Guys it doesn't make sense to think that one of the top 3 law schools would do something as silly as not accepting some applicants because it wants to do well on the USNWR. Seriously these rankings are not as important to people who know about this stuff, they only mean anything to stupid OLs. If anything I've read a bunch of articles about Harvard overtaking Yale. The differences in ranking between the top 3 do not matter! The only thing that matters is that HYS is way ahead of the others.
Here are some interesting articles:http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/unive ... rvard-law/http://www.leiterrankings.com/usnews/guide.shtml
In the grand scheme of things, this is absolutely true, but each year schools are faced with a wave of (maybe 50k) "stupid oL's". And anyone who is going to support any of these kids going to law school is going to look at the US News rankings and say "my *** is going to the #*" school in the country! I know that is the only way I can let lay people understand the achievements that I have made. Otherwise people are not going to understand Michigan vs. Michigan state, or NYU Vs. NYLS.
I'd like to add to regular people, the closer you are to the top, the more the precise ranking matters. We award medals for first 3 places but the rest are just in the field. Go past T1 they don't even rank, there is a reason for this.
Not saying that anyone should be choosing school by the rank, but it absolutely matters in all aspects of (at least my) life now, or after school.