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Monday, December 5, 2022

NYU Is 15th Law School (And 12th Of Top 15) To Boycott U.S. News Rankings

Troy McKenzie (Dean, NYU), NYU Law Will Not Participate in U.S. News Rankings:

NYU (2023)New York University School of Law will suspend its participation in the U.S. News law school rankings.

Prospective law students need accurate information as they consider which school best fits their goals in pursuing a legal education.  At one time, U.S. News may have provided information that could not be found elsewhere.  That has changed.  The disclosures required of law schools by the American Bar Association, together with other sources of information that were not readily available 30 years ago when U.S. News began its law rankings, now give applicants transparent access to far more data about law schools.  In fact, the methodology used by U.S. News can give applicants a distorted view of the opportunities for successful professional paths available at law schools.

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December 5, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

The Impact Of The U.S. News Rankings Boycott On Individual Law Schools

This chart lists the current U.S. News ranking, as well as the average ranking over the past 5, 10, and 15 years (from Brad Areheart's article), of the 14 law schools boycotting the rankings as well as the 5 schools that have declined to join the boycott. The chart lists the difference between each school's current ranking and their 5, 10, and 15 year average ranking: a green + indicates that a school's current ranking is better than its historic average ranking; a red - indicates that a school's current ranking is worse than its average historic ranking.

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December 5, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

George Mason Is 5th Law School To Reject Boycott Of U.S. News Rankings

Washington Post, Law School Revolt Against U.S. News Rankings Gains Steam:

George Mason Scalia (2020)Ken Randall, dean of the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, which is ranked 30th, said he has no plans to withhold data from U.S. News. He’s sharply critical of their methodology, though, especially the reputational survey, which he compared to an Olympic diver climbing out of the pool, giving herself a “10” and then sitting down at the judging table to rate her competitors.

Randall said the rankings exert a powerful influence in the legal field. “The big bulk of schools,” everyone from about 15 to 100 or so, “really do think about rankings a lot,” Randall said. Applicants scrutinize them when deciding where to enroll. Employers bear them in mind when hiring.

A big law firm, he said, might look at hiring graduates in the top 30 percent of their class at a top-10 law school. But they might not dip so far down into the class to hire graduates from a lower-ranked school. “It’s a lot of weight,” Randall said.

Law.com, George Mason Law Becomes 5th School to Announce Plans to Continue with US News Rankings:

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December 5, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Saturday, December 3, 2022

With Penn And University Of Washington, 14 Law Schools Are Not Participating In U.S. News Rankings; Georgia Is 4th School To Resist Boycott

With Penn and the University of Washington, 13 law schools (including 10 of the T-14) will not participate in the U.S. News Law School Rankings:

Penn Carey Law, U.S. News Participation:

Penn Logo (2022)After careful consideration, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School will not submit the U.S. News & World Report institutional survey for this year as part of the ranking process. In the interest of greater transparency, we will make relevant data public so that anyone can see the inputs that make Penn Carey Law a leading law school and how our alumni launch careers in every sector of the legal profession.

As has been expressed and discussed elsewhere, the current U.S. News ranking methodology is unnecessarily secretive and contrary to important parts of the Law School’s mission, including Penn Carey Law’s increasing investment in need-based financial aid and public interest lawyering. We have directly and frankly shared these concerns with U.S. News and hope they will consider significant and meaningful changes in how data are calculated and published.

Tamara F. Lawson (University of Washington), Why UW Law Will Not Participate in U.S. News Rankings:

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December 3, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

More Commentary On The U.S. News Law School Rankings Boycott (Part 2)

US News Logo 2Reuters, Stay? Go? Law Schools Diverge in US News Rankings Revolt:

Bob Morse, who heads the U.S. News rankings, has been calling law school deans to discuss their participation, and some schools are likely waiting to see if he changes the rankings methodology to address the concerns raised by the boycotting schools, said law school admissions consultant Mike Spivey. U.S. News said in a statement Friday that its data team is having "conversations with law schools on these important topics."

New York Times:

  • Matthew Diller (Dean, Fordham):  [T]he law schools in the T14 are excellent, but there is no magic to the number 14, and the U.S. News algorithm includes as much “noise” as “signal.” ... Prospective students miss out when they substitute reliance on U.S. News rankings for their own research into which law schools are a good fit for them, given their academic records, interests, career goals and financial situations.
  • Susan Pace Hamill (Alabama):  ​As a law professor for more than 25 years, I applaud the recent boycott of the U.S. News & World Report rankings. The rankings serve only the periodical itself and deans adept at prioritizing favored metrics, especially test scores. More insidiously, the rankings harm students. In addition to motivating deans to award scholarships to students with the highest test scores instead of students with true financial need, and discouraging public interest work, at best the rankings provide students a one-dimensional picture.

Stephen Ferruolo (Former Dean, San Diego):

Finally! As a sometime law school dean, I can attest that the USNWR rankings have for too long been the principal metrics driving law school and university administrations in making decisions relating to admissions, expenditures and, above all, financial aid that have been detrimental to increasing access to law school and the legal profession for first generation students, advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, and supporting those students committed to public interest and public service. Congratulations to Dean Martinez of SLS and the other deans who have taken the lead in ending this travesty of looking to nonsensical and harmful magazine rankings as the principles driving strategic planning and budgetary allocations. I certainly recognize it will be harder for many lesser ranked law schools to follow. But follow they must! It would have given me such pleasure and satisfaction to have been one of the first among them. Go SLS.

Reuters, Why Rankings-'Obsessed' Law Students May Stick with U.S. News:

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December 3, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, December 1, 2022

An Access And Equity Ranking Of America's 63 Public Law Schools

Christopher L. Mathis (Iowa; Google Scholar), An Access and Equity Ranking of Public Law Schools, 74 Rutgers U.L. Rev. 677 (2022):

Rutgers Law ReviewOver the past few decades, several comprehensive ranking systems, including the influential U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Schools rankings, have emerged to provide useful information to prospective law students seeking to enroll in law school. These ranking systems have defined what is measured as “quality” and what outcomes law schools focus on to gain a better position in the ranking. These rankings fail to measure what many law schools claim to be one of their longstanding goals— diversity, access, and equity.

One of the problematic and shocking reasons U.S. News cites for not including diversity measures in the ranking is that law schools themselves have no consensus on diversity. I counter this argument, asserting that while there may not be widespread consensus—for certain people—on diversity, there is substantial academic scholarship and agreement on the tenets of diversity that ranking enthusiasts can use to design an effective diversity measure. I maintain that any ranking that does not include diversity, access, and equity measures often leave communities of color and their interests in the margins. Therefore, this Article seeks to center the needs of Black and Latinx prospective law students through a new ranking system

Given that public law schools aim to increase racial/ethnic diversity—that is, the number of racial/ethnic minoritized students—because of their institutional missions, the Article provides the first ranking of public law schools on “Access and Equity” measures. It describes ranking law schools based on measurable outcomes related to diversity, access, and equity. This ranking uses twelve access and equity measures that are significant to Black and Latinx law school fit. This “Access and Equity Ranking” is the only ranking to date that will help Black and Latinx students identify which public law schools centers their needs.

The Top 25 law schools under this measure are:

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December 1, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

Wash U Joins Chicago And Cornell In Refusing To Boycott U.S. News Law School Rankings

Law.com, No. 16-Ranked Washington University Law Says It Will Not Bail on the US News Rankings:

Wash U (2022)On Tuesday, 16th-ranked Washington University in St. Louis School of Law joined 12th-ranked Cornell Law School and third-ranked University of Chicago Law School to continue providing information to U.S. News, amid a dozen law schools who have decided to pull out.

Russell K. Osgood, dean and professor of law at the law school, sent a statement to Law.com expressing his intentions to not withdraw from the rankings.

“Prospective law students should have multiple robust sources of information about law schools, and I am generally in favor of making information available,” Osgood said. “School websites can be incomplete, misleading or simply hard to compare.”

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December 1, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

More Commentary On The U.S. News Law School Rankings Boycott (Part 1)

Nicholas Allard (Founding Dean, Jacksonville Law School), Law Schools Are Right To Steer Clear Of US News Rankings:

For many years my academic colleagues have tolerated the rankings while acknowledging their profound methodological flaws and describing their insidious effects. There is a mountainous record of critical commentary and analysis on the subject. Less substantively and perhaps too bluntly, I once said that "the rankings may be good for lining a parakeet cage, but as a roadmap for students they're not useful."

Bloomberg, Will Yale’s US News Exit Spur More Focus on Location?:

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Chronicle of Higher Education, Can We Finally Topple The Tyranny of Rankings?:

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November 30, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

UC-Davis Is 12th Law School (5th In California) To Boycott U.S. News Rankings

Kevin R. Johnson (Dean, U.C. Davis), UC Davis Law Withdraws From U.S. News & World Report Rankings:

UC-Davis Logo (2022)Beginning today (Nov. 28), UC Davis School of Law will no longer provide data to U.S. News & World Report for use in compiling its law school rankings. This decision has been made after receiving guidance from the law faculty, campus leadership, students, alumni and others.

Major flaws with the U.S. News rankings are well-documented. Although law schools have in good faith worked with the magazine on improvements, U.S. News has failed to meaningfully change the rankings methodology. The survey techniques, accuracy and fairness of the rankings remain problematic, which produces a misleading ranking of law schools. Even small changes in one variable can lead to a dramatic shake-up of the rankings. The regular “corrections” of the rankings by U.S. News show their volatility and undermine their legitimacy.

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November 29, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, November 28, 2022

Yale Law School’s Revolt Of The Elites

The New Republic, Yale Law School’s Revolt of the Elites:

Yale Law Logo (2020)Yale University has the most elite law school in America, an institution so central to the production of future Supreme Court clerks and legal bigwigs that, in the space of a few months last year, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker all published lengthy features about whether one of its professors served drinks to students at a dinner party. So it made the news last week when Yale Law School Dean Heather K. Gerken issued a public statement declaring that the school would no longer willingly participate in the influential U.S. News & World Report law school rankings, setting off a mini-cascade of righteous quitting as Harvard, University of California, Berkeley, Stanford, Georgetown, and Columbia quickly followed suit.

But there was something strange about the spectacle of Dean Gerken denouncing as “profoundly flawed” a rankings system that identifies Yale itself as the #1 law school in the country—an evaluation with which, one would assume, she wholeheartedly agrees. The other quitters share rarefied air as well: All are in the U.S. News top 14 [except for UCLA and UC-Irvine].

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November 28, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Here’s Why Top Law Schools May Be Pulling Out Of The U.S. News Rankings

Following up on Saturday's post, Law School Admissions Without LSATs, Race, And Rankings:  The Daily Caller, ‘Writing On The Wall’: Here’s Why Top US Universities May Be Pulling Out Of High-Profile Ranking System:

U.S. News LogoTop law school[s] ... may be dropping out of the rankings ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action because they plan to deemphasize standardized tests in the admissions process and preserve diversity, but do not want to fall in the rankings process, experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“If affirmative action falls, we can expect to see a lot of educational institutions drop objective standards from their admissions practices,” John Sailer, fellow at the National Association of Scholars, told the DCNF. “This allows them to continue race-conscious admissions by other means. Already, we see schools embracing this workaround. These top law schools probably have that in mind as they back out of the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Ranking requires clear, objective standards, and if law schools hope to go test-optional, the ranking system presents an obvious problem.” ...

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November 28, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Law School Admissions Without LSATs, Race, And Rankings

Wall Street Journal Editorial, Law Schools Without LSATs:

The American Bar Association’s move to discard objective tests won’t enhance diversity.

The flight from merit continues across America, and it’s spreading fast in the legal profession. An arm of the American Bar Association (ABA), which accredits law schools, voted on Nov. 18 to end the requirement that prospective law students take the Law School Admission Test. ...

The vote is pending approval from the ABA House of Delegates in February. If adopted, it would make standardized testing optional in preparation for a career that demands a lot of standardized knowledge.

The LSAT has long been a target of diversity advocates who argue that the use of the test has limited minority enrollment in law schools because the test questions are allegedly biased in favor of white test takers. Detractors also object to the LSAT because affluent students often pay thousands of dollars to prepare for the test that is supposed to predict their first-year law school performance.

The ABA decision is best understood as an attempt to get ahead of a possible Supreme Court decision against the use of racial preferences in school admissions. By making the LSAT optional, schools will be able to admit the students they want without lowering the average LSAT score that is one measure of elite status. But the schools need the ABA to move first.

The irony is that giving up the LSAT is likely to harm students from less privileged backgrounds. In September, 60 law school deans—including Berkeley Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Loyola University Chicago Dean Michèle Alexandre and Boston University’s Angela Onwuachi-Willig—wrote the ABA to oppose making the admissions test optional on grounds that it would damage diversity. ...

Without an LSAT, untested law students will arrive at law school less prepared for the material, as well as less experienced with a rigorous testing format when they have to pass the bar exam in a few years. That is, if critics don’t next target the bar exam for elimination.

Bloomberg Law Op-Ed:  Ending Standardized Law School Tests Could Diminish Diversity, by Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, UC-Berkeley) & Daniel Tokaji (Dean, Wisconsin):

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November 26, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Penn Evaluates Whether To Join Boycott Of U.S. News Rankings By Ten Of Top 15 Law Schools

Penn Logo (2022)Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn Carey Law Evaluating Participation in U.S. News & World Report Rankings After Harvard, Yale Pull Out:

Spokesperson Meredith Rovine wrote in a statement to The Daily Pennsylvanian that Penn Carey Law “applauds Yale Law and Harvard Law for their leadership in raising key questions for all law schools,” and agrees that the rankings are not holistic. ...

“Penn Carey Law has substantially increased financial aid and support for students seeking public interest careers to meet these important needs. We are evaluating this issue and assessing a process for our own decision-making,” Penn Carey Law's statement said.

“The U.S. News algorithm severely undercounts money spent on financial aid for students, while fully rewarding schools for every dollar spent on faculty and administrator salaries,” Penn Carey Law’s statement read.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Penn Will Evaluate U.S. News Rankings in Light of Harvard and Yale’s Decision to Withdraw:

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November 26, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, November 25, 2022

Is This The Beginning Of The End Of The U.S. News Rankings Dominance?

Chronicle of Higher Education, Is This the Beginning of the End of the 'U.S. News' Rankings Dominance:

U.S. News LogoLess than one week after the dean of Yale Law School announced she would no longer cooperate with U.S. News & World Report on its annual rankings, several of her peers have followed suit. As of Tuesday, deans at 10 of the 15 top-ranked law schools had said they would stop sending their data to U.S. News.

The collective revolt came quickly — and with barbs. In their announcements, the deans criticized the algorithm that U.S. News analysts use to produce the rankings. “The rankings rely on flawed survey techniques and opaque and arbitrary formulas, lacking the transparency needed to help applicants make truly informed decisions,” wrote Kerry Abrams, dean of Duke Law. The methodology creates “perverse incentives,” wrote Jenny Martinez, Stanford Law School’s dean. ...

If the law deans’ criticism sounds familiar, it’s because it echoes the complaints that have been leveled for decades against an even bigger project: the magazine’s ranking of undergraduate colleges and universities. There, too, critics have said the magazine’s metrics are flawed, opaque, and harm equity efforts.

But seldom have institutions acted on their concerns, as Yale and its peers have recently. And if elite colleges are willing to withdraw their support from one U.S. News ranking in the name of equity, why not another? In other words, is the undergraduate ranking the next venue for this kind of protest?

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November 25, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, November 24, 2022

UC-Irvine Is First Non-Elite Law School To Join U.S. News Rankings Boycott

Austen Parrish (Dean, UC-Irvine), University of California, Irvine School of Law Withdraws From Participating in U.S. News Annual Law School Rankings:

UCI Law (2022)I write to share our decision to withdraw from participating in the U.S. News & World Report annual law school rankings — a decision that we have not reached lightly. Over the last several days, faculty have met to discuss as a group, and I have had conversations and meetings with staff, student leaders, alumni, and others. With thoughtful feedback and strong encouragement within our community, we will not be submitting proprietary data this year to U.S. News for use in its law school rankings.

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November 24, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Bill Henderson: The Dollars And Math Behind Yale Law School's Withdrawal From U.S. News — 'Are Limits on Federal Student Loans The Best Way To End The Rankings Madness?'

Bill Henderson (Indiana), The Dollars and Math Behind Yale Law’s Withdrawn From USN Rankings:

Yale USNYale Law School’s $1.2 billion share of the Yale University endowment provides approximately $63 million in operating funds, which translates into $106,000 per student. ... To be clear, these are the funds available before Yale Law collects its first dollar of tuition. Nonetheless, as the top-ranked law school in the US News rankings for more than 30 years, Yale has a superabundance of highly credentialed students who would be willing to pay or borrow the current cost of attendance. For the 2021-22 admission cycle, Yale admitted only 5.6% of applicants; of those admitted, 81% enrolled, making Yale the most selective and elite law school in the nation.

Among elite law schools, Yale clearly has the strongest balance sheet. Its closest competitors are Stanford Law ($76,000 in endowment funding per student) and Harvard ($56,000), which typically rank #2 or #3 in any given year. Among the rest of the T-14, endowment funding generates approximately $20,000 per student, with a high of $33,000 and a low of $4,000, albeit these figures, similar to Yale, may go up due to improved endowment performances, as pandemic-related fiscal and monetary policies tended to make the rich richer.

