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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

U.S. News to Rank Part-Time J.D. Programs

I previously blogged (links collected here) the announcement by Robert Morse, Director of Data Research at U.S. News & World Report, that the magazine is considering counting both full-time and part-time entering student admission data for the median LSAT score and median undergraduate GPA ranking categories.  Morse announced yesterday that U.S. News "is carefully contemplating the potential impact of such a methodology change: We will not make a decision until January 2009.

Mr. Morse also announced that U.S. News will publish its first-ever rankings of part-time J.D. programs:

In order to compile this first-ever ranking, we have added questions on rating part-time J.D. law programs to the annual U.S. News reputation peer assessment survey that we send to top administrators at each school accredited by the American Bar Association. We’re asking each of these law school academics—four at each school—to nominate up to 15 top part-time J.D. programs. In addition, we will also soon start collecting admissions statistics from each part-time J.D. program about the median LSAT score, undergraduate grade-point average, and acceptance rate of the class that entered in the fall of 2008. We plan to determine the final part-time program ranking methodology after we have gathered and analyzed the part-time peer assessment, admissions, and enrollment data.

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