Flanker1067 wrote:When I first saw this list last year (I had just applied to schools) I thought that this was a more meaningful ranking or at least indication of placement power than USNWR (obviously excluding certain schools because of clerkships). Now, after seeing some of the big swings year to year (looking at you NU, Cornell, Duke, USC) it appears that this too tells us little about what the hiring situation might look like in the future.
You'll notice it's schools with smaller class sizes that bounce around more.
At a school with 200 students, 20 students is 10% of the class. That means fluctuation will be natural because some years those 20 people on the borderline will sneak in with connections and some years they'll all have rotten luck with OCI.
This data is still the best out there, you just have to look at general trends. i.e. the 40%+ schools are all great, and the differences between them are slight.