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Monday, May 4, 2015

The U.S. News Law School Academic Reputation Scores, 1998-2015

2016 U.S. News RankingsRobert L. Jones (Northern Illinois), Academic Reputation Scores for Law Schools Continue Their Decline in 2015:

This essay summarizes the results of the U.S. News & World Report rankings published in 2015 with respect to the academic reputation scores of law schools.  In addition to analyzing the most recent results for the U.S. News rankings, the essay supplements the more extensive longitudinal study published by this author in 2013 [A Longitudinal Analysis of the U.S. News Law School Academic Reputation Scores between 1998 and 2013, 40 Fla. St. L. Rev. 721 (2013)].  The article also includes updated appendices from the prior study that catalog the U.S. News academic reputation scores for every law school between 1998 and 2015.

Chart A

Chart E

Chart F

Biggest Changes in U.S. News Peer Reputation, 1998-2015

Law School

1998

2015

Change

Alabama

2.5

3.2

+0.7

Michigan State

1.8

2.3

+0.5

Pepperdine

2.2

2.6

+0.4

Texas A&M

1.5

1.9

+0.4

Florida State

2.6

2.9

+0.3

Georgia State

2.2

2.5

+0.3

 

 

 

 

Wisconsin

3.8

3.3

-0.5

Illinois

3.6

3.1

-0.5

Catholic

2.6

2.1

-0.5

New York Law School

2.3

1.8

-0.5

Albany

2.2

1.7

-0.5

Case Western

3.1

2.5

-0.6

Wayne State

2.6

1.9

-0.7

Chart D

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