Saturday, May 2, 2020
Noah Chauvin (J.D. 2019, William & Mary), Finally, a Use for the U.S. News Law School Rankings, 11 Cal. L. Rev. Online 1 (2020):
The U.S. News & World Report law school rankings are highly influential among people applying to law school. Nonetheless, they are widely panned among the legal community for the often-arbitrary criteria they use to distinguish between law schools. In this essay, I seek to rescue the rankings from this derision by proposing a novel use for them: picking the winner of college football games against the spread.
I report the results of an experiment in which I applied this method, and briefly discuss what these exciting new findings will mean for the future of the U.S. News rankings and their reputation in the legal community.