Thursday, March 27, 2008
The U.S. News and World Reports 2009 Law School Rankings are available here. This years free version provides a bit more detail than previous versions. Specifically, the number of students and the law school tutition is listed which enable limited comparisions. There is also a search function.
Flawed as they are, reality is that everyone goes buy them. So, if your deciding on which law school to attend, you should look at them. They are not everything. There is also not much difference from a school ranked 56th or 58th, but there may be a difference between a school ranked 58 and school ranked 12th.
Students should also look at the other ratings that are out there. However, as I have said many times, the most important thing a student should do is to carefully go over the school catalog. Does the school offer the classes the student is interested in? How is the location? What about scholarships and job placement rates? Does one school have a higher bar passage rate every year? The student also should visit the school, kick the tires and try to get a "feel" where he or she will feel most comfortable.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein