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Monday, March 28, 2011

Missouri Dean Is 'Not Concerned' About 48-Point Fall in U.S. News Rankings (From 59 to 107)

Columbia Daily Tribune, University of Missouri Law School Again Drops in U.S. News’ List:

The University of Missouri School of Law has dropped to the 107th spot in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings, but Dean Larry Dessem isn’t taking much stock in the report. “I’m disappointed but not particularly surprised,” he said. “This is magazine marketing masquerading as social science.”

The law school’s ranking is down 14 notches from 93rd place last year. In 2010, MU tumbled from the 65th spot it held in 2009. [In 2008, Missouri ranked 59th]....

The rankings, Dessem said, “are becoming increasingly discredited, and they’re even less relevant if they don’t get good data.”

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Dean Dessem had better not take a blaise attitude with the students. Ask former University of Houston Law Dean Nancy Rappaport about that approach...

Posted by: Greg Lambert | Mar 28, 2011 5:52:06 AM

But on top of the weak showing in March Madness, it has to hurt.

Posted by: Michael A. Livingston | Mar 28, 2011 6:34:32 AM

Marketing though it may be, sadly too many people rely upon it as gospel, particularly when hiring.

Posted by: TaxHacker | Mar 28, 2011 9:57:49 PM

Missouri Dean is correct put together good programs, good professors and forget the farce US news.

Posted by: Nick Paleveda MBA J.D. LL.M | Mar 29, 2011 8:20:32 AM