Thursday, February 21, 2013
The National Jurist has revised its new law school rankings system after admitting it made errors in 67% of the law school data it originally reported from RateMyProfessors.com (which counts 20% in their rankings). Jonathan Adler (Case Western) and Brian Leiter (Chicago) rightly argue that the National Jurist should scuttle their rankings:
Adler: "Even if one were to believe that it was reasonable to use RMP scores in the first place — and it was not (as discussed here and here) — this degree of sloppiness is appalling. It was utterly irresponsible for NJ to go to press with rankings based on such slipshod work, and a disservice to the prospective students NJ was purporting to serve. Brian Leiter is correct – NJ should simply confess error, deep six these rankings, and start over from scratch."
Leiter: "The editors have appended a list of articles on "Rate My Professors," but as I noted before, the literature (if you actually read it) does not support the use to which National Jurist put it. They still should withdraw the entire ranking, and hire some educational and statistical consultants to come up with a worthwhile metric."