Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Above the Law, Schools Touting Appearance In ‘Best Law Schools’ Sponsored Content Article:
If your school is paying to be hailed as one of the “Best Law Schools [of] 2016,” then it’s probably not one of the actual “Best Law Schools of 2016.” And yet, a few law schools appear to be banking on some less-than-diligent prospective students who might take a passing reference in a sponsored article as genuine praise. Moreover, the schools are actively patting themselves on the back for these accolades that they actually paid for in the first place! ...
Nonetheless, a string of law schools, mostly in the “Rank Not Published” cellar of the U.S. News & World Report rankings, have profiles up in the “Best Law Schools 2016” section of Newsweek — U.S. News and World Report’s sadder former news magazine competitor — along with a glowing article about their accomplishments. It seemed suspicious when Nova Southeastern, Appalachian School of Law, and Western State College of Law at Argosy University all showed up in a section like that, so we did some digging and found this rate sheet (screenshots available here).
Moral of the story, for the low, low cost of $9,950 (for a national run) or $5,950 (for a run in the school’s home state and up to three other states of its choosing) Newsweek will tag any school as one of the best (we reached out to Newsweek to verify these rates but they did not respond). New York Law School and the University of Maryland School of Law also show up in this abomination, but at least they’re ranked by U.S. News. Seattle University and St. Thomas University School of Law appear in the accompanying article, but their profiles aren’t accessible in the margin. ...