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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Law Schools Most Helped and Most Hurt by U.S. News Rankings Methodology

On Monday, we blogged J. Gordon Hylton's interesting law school rankings that isolate the faculty and student quality data from the U.S. News rankings.  As Gordon explains in The US News and World Report Rankings Without the Clutter:

The only categories that should matter in law school rankings are the quality of the students and the quality of the faculty....Peer assessment tells us what other law professors think about individual law schools; LSAT scores tell us what students think about the school. I have recalculated the US News and World Report Ratings using the “2007” data (actually compiled in 2005) for my two categories.

Gordon updated his rankings yesterday because he had inadvertently omitted one law school.  In addition, he published Law Schools Helped and Hurt by the US News Formula.

Here are the five law schools most helped by the U.S. News methodology:

Law School

US News Rank

Hylton Rank

+/-

Mercer

87

113

+30

New Mexico

77

102

+25

SMU

43

67

+24

Nebraska

70

91

+21

Cincinnati

53

71

+18

Penn State

87

105

+18

Here are the five law schools most hurt by the U.S. News methodology:

Law School

US News Rank

Hylton Rank

+/-

San Diego

65

47

-18

Northeastern

87

71

-16

Miami

65

51

-14

Georgia State

97

84

-13

Hastings

43

33

-10

For an extended discussion of the Hylton Rankings, see Al Brophy's post at our sister PropertyProf Blog.  (Hat Tip:  Jason Czarnezki.)

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