aIvin adams wrote:Yellowcard wrote:So by changing the employment data they jumped 17 spots? Is that really all they had to do? Was there anything legitimate that they may have done (statistically speaking) that improved their position?
according to dean berman, lsat scores have been rising. lsat, expenditures per student, and student/fac ratio are all usnwr criteria iirc and have all been improving at asu.
@Yellowcard- They could have simply reported students employed in non-J.D. jobs as being "employed." I'm not saying they did this, but schools can legitimately manipulate this number a bit.
As alvin adams suggests, lsat scores have been rising, although their 75% is 1 point off of UA's. The student/fac ratio is quite low. Again, this number doesn't reflect the availability of course offerings or accessibility of faculty.
I think that most people's problem with the USNWR rankings is that the data can be manipulated, or they don't reflect important measures of a school's quality. The system uses poor metrics. Then again, GPA is a terrible metric, but it is one of the chief components in law school admissions.
Bottom line: UA and ASU are very similar. Statistics can be manipulated to move a school up or down. Variations in rankings, especially schools in the 30-60 range, are not all that important. You should go to the school you like best or that offers you the best financial package.