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Friday, April 24, 2009

2010 U.S. News Rankings: Peer, Lawyer-Judge, LSAT & GPA

U.S. News Logo Here is a ranking from Nathan Gimpel of the 184 law schools using only four U.S. News measures:  Peer Assessment, Lawyer/Judge Assessment, LSAT, and GPA  (which together account for 62.5% in the U.S. News methodology), taking into account the data over the past two years.  Interestingly, the schools in the Top 17 under this measure are exactly the same as in U.S. News, with a slight re-ordering within the Top 17:

  • 1.  Yale (1 in U.S. News)
  • 2.  Harvard (2)
  • 3.  Stanford (3)
  • 4.  Columbia (4)
  • 5.  Chicago (6)
  • 6.  NYU (5)
  • 7.  UC-Berkeley (6)
  • 8.  Michigan (9)
  • 9.  Virginia (10)
  • 10. Penn (8)
  • 11. Duke (10)
  • 12. Cornell (13)
  • 13. Georgetown (14)
  • 14. Northwestern (10)
  • 14. Texas (15)
  • 16  UCLA (15)
  • 16. Vanderbilt (17)

Several schools rank much higher in this Assessment/LSAT/GPA ranking than they do in U.S. News, with the biggest differences + > 30 (Nebraska, 72 v. Tier 3) and +25 (Oregon, 52 v. 77): 

  • 20. George Washington (28 in U.S. News)
  • 22. North Carolina (30)
  • 25. Washington & Lee (30)
  • 29. Wisconsin (35)
  • 31. UC-Hastings (39)
  • 40. Tulane (45)
  • 42. Florida (51)
  • 47. Arizona State (55)
  • 52. Oregon (77)
  • 56. Missouri-Columbia (65)
  • 58. Temple (65)
  • 58. Miami (71)
  • 61. Pittsburgh (71)
  • 70. Chicago-Kent (77)
  • 72. Nebraska (Tier 3)
  • 76. Santa Clara (85)
  • 77. Rutgers-Newark (87)
  • 78. Indiana-Indianapolis (87)
  • 78. Loyola-Chicago (87)
  • 82. Catholic (94)
  • 85. St. Louis (94)
  • 98. Hawaii (Tier 3)
  • 98. Syracuse (Tier 3)

Several schools rank much lower in this Assessment/LSAT/GPA ranking than they do in U.S. News, with the biggest differences -25 (Georgia State, 90 v. 65), -20 (UNLV, 95 v. 75), -19 (Penn State, 84 v. 65), and -18 (SUNY-Buffalo, 103 v. 85):

  • 27. Boston University (20)
  • 28. Notre Dame (23)
  • 30. Illinois (23)
  • 35. Indiana (23)
  • 35. Fordham (30)
  • 37. U. Washington (30)
  • 41. Georgia (35)
  • 43. Alabama (30) 
  • 48. Maryland (43)
  • 49. George Mason (41)
  • 50. Utah (45)
  • 55. Cardozo (49)
  • 60. Florida State (52)
  • 64. Tennessee (59)
  • 66. Kentucky (55)
  • 67. Houston (59)
  • 68. Cincinnati (52)
  • 68. Brooklyn (61)
  • 71. Pepperdine (55)
  • 74. Lewis & Clark (61)
  • 82. Richmond (77)
  • 84. Penn State (65)
  • 87. Loyola-L.A. (71)
  • 88. Seattle (77)
  • 89. New Mexico (77)
  • 90. Georgia State (65)
  • 90. LSU (75)
  • 95. UNLV (75)
  • 95. South Carolina (87)
  • 100. St. John's (87)
  • 103. SUNY-Buffalo (85)
  • 117. San Francisco (98)

The methodology of these rankings is below the fold:

34% - 2010 Peer Assessment Scores
17% - 2010 Lawyer/Judge Assessment Scores 
10.625% - 2010 25th Percentile LSAT 
10.625% - 2010 75th Percentile LSAT
 6.375% - 2010 25th Percentile GPA
 6.375% - 2010 75th Percentile GPA
 6% - 2009 Peer Assessment Scores 
 3% - 2009 Lawyer/Judge Assessment Scores 
 1.875% - 2009 25th Percentile LSAT
 1.875% - 2009 75th Percentile LSAT
 1.125% - 2009 25th Percentile GPA
 1.125% - 2009 75th Percentile GPA

Note that this methodology uses 75%/25% percentile LSAT and GPA, while U.S. News uses LSAT and GPA medians.

Update:  For more, see Faculty Lounge.

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Comments

But that's why the rankings include objective factors. How is a Judge, who graduated from law school twenty or thirty years ago, possibly going to know whether Rutgers-Newark is currently better than Rutgers-Camden . . . or Yale than Harvard? What this is essentially saying is, let's back out all the data, and go with our prejudices. Fine, but if you are simply sticking with your prejudices, why bother with the rankings?

Posted by: mike livingston | Apr 24, 2009 4:22:29 PM

Next year, I wonder if US News will account for which students at which schools have the best health insurance and are thus better able to afford Aderrall and other "neuroenhancers." Probably not, seeing as how they still haven't figured a way to account for grade inflation and achievement gaps. Oh well.

Posted by: Joe Miller | Apr 24, 2009 9:11:13 PM

You say that the top 17 are the same except fo reordering, but 18 and 19 are also the same. The first change comes in at #20. Seems like you are slighting USC and WUSTL. I read your comment to mean there were changes at 18... not just to mean you cite only the first page of the report.

Posted by: observer | Apr 25, 2009 1:24:06 PM