scionb4 wrote:I think Michigan State University is easily the most underrated school in the country. There is no way in Hell it should still be a tier 3 considering how strong some of its programs are, most notably its trial advocacy program, how strong the faculty is, how awesome the facilities are, how high of LSAT/GPA medians are, and how good their job placement is. I'm not saying they're top 50 or anything, but definitely top 100. You can get a much better job coming out of Michigan, outside of the state of Michigan I add simply because Michigan State sports has so many fans nationwide, than you can at a lot of the schools ranked 75th or lower.
I disagree, MSU law is a decent regional school (as someone mentioned) in a weak region. I think MSU's high attrition rate, outrageous sticker price (although they are generous with $$), high acceptance rate, low yield and low selectivity, and low employment rate are all weak points keeping it in T3. Here's MSU compared to three lower ranked top 100 schools (IU-I, Marquette, and SLU):
-section size: SLU-80, Marq-91, MSU-95, IUI-101
-first year JD attrition: Marq-4.5%, IUI-6%, SLU 7.4%, MSU-12.6%,
-acceptance rate: Marq 38%, IUI 39%, SLU 45%, MSU 55%
-median gpa: SLU 3.46, IUI 3.44, Marq 3.4, MSU 3.32
-median lsat: Marq 157, IUI 156, MSU 155, SLU 155
-employment rate: IUI 96.4%, Marq 95.8%, SLU 92.3%, MSU 87.9%