The big news, of course, is that Yale recently announced its withdrawal from the US News rankings, at least as an active participant. This decision, and its likely second-order effects for other law schools, are nearly impossible to accurately grasp without also understanding (1) the technical intricacies of how the US News rankings work, as this creates the underlying incentive structure; and (2) the significant risk that Yale was running by continuing to play the US News game, making it a poor data point for generalizing to other law schools. ...

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November 23, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Dan Solove: Slaying The U.S. News Law School Rankings Dragon

Daniel Solove (George Washington; Google Scholar), Slaying the US News Law School Rankings Dragon:

US News (2023)The battle against the US News Law School Rankings has finally begun. After decades of groaning and grumbling about how bad the rankings are, many top law schools have said they are withdrawing from the rankings, including 7 out of the top 10. I applaud this move, but I fear that law schools might break out the champagne too early. The battle might be won, but the war might ultimately be lost unless law schools do more than just withdraw.

Law schools aren’t really dropping out of the rankings; they are just pledging to refuse to submit certain data that US News wants. US News issued a statement declaring that it will continue ranking whether law schools cooperate or not. The dragon hasn’t been slain; it’s just not going to get some of the food it wants. ...

Reductive as rankings are, people crave rankings, and there is money in ranking for US News. Thus, don’t expect US News to fold.  Rankers gonna rank.  US News will just use whatever data it can get their hands on. ...

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November 23, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

UCLA Is Tenth Top 15 Law School To Refuse To Participate In U.S. News Rankings

Russell Korobkin (Interim Dean, UCLA), UCLA Law Will Not Participate in U.S. News & World Report Rankings:

UCLA Law (2022)As many of you know, a number of our peer schools have announced that they will not submit proprietary data this year to U.S. News and World Report for use in its annual law school rankings. After substantial and deliberate consultation with a variety of stakeholders, I write to tell you that, in the absence of significant and meaningful changes to the methodology employed in these rankings, we will also decline to participate this year.

Faced with the choice of where to attend law school, one of the most significant decisions of their lives, students reasonably search for some method of comparing the overall quality of law schools. Third-party rankings can provide a useful service in this regard if their methodology is transparent, if they value features of the schools’ programs that are reasonable proxies for educational quality, and if they provide incentives for schools to compete in ways that improve educational quality and ultimately benefit the legal profession.

Although no rankings can provide a perfect measure of quality, the U.S. News rankings are particularly problematic for a number of reasons:

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November 22, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Colin Diver: Are The U.S. News Rankings Finally Going To Die?

New York Times Op-Ed:  Are the U.S. News College Rankings Finally Going to Die?, by Colin Diver (Former Dean, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Former President, Reed College; Author, Breaking Ranks: How the Rankings Industry Rules Higher Education and What to Do About It (Johns Hopkins University Press 2022) (more here):

Breaking Ranks 6Yale’s law school made the stunning announcement last week that it would no longer participate in the influential rankings published annually by U.S. News & World Report. Given the outsize importance attributed to the rankings by prospective applicants and alumni, Yale’s decision sent shock waves through the legal profession, and indeed all of higher education. Yet the law schools at Harvard, Berkeley, Georgetown, Columbia, Stanford and Michigan [and Duke and Northwestern] quickly followed suit. Will the universities of which they are a part join the boycott? Will other colleges and professional schools do the same? Could this be the beginning of the end for college rankings?

I sure hope so.

Since their emergence in 1983, the U.S. News college rankings have grown into a huge juggernaut. They have withstood decades of withering criticism — from journalistsuniversity presidents and the U.S. secretary of education — that the methodology ignores the distinctive character of individual schools and drives institutions to abandon priorities and principles in favor of whatever tweaks will bump them up a notch or two.

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November 22, 2022 in Book Club, Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

With Duke And Northwestern, Nine Of T14 Refuse To Participate In U.S. News Law School Rankings

Kerry Abrams (Dean, Duke), Withdrawal From U.S. News Rankings:

Duke Law (2022)For more than 30 years, Duke Law School has participated in the annual ranking of law schools published by U.S. News. Although Duke Law has been among the top cohort of institutions in every edition, we have long had serious concerns that the design and influence of these rankings create incentives that are not aligned with our mission and our values. At a time of critical focus on access to legal education and the legal profession, we think it’s important to recognize this unfortunate impact and push for change. Therefore, Duke Law will no longer participate in the U.S. News rankings.

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November 22, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, November 21, 2022

Antitrust Implications Of The U.S. News Law School Rankings Boycott

Daniel A. Crane (Michigan), Antitrust Concerns on Firing U.S. News & World Report:

Yale Notice & CommentMy view on the merits is that the USNWR rankings scheme is bad for legal education, for many of the reasons articulated by Deans Gerken, Manning, and Chemerinksy. It’s not that rankings are necessarily bad—giving students, employers, and others information on law schools is important. The problem is that USNWR places weight on arbitrary and manipulable factors, which in turn pressure schools to allocate resources in ways that are detrimental to legal education, equity, and ultimately society at large. So sign me up for the project of breaking USNWR’s spell.

Ever since yesterday’s announcements, folks have been asking me whether there is a potential antitrust problem with any of this. ...

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November 21, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

Michigan Is Seventh T14 Law School To Refuse To Participate In The U.S. News Rankings

Mark D. West (Dean, Michigan), Michigan Law Will Not Participate in U.S. News Rankings:

Michigan Law Logo (2021)After talking with students, faculty, alumni, and staff, I have decided that it no longer makes sense for Michigan Law to participate in the U.S. News & World Report law school rankings process. As a public institution, serving the public interest has always been central to our mission. Over time, I increasingly have come to believe that the U.S. News law school rankings no longer serve the public interest. Although we have had sustained discussion for years within the Quad about parting ways with the rankings, it would have been difficult for us to take this step alone. I applaud Yale Law School (and Dean Heather Gerken, Michigan Law, ’94) for being first mover and share the concerns expressed by Yale and other schools that have withdrawn.

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November 21, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Why Law Schools Outside The T14 (Like UCLA, Wash U, George Mason, Boston University, Pepperdine) May Refuse To Join The U.S. News Rankings Boycott

David Lat (Original Jurisdiction), Yale And Harvard Law To U.S. News: Drop Dead:

US News (2023)In the world beyond YLS and HLS, some have criticized the schools’ withdrawal as threatening the rankings system, which these critics argue has utility for schools beyond the super-elite. The top-14, top-6, and top-3 schools barely change, so one could argue that the U.S. News rankings offered little informational value as to those schools. The entire so-called “T14” could secede, and not much would change; the old advice of “if you get into a T14 school, go” would still apply.

But beyond the T14, some schools have made dramatic jumps over the years, as reflected in their U.S. News rank—e.g., George Mason/Scalia Law or Pepperdine Law, former fourth-tier schools that are now #30 and #52, respectively. If YLS and HLS end up killing the law-school rankings, with U.S. News either leaving the space or making the ranks much more imprecise, how can these other schools demonstrate their progress? And how can law-school applicants make informed decisions when choosing between non-T14 schools?

New York Times, As More Top Law Schools Boycott Rankings, Others Say They Can’t Afford to Leave:

Some law schools — especially those just below the Top 14 — said that despite their qualms about the rankings and the tests, it could be hard to abandon them.

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November 21, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

U.S. News Law School Rankings, ABA Optional LSAT, And Harvard Affirmative Action Supreme Court Case

US News (2023)Wall Street Journal Editorial, Yale and Harvard Law Unrank Themselves:

Yale and Harvard law schools said this week they will no longer participate in the annual law-school rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. Readers may see no one to root for in a showdown between elite schools and the higher-ed ratings complex, but there’s a point to be made about what appears to be a flight from merit and transparency at these schools. ...

Dean Gerken gave away the game when she wrote: “Today, 20% of a law school’s overall ranking is median LSAT/GRE scores and GPAs. While academic scores are an important tool, they don’t always capture the full measure of an applicant. This heavily weighted metric imposes tremendous pressure on schools to overlook promising students, especially those who cannot afford expensive test preparation courses.”

This sounds like cover for a desire by Yale to be free to admit students with lower test scores in service to diversity, but without taking a hit to its exclusive reputation. Yale has long been No. 1 in the U.S. News rankings.

The LSAT isn’t perfect, but it is a good predictor of success in law school, particularly as grade inflation has rendered GPAs far less meaningful. The LSAT’s influence is also an equalizer. For the price of a prep book, a low- or middle-income applicant can use an excellent score to compete with thousands of affluent applicants with polished resumes or connections. Yet progressives have long hoped to kill the LSAT along with high-school standardized testing.

The timing here is notable given the Supreme Court may soon strike down the use of racial preferences in college admissions. The Yale and Harvard announcements look like attempts to adapt in advance. This is a reminder to the Justices that college administrators will find a way to skirt any three-pronged diversity test they might devise, or some other putative judicial compromise.

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November 21, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Saturday, November 19, 2022

The U.S. News Law School Rankings Are Like The Hotel California: You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave

Robert Morse (Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News), U.S. News Best Law Schools Rankings Will Continue to Inform Prospective Students:

US News (2023)U.S. News & World Report will continue to rank all fully accredited law schools, regardless of whether schools agree to submit their data.

A few law schools recently announced that they will no longer participate in the data collection process for the U.S. News Best Law Schools rankings. We respect each institution’s decision to choose whether or not to submit their data to U.S. News.

However, U.S. News has a responsibility to prospective students to provide comparative information that allows them to assess these institutions. U.S. News will therefore continue to rank the nearly 200 accredited law schools in the United States.

The U.S. News Best Law Schools rankings are designed for students seeking to make the best decision for their legal education. We will continue to pursue our journalistic mission of ensuring that students can rely on the best and most accurate information, using the rankings as one factor in their law school search.

Wall Street Journal, Georgetown, Columbia Join Schools Withdrawing From U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings:

“We believe that that’s a vote against accountability, it’s a vote against transparency, it’s a vote against equity, it’s a vote against students,” Eric Gertler, executive chairman and CEO of U.S. News & World Report, said of schools pulling out of the rankings.

In an interview Friday, shortly before Columbia announced its plan to withdraw, he said U.S. News will continue to compile its rankings with or without the schools’ cooperation. Much of the information it uses comes from publicly available sources; a share of the score is also based on peer reviews by lawyers and school administrators.

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November 19, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

With Stanford, Columbia And Georgetown, 6 Of The T14 Refuse To Participate In The U.S. News Law School Rankings

Jenny S. Martinez (Dean, Stanford), Stanford Law School Will Not Participate in US News Law School Ranking:

Stanford Law (2022)Stanford Law School has made the decision to withdraw from the US News law school ranking. US News and other rankings have long been a topic of conversation and internal study by our faculty at SLS. We know that well-formulated rankings, along with other publicly available data, can provide a valuable service to prospective students. In the spirit of providing useful information to prospective students and improving the ability of law schools to do their best for students, we have been one of a number of law schools who have approached US News over time with concrete suggestions to improve its ranking methodology, to no avail.

Stanford Law has stood near the very top of the rankings for many years, and we are lucky to be in a position where the rankings do not significantly affect our decisions.  However, we agree with many of the points that other schools have presented about how the rankings methodology distorts incentives in ways that are harmful to legal education as a whole. For example, the US News ranking methodology inappropriately discourages public service by treating students whose schools provide fellowships to support such work much the same as it treats students who are unemployed. In a world where interdisciplinary expertise is increasingly important, it also treats students pursuing another advanced degree, such as an MBA or PhD, as unemployed. The ways in which it weights per-student expenditures and measures debt, including excluding schools’ public service loan repayment programs, further distorts incentives in ways that act against students’ interests. Stanford Law School is proud to be one of the few law schools that offers exclusively need-based financial aid, and believes more schools across all tiers of legal education would be able to emphasize need-based financial aid, admit students from all walks of life, and keep expenditures down if the rankings methodology were different.

By joining with the other schools that have chosen to withdraw from participation in the US News rankings this year, we hope to increase the chances that the methodology is seriously overhauled, not only to reduce perverse incentives but to provide clearer and more relevant information that prospective students would find genuinely useful in making decisions about which law schools best match their interests and needs. In the meantime, we will be compiling data that we hope will be considerably more transparent and usable than the information that US News provides and will better help applicants determine whether SLS meets their educational and career aspirations. 

Gillian Lester (Dean. Columbia), Columbia Law Will Not Participate in U.S. News Rankings:

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November 19, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, November 17, 2022

UC-Berkeley Is The Third Top 10 Law School To Refuse To Participate In The U.S. News Rankings

Erwin Chemerinsky (UC-Berkeley), Berkeley Law Will Not Participate in the US News Rankings:

UC Berkeley (2016)After careful consideration, Berkeley Law has decided not to continue to participate in the US News ranking of law schools. Although rankings are inevitable and inevitably have some arbitrary features, there are aspects of the US News rankings that are profoundly inconsistent with our values and public mission.

Berkeley Law is a public school, with a deep commitment to increasing access to justice, training attorneys who will work to improve society in a variety of ways, and to empowering the next generation of leaders and thinkers, many of whom will come from communities who historically were not part of the legal profession. We are also committed to excellence: in our programs, scholarship, financial support, research, and certainly among our students. We take pride in producing attorneys who are highly skilled, highly sought after, and dedicated to public service and pro bono. This is who we are.

Rankings have the meaning that we give them as a community. I do not want to pretend they do not. And rankings will exist with or without our participation. The question becomes, then, do we think that there is a benefit to participation in the US News process that outweighs the costs? The answer, we feel, is no.

We want to be specific about the basis for this assertion. It is not about railing against rankings or complaining that they “hurt” us in some way. However, there are specific issues that we have struggled with for years, and raised with leadership at US News to no avail. These are:

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November 17, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Harvard Joins Yale In No Longer Participating In The U.S. News Law School Rankings

John Manning (Dean, Harvard), Decision to Withdraw from the U.S. News & World Report Process:

Harvard Law School Logo (2021)I write today to share with you that Harvard Law School will no longer participate in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, effective this year. (Yale Law School announced a similar decision earlier today). We at HLS have made this decision because it has become impossible to reconcile our principles and commitments with the methodology and incentives the U.S. News rankings reflect. This decision was not made lightly and only after considerable deliberation over the past several months.

Done well, such rankings could convey accurate, relevant information about universities, colleges, and graduate and professional schools that may help students and families make informed choices about which schools best meet their needs. However, rankings can also emphasize characteristics that potentially mislead those who rely on them and can create perverse incentives that influence schools’ decisions in ways that undercut student choice and harm the interests of potential students.

Over several years now, a number of schools — including Harvard Law School — have brought to the attention of U.S. News, either directly or through the U.S. News Law Deans Advisory Board, the concerns that have motivated us to end our participation in the U.S. News process. In particular, we have raised concerns about aspects of the U.S. News ranking methodology (also highlighted by our colleagues at Yale) that work against law schools’ commitments to enhancing the socioeconomic diversity of our classes; to allocating financial aid to students based on need; and, through loan repayment and public interest fellowships, to supporting graduates interested in careers serving the public interest.

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November 16, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Yale Law School Will No Longer Participate In 'Profoundly Flawed' U.S. News Rankings

Yale Law Today, Dean Gerken: Why Yale Law School Is Leaving the U.S. News & World Report Rankings:

Yale Law Logo (2020)For three decades, U.S. News & World Report, a for-profit magazine, has ranked the educational quality of law schools across the country. Since the very beginning, Yale Law School has taken the top spot every year. Yet, that distinction is not one that we advertise or use as a lodestar to chart our course. In fact, in recent years, we have invested significant energy and capital in important initiatives that make our law school a better place but perversely work to lower our scores. That’s because the U.S. News rankings are profoundly flawed — they disincentivize programs that support public interest careers, champion need-based aid, and welcome working-class students into the profession. We have reached a point where the rankings process is undermining the core commitments of the legal profession. As a result, we will no longer participate.

It’s entirely understandable that many schools feel compelled to adhere to a commercial magazine’s preferences, as the rankings are taken seriously by applicants, employers, and alumni. But rankings are useful only when they follow sound methodology and confine their metrics to what the data can reasonably capture — factors I’ve described in my own research on election administration. Over the years, however, U.S. News has refused to meet those conditions despite repeated calls from law school deans to change. Instead, the magazine continues to take data — much of it supplied by the law schools solely to U.S. News — and applies a misguided formula that discourages law schools from doing what is best for legal education. While I sincerely believe that U.S. News operates with the best of intentions, it faces a nearly impossible task, ranking 192 law schools with a small set of one-size-fits-all metrics that cannot provide an accurate picture of such varied institutions. Its approach not only fails to advance the legal profession, but stands squarely in the way of progress.

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November 16, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Leiter: The End Of The LSAT Is Coming — What Will U.S. News Do?

Brian Leiter (Chicago; Google Scholar), The End of the LSAT Is Coming:

It seems like the writing is on the wall. ... If [U.S. News] decide[s] to just increase the weight on GPA, then expect a boom in communications and education majors among prospective law students seeking the highest possible GPA!

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

November 12, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Law School Premier League And Championship League Rankings

Bill Henderson (Indiana) notes that Jae Um, in her bracketing exercise for The American Lawyer, arrays the 2022 AmLaw 100 based on the structure of the English football league system: the Top 22 firms in the Premier League (Wachtell to Goodwin) and the next 23 firms in the Championship League (Sidley to Shearman), all hoping to be promoted to Premier League. So of course I thought of which law schools would be in the Premier League and which would be in the Championship League, according to U.S. News:   

Law School Premier League:

1. Yale
2. Stanford
3. Chicago
4. Columbia
4. Harvard
6. Penn
7. NYU
8. Virginia
9. UC-Berkeley
10. Michigan
11. Duke
12. Cornell
13. Northwestern
14. Georgetown
15. UCLA
16. Washington University
17. Boston University
17. Texas
17. Vanderbilt
20. USC
21. Florida
21. Minnesota

Law School Championship League:

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November 10, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

July 2022 Ohio Bar Exam Results: Ohio State #1

July Ohio Bar Exam Results Announced:

The Supreme Court of Ohio has released results from the July 2022 Ohio Bar Examination. Among the 847 first-time test takers, 80% earned passing scores. A total of 970 aspiring lawyers sat for the exam, and 703 – or 72% – passed.

