Thursday, February 2, 2006
Practicing lawyers may pay attention to the annual American Lawyer rankings of their firms, but they don't obsess about them the way that we law professors do. There's hardly any topic more sure to pique the interest of a law professor than that of rankings and (especially) where his or her school fits in the pecking order.
So there'll be a lot of readers for the Indiana Law Journal's new symposium, The Next Generation of Law School Rankings. The symposium is the brainchild of two of our LawProf Blog colleagues, Paul Caron and Rafael Gely of Cincinnati. Paul has the rundown here. (Want confirmation of the "obsess" point above? Richard Posner's contribution to this symposium is his second most-downloaded paper from SSRN -- 2,300 downloads and counting.)
It's interesting, but perhaps coincidental, that nobody from a fourth-tier school participated in the symposium.