December 19, 2008
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: The Moss Law School Rankings
Scott Moss (Colorado) offers his unique version of law school rankings. He ranks law schools by their notorious alum. Here's his methodology:
Law schools accrue points by having alumni who were high public officials convicted, or simply forced to leave office, following criminal or otherwise serious unlawful misconduct they allegedly committed while in office in the 1990s or 2000s. A law school gets four points for a President, two points for a Governor or Senator, and one point for a member of Congress or non-Gubernatorial high statewide official.
The Moss Law School Rankings for 2008
1: Harvard (7 points) for Gov. Elliot Spitzer (NY) (prostitution; possibly abuse of state police resources); Rep. William Jefferson (LA) (bribes); Sen. Ted Stevens (AK) (bribes); Sen. Brock Adams (WA) (sexual harassment)
2: Yale (4 points): Pres. Bill Clinton (perjury, and a number of other things that may or may not have been illegal)
3: Tulane (3 points): Sen. David Vitter (LA) (prostitution); Rep. Robert Livingston (LA) (prostitution)
4: NYU (2 points): Sen. Bob Packwood (OR) (sexual harassment)
5: Georgetown (2 points): Gov. Don Siegelman (AL) (bribery)
5: Cincinnati (2 points): Gov. Robert Taft (OH) (illegal campaign contributions)
5: Rutgers (2 points): Sen. Bob Toricelli (NJ) (illegal campaign contributions)
5: Pepperdine (2 points): Gov. Rod Blagojevich (IL) (bribes; misuse of government funds to try to punish political opponents; etc.)
5: Louisiana State (2 points): Gov. Edwin Edwards (bribes)
10: Fordham (1 point): Rep. Vito Fossella (NY) