bk1 wrote:crockwell wrote:I'm definitely inclined to believe you, but not as a result of the comparison between IP rankings in 2008 and 2010. Between 2008 and 2010, seven of the ten schools remained in the top 10. The rankings of a school's specialty would be more significantly impacted by one professor leaving than the non-specialty ranking of the school would be overall. I would think that school rankings on specialties should be more volatile because the programs are smaller and more easily affected by changes that the school could more easily absorb in general rankings. As for employers not paying attention to them, I have no idea, so I would have to defer to your information.
FWIW, the USNWR specialty rankings are entirely determined by professors. I would hazard a guess that volatility is due to low response rate.
Legal hiring is prestige driven and prestige isn't something that changes much year over year.
I agree with you 100%. I guess it was more wishful thinking than anything to consider these rankings of real value. For a T4 student as myself it would be pretty cool to be able to transfer into a school and have an advantage over an HYS graduate. Logic dictates otherwise.