I've seen on various message boards and heard a lot of people talking lately about law school rankings. Which schools have fallen, which schools have risen, and whether or not it was warranted etc...These discussions can get pretty mean. I think it's weird and I don't really like it. Not because of my school's ranking which I don't think is terribly high or terribly low. I don't really know or care. I'm pretty confident that my personal inferiority isn't affected by these rankings. I still am bothered by the shit talking, though. Here's why:
First of all, let's assume that these rankings have any validity at all, I find it, for lack of a better word, gauche to go on about it. The same way it's gauche to discuss how much money you make, or how much your car costs. It's tacky. The person driving the Ford knows that the person driving the Lexus spent more money. No need to point it out. It doesn't need to be discussed. (The fact that those with the nicest cars can still be the worst drivers is besides the point).
Bragging about law school rankings reminds me of when an NFL football player scores a touchdown and spends the next five minutes congratulating himself, forgetting that (duhhhhh!!) the reason why they get their million dollar salaries is that touchdowns are expected of them. If you're that smart, and that gifted, why do you have to run around advertising it through your prestigious law school? Unless of course, (gasp) deep down inside, you don't think you really belong there.
Something I found interesting was that it's not even the top four or five law schools who are doing the shit talking. It's more like the top middle. But guess what? Top middle is still just that. Middle. You're bragging about being a little better in the middle. You are really only one grade point, LSAT point, or blowjob away from a law school slightly higher in the middle or slightly lower in the middle than the one you are at right now. It's no biggie. Almost all of us are in the middle.
Law School administrators work like crazy to boost their rankings for one purpose, and it's not an overwhelming concern for the quality of your education. A better ranking means a justification for our law schools to drive us further into six figure debt by raising tuition. Really. That's all.
Lastly, what does the ranking actually do for you? The top 10% of my class were offered the same jobs at the same firms as the top 10% of your class. The C students at my school are struggling to find jobs the same way the C students at your school are struggling to find jobs. Your higher ranked school won't get you a job at the State's Attorney's office or the Public Defender's office if you haven't logged the man hours working there for free. Just like us. We're both equally fucked when someone with an influential father wants the job we want.
If you actually need to define yourself by your law school's ranking, chances are you are a douchebag. If you feel that you are somehow superior to me because of your law school's ranking, chances are really good that your law school will be the only thing "top tier" about you.
Why be mean?
Now I have to get my very highly ranked ass to Wills & Trusts.