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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Advanced Look at US News Rankings

I cannot vouch for the accuracy of this data but others with blogs are posting it as the advanced ranking from US News that will be available to all on Friday.  The pdf file for the top 100 schools can be found here.  I am not a fan of the rankings but I understand that most everyone is curious to know where their school happens to fall this year. 

I also received an e-mail from the ABA Journal concerning their recent article examining the rankings process.  The e-mail encourages individuals to participate in a discussion about the rankings.  Below is the e-mail:

Because you’re a blogger who is a member of the legal education community, we thought you and your blog’s readers would be interested in an ABA Journal cover story about U.S. News & World Report’s law school rankings that was posted today (http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/the_rankings_czar/). And we’re holding a live online chat next month with the rankings czar from U.S. News in which you can participate.

Robert Morse, the man who created the law school rankings for U.S. News, offers an olive branch to law school deans who have long complained about the effect of the rankings on legal education. “Deans are welcome to call me or come by my office in Washington,” Morse says. “I want to work with them to improve the rankings.”

Some deans and former deans think they should engage the magazine, rather than just complain about it. “I think rankings need to be changed, and the only way that will happen is if law school deans sit down with Bob Morse for honest discussion,” says Nancy Rapoport, who resigned as dean of the University of Houston Law Center after her school dropped almost 20 points in the rankings. “I would attend a meeting like that without hesitation.”

This year’s U.S. News law school rankings are scheduled to be released this Friday, March 28.  Morse will be taking questions from the public on ABAJournal.com on Friday, April 11, from 3 to 4 p.m. ET. We hope you and your readers will participate.

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