Drake014 wrote:T14 law schools have the most renowned professors, not those that are best at teaching. I've known many alumni at T14s who regularly skipped one or more classes because the professor was absolutely worthless at teaching but was renowned for non-teaching reasons.
I'm willing to guarantee this is true at any school, regardless of rank.
For me, the only reasons the rankings are useful is because other people think
they mean something and that has the ability to translate to success in employment. In other words, people think someone with a JD from HYS are inherently better than somebody from a school like University of San Diego. Thus, coming from HYS gives you an edge due to "prestige bias." I know for a fact that a student who is ranked #1 in her class at University of San Francisco is not going to have a job this year because of the economic climate--I seriously doubt that'd be true coming out of HYS.
The same thing is true in undergrad rankings. The (vice) dean of admissions essentially told me that I had to work harder to be admitted to NYU coming from Cal Poly (part of CA's CSU system) instead of UCLA.
The rankings have created a prestige culture which we, as law future students, are practically forced into perpetuating because we know it works out to our benefit (more or less).