Monday, May 3, 2010
While other law school deans complain about the U.S. News & World Report rankings, Al Garcia did something about it.
The dean of St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, Fla., boycotted the annual rankings, considered by some one of the most important and prestigious measures of a law school. He refused to fill out the survey.
"I have personally stood in front of The Florida Bar's standing committee on professionalism and attacked U.S. News & World Report because it does a disservice to groups like us that represent minorities," Garcia said. "Everybody decries the survey, but everyone participates in the survey. Boycotting is not going to solve matters, but I figured I would put my money where my mouth is."
But while St. Thomas University's information box on the magazine's annual rankings is the only one to include all zeros and "not availables," the school is not the only one to complain about the survey issued this month -- some bitterly.