charlesjd wrote:According to many, especially here on TLS, sheer anomaly. UIUC has always been in the top 25 since the law schools were ranked to that spot. UIUC is a solid program that is likely to continue to rise. I do not know if that can be said about IU because for the 2008 rankings, they were in the 30s or 40s, and the consensus is it that it is going to drop back to the 30's. Apparently they tweaked something in their admissions that gave them a boost, maybe their library, can't remember.
From what I have seen here, TLS would tell you UIUC all day, especially with the money.
They actually haven't always been ranked 25 or better and I wouldn't say that UIUC is likely to rise
, though I agree if Chicago or Illinois at large is daagermy's target market, then he'd be well advised to choose UIUC w/ $$ over IU anyway. But back to the rise/fall thing: I don't claim to be a USNWR expert, but they are ranked as high as they've been at any point in the last decade and I doubt they're going to break into the teens, as those schools tend to be much more stable than those in the 20-30 range. IU will have to go out of its way to hold its newfound rank, and though I'm not sure what this year's rankings will look like, I would think they may have an easier time doing so because their 25th/75th LSAT are lower than the other schools around them (Iowa aside). And - at least this cycle - it seems they are taking the WUSTL approach and throwing money around like John Daly at a combination Casino/Golden Corral Buffet. I can see no-strings full scholarships working ITE. (Full disclosure: It is working in my case, though I'm not 100% sold yet) I don't think anyone on here has any real clue what the rankings will look like outside of the very general groups (i.e. T14, Vandy-USC, 20-30, so on and so forth)
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