Paul L. Caron

Friday, April 14, 2023

U.S. News Delays Release Of Law School Rankings By One Week Due To 'Unprecedented Number Of Inquiries From Schools.' Is Bar Data To Blame?

US News (2023)Update

At 3:15 PM ET today, U.S. News emailed Deans and other law school administrators the following:

As part of its normal graduate school ranking publication process every year, U.S. News gives schools an opportunity to review their data during an “embargo period”. This year, we received an unprecedented number of inquiries from schools and are devoting additional time to comprehensively address these inquiries.

As a result, U.S. News will now publish the full 2023-2024 Best Graduate School Rankings on April 25, 2023.

Schools participating in the embargo period will receive a link to the updated embargo site on Wednesday, April 19. Information found on that site will be embargoed until 12:01 am ET on Tuesday, April 25, at which time it will be live at

In my March 15 post, Preview Of The 2024 U.S. News Law School Rankings: First-Time Bar Passage, I noted apparent miscalculations or discrepancies/inconsistencies in the data of eleven law schools on the ABA bar passage spreadsheet of all 196 law schools and noted the ABA's warning at the top of the spreadsheet:

First Time Bar Passage Calendar Year 2021 (Any corrections in the data after April 23, 2021 can be found at

I wonder if U.S. News relied on the ABA bar passage spreadsheet without checking the ABA site for corrected data for updated bar passage information for each of the 196 law schools. 

Shades of 2021:

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