Tuesday, November 13, 2007
One of the perennial questions about the U.S. News & World Report rankings is how much a law school is helped or hurt by the ranking of the university of which it is a part. Of the Top 100 (105 with ties) law schools in the most recent ranking, all but 13 are affiliated with national universities. Here are the Top 100 law schools that have overcome the most headwind -- the law schools with the biggest positive spread between its ranking and the ranking of its parent university [click on chart to enlarge]:
Note that the chart understates the spread in many cases, because it assigns the highest possible ranking to schools in the Third (#131) and Fourth (#196) Tier of the National Universities Rankings.
Other Top 20 law schools that are ranked significantly higher than their parent universities are Michigan (#8 Law, #25 National University), Virginia (#10, #23), USC (#16, #27), and UCLA (#15, #25).
Update: Several readers commented that since U.S News ranks more national universities (262) than law schools (184), a more meaningful measure would look at the disparity by percentiles rather than by absolute rank. See here for a ranking by percentiles.