March 28, 2008
US News 2009 Law School Rankings Now Online
|Background Information by US News|
The 2009 US News Law School Rankings is now online in a substantially redesigned web format. The rankings cover 195 law schools: Top 100 ranked (104 schools because of ties) with (a) 37 schools listed in Tier 3, (b) 43 in Tier 4 and (c) 11 unranked schools. To focus in on specific schools, check out the A-Z Directory of Law Schools.
Prospective Law School Students. If prospective law school students get past the overall numerical ranking they may find some helpful information in the "School Trends" series of articles. Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings, the leading source of alternative law school ranking information, provides substantially better (read empirical instead of hearsay) information than US News when it comes to law school reputations and the only reliable placement data.
Law School Trend Articles
- What are the priciest and cheapest private law schools? (Yale - BYU)
- What are the priciest and cheapest public law schools? (Michigan - North Carolina Central)
- Whose graduates have the most debt? The least? (Northwestern - Southern Univ. Baton Rouge)
- Which public schools award the most and the least financial aid? (Virginia - South Dakota)
- Which private schools award the most and the least financial aid? (Loyola Marymount - Atlanta's John Marshall)
Two law school trend articles are only available on the fee-based "premium" online version. For the reasons noted below, neither are worth the money:
- What schools have the best first-time bar passage rate? Listed by state of jurisdiction, this information is readily available.
- Whose graduates are the most and least likely to land a job? Unreliable because law schools have been known to fudge this unaudited self-reported data.
A Class of 2010 Columbia Law School student has posted a video that prospective law school students may find interesting. See also her blog, Law School: USA. [JH]
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In the UK there is quite an emphasis on which university you attend, but this becomes less important after about 3 years in the profession.
Is it as important in the USA?
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