law's cool wrote:
blacklawboss wrote:Does Dozo's IP program rank 5th in the nation amongst law schools beating out NYU and Columbia?
According to the (relatively meaningless) US News Specialty Rankings, yes. But if a student from NYU or Columbia wants an IP job, he/she will get it over the Cardozo grad almost every time.
+1, and this cannot be emphasized enough.
I think the source of confusion may be the US News ranking of academic "departments" at universities, which are actually distinct units, so that a university generally ranked #50 could in fact have the #2 philosophy or economics department. This is highly meaningful for a masters or Ph.D. and should be taken very seriously in those contexts.
For a law degree, however, the law school itself is the equivalent of the academic "department." So-called "programs" within the law school have a relatively minor impact on your experience, and more importantly, your employability. A highly ranked "IP program" is probably at best going to mean an extra course or two, maybe a special clinic, maybe a star prof. But any reputable law school is going to offer you roughly the same IP coursework, some kind of IP clinic opportunity (not to mention that you can always do externships), and you can learn stuff like copyright, trademark and patent from virtually any competent, articulate professor -- in fact it will be taught relatively similarly wherever you take it.
Further, employers know that even if you do an extra clinic and take an extra course, that doesn't make you all that much more qualified for a job -- it demonstrates interest and gives you a slight head start, but ultimately most of what you need to learn will be on the job. And overall school ranking is still considered a better indicator of "raw" qualification (for better or for worse) than a school's "programs."
Long-winded way of saying that an "IP program" is mostly a marketing tool. It may make your experience slightly more enjoyable but it is 100% trumped by overall school stature.