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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

U.S. News Law School Rankings By Elevation

I was inspired by this item in yesterday's Chronicle of Higher Education Daily briefing:

U.S. News Generic RankingsIn the status-conscious world of higher ed, rankings — however methodologically flawed — exercise a profound and dubious influence on campus and off. Who’s in, and who’s out? Who’s up, and who’s down? So it was not surprising recently to see a question on Quora about where Emory University stands in the academic pecking order. Is it “on the same level as UChicago, UPenn, Cornell, Columbia, and Northeastern, or is it on the same level as UC Berkeley, UCLA, Michigan, CMU, and USC?”

Several dreary replies indulged the questioner’s horse-race view of higher ed. Then Jeff Erickson, a computer-science professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, weighed in. Emory, he wrote, topped Chicago but was below Cornell — in terms of their elevation above mean sea level. He then provided a topographical ranking of all those universities, led by Carnegie Mellon, at 971 feet. At the bottom was Northeastern, at just 13 feet. Erickson’s refreshing view of what really counts in academic stature prompted us to apply it more widely. For example, under his vision, the University of Colorado at Boulder, at over a mile high, might well be the acme of American higher ed, towering over that puny college in Cambridge, Mass., a mere 10 feet above sea level.

Here are the U.S. News Top 50 law schools, re-sorted by their elevation above sea level:

Elevation Rank School Elevation (Feet) Overall Rank
1 Colorado 5,387 48
2 Utah 4,682 43
3 BYU 4,649 29
4 Arizona 2,431 46
5 Arizona State 1,093 25
6 Washington & Lee 1,043 35
7 Wake Forest 935 41
8 Emory 925 29
9 Wisconsin 883 29
10 Michigan 876 10
11 Minnesota 840 22
12 Cornell 817 13
13 Indiana (Maurer) 764 43
14 Notre Dame 735 22
15 Illinois 728 29
16 Ohio State 725 40
17 Iowa 692 29
18 Georgia 659 27
19 Texas 600 16
20 Chicago 591 4
21 Northwestern 587 12
22 Virginia 568 8
23 Vanderbilt 551 16
24 Washington Univ. 541 16
25 North Carolina 469 24
26 George Mason 430 41
27 Pepperdine Caruso 427 46
28 UCLA 397 14
29 Duke 384 10
30 UC-Berkeley 282 9
31 Boston College 213 29
32 Alabama 207 25
33 Maryland 200 50
34 USC 184 19
35 Florida State 174 48
36 Florida 151 21
37 Univ. of Washington 148 45
38 Columbia 128 4
39 Fordham 89 35
40 Yale 79 1
41 Stanford 72 2
41 William & Mary 72 35
43 UC-Irvine 69 35
44 UC-Hastings 62 50
45 George Washington 59 27
46 Penn 56 6
47 UC-Davis 52 35
48 Georgetown 43 15
49 NYU 36 6
50 Harvard 20 3
51 Boston Univ. 16 20

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2021/05/us-news-law-school-rankings-by-elevation.html

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