Slippin' Jimmy wrote:
DaydreamNation wrote:The more I think about it the more I like Wash U. Visiting there in a week and a half!
I'm seriously considering it as well, will probably visit sometime this semester. My only concern is that their BL+FC fust a few years ago was in the 20s vs. the 40s it's in now.
That is absolutely a fair concern, but based upon my (cursory) knowledge of how these things work, it seems to me that if a law school is not relatively static from year to year in terms of prestigious placement and other similar metrics, then it's either on an upward trajectory or a downward trajectory, that simple. The fact that Wash U has improved this much this quickly is a great sign to me. Of course if the market tanks like other have said above they're not going to place as well. But Wash U is never going to be T6-level school. What they are becoming, however, is--depending on one's goals--a better option in terms of outcomes and for the money than some peer schools in the 15-20 range.
ETA I am a pretty extreme splitter so I might just be trying to get myself hyped up here about what will likely be my best outcome. Also I'd still absolutely take similarly-ranked Vandy over WUSTL right now, all else being equal (incl $). But I'll be visiting the two back-to-back in a few wks, so I'll have a prime chance to compare!