TripTrip wrote:Wormfather wrote:TripTrip wrote:moonman157 wrote:if Harvard's LSAT median fell to 170, would that really have a huge impact?
Err, yes. If Harvard's LSAT median fell to 170, "HYS" would probably become "YSC."
Prestige bro: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/articles/2012/03/12/methodology-law-school-rankings
If I'm not mistaken, Harvard's drop from #2 to #3 was due to a drop in prestige. Enough people see Harvard as a diploma mill to make it a legitimate concern.
I don't think it would happen immediately, but if Harvard's LSAT median really fell to 170 (which won't happen, but if it did) I think that within 5 years we would see Columbia take its place in the top three.
More people pay attention to things like Presidents/judges coming out of HLS rather than small movements in ranking. Go ask the average person on the street what the #1 law school in the world is and I guarantee you they will say HLS. As long as that is the case, HLS will always be top, no matter what US News says. Perception > Reality.
Some people don't even know what a "Stanford" is. Sad but true.