mosquito wrote:Hi all, as a foreigner, I want to know how you Americans see the law school rankings. I was accepted by UIUC with a generous scholarship two months ago. Honestly, I like this school but the recently released rankings depressed me. It doesn't matter how UIUC will be ranked next year as long as it still remains as a T1. However, what if it drops to T2? Do you think this will happen next year? How will our job prospects be hurt if it is out of T1? Any response will be appreciated!
This has been discussed a few times ITT. The consensus being that rankings changes over 1 year doesnt really matter. A school would have to have a drop sustained for many years before employment outcomes would be effected by rankings. The problem with UIUC is they're in an oversaturated market behind schools like Chicago NU etc.
I would add to this that it depends where you want to practice. UIUC still has a lot of local prestige and places fairly well into smaller markets because of this. Chicago overall has taken a huge hit, but the school is still well connected to some big firms there, as evident by their pretty impressive NLJ250 placement data.
I posted a link to the class of 2012 employment data earlier, and it shows that big law placement was about the same and overall employement improved. These are signs of a move back up in the rankings, not the fall of a T2 school.
I'll also add that UIUC has a huge international student presence. I think that helps a lot of international students integrate.