lhanvt13 wrote: lakers180 wrote:
lhanvt13 wrote:^this discussion isn't for this thread. Not agreeing or disagreeing but the mods won't like it
not trying to cause trouble, but why would data that people consider when making their decision, specific to the school in question, not be relevant to the applicant thread
The thread is about applications/admittance/waitlist/rejections. Discussion about whether attending a school is worth it etc. is for a separate sub forum. I don't make the rules. I'm telling him/her that those are the mod rules.
Edit: maybe the "choosing a law school" forum?
I saw this under the "most recent" sections and I had to comment. This is exactly the kind of thing that should be discussed here, especially considering W&L is a very expensive private school. TLS is not a recruiting board; it is a forum for applicants to discuss things regarding the law school admissions process and decision making on where to spend the next 3 years and tens of thousands of dollars. A 17 spot drop in the rankings is CATASTROPHIC
and applicants have the right to discuss why this happened and if it is a fluke or a sign of future things to come. TLS is not about suppressing very relevant information.
According to Above the Law, it is because of the new 3L curriculum (something every applicant should worry about). Here's the link followed by the text: http://abovethelaw.com/2014/03/the-u-s- ... restige/2/
"UPDATE (9:10 P.M.): ELIE HERE: And now with a bit of a look at what happened with Washington & Lee. Let’s call this section “Washington & Lee’s Experiential Learning Seems To Be A Flop.”
Please remember this the next time a law professor or law school dean tries to sell you a load of bull about “revamping” 3L year. Washington & Lee did just that. The school changed its third-year program to focus on so-called “practice ready” skills.
Employers didn’t take the bait. As we explained this summer, Washington & Lee’s job numbers are really down. Then this fall, we told you that W&L had the most dramatic drop in class size. The class of 2016 at W&L is down just over 40 percent.
Now, U.S. News has come in with the hammer. W&L has dropped from #26 last year to #43 this year. When reached for comment, George Washington and Robert E. Lee said, “THE CENTER MUST HOLD! Wait, what are we talking about?”
Just remember, when legal academics try to sell you on “practice readiness,” they might not necessarily have any idea what they’re talking about."