Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

New 2008 U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings

The new 2008 U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings, scheduled to be officially released on Friday, have apparently leaked (Concurring Opinions, Law School Discussion, Volokh Conspiracy).  As Brian Leiter notes, "the 'overall' rank is a sheer nonsense number, most dramatically so outside the top 20-25." But folks do care (obsess) about the overall ranking, so here are the Top 25, and the change from last year's overall ranking [click on chart to enlarge]:


Here are the biggest moves among the Top 100 schools [click on chart to enlarge]:


Brian lists the Top 30 schools by academic and lawyer/judge reputation.

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How does a school leap 21 slots, or drop 20 slots in 1 year? Did faculty leave en masse from one to the other? Any ranking with that much volatility seems questionable.

Posted by: guy in the veal calf office | Mar 29, 2007 3:56:14 PM