Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

U.S. News Rankings: Law v. Undergrad, Part II

Following up on yesterday's post on the law schools that are more highly ranked by U.S. News than their parent universities:  several readers commented that since U.S News ranks more national universities (262) than law schools (184), a more meaningful measure would look at the disparity by percentiles rather than by absolute rank [click on chart to enlarge]:


Because U.S. News does not disclose the actual rank of schools in Tier 3 and Tier 4 of both rankings, I have assigned schools in those tiers the percentile ranking of the midpoint of those tiers.

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I would say the most useful conclusion of this study is that its author has too much time on his hands...

Posted by: Nick Baran | Nov 30, 2007 3:33:29 PM

Obsession over rankings does incalculable harm to the legal education system, and it is grossly irresponsible for an academic professional to lend his tacit support to this trend.

Oh wait... my law school is near the top of this list! Never mind, these rankings are great!

Posted by: Steve Perkins | Nov 30, 2007 5:04:47 AM

As law school rankings are so linked to "reputation (name recognition) surveys" and those surveys are tilted in favor of schools which pump out a ton of graduates, I would like to see a comparison of rankings handicapped by class size. At the very least, it would be another ranking which puts small Cincinnati near the top!

Posted by: wooga | Nov 15, 2007 1:52:39 PM

Another interesting measure to consider is size of law school endowment. I believe that, when I did a back-of-the-envelope calculation in around 2001, there was about a .88 correlation between law school ranking and endowment.

Posted by: Nancy Rapoport | Nov 14, 2007 1:02:58 PM