vtothesick wrote:Hey guys!
I just wanted to mention what I found out about the rankings drop. If you look at the methodology http://www.usnews.com/education/best-gr ... s-rankings - the ranking is based on the 2012 employment statistics. That was a terrible year for W&L based on their website statistics, but I have it on a somewhat solid authority that the 2013 figures are significantly better and that should bump them up next year. The school knew it was a problem because they made a big hire - http://news.blogs.wlu.edu/2014/02/14/cl ... at-wl-law/ - and are throwing a LOT of resources at it.
I think this is a one year outlier that is on an upward trend given the strong alumni network, the increasing strength of the economy, and the fact that they have a lot of resources and effort going into career services before 0Ls will need it. In some ways, this could make W&L a "bargain" because it is almost definitely going to increase in ranking from where it is now but the drop would be a good basis for negotiating more $$
Food for thought....
Food for thought??? This is flawed reasoning. The employment figures for 2013 are significantly better for most schools in the middle tier. In 1-2 years the current overinflated -- 2L is it? -- class of 200 students will be vying for jobs and the employment numbers will actually decline as well. W&L dropped for a variety of reasons. The ranking will not go up and you shouldn't be basing any decision on its ranking anyway. Either the school provides you with what you are looking for or it doesn't. There is no debating that the teaching at W&L is fantastic...the location, externship possibilities, and placement are not.