Transferring and USNews Rankings Question

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DeSimone
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Transferring and USNews Rankings Question

Postby DeSimone » Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:29 pm

This might have been already answered, but..

How much does a fluctuation in the USNews ranking of one's school affect his/her transfer prospects?

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Re: Transferring and USNews Rankings Question

Postby patrickd139 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:40 pm

DeSimone wrote:This might have been already answered, but..

How much does a fluctuation in the USNews ranking of one's school affect his/her transfer prospects?

I have nothing but anecdotal evidence and processes of elimination to guide my answer, but I feel strangely confident in proclaiming that such fluctuation does not matter one bit.

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Re: Transferring and USNews Rankings Question

Postby missinglink » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:02 pm

DeSimone wrote:This might have been already answered, but..

How much does a fluctuation in the USNews ranking of one's school affect his/her transfer prospects?

I would tend to agree. I think from the outside looking in we put a huge emphasis on small fluctuations in the ratings. I would tend to think that people on the inside know what many of us know; that small fluctuations don't really mean anything. It's just noise.

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Re: Transferring and USNews Rankings Question

Postby patrickd139 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:05 pm

missinglink wrote:
DeSimone wrote:This might have been already answered, but..

How much does a fluctuation in the USNews ranking of one's school affect his/her transfer prospects?

I would tend to agree. I think from the outside looking in we put a huge emphasis on small fluctuations in the ratings. I would tend to think that people on the inside know what many of us know; that small fluctuations don't really mean anything. It's just noise.

This. Fluctuations in rankings sells magazines. I would argue it doesn't matter when considering a school for 1L based on the usual metrics (i.e. job prospects). If Texas or UCLA overtakes GULC and Cornell are they suddenly a national law school because of it? Do GULC and Cornell become non-national law schools because of the drop? Of course not.




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