Friday, July 25, 2008
Following up on Case Dean Gary Simson's call to boycott the U.S. News rankings (blogged here and here): National Law Journal: Deans Say Call to Boycott Law School Rankings a Good Idea — But Only in Theory, by Leigh Jones:
- Andrew M. Coats (Oklahoma, #68): "As long as they tell us that we need to do that, we don't have a hell of a lot of choice."
- Lawrence Ponoroff (Tulane, #44): The notion of getting rid of the rankings "is whistling in the wind. I have serious problems about ranking law schools and the methodology, but it's a fact of life."
- Michael Schill (UCLA, #16): "I have repeatedly asked judges and lawyers in New York and Los Angeles if they have ever had their view solicited [by U.S. News & World Report]. I have yet to meet one person who received a ranking form." (Schill supports a boycott.)
- David Van Zandt (Northwestern, #9): "Rankings are for consumer information. None of them are perfect, but we need to treat our potential students with respect. I just don't think we should be trying to hide information from consumers. I'm at a law school ranked by No. 9. I think we should be ranked higher than that. I'm hurt by the rankings."
- David Yellen (Loyola-Chicago, #82): "The change would mean that the publication would have to rely almost exclusively on the ABA data, which would intensify the gaming among schools that already occurs. Not participating not only wouldn't accomplish getting rid of the rankings, it could be worse than it is now."