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Friday, April 15, 2005

Symposium Today on The Next Generation of Law School Rankings

IndianaFollowing up on our recent article, What Law Schools Can Learn from Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics, 82 Texas L. Rev. 1483 (2004), Rafael Gely and I are moderating a symposium on The Next Generation of Law School Rankings today at Indiana-Bloomington:

The U.S. News & World Report annual law school rankings are the 800-pound gorilla of legal education. Although met with varying degrees of skepticism and hostility, the U.S. News rankings affect virtually all aspects of law school operations. A myriad of alternative rankings have emerged in recent years, seeking better and more accurate ways of measuring law school performance. The goal of this symposium is to deepen our understanding of rankings and their effects on legal education. The participants in this symposium will examine the need for law school rankings; the effects of rankings on legal education; and the various new approaches to addressing the public's insatiable demand for ever more and increasingly sophisticated rankings, which permeate not only legal education but also all aspects of American life.

8:30 - 8:35 a.m.  Lauren Robel (Dean, Indiana), Welcome

8:35 - 8:45 a.m.  Paul L. Caron (Cincinnati) & Rafael Gely (Cincinnati), Introduction

Panel 1:  Framing the Rankings Debate

8:45 - 9:05 a.m.  Papers

9:05 - 9:20 a.m.  Commentary

9:20 - 9:35 a.m.  Questions and Discussion

Panel 2:  Ranking Methodologies

9:35 - 10:20 a.m.  Papers:

10:20 - 10:40 a.m.  Commentary:

10:40 - 10:55 a.m.  Questions and Discussion

10:55 - 11:10 a.m.  Break

Panel 3:  Ranking Methodologies

11:10 - 11:55 a.m.  Papers:

11:55 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Commentary:

12:15 - 12:30 p.m.  Questions and Discussion

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.  Lunch

Panel 4:  Other Voices in the Rankings Debate

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.  Papers:

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  Commentary

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.  Questions and Discussion

3:30 - 3:35 p.m.  Jeffrey E. Stake (Indiana), Closing Comments

The symposium is made possible through the generous financial support of Foundation Press, Thomson-West, and the Indiana-Bloomington School of Law.

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