rockchalk86 wrote:Borhas wrote:http://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2008/04/vaults-law-scho.htmlVault, whose rankings of law firms by prestige attracts some interest, has now produced, via a largely obscure methodology, a ranking of law schools. The "top 25" is not as silly as the Cooley "top 25," but at least with Cooley one knows why the results are ridiculous, because the ranking method is transparent (and transparently absurd). The ordinal listing in Vault is equally absurd, but the rhyme-or-reason of the absurdity is harder to pin down given how little Vault tells us about the "method":
but the best part is the quotes that the raters left:he results are even weirder when one looks at the representative comments from evaluators that Vault shares on its web site. Regarding #1 Stanford:
"Mixed bag, not always practical lawyers"
"Unprepared and uninterested in private practice; entitled"
Where is the love for #1? (Well, there's a little: "Every graduate I've encountered knows how to take an issue apart; great analytical skills.")
Are they happier with #4 Virginia? Not really:
"Maybe it's the law school's emphasis on softball and beer, but the lack of work ethic shows in recent grads."
Regarding #12 Duke:
"Graduates of this school are not prepared to practice law. There must be no practical training provided at all.
But it's not just Duke, it's even #5 Chicago:
"Law school education is too theoretical - would like to see lawyers with more 'practical' experience and application of the law"
And #10 Yale
"Weakness is lack of exposure to practical experience"
And #17 Georgetown:
"The lawyers I've worked with from this school were sloppy and unprepared."
"We've hired several lawyers from this school and they all have poor people skills and produce low-quality work."
Ouch. But wait, look what Vault reports someone saying about #2 Michigan:
"Overrated. Produces a lot of mediocre lawyers"
Ouch again! And a double put-down for #13 Penn:
"Like Columbia, students sometimes seem a little ungrounded"
And #22 Texas gets whacked too:
"Not impressed. Research skills not up to par."many involving comparisons that seem vaguely left-handed. UCLA, we are told, is "The Fordham of the west coast." On Michigan: "For producing quality graduates, UM is on the heels of the top Ivies." On Minnesota: "One of the better state schools." On George Washington: "A law school on the rise, but not there yet." BU: "Solid; high 2nd tier." North Carolina: "Getting better." Vanderbilt: "Very strong at top of class, not quite as strong as very top tier schools below top of class." Wisconsin: "Surprisingly good candidates."
Moral of the story: every school sucks in some way?
yeah it pretty much sounds like they don't like anyone....encouraging