate.
The Hastings/Davis debate has always been pointless...They are both good schools that have usually been similarly ranked...5 spot differences in the 30s is completely meaningless. They jump around stocastically year to year so the fact that Hastings was ranked higher last year is meaningless and the fact that Davis is ranked higher this year is meaningless. If you want to work in Sacramento go to Davis. If you want to work in SF and the bay area go to Hastings. If you want to work anywhere else in CA either one will provide pretty similar options. Alternatively, if you prefer city life go to Hastings...if you dislike big cities and want an actual campus go to Davis.
I will agree that it's a bit of a silly debate, as Davis and Hastings are about as close as peer schools can get (separated usually by <5 ranking spots, in the same state and region, etc.). NLJ250 placement and clerkship placement at each school is virtually identical. Academically and professionally, there is no clear-cut advantage of one school over the other.
That said, I still think it's a meaningful debate and not as simple as Sacramento vs. SF. It's quite easy for Davis grads to find work in the Bay Area and likewise not at all hard for Hastings grads to get work in Sac. To me, the debate really comes down to whether you prefer the campus/college town feel of Davis or the urban lifestyle of SF. I picked Davis before these rankings come out, obviously, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that being 35 makes me feel a little better about my decision.