Paul L. Caron

Saturday, May 2, 2020

U.S. News Law School Rankings And College Football

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):

USNCFThe 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.

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If you'd assumed that the school with the "worse" law school must have the better football team, you'd have gone 42-36, instead of 36-42. So maybe your research did in fat prove that the law school rankings are valuable.

Posted by: Robert Nassau | May 2, 2020 2:37:53 PM