Paul L. Caron

Monday, December 3, 2007

New York Law School Rankings by 2007 Bar Exam Results

Here are the school-by-school data from the July 2007 bar exam compiled by the New York Law Journal in Law Schools Report Record Gains in Bar Exam Pass Rate, by Thomas Adcock, as well as each school's 2007 U.S. News & World Report ranking [click on chart to enlarge]:


Several interesting aspects of the rankings:

  • Cardozo cracked the Top 3, ousting the much higher ranked Cornell (#52 v. #13).  This result is particularly anomalous, given the Princeton Review data reporting that Cornell students study more than students at the other 169 law schools surveyed.
  • New York Law School cracked the Top 5, ousting the much higher ranked Fordham (Tier 3 v. #25) 
  • The four schools reporting double-digit gains from their 2005 results attributed much of the improvement to new bar preparation courses offered to students:
    • CUNY:  +21
    • New York Law School:  +16
    • Pace:  +16
    • Hofstra:  +14
    • Touro:  +14

For more, see Above the Law and New York Post.

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I don't know if Cornell students study more for the bar or not. But back when I was at Cornell (20 years ago), it was common for most students (myself included) to take the bar prep class in Ithaca, where there are fewer distractions than in, for example, NYC.

Posted by: Carolyn Elefant | Dec 3, 2007 7:12:26 PM

Does anyone really take the self-reported stat that Cornell or Roger Williams students study "more"?

If anything such survey results indicate that at some schools it students think it is hip to say that one studies more. It is next to impossible to verify these numbers or even whether the students are gaining anything by the extra minutes per week they are studying.

By the same token, in terms of real numbers (not percentages) there were not major changes, so I am not going to go so far as to say that the numbers were anomalous.

I think what MIGHT be more telling is the overall increase in NY’s passage rate. Perhaps this is the result of easier grading, but I don’t know for sure.

Posted by: S.cotus | Dec 3, 2007 9:21:44 AM