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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The 10 Best (and 10 Worst) Law School Websites

Roger V. Skalbeck (Associate Law Librarian for Electronic Resources & Services, Georgetown) has published Top 10 Law School Home Pages of 2009, 13 Green Bag 2d 289 (2010).  Here is the abstract:

The website home page represents the virtual front door for any law school. It’s the place many prospective students start in the application process. Enrolled students, law school faculty and other employees often start with the home page to find classes, curricula and compensation plans. Home page content changes constantly. Deciding which home pages are good is often very subjective. Creating a ranking system for “good taste” is perhaps impossible.

The ranking report "Top 10 Law School Home Pages of 2009" includes a tabulation of fourteen objective design criteria to analyze and rank 195 law school home pages. The intent was to count only objective criteria to attempt to find the best sites. All law school home pages were ranked based on a weighted analysis of these criteria. Pictures of the ten best sites are included in the report, followed by a full tabulation of all schools evaluated for the report. The goal was to include elements that make websites easier to use for sighted as well as visually-impaired users. Most elements require no special design skills, sophisticated technology or significant expenses.

The ten best and ten worst law school home pages are:

1

George Mason

2

Virginia

3

Wayne State

4

University of Washington

5

Harvard

 

Regent

7

Loyola-Chicago

 

Notre Dame

9

Illinois 

 

Washburn

 

 

186

California-Western

 

University of Mississippi

 

Case Western

 

Duquesne

 

UNLV

191

Alabama

 

Appalachian

193

Whittier

 

Touro

195

University of Puerto Rico

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