Professor Dimino hypothesizes that there will be some increase in academic creditials of the law students. It'll be interesting to see what the changes in LSAT and gpa are. My guess is that they will be small, but we'll know soon. Moreover, as Domino points out, whatever changes there are may not be captured by the US News rankings (because US News measures student quality by mediam LSAT score and median gpa and any changes in admissions practice may not alter the medians). Given how notoriously static rankings are, I suspect there will be few changes in overall rank. There may be some changes in peer assessment scores, though that will not begin to appear until March 2008 at the earliest.
I'd like to suggest something else, which might be important: perhaps US News will begin to use a diversty index (like percentage of minority students) as a factor in their ranking. I wonder if US News is poised to start using minority percentage as a factor in their rankings? For, in 2005 they began publishing a diversity index. It doesn't yet count towards a school's overall rank, but perhaps US News will decide to factor that index into their rankings. They already collect that data and I suspect that it's not a large step from collecting data to using it.
Ah, US News has lots of power; they can decide what counts and I suspect that law schools will follow them. I hope to have some more thoughts on the virtues and hazards of employing a diversity index and what effects it might have later this spring.
The photograph of the University of Michigan Law School is by Professor Jean-Francois Raskin.