Frank Wu, Dean of UC - Hastings College of Law, needs to play the voodoo game. And, given his charisma and entrepreneurial mindset, he could cast spells on the legal marketplace. Law firms, government, courts, highly regulated industries and tech startups will hire graduates of Hastings Law.
As Maria Zilberman tells us in The Recorder, Hastings' U.S. News & World Report ranking is 54. It has dropped on Wu's watch. Here is that article.
With wizardry in job placement, sure, the ratings would go up. But, hell, the ratings won't even matter if Hastings' JDs are the ones getting jobs. There will be a conga line extending around the world with the ambitious applying to get in.
Here's an analogy from my line of work. Would cagey communications pros like myself go after the assignment from a prestigious organization which paid peanuts or a no-name scrapper that compensated at the top of the payment scale? Capitalism is about outcomes - monetary ones. Landing a job is a monetary outcome.