BoomBoom1986 wrote:I got a call from Minnesota informing me that I got accepted there on the same day that I got a rejection letter from BC. Well, Minnesota > BC so BC can go fuck themselves.
Just to put in my 2 cents (this is all just in my personal experience). There are 14 national schools. They didn't arbitrarily pick 14 for the cutoff number for elite law schools, there just only are 14 of them. If you crack into the T-14, you are set: you do the best dance move you know how to and you accept and you go and have a pretty legit life. After that things get complicated...
The next 86 schools (considered Tier 1) are regional schools. Each regional job market could construct their own rankings. If you are a vagabond with no cultural or familial ties to a region, then you can apply the USNWR ranking (you would also have a pretty original PS). But for those of us with ties to a region, NE in my example, the rankings take on a new form.
I've got a friend who got into USC last year but he went to Fordham because his entire family and all of his political connections were in NYC. I know for a fact that Nixon Peabody in Boston doesn't have MNLaw Recruitment in their rolodex, and haven't interviewed a MN grad in the past 30 years.
Basically what I'm saying is, if you want to know which school in the T-14 has been naughty or nice and lost/jumped a spot, use USNWR. If you want to know what regional school is better, look at job placement in the region you want to move to in 3 years.