Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Rankings guru Brian Leiter has some preliminary thoughts on the advance copy of the new 2007 U.S. News Law School Rankings released last night. He lists the Top 30 law schools ranked by academic reputation and notes:
Not a crazy set of results, but if we assume reasonably enough that "academic reputation" ought to track the quality of faculty and students, then some schools (UC Davis [#25], Washington & Lee [#25], Duke [#11], Michigan [#6], perhaps North Carolina [#19], perhaps Northwestern [#14]) are too high, while others (UC Hastings [#30], Illinois [#25], NYU [#6], BU [#25]) are too low, relative to the actual academic merits. (Addendum: It should go without saying, I hope, that these are my judgments about the relative merits only: e.g., Michigan is "too high" in the sense that NYU is now clearly better; and so on.)
Leiter also lists the Top 30 law schools ranked by practitioner reputation.