dapoetic1 wrote:Oh! I didn't attend ASD--what was the gist of the conversation? I've actually never hear or read Rutgers' opinion on USN.
I'll try to recall it the best I can, hopefully someone else will chime in. Someone asked a question about how well they place in corporate law firms, which led the Professor straight into US News talk. One of the things pointed out is that the part-time program is roughly as stringent as the full-time program, which is a way other schools "game" the rankings. That may be not be news to you.
Also, other schools take a lot of transfers as another way to manipulate their ranking, and Rutgers doesn't do this; that is, they don't like transfers (in or out), and his advice was to go to the school you want to go to, don't go to Rutgers or any school to transfer.
One of the most striking things that was said, for me personally, was that they "won't compromise their integrity to move up in the rankings." I really got a sense that they are committed to producing quality lawyers. And they really talked up the reputation of the school (which schools don't might be more interesting to note), and their commitment to diversity. The commitment to diversity probably makes them take a hit in the rankings, as they want to put together a widely represented class.
They were one of the first schools to institute clinics, according to them, and the first school to have a female student body of over (or near?) fifty percent. I got a sense that despite a lower ranking, they aren't a second-rate school, nor are they behind the times; in fact I got the impression that they are trying to lead the way, in a sense.
Edit: I almost lost this post due to the notification that a new post had been made. Whew..