Arizona State is a school in the rise. WUSTTTL is a toilet in decline. Obvs. Oh and Texas ... I'd be surprised if they even have enough employers for an OCI next year. If people perceive a situation as real, it is real in its consequences...
Seriously I hope some of you 0Ls come back in a year or two and laugh at how hard y'all are spergging out over some
meaningless rankings system compiled by a joke of a publication using highly sketchy metrics that no employer really cares about.
No matter how flawed, the rankings are anything but "meaningless". In fact, they are probably the most meaningful element of legal education today. The fact that so many students give weight to the rankings has negatively affected the behavior of schools. The deleterious effect on legal education is exemplified by the false reporting of statistics and the redirecting of funds towards efforts like dirtecting scholarship money towards the recruitment of privileged students with high LSAT's and GPA's instead of need-based (and merit-based) funding for underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged whites. This also reduces the money available for programs that lead to better (read: course diversity, clinics, etc.) legal education. Schools thus produce fewer practice-ready graduates. Over time, this negatively affects how employers view the graduates of certain schools. The resulting increase in lesser or unprepared young attorneys leads to a downward spiral in the quality of legal services and scholarship.
That, my friends, is how the rankings translate into real, negative consequences...for EVERYONE.