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Monday, April 20, 2009

Early Release of 2010 U.S. Law School Rankings

Although the 2010 U.S. News Law School Rankings are scheduled for release on Thursday, April 23, the Internet is abuzz with early copies -- these scans of the Top 100 (via The Faculty Lounge) appear legitimate.  If so, here are the biggest moves among the Top 50:

  • Indiana-Bloomington #23 (+13)
  • UC-Davis #35 (+9)
  • North Carolina #30 (+8)
  • Utah #45 (+6)
  • Cardozo #49 (+6)
  • BYU #41 (+5) 
  • Washington & Lee #30 (-5)
  • Arizona #43 (-5)  
  • George Washington #28 (-8)
  • Colorado #45 (-13)

Here are the biggest moves among #51-#100:

  • San Diego #61 (+21)
  • Gonzaga #100 (+18)
  • SUNY-Buffalo #85 (+15)
  • San Francisco #98 (+14)
  • LSU #75 (+13)
  • UNLV #75 (+13)
  • Lewis & Clark #61 (+12)
  • Georgia State #65 (+12)
  • Penn State #65 (+12)
  • Miami #71 (+11)
  • Denver #77 (+11)
  • Kansas #65 (+8)
  • Marquette #87 (+9)
  • Case Western #55 (+8)
  • South Carolina #87 (+8)
  • Villanova #61 (+7)
  • Oregon #77 (+5)
  • Maine #100 (+5)
  • Florida #51 (-5)
  • Loyola-Chicago #87 (-5)
  • UConn #52 (-6)
  • Temple #65 (-6)
  • Missouri-Columbia #65 (-6)
  • Catholic #94 (-6)
  • Northeastern #94 (-6)
  • Tennessee #59 (-7)
  • Loyola-L.A. #71 (-8)
  • Santa Clara #85 (-8)
  • New Mexico #77 (-9)
  • Richmond #77 (-9)
  • Baylor #65 (-10)
  • Rutgers-Newark #87 (-10)
  • Chicago-Kent #77 (-11)
  • Seton Hall #77 (-11)
  • Indiana-Indianapolis #87 (-19)

For a list of all of the moves of the Top 100, see here.

Update:  For a list of the 2010 overall and academic peer reputation rankings of all 186 law schools, see here.

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Comments

Going from 36 to 23 is suspect, wouldn't you think?

Posted by: Buford T. Jones | Apr 20, 2009 7:05:07 AM

San Diego's jump can be attributed primarily to Paul Caron's continued summer Tax 1 teachings at the institution.

Posted by: matt | Apr 20, 2009 10:46:28 AM

Can a jump of 21 spots be attributed solely to 1 professor's summer school class?

I thought it was a combination of various factors including employment after graduation, admitted students, etc?

Posted by: Janice Smith | Apr 20, 2009 11:37:53 AM

Something's wrong with Brooklyn's scoring. US News lists Brooklyn as not having a part time program at all when it lists the part-time rankings -- and when the LSAT scores are listed in the full time rankings, they seem to list only the full time students for Brooklyn, rather than include the part-timers as they do for everyone else. Including the part time scores for Brooklyn brings the LSAT down significantly.

Posted by: Jims | Apr 20, 2009 12:16:01 PM

Other than Matt's astute observation, the jumping around during a 12 month period calls into question the rankings accuracy. How can a school get so much better or worse in 1 year?

Posted by: Kerplunk | Apr 21, 2009 12:15:15 PM

To anyone who has taken 11th grade Statitics, this survey is idiotic garbage.

Does anyone see the sponsor on the sides of the blog, Thompson Reuters? Reuters is a foam at the mouth rabid, antisemitic, biased, propaganda organ. It has the credibility of the Islamic Republic Wire. It is shocking that responsible academic lawyers would collaborate with and accept the sponsorship of such a hate filled, virulently, antisemitic organization.

I don't know if Prof. Caron is Jewish or not. It is doubly offensive if he is. If he is, he needs to repent.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 21, 2009 6:03:58 PM

Is a PT ranking listed for UConn? It, along with BLS, are conspicuously absent from the lists I see.

Posted by: plonk | Apr 22, 2009 11:56:05 AM

Apparently, GW's precipitous fall was based on inclusion for the first time ever of PT prgm admissions data. Does anyone else find it rather perplexing, if not criminal, that GULC, which is known to game the rankings via its part-time prgm to the same extent that GW does, did not fall out of the top 14? I simply can't square how GW would fall 8 spots to GULC's zero if the perceived basis for GW's fall is correct. Given their severely-flawed nature, I try not to pay too much attention to the US News rankings, but unfortunately, many of the employers that I would like to work for upon graduation do. I would also like to note the serious disservice that Robert Morse does to his credibility as an alleged professional by feebly attempting to argue that yet another, severely-flawed law school ranking, lends even a shred of legitimacy to the US News rankings. For those of you who have not seen this recent post, I think the following is a pathetic, if not insulting, failed rejoinder to criticisms of his magazine's rankings methodology:

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/college-rankings-blog/2009/3/26/a-new-ranking-of-law-schools-effects-on-other-law-schools.html

For the sake of partial disclosure, in case I am received as an upset GW law student, I do not attend GW law school, but concededly think highly of it.

Posted by: Suspicious 2L | Apr 22, 2009 12:07:34 PM