Here are the results for first-time test-takers by law school:

Bar Pass

Rank (Rate)

 

School

US News Rank

OH (Overall)

1 (91.2%)

Ohio State

1 (30)

2 (85.5%)

Case Western

2 (78)

3 (80.8%)

Ohio Northern

6 (Tier 2)

4 (79.6%)

Dayton

4 (122)

5 (78.8%)

Cleveland State

5 (127)

6 (78.0%)

Cincinnati

3 (88)

7 (75.5%)

Capital

6 (Tier 2)

8 (75.3%)

Akron

6 (Tier 2)

9 (75.0%)

Toledo

6 (Tier 2)

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November 1, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Leiter: Is U.S. News An 'Authoritative' Ranking Of Law Schools?

Brian Leiter (Chicago; Google Scholar), Is US News an "Authoritative" Ranking of Law Schools?:

US News Logo 2I know this question will make readers of this blog laugh ... No one outside Palo Alto (and maybe not even there), for example, thinks Stanford is the #2 law school in the country, better than Harvard [#4], Chicago [#3], or NYU [#7] (all ranked behind it in USNews.com). Penn is now #6 in USNews.com, but it is clearly not as strong as NYU and Berkeley [#9], ranked behind it. Arizona State's law school [#30] is ranked ahead of the University of Arizona [#45], but it does not have a stronger faculty. The same could be said about the University of Florida [#21] and Florida State [#47]. Many law schools outside the USNews.com top 50 are better (by many metrics) than those inside the top 50. ...

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October 26, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Law School Admissions, U.S. News Rankings, And 'Splitters'

One of the perverse incentives in the U.S. News law school rankings involves "splitters." In a non-U.S. News world, a hypothetical law school with an admissions goal of 164 LSAT|3.85 UGPA medians (which has a 227 index score (based on a hypothetical 60% LSAT|40% UGPA weighting)) would jump at the chance to admit and scholarship an applicant from MIT with a 163|3.84 (226 index) over a "splitter" applicant from a far less selective college with a 164|3.25 (220 index) or a "reverse splitter" applicant from a far less selective college with a 158|3.85 (220 index).

The ABA does not collect this data, but a Reddit user posted an interesting chart on the use of splitters by some top law schools, based on applicant data from LSD.Law for the Fall 2022 admissions season:

Reddit

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October 18, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

2023 U.S. News College Rankings

US NewsU.S. News & World Report has released its 2023 College Rankings. Here are the Top 25 National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges:

Rank

National Universities

1

Princeton

2 MIT
3 Harvard
3 Stanford
3 Yale
6 Chicago
7 Johns Hopkins
7 Penn
9 Cal-Tech
10 Duke
10 Northwestern
12 Dartmouth
13 Brown
13 Vanderbilt
15 Rice
15 Washington Univ.
17 Cornell
18 Columbia
18 Notre Dame
20 UC-Berkeley
20 UCLA
22 Carnegie Mellon
22 Emory
22 Georgetown
25 NYU
25 Michigan
25 USC
25 Virginia

Pepperdine is ranked #55.

Prior Years' U.S. News National University Rankings:

2023 U.S. News Liberal Arts College Rankings:

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September 13, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Columbia's U.S. News Ranking Plummets From #2 To #18, Its Lowest Ranking Since 1988

Columbia US News

Following up on Saturday's post, Columbia Admits Submitting Incorrect Data That Goosed Its U.S. News Ranking To #2:  Chronicle of Higher Education, Columbia U. Gets a Lower ‘U.S. News’ Ranking After Scrutiny of Its Data:

U.S. News & World Report ranked Columbia University No. 18 among national universities for 2023, after having pulled the Ivy League institution’s numerical rank in July because of alleged data-accuracy problems. Before it was unranked, Columbia was No. 2. ...

The university has not ranked as low as No. 18 since 1988, according an analysis posted online by Michael Thaddeus, a math professor at Columbia. It was Thaddeus’s analysis, which he published in February and which questioned the accuracy of Columbia’s ranking, that set in motion the decisions that led to Columbia’s diminished rank today. ...

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September 13, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Top 50 Law Schools: Percentage Of Students Receiving At Least 50% Tuition Scholarships

Monday, August 22, 2022

Law School And Law Professor Twitter Rankings

Jake S. Truscott (Georgia; Google Scholar), Ranking Law Professors In The Twitterverse:

Twitter Logo (2022)I was able to retrieve data through the Twitter API v2 to provide insight into the social media presence of law professors across the United States. The Twitter API serves as a set of programmatic endpoints that allow users with granted developer permissions to access public metadata associated with accounts and their tweets. In essence, it serves as an intermediary tool to retrieve tweet and user-level data. I chose to observe the variation in user engagement among approximately 55,000 tweets posted between January 2021 and July 2022 from a sample of 191 prominent law professors across the United States. ...

While many of the conventional institutional heavyweights litter the top of the ranking (e.g., Harvard, Yale, Virginia, Texas, Michigan, UCLA, NYU, Georgetown, and Berkeley), there are some notable exceptions. Apart from Professor Alene (representing the second-place finisher in the 2022 College Football Playoffs), professors representing George Mason, Georgia State, Minnesota, George Washington (GW), Pepperdine, Yeshiva, and Michigan State (among others) round off the top of the list.

  1. Alabama
  2. Harvard
  3. George Washington
  4. Michigan State
  5. Yale
  6. Georgetown
  7. Texas
  8. Minnesota
  9. NYU
  10. Georgia State
  11. UCLA
  12. UC-Berkeley
  13. Missouri
  14. Pepperdine
  15. Washington University
  16. Iowa
  17. UC-Irvine
  18. George Mason
  19. Michigan
  20. North Carolina
  21. Columbia
  22. Kansas
  23. Duke
  24. Cardozo
  25. South Texas

Only four tax professors of the ninety tax professors on Twitter are among the 191 "prominent law professors" on Twitter:

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August 22, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The Top 100 Law Schools, Based On 5-, 10-, And 15-Year Rolling Average U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News Law (2019)Bradley A. Areheart (Tennessee), The Top 100 Law Reviews: A Reference Guide Based on Historical USNWR Data:

The best proxy for how other law professors react and respond to publishing in main, or flagship, law reviews is the US News and World Report (USNWR) rankings. This paper utilizes historical USNWR data to rank the top 100 law reviews. The USNWR rankings are important in shaping many – if not most – law professors’ perceptions about the relative strength of a law school (and derivatively, the home law review). This document contains a chart that is sorted by the 10-year rolling average for each school, but it also contains the 5-year and 15-year rolling averages. This paper also describes my methodology and responds to a series of frequently asked questions. The document was last updated in August 2022.

Here are the Top 75 law schools based on their 5-year rolling average overall U.S. News ranking:

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August 3, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

2022 World Law School Rankings

QS RankingsQuacquarelli Symonds has released the 2022 World Law School Rankings as part of its World University Rankings. The methodology is 50% academic reputation, 30% employer reputation, 7.5% h-index per faculty member, 7.5% citations per paper, and 5% International Research Network (IRN) Index.  The rankings consist of 342 law schools, 54 in the United States.  Here are the U.S. law schools, along with each school's position in the latest SSRN Top 750 Law School Faculty Rankings — Total Downloads):

QS Ranking School SSRN Ranking
1 Harvard 1
4 Yale 6
5 Stanford 2
6 NYU 3
8 Columbia 5
9 UC-Berkeley 4
10 Chicago 7
21 Georgetown 9
25 UCLA 16
27 Penn 12
28 Duke 29
35 Michigan 13
36 Cornell 30
50 Virginia 11
54 Northwestern 15
76 George Washington 8
78 Texas 34
101-150 American 52
101-150 Boston University 31
101-150 UC-Irvine 33
101-150 Washington 73
151-200 Fordham 17
151-200 Illinois 40
151-200 Michigan State 87
151-200 Notre Dame 49
151-200 Penn State (Univ. Park) 106
151-200 UC-Davis 36
151-200 USC 27
151-200 Washington Univ. 41
151-200 Wisconsin 92
201-250 Arizona 54
201-250 Arizona State 62
201-250 Emory 61
201-250 Indiana (Maurer) 46
201-250 Minnesota 32
201-250 Vanderbilt 19
251-300 Boston College 85
251-300 Cincinnati 204
251-300 CUNY 183
251-300 Florida 64
251-300 Florida State 63
251-300 George Mason 28
251-300 Loyola-Chicago 58
251-300 Miami 71
251-300 North Carolina 69
251-300 Ohio State 43
251-300 Tulane 198
251-300 Illinois-Chicago 467
301-340 Colorado 70
301-340 Houston 99
301-340 Missouri-Columbia 138
301-340 Northeastern 105
301-340 San Diego 44
301-340 William & Mary 100

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July 12, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, May 9, 2022

As Temple Dean Begins Serving 14-Month Sentence For U.S. News Rankings Fraud, Tenured Professor Is Defiant At Sentencing Hearing: 'Every Single University Has People Doing The Same Exact Operations'

Following up on my previous post, Former Temple Dean Sentenced To 14 Months In Federal Prison For Rankings Fraud:  

Temple University (2018)Poets & Quants, Moshe Porat, Denied Bail, Will Begin Prison Sentence On May 9:

Philadlphia Inquirer, Ex-Temple Employees Sentenced to Probation for Fraud Tied to Business School Rankings:

A former administrator and a retired statistics professor at Temple University were sentenced to probation this week for assisting the former dean of its business school in a scheme to inflate its position in national rankings publications.

