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Friday, February 15, 2013

2014 U.S. News Law School Rankings

U.S News LogoRobert Morse, Director of Data Research for U.S. News & World Report, announced yesterday that the 2014 law school rankings will be published online on March 12, 2013. The 2013 edition of Best Graduate Schools will be available for sale on newstands on April 9, 2013. There will be one change in the law school rankings methodology:

In the 2014 edition, we made a change in the law school rankings methodology used to compute placement rates for 2011 J.D. graduates employed at graduation and nine months after graduation.

U.S. News Law School Rankings for previous years:

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I've always hated the US News's ranking system. Much more impressed by the National Jurist Law School rankings which look more heavily to practical items, like student employment and debt.

Posted by: Tymon Daniels | Feb 15, 2013 6:41:16 AM

I am not sure if debt should be counted in rankings. If a prospective student is using the list, he can see the price, and can see what scholarships he has, and can weigh that against the rankings. If the rankings themselves cover cost, it is like counting that factor twice.

Posted by: Hughy | Feb 15, 2013 9:33:46 AM

Tymon Daniels, while employment outcomes are very important, the National Jurist rankings are far more outrageous than US News rankings. as a substantial factor in the rankings?!

Posted by: Steve R | Feb 15, 2013 1:44:02 PM

US News is a destructive "one size fits all" biased ranking, but obviously ALL law schools have to deal with this commercialized dynamic. I can think of nothing that has distorted considerations of actual intellectual quality and meaning in teaching, innovation, productivity quality as much as the US New rankings. They are unfortunately symptomatic of an American psychosis and fascination with irrelevant numbers over individualized context and relevance. Go to your supermarket and see at the check out stand how many things are based on flawed and false numbers. The US News stuff is the "National Enquirer" but the law schools don't make them pay for the costly BS because at least half the schools benefit and lack courage. BUT until the academic world somehow creates the ability to say "shut the hell up" these anti-educational dishonest rankings systems still mess things up. Figure out a way, even under the US First Amendment,. to say this is a "business degradation tort" in which your criteria must relate honestly and empirically to real qualitative criteria.

Posted by: David Barnhizer | Feb 16, 2013 11:33:48 AM