Paul L. Caron

Friday, January 21, 2011

Crowdsourced Law School Rankings

The Conglomerate's crowdsourced law school rankings  of 188 law schools have received over 209,000 votes -- here are the current Top 10 (which interestingly comprises the exact same schools as the U.S. News Top 10, in slightly different order):
  1. Yale (1 in U.S. News)
  2. Harvard (2)
  3. Stanford (3)
  4. Michigan (9)
  5. Pennsylvania (7)
  6. UC-Berkeley (7)
  7. Chicago (5)
  8. Virginia (10)
  9. Columbia (4)
  10. NYU (6)

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So what-and it will be the same in the next ten years-. Given the state of the legal system, it may demonstrate we need a new top ten as the old top ten has not produced any real meaningful change in the last 100 years. We still use a system that was designed in the 1500s refined in the 1800s and delivered in 2000s. Many of these law schools are not developing specialty programs that we can find at schools like John Marshall (LL.M in Employee Benefits) and Thomas Jefferson (LL.M in International Tax). While the old guard looks down on them, it is like Michigan Football looking down on Bosie State. Even this blog is quite creative-give credit to Paul Caron -oh wait a minute he is not on the top 10 stuffy school list-maybe that is why innovation will not come from Stuffy U.

Posted by: Nick Paleveda MBA J.D. LL.M | Jan 23, 2011 12:15:20 PM

What is the purpose of a lot of different polls all of which show Yale Harvard and Stanford at the top? Is anyone really looking at these schools, or is it simply a big circle? Much of the Yale faculty appears to be writing novels or books on motherhood.

Posted by: mike livingston | Jan 21, 2011 12:24:06 PM