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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Advance Copy of 2009 U.S. News Law School Rankings

The 2009 U.S. News law school rankings are due to be released March 28, but purported advance copies are already circulating on the Internet.  Here is a purported pdf copy of the Top 100 (104 with ties), along with the data from the various categories for the Top 58 schools.  The list is reproduced in more readable form here.  (Hat Tip:  Concurring Opinions & First Movers.)

Update #1:  Above the Law chides me for being too cautious in calling these the "purported" new rankings since the pdf in question was posted by The Shark, part of the American Lawyer Media empire.

Update #2:  Jim Lindgren points out a potential problem with the UC-Berkeley and Columbia  placement data.  (Both schools made dramatic moves this year, Columbia to #4 (ahead of NYU) this year from #5 last year, and UC-Berkeley to #6 (ahead of Chicago and Penn) from #8 last year.

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I don't think these are real. The copy looks like someone is trying to make it look like a copy. I mean, seriously, are there any copiers/scanners in America that are that inprecise? Plus, my beloved Seminoles can't be beat by Florida again...

Posted by: Mike T. | Mar 27, 2008 7:59:11 AM

Some of the LSAT ranges and GPA ranges don't mesh up with what is on LSAC. I.E. Wash U and GW at quick glance.

Could this be the most elaborate hoax ever?

Posted by: 2LMan | Mar 27, 2008 8:06:03 AM