But standing before a federal judge in Philadelphia, Marjorie O’Neill, a onetime finance manager at the Fox School of Business, and Isaac Gottlieb, who was a tenured professor, struck vastly different tones when it came to accepting responsibility for a scandal that has since cost the university millions in legal settlements.

O’Neill admitted last year that she, under the direction of former dean Moshe Porat, had falsified data on students at the school to help propel it to the top of influential lists like U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of top business school programs. She told U.S. District Judge Gerald A Pappert during a hearing Thursday that she was “thoroughly ashamed.” ...

Meanwhile, Gottlieb — who helped Fox cheat more effectively by reverse engineering the criteria by which U.S. News ranked schools — showed flashes of defiance at his sentencing hearing Wednesday. “Every single university in the United States has people doing the same exact operations,” he said. ...

“It is important for other institutions to realize that this chase for rankings is not worth it,” the judge said Thursday. “There are lines you can’t cross. It’s important for people to see there are going to be criminal consequences and penalties for doing that.” ...

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May 9, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

An Access And Equity Ranking Of America's 63 Public Law Schools

Christopher L. Mathis (Iowa; Google Scholar), An Access and Equity Ranking of Public Law Schools:

Over the past few decades, several comprehensive ranking systems, including the influential U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Schools rankings, have emerged to provide useful information to prospective law students seeking to enroll in law school. These ranking systems have defined what is measured as “quality” and what outcomes law schools focus on to gain a better position in the ranking. These rankings fail to measure what many law schools claim to be one of their longstanding goals— diversity, access, and equity.

One of the problematic and shocking reasons U.S. News cites for not including diversity measures in the ranking is that law schools themselves have no consensus on diversity. I counter this argument, asserting that while there may not be widespread consensus—for certain people—on diversity, there is substantial academic scholarship and agreement on the tenets of diversity that ranking enthusiasts can use to design an effective diversity measure. I maintain that any ranking that does not include diversity, access, and equity measures often leave communities of color and their interests in the margins. Therefore, this Article seeks to center the needs of Black and Latinx prospective law students through a new ranking system

Given that public law schools aim to increase racial/ethnic diversity—that is, the number of racial/ethnic minoritized students—because of their institutional missions, the Article provides the first ranking of public law schools on “Access and Equity” measures. It describes ranking law schools based on measurable outcomes related to diversity, access, and equity. This ranking uses twelve access and equity measures that are significant to Black and Latinx law school fit. This “Access and Equity Ranking” is the only ranking to date that will help Black and Latinx students identify which public law schools centers their needs.

The Top 25 law schools under this measure are:

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May 4, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

New ABA Bar Data: Ultimate 2-Year Pass Rate Increased 1 Percentage Point; Ten Law Schools Fell Short of 75% Accreditation Threshold

Press Release, ABA Section of Legal Education Releases Comprehensive Report on Bar Passage Data:

The Managing Director’s Office of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar released today a comprehensive set of data on bar passage outcomes for American Bar Association-approved law schools. Spreadsheets are available on the section’s webpage under Legal Education Statistics, which report these outcomes under ABA Required Disclosures on a school-by-school basis and in more detail.

The new data shows that in the aggregate, 91.17% of 2019 law graduates who sat for a bar exam passed it within two years of graduation (91.27% with Diploma Privilege). The two-year “ultimate” aggregate success rate is slightly better than the 90.10% comparable figure for 2018 graduates. 

Here are the Top 50 law schools in two-year ultimate bar passage rates:

Rank  Law School % Passers
1.   BELMONT 100.00%
1.   MARQUETTE 100.00%
3.   UC-BERKELEY 99.69%
4.   DUKE 99.54%
5.   CHICAGO 99.49%
6.   GEORGE MASON 99.36%
7.   VIRGINIA 99.30%
8.   BAYLOR 99.29%
9.   HARVARD 99.29%
10. ALABAMA 99.21%
11. YALE 99.04%
12. STANFORD 98.88%
13. MINNESOTA 98.69%
14. NORTHWESTERN 98.69%
15. MICHIGAN 98.34%
16. CAMPBELL 98.13%
17. NYU 98.11%
18. UCLA 98.08%
19. LIBERTY 98.04%
20. PENNSYLVANIA 97.97%
21. CORNELL 97.93%
22. OHIO STATE 97.87%
23. UC-IRVINE 97.86%
24. GEORGIA STATE 97.85%
25. FLORIDA 97.83%
26. BOSTON UNIVERSITY 97.61%
27. NOTRE DAME 97.37%
28. WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY 97.30%
29. TEXAS 97.29%
30. BOSTON COLLEGE 97.20%
31. WASHINGTON & LEE 97.20%
32. FLORIDA INT'L 97.16%
33. OKLAHOMA 97.09%
34. VANDERBILT 97.06%
35. ILLINOIS 96.72%
36. FORDHAM 96.71%
37. TEXAS A&M 96.69%
38. GEORGIA 96.67%
39. GEORGETOWN 96.43%
40. NEW MEXICO 96.30%
41. UTAH 96.20%
42. CARDOZO 96.04%
43. COLORADO 95.95%
44. FLORIDA STATE 95.88%
45. WILLIAM & MARY 95.81%
46. KANSAS 95.74%
47. MONTANA 95.65%
48. SAMFORD 95.59%
49. COLUMBIA 95.58%
50. GEORGE WASHINGTON 95.46%

First-time takers in 2021 achieved an aggregate 79.86% pass rate (80.28% with Diploma Privilege), which is approximately a 3-percentage point decrease over the comparable 83.66% pass rate (with Diploma Privilege) for 2020. Consistent with last year, those admitted to the practice of law solely based on their graduation status are considered bar passers.

Ten law schools fell short of the 75% accreditation threshold:

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

The Top 15 Law Schools For Jobs Contain Some Surprises

The ABA recently released data on job placement 10 months after graduation. In These Law Schools Crushed the Job Market in 2021, Reuters uncovered expected and unexpected results.  At the top was Columbia University. Expected. But also among the Top 15 schools were University of Montana and Texas Tech University. Here's the complete list of the Top 15 Schools:

Reuters

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April 23, 2022 in Bryan Camp, Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Kuehn: Law School Specialty Program Ranking Credibility

Kuehn (2019)Tax Prof Blog op-ed:  Law School Specialty Ranking Credibility, by Robert Kuehn (Washington University):

As part of its spring rite of ranking law schools, U.S. News ranks law school specialty programs. The specialty rankings are based solely on reputation. In particular, a faculty member teaching in a specialty area at each school is asked to assess their area at other ABA accredited schools. Yet the most recent rankings demonstrate that the current methodology does not yield credible results for many specialties.

Prior to 2020, the faculty member rating a specialty program was directed to choose the schools with the top 15 programs in the rater’s area. U.S. News would then rank the top up to 20 programs based on how often the school was listed. Beginning with its 2020 rankings, the system changed. The faculty member now was asked to rate the specialty program at every law school on a scale from Marginal (1) to Outstanding (5), mirroring the “peer assessment” method used to assess the academic reputation of schools. If a school’s program receives as few as ten ratings, it is ranked in that specialty. Whereas having an informed opinion on the 15 best programs in one’s field under the old system seemed manageable, the new system is overwhelming, if not impossible — provide an informed opinion, reduced to a number, on the programs at all schools so they can then be credibly ranked, based on their average score, in descending order from supposedly best to worst.

Since I highlighted problems with the new 2020 specialty ranking approach, U.S. News has added four more specialty programs: business/corporate law; constitutional law; contracts/commercial law; and criminal law. Unlike the prior nine categories, these four new programs cover core, not special, areas of a school’s educational program. An examination of the ranking of these core areas illustrates the continuing credibility problem with the specialty program ranking system.

Looking at the recently released 2023 specialty rankings, among the 187 ranked schools there are noticeable clusters of schools ranked highest by U.S. News at the top of the four new programs, and an overpopulation of lowest-ranked schools at the bottom. The top ten ranked constitutional and contracts/commercial law specialty programs are all at schools ranked 1-14 by U.S. News (“T-14” schools). There is a similar pattern for the new business/corporate and criminal law specialties — 9 of the top 10 ranked programs are at T-14 ranked schools (the tenth at the 15th ranked school). Conversely, the programs ranked in the bottom quarter of the constitutional and contracts/commercial law specialties are all at schools ranked over 100.

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April 21, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, April 15, 2022

2023 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings v. Overall Rankings

Following up on yesterday's post, 2023 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings:

Here are the law schools whose U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Ranking most exceeds their overall U.S. News Ranking:

  School Specialty Rank Overall Rank Difference
1 American 16 73 +57
2 Brooklyn 43 98 +55
3 Illinois-Chicago 94 147 +53
4 Santa Clara 81 133 +52
4 Suffolk 70 122 +52
6 Denver 33 78 +45
6 Seattle 71 116 +45
8 Pace 98 142 +44
9 Chicago-Kent 57 94 +37
10 Mitchell | Hamline 111 147 +36
10 Temple 27 63 +36
12 Hofstra 83 118 +35
13 Howard 65 98 +33
13 Rutgers 53 86 +33
15 Baltimore 90 122 +32
15 Loyola-New Orleans 101 133 +32
15 UC-Hastings 19 51 +32
18 Pacific 102 133 +31
19 CUNY 103 133 +30
20 South Texas 118 147 +29
21 Stetson 84 111 +27
21 Widener (DE) 120 147 +27
23 Loyola-L.A. 41 67 +26
23 San Francisco 121 147 +26
25 New York Law School 104 129 +25
26 UC-Irvine 13 37 +24
27 Loyola-Chicago 51 73 +22
27 Quinnipiac 125 147 +22
29 Houston 38 58 +20
30 Miami 54 73 +19
31 Fordham 20 37 +17
32 Case Western 62 78 +16
32 Syracuse 87 103 +16
34 George Washington 10 25 +15
34 Lewis & Clark 73 88 +15
36 DePaul 91 105 +14
36 Georgia State 64 78 +14
36 Univ. of Washington 35 49 +14
39 Georgetown 1 14 +13
39 Ohio State 17 30 +13
41 Southwestern 135 147 +12
41 Vermont 130 142 +12
43 Akron 136 147 +11
43 Michigan State 80 91 +11
43 UNLV 56 67 +11
46 Maryland 37 47 +10
46 Northwestern 3 13 +10
46 Nova SE 137 147 +10
46 Willamette 119 129 +10
50 Golden Gate 138 147 +9
50 UCLA 6 15 +9

Here are the law schools whose U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Ranking most trails their overall U.S. News Ranking:

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April 15, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, April 14, 2022

2023 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News Specialty Rankings include the rankings for 13 specialty programs at 192 law schools. Here are the Top 100 law schools, determined by giving equal weight to each of the 13 separate specialty rankings:

  1. Business/Corporate Law
  2. Clinical Law
  3. Constitutional Law
  4. Contracts/Commercial Law
  5. Criminal Law
  6. Dispute Resolution
  7. Environmental Law
  8. Health Law
  9. Intellectual Property Law
  10. International Law
  11. Legal Writing
  12. Tax Law
  13. Trial Advocacy

  School 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Avg.
1 Georgetown 10 1 10 11 3 20 7 7 18 4 6 2 16 8.8
2 NYU 1 3 5 4 1 20 5 44 3 1 84 1 38 16.2
3 Northwestern 14 17 14 12 17 4 38 44 19 18 31 3 16 19.0
4 UC-Berkeley 1 8 8 7 2 43 1 33 1 7 115 24 10 20.0
5 Michigan 9 8 9 7 12 70 41 17 19 7 10 6 52 20.5
6 UCLA 7 26 11 15 8 15 1 23 15 12 128 6 6 21.0
7 Harvard 1 26 1 2 3 3 7 2 15 2 182 9 38 22.4
8 Stanford 6 15 5 4 3 15 13 7 2 10 149 9 61 23.0
9 Virginia 10 64 5 7 7 22 29 29 25 6 50 5 52 23.9
10 George Washington 27 23 21 34 28 47 13 23 5 10 39 27 31 25.2
11 Duke 14 35 11 16 14 56 17 21 12 12 39 18 67 25.5
12 Penn 5 26 14 7 3 22 44 20 12 14 74 18 89 26.8
13 UC-Irvine 44 5 18 27 24 22 34 29 19 18 10 9 106 28.1
14 Texas 17 35 11 12 14 22 31 33 19 21 104 15 38 28.6
15 Columbia 1 26 3 1 8 22 7 38 15 3 174 9 89 30.5
16 American 56 3 40 45 24 43 44 16 8 7 62 55 3 31.2
17 Ohio State 39 64 21 27 12 1 56 17 36 47 21 34 52 32.8
18 Washington Univ. 20 17 19 16 32 38 68 29 45 21 74 34 20 33.3
19 UC-Hastings 32 20 33 27 32 9 21 12 28 27 160 20 26 34.4
20 Fordham 18 17 30 20 18 13 73 65 25 21 115 28 7 34.6
21 North Carolina 23 26 21 20 18 56 41 23 55 62 10 20 89 35.7
22 Yale 12 5 1 4 8 56 26 11 63 4 180 20 79 36.1
23 Arizona State 56 73 40 45 28 13 17 13 55 32 4 39 61 36.6
24 Vanderbilt 12 35 17 16 14 32 7 33 45 17 128 45 79 36.9
25 Boston Univ. 20 26 21 27 28 84 68 5 11 39 62 15 89 38.1
26 Cornell 14 46 14 12 21 22 56 55 45 14 50 34 120 38.7
27 Temple 44 57 61 45 53 56 89 23 36 18 15 28 1 40.5
28 Minnesota 23 57 26 16 21 84 26 23 55 21 62 24 89 40.5
29 William & Mary 27 73 19 23 18 38 56 75 45 32 31 67 38 41.7
30 Emory 23 104 26 23 39 70 63 23 45 32 39 39 31 42.8
31 Boston College 27 26 33 27 46 56 34 48 32 36 50 13 135 43.3
32 Chicago 7 46 3 2 8 70 63 44 36 14 178 6 89 43.5
33 Denver 69 8 61 64 46 22 21 85 66 47 6 62 10 43.6
34 UC-Davis 23 57 21 27 21 32 17 55 36 29 169 28 67 44.8
35 Univ. of Washington 44 35 61 41 32 47 31 40 28 39 50 34 106 45.2
36 Wake Forest 44 86 54 41 24 47 44 21 79 67 6 67 26 46.6
37 Maryland 56 8 40 59 39 12 13 6 87 67 115 76 31 46.8
38 Houston 44 92 71 59 66 47 21 7 6 57 62 49 31 47.1
39 Indiana (Maurer) 44 92 35 37 32 47 34 55 28 32 31 15 135 47.5
40 Florida 27 104 48 34 46 38 21 60 66 67 84 3 26 48.0
41 Loyola-L.A. 56 57 65 64 32 70 96 48 32 62 31 13 7 48.7
42 Arizona 44 64 40 53 53 77 31 40 66 42 13 70 52 49.6
43 Brooklyn 27 23 48 41 24 56 139 85 79 42 27 28 38 50.5
44 Wisconsin 41 46 35 23 32 56 44 48 72 36 104 55 89 52.4
45 Washington & Lee 32 46 48 37 39 43 89 48 72 36 84 45 67 52.8
46 Georgia 32 46 35 45 60 47 73 40 79 21 149 39 21 52.8
47 USC 18 92 26 23 46 32 38 55 45 42 149 20 120 54.3
48 Tulane 32 35 54 41 46 77 17 60 72 29 115 70 61 54.5
49 Texas A&M 69 23 84 59 111 4 38 75 6 57 50 70 67 54.8
50 Notre Dame 32 80 26 45 46 56 56 85 36 27 128 45 52 54.9
51 Colorado 44 80 40 53 32 84 12 65 45 62 62 62 89 56.2
51 Loyola-Chicago 78 86 65 84 72 38 73 3 36 57 62 55 21 56.2
53 Rutgers 69 8 54 84 39 84 80 48 79 62 13 67 49 56.6
54 Miami 56 26 54 53 53 84 44 75 66 29 104 34 61 56.8
55 Cardozo 56 35 40 53 28 4 144 108 8 47 115 55 79 59.4
56 UNLV 69 35 71 45 72 8 96 40 72 105 1 55 106 59.6
57 Chicago-Kent 69 121 65 64 72 56 80 60 12 67 39 85 7 61.3
58 Iowa 32 92 48 27 39 110 96 65 55 47 39 55 106 62.4
59 San Diego 44 121 30 45 60 96 44 65 19 47 169 24 52 62.8
60 Alabama 44 64 30 53 60 84 80 75 105 81 74 39 38 63.6
60 Utah 41 92 48 53 39 110 16 44 36 47 104 49 148 63.6
62 Case Western 63 64 65 70 80 56 44 13 36 21 84 113 120 63.8
63 Florida State 56 132 35 34 46 77 21 65 72 47 160 45 52 64.8
64 Georgia State 63 35 54 64 60 96 96 3 66 105 128 62 31 66.4
65 Howard 78 35 54 70 53 96 96 85 45 81 50 95 26 66.5
66 Pepperdine Caruso 67 46 54 70 96 1 109 102 94 39 128 28 31 66.5
67 SMU 44 64 73 70 53 47 113 55 55 57 128 49 67 67.3
68 Northeastern 93 20 73 97 60 110 96 7 45 67 27 76 106 67.5
69 BYU 22 121 48 37 80 43 56 108 55 47 128 39 120 69.5
70 Suffolk 103 15 137 97 80 22 96 60 28 128 4 119 21 70.0
71 Seattle 93 26 93 84 72 22 80 108 72 81 6 85 89 70.1
72 Illinois 32 121 35 20 39 84 73 75 55 67 128 49 135 70.2
73 Lewis & Clark 83 73 93 84 90 38 4 102 63 67 27 95 106 71.2
74 Villanova 78 46 73 70 72 110 96 108 63 81 27 39 79 72.5
75 Seton Hall 78 73 65 84 66 110 80 13 94 97 84 62 52 73.7
76 Richmond 63 132 40 59 60 70 63 96 36 91 84 62 106 74.0
77 Oregon 69 121 84 59 80 9 7 185 87 91 1 55 135 75.6
78 South Carolina 69 35 104 80 53 110 68 65 115 101 115 49 38 77.1
79 Pittsburgh 78 92 65 80 80 110 109 38 45 42 128 28 120 78.1
80 Michigan State 67 104 73 70 72 84 96 102 55 62 84 102 49 78.5
81 Santa Clara 69 113 93 92 90 77 80 96 4 42 74 76 120 78.9
82 St. John's 63 86 73 70 66 32 153 124 87 81 39 124 38 79.7
83 Hofstra 83 73 93 97 66 96 139 75 79 81 50 85 21 79.8
84 Stetson 109 73 104 97 111 22 80 108 141 101 3 95 3 80.5
85 Drexel 83 64 84 97 96 110 144 33 94 118 21 119 10 82.5
86 George Mason 41 148 40 37 80 103 122 108 19 67 169 70 89 84.1
87 Syracuse 90 113 104 105 80 110 73 85 87 81 50 102 14 84.2
88 Tennessee 39 20 84 45 96 110 109 102 141 118 74 82 79 84.5
89 Connecticut 69 113 61 64 80 96 96 65 100 57 84 70 148 84.8
90 Baltimore 119 8 104 143 66 70 68 85 94 91 39 102 120 85.3
91 DePaul 103 92 84 113 96 110 139 29 25 81 74 85 89 86.2
91 St. Louis 93 57 73 84 96 110 134 1 87 91 104 70 120 86.2
91 Wayne State 119 35 73 97 72 110 80 60 105 67 128 85 89 86.2
94 John Marshall (IL) 119 80 121 125 96 110 122 75 32 97 15 132 21 88.1
95 Kansas 83 132 73 70 96 47 63 108 105 81 84 85 120 88.2
96 Penn State-Dickinson 90 73 93 92 96 110 89 65 105 67 84 95 106 89.6
97 New Mexico 119 8 104 80 90 110 29 85 121 128 74 113 106 89.8
98 Indiana (McKinney) 93 138 84 84 119 110 96 17 100 67 15 82 170 90.4
98 Pace 109 132 137 113 111 32 1 102 141 67 128 76 26 90.4
100 Penn State-University Park 93 64 73 105 111 56 44 85 121 67 115 85 161 90.8

If anyone at a law school outside the Top 100 would like the data for their school's rank, email me.

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April 14, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Colin Diver: The Rankings Farce

Chronicle of Higher Education Op-Ed:  The Rankings Farce, by Colin Diver:

Breaking Ranks‘U.S. News’ and its ilk embrace faux-precise formulas riven with statistical misconceptions. ...

On July 1, 2002, I became president of Reed College in Portland, Ore. As I began to fill the shelves in my office with mementos from my previous life as a law-school dean, I could feel the weight already lifting from my shoulders. “I’m no longer subject to the tyranny of college rankings,” I thought. “I don’t need to worry about some news magazine telling me what to do.”

Seven years before my arrival at Reed, my predecessor, Steven S. Koblik, decreed that Reed would no longer cooperate with the annual U.S. News Best Colleges rankings. ...

There is a growing cottage industry of college evaluators, many spurred by the commercial success of U.S. News. I call it the “rankocracy” — a group of self-appointed, mostly profit-seeking journalists who claim for themselves the role of arbiters of educational excellence in our society. It wasn’t just the U.S. News rankings that were incompatible with Reed’s values. Virtually the whole enterprise of listing institutions in an ordinal hierarchy of quality involves faux precision, dubious methodologies, and blaring best-college headlines. To make matters worse, the entire structure rests on mostly unaudited, self-reported information of dubious reliability. In recent months, for example, the data supporting Columbia’s second place U.S. News ranking have been questioned, the University of Southern California’s School of Education has discovered a “history of inaccuracies” in its rankings data, and Bloomberg’s business-school rankings have been examined for perceived anomalies. ...

I came by my rankings aversion honestly. In 1989, I became the dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s law school. The next year, U.S. News began to publish annual rankings of law schools. Over the next nine years of my deanship, its numerical pronouncements hovered over my head like a black cloud. During those years, for reasons that remained a complete mystery to me, Penn Law’s national position would oscillate somewhere between seventh and 12th. Each upward movement would be a cause for momentary exultation; each downward movement, a cause for distress.

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April 13, 2022 in Book Club, Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

2023 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings include the trial advocacy programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 54% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.1 Temple
2 3.9 Baylor
3 3.8 American
3 3.8 South Texas
3 3.8 Stetson
6 3.7 UCLA
7 3.6 Chicago-Kent
7 3.6 Fordham
7 3.6 Loyola-L.A.
10 3.4 Denver
10 3.4 Drexel
10 3.4 Samford
10 3.4 UC-Berkeley
14 3.3 St. Mary's
14 3.3 Syracuse
16 3.2 Campbell
16 3.2 Georgetown
16 3.2 Northwestern
16 3.2 Pacific
20 3.0 Washington Univ.
21 2.9 Georgia
21 2.9 Hofstra
21 2.9 John Marshall (IL)
21 2.9 Loyola-Chicago
21 2.9 Suffolk
26 2.8 Florida
26 2.8 Howard
26 2.8 Pace
26 2.8 UC-Hastings
26 2.8 Wake Forest
31 2.7 Emory
31 2.7 George Washington
31 2.7 Georgia State
31 2.7 Houston
31 2.7 Maryland
31 2.7 Missouri-Kansas City
31 2.7 Pepperdine Caruso
38 2.6 Akron
38 2.6 Alabama
38 2.6 Brooklyn
38 2.6 Harvard
38 2.6 Nova SE
38 2.6 NYU
38 2.6 Ohio Northern
38 2.6 South Carolina
38 2.6 St. John's
38 2.6 Texas
38 2.6 William & Mary
49 2.5 Catholic
49 2.5 Michigan State
49 2.5 Rutgers

2022 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings

2023 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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April 13, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Do The ‘U.S. News’ Rankings Rely On Dubious Data?

Chronicle of Higher Education, Do the ‘U.S. News’ Rankings Rely on Dubious Data?:

U.S. News Generic (2020)Researchers who submit to the publication say survey answers are subject to errors, ambiguity, and pressure to look good. ...

[There is a] complicated relationship between colleges’ data submitters and U.S. News, the best-known college-ranking system in the United States. Many resent the time and oxygen the ranking takes up. After The Chronicle asked to interview her, Christine M. Keller, executive director of the Association for Institutional Research, conducted an informal poll of the group’s members about their views of U.S. News. One major theme: Answering the magazine’s survey requires too many resources, a situation they see as taking away from internal data projects that contribute more to student success than rankings do. Yet they know that responding to the survey is an important part of their jobs, and often campus leaders are paying close attention.

Recently that relationship has undergone renewed scrutiny, as rankings-data controversies have piled up. First, a former dean of Temple University’s business school was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for leading an effort to inflate statistics his school had sent to U.S. News. Then a Columbia University mathematics professor publicized his belief that his institution is sending inaccurate data to Morse and his colleagues, a contention Columbia has denied. Finally, the University of Southern California pulled out of the rankings for its graduate program in education because it discovered it had submitted wrong data for at least five years.

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April 13, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink