Paul L. Caron

Thursday, February 20, 2014

2015 U.S. News Law School Rankings

US NewsRobert Morse, Director of Data Research for U.S. News & World Report, has announced that the 2015 law school rankings will be published online on March 11, 2014.  The 2015 edition of Best Graduate Schools will be available for sale on newstands on April 8, 2014.  There will be one change in the law school rankings:

In a change from previous years' rankings, we asked all ranked schools in the fields of law, medicine and education to supply U.S. News with names of working professionals or company contacts in their disciplines who hire their new graduates. U.S. News used a sampling of those names as the basis for creating the pool of nonacademics surveyed in those fields who were asked to rate the schools. 

U.S. News Law School Rankings for previous years:

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From TaxProf's earlier coverage of the new rankings:

"U.S. News is gathering the names of a maximum of 10 people who have had significant workplace interaction with each law school's recent graduates from each school to use as respondents"

I wonder if they will disclose how many "workplace interaction" people filled out the survey for each school. I mean, I have to imagine the response rate will be 1 in 10 or less; no one really wants to respond to this nonsense - at least judging by the perennial whingeing by all manner of higher education professionals w/r/t to these rankings and the prestige-o-meter peer evaluation section. For example, my dear alma mater graduated about 180 students in 2012. An incredible 40% of them got the proverbial LT, FT, license-required jobs (I'm sure all the rest became McKinsey consultants or ambassadors or CEO's, right?). That's 72 employed graduates. Assuming a 1 in 10 response rate, that's only 7 surveys from those workplace interaction individuals. And this is the substance behind an unknown portion of the prestige-o-meter? Give me a break.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Feb 20, 2014 12:33:33 PM

How did they complete the judges/lawyer survey in the past?

Posted by: Mrs. Ed Jenkins | Mar 7, 2014 1:20:20 PM