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Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Indiana Law Journal Publishes Symposium on The Next Generation of Law School Rankings

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The Indiana Law Journal has published the papers from the symposium I organized with my friend and colleague Rafael Gely on The Next Generation of Law School Rankings, which was held on April 15, 2005.  We are grateful that the generous financial support of Foundation Press, Thomson-West, and Indiana-Bloomington has made possible, with the cooperation of the Indiana law Journal, placement of the articles and commentary on SSRN's Conference Site to allow the public ready access to the abstracts and papers of the symposium issue, The Next Generation of Law School Rankings, 81 Ind. L.J. 1-409 (2006):

Introduction

This Symposium is an outgrowth of our article, What Law Schools Can Learn from Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics, 82 Tex. L. Rev. 1483 (2004). With the approaching twentieth anniversary of the first U.S. News & World Report law school rankings, it is a particularly propitious time to take a fresh look, to hear new voices, and to reconsider issues surrounding law school rankings. Many of America's most thoughtful law professors (as well as academics in other disciplines) gathered on April 15, 2005 at the Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington to discuss The Next Generation of Law School Rankings. The papers and commentary presented at the event and recorded in these pages reflect a wide array of creative, challenging, and captivating perspectives on the rankings tableau. In the pages that follow, we are confident that you will agree that we have fulfilled the goals we set for the Symposium:

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.

We believe the Symposium papers and commentary make an enormous contribution to our understanding of rankings and their effects on legal education.

Framing the Rankings Debate

Articles

Keynote Address

Commentary

Ranking Methodologies

Articles

Commentary

Other Voices in the Rankings Debate

Articles

Commentary

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