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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The 10 Best (and 10 Worst) Law School Websites

Jason Eiseman (Librarian for Emerging Technologies, Yale) & Roger V. Skalbeck (Associate Law Librarian for Electronic Resources & Services, Georgetown) have published Top 10 Law School Home Pages of 2010, 14 Green Bag 2d 339 (2011).  Here is the abstract:

This ranking report attempts to identify the best law school home pages based exclusively on objective criteria. The goal is to assess 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.

Ranking results in this report represent reasonably relevant elements. In this report, 200 ABA-accredited law school home pages are analyzed and ranked for twenty elements in three broad categories: Design Patterns & Metadata; Accessibility & Validation; and Marketing & Communications. As was the case in 2009, there is still no objective way to account for good taste. For interpreting these results, we don't try to decide if any whole is greater or less than the sum of its parts.

The ten best and ten worst law school home pages of 2010 are:

1

Illinois

2

Wayne State

3

Chicago

 

Michigan State

 

Nebraska

6

Florida Coastal

 

George Washington

 

Maine

 

USC

10

New Mexico

 

Pepperdine

 

Roger Williams

 

Tennessee

 

Washington & Lee

 

 

190

District of Columbia

 

Charleston

192

Missouri-Kansas City

193

Suffolk

 

UNLV

195

Montana

196

Dickinson

 

Puerto Rico

 

Southern

199

California-Western

 

Catholic U. Puerto Rico

For the 2009 law school home page rankings, see here.

Update: National Law Journal, Law School Web Sites Judged; Some Found Wanting

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Comments

It should be noted that the authors used the wrong website in evaluating the Charleston School of Law. They reference the old .org website the school had before it was accredited. The site they should have looked at was:

http://www.charlestonlaw.edu/

Posted by: Richard Gershon | Jan 26, 2011 9:29:01 AM