July 1, 2008
Leiter and Solove Criticize Proposed Change to U.S. News Rankings Methodology
I previously blogged the announcement by Robert Morse, Director of Data Research at U.S. News & World Report, that the magazine is "seriously studying" two changes to its law school rankings methodology that would affect 24.5% of the overall ranking:
- Counting both full-time and part-time entering student admission data for the median LSAT score (12.5% of ranking) and median undergraduate GPA (10%) ranking categories.
- Compute the bar passage rate (2%) (school's bar pass rate/jurisdiction's bar passage rate) using only the data of first-time takers who are graduates of ABA-accredited schools.
Brian Leiter and Dan Solove both criticize the first proposed change because it will result in schools cutting back on their night programs and thus the opportunities they provide to nontraditional students,
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