Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

About Those Tiers

We're not talking about layers of wedding cake, either.  It's about the law school rankings compiled annually by U.S. News & World Report.

Ever wonder what factors were considered?

You might want to refer to the study completed by Stephen P. Klein, Ph.D and Laura Hamilton, Ph.D entitled, "The Validity of the U.S. News and World Report Ranking of ABA Law Schools," and dated February 18, 1998.

Commissioned by the Association of American Law Schools, the report describes and critiques the factors considered by U.S. News, including speculation that the difference in median LSAT scores are inflated and that the rejection rate of applicants could be manipulated.  An interesting read. (els)

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