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Monday, April 10, 2006

U.S. News Rankings: Faculty & Student Quality

J. Gordon Hylton (Marquette) has posted 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. To obtain a single number for ranking purposes I combine the US News Peer Assessment Score times 10 with the mean of the 25th and 75th LSAT percentiles minus 130. These adjustments produce a number between 10 and 40 for both categories.

Here are the Top 25 law schools under this methodology:

  • 1. Harvard 92.0
  • 2. Yale 90.5
  • 3. Stanford 87.5
  • 3. Columbia 87.5
  • 5. Chicago 87.0
  • 6. NYU 86.0
  • 7. Virginia 84.0
  • 8. Michigan 83.5
  • 9. Pennsylvania 82.5
  • 10. Cal-Berkeley 81.5
  • 11. Georgetown 80.5
  • 12. Northwestern 80.0
  • 13. Duke 79.0
  • 14. Cornell 78.5
  • 15. Texas 75.5
  • 15. UCLA 75.5
  • 17. Southern California 73.5
  • 18. Vanderbilt 73.0
  • 19. Minnesota 70.5
  • 20. George Washington 69.5
  • 21. Washington Univ. 69.0
  • 21. Washington & Lee 69.0
  • 23. Boston University 68.5
  • 23. Illinois 68.5
  • 25. Notre Dame 68.0

For the ranking of all 179 law schools, see here.  (Hat Tip:  Jason Czarnezki.)

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Comments

This way of looking at rankings really makes sense to me. Congratulations to Mr. Hylton for his clarity.

Posted by: The NJ Annuitant | Apr 10, 2006 7:28:02 AM