Paul L. Caron

Monday, May 3, 2010

Florida Law School Dean Boycotts U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News Logo (2011), Florida Law School Dean Boycotts 'U.S. News' Rankings Survey:

While other law school deans complain about the U.S. News & World Report rankings, Al Garcia did something about it.

The dean of St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, Fla., boycotted the annual rankings, considered by some one of the most important and prestigious measures of a law school. He refused to fill out the survey.

"I have personally stood in front of The Florida Bar's standing committee on professionalism and attacked U.S. News & World Report because it does a disservice to groups like us that represent minorities," Garcia said. "Everybody decries the survey, but everyone participates in the survey. Boycotting is not going to solve matters, but I figured I would put my money where my mouth is."

But while St. Thomas University's information box on the magazine's annual rankings is the only one to include all zeros and "not availables," the school is not the only one to complain about the survey issued this month -- some bitterly.

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Tricky title. It would have been a much bigger deal if the University of Florida boycotted the rankings. It is not such a big deal when a lower tier 4 school protests rankings. It is way too self serving. I think St. Thomas should add themselves to law laughs -

Posted by: lawguy | May 3, 2010 12:48:06 PM

Good move. Hopefully a higher ranked school will follow.

Posted by: anon | May 4, 2010 3:16:34 AM

If they didn't use stop watches in track, I would have made the Olympics.

I bet the Professor grades his students' performances? How is that qualitatively different than the grading of a law school's performance?

When Mr. Garcia elminates grading altogether then I'll take his it's-not-nice-to-judge-others stance more seriously. And he could even go a step further and come out against law school admission standards. After all, getting a rejection letter can make some people feel awfully bad about themselves.

Posted by: Peter | May 4, 2010 5:50:26 AM