Tremendous wrote:About the ranking...
What is it about BC that makes its reputation among lawyers/firms exceed its US News rank by so much? Or rather, what is it about the US News ranking system that undervalues BC?
I know that Emory, Wash U, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Fordham, etc. are considered peer schools, but they don't seem to place nearly as well as BC.
Well the the LSAT median at BC is lower than all of the schools you mentioned so that decreases its rank. Beyond that, I really don't know. BC's placement relative to its medians
are second to none IMO. I think what it comes down to is that Boston loves BC. I'm not sure what the history is there, but it's true. I know that BU was ranked in the 30s in the 1990s, so perhaps law firms in Boston have historically preferred BC graduates, even though now BU ranks higher.
Part of what helps BC (and BU) is that the legal market in Boston is pretty big (it is obviously no LA or NYC, but still sizeable), but people that graduate from the T14 generally don't want to work in Boston so there is a whole lot of work left to the non-T14'ers. When you combine that with the huge gap in prestige between BC/BU and the other Boston schools (Northeastern/Suffolk), you arrive at an employment situation that is very favorable to BC.