jlr29 wrote:I don't think a move of 2 spots means much of anything. USD seems pretty stable in the upper end of Tier 2. A major drop in ranking would be a more reliable indication that the overall perception of a school is changing (for example, Santa Clara tumbled 12 spots this cycle, which seems a legit cause of concern for its potential attendees).
Agreed, however, major jumps would help get closer to the other CA T2 schools, which would obviously reflect an improvement in the overall program (curriculum, faculty, student body, and most importantly, employment/network). This would be a tremendous boost to grads given the competition with students from UCLA/USC/Pepperdine/Loyola/and the Bay Area - adding flexibility toward practicing in different locations throughout CA.
Two cents from around campus and my personal job hunting experience...
Rankings don't matter in T2 because T2 schools are regional
. For the sake of the argument, if rankings did matter at this level, what would matter is that you go to the best school in your region. Which USD is. Yes, there is some competition from UCLA/USC and the NorCal T1s, but not enough to make any sort of real dent.
For those of you who are more visual... http://californiabar.globl.org/report.p ... 0&g=2&pp=5
I understand your point but from what I've heard thus far throughout this forum, job prospects in SD look grim regardless. As a prospective student this definitely concerns me, after all, you can be the best school in the region but what does that mean to your student body if they can't find employment opportunities once they've graduated?
I believe there were posts in other threads regarding students at USD who are top 1/3 and 10% who are struggling in SD, "We come to these [OCI] events because we have a lot of alumni from USD, but the fact is, we cannot justify hiring associates from USD with our limited openings and an increase in competition," (--LinkRemoved--).
jarofsoup wrote:Top 10% my class and can't even get an interview! When you do go to an interview they say that they aren't hiring from this school. Bit of a pyramid scheme.
Unfortunately, I don't think this is atypical at USD. The couple of people I know at USD (two are top third, law review, and one is top 10%) are also struggling to find jobs.
Beautiful school though...
Smitt: Thanks for the link btw, although the stats are somewhat ambiguous.
Don't mistake my concern though, I'm not attempting to come off as pompous or pessimistic in any way. I'm just concerned with what the results will be after investing myself at USD, as I'm sure many on here are.