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Friday, December 22, 2017

More On The Most Underrated Law Schools In America

2018 U.S. News Law 2Following up on my previous posts:

ABA Journal, These 7 Law Schools May Be the Most Underrated:

The most underrated schools are:

  1. Brigham Young (ranked 20th based on student credentials and 46th by U.S. News, a 26-spot differential.)
  2. Pepperdine (47th on student credentials and 72nd by U.S. News, a 25-spot differential.)
  3. University of Nebraska (37th on credentials and 57th by U.S. News, a 20-spot differential.)
  4. College of William & Mary (24th on credentials and 41st by U.S. News, a 17-spot differential.)
  5. Northeastern (48th on credentials and 65th by U.S. News, a 17-spot differential.)
  6. Southern Methodist University (35th based on credentials and 46th by U.S. News, an 11-spot differential.)
  7. George Mason (32nd based on credentials and 41st by U.S. News, a nine-spot differential.)

The study authors are University of Kentucky law professor Brian Frye and doctorate student Christopher Ryan Jr. of Vanderbilt University. The study will be published in the Alabama Law Review.

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Funny how several of those schools are known for having a more conservative faculty. I’m guessing (in light of the liberal bias that pervades legal education) that has much to do with their lower ranking.

Posted by: Anon | Dec 25, 2017 7:35:23 PM


1) Law and Economics, which is decidedly not liberal, has been the dominant legal theory for decades now.

2) Northeastern is usually voted the most liberal or second-most liberal law school in the land in listicles like USNWR and Princeton Review (it vies for the title with American University)

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Dec 26, 2017 8:17:20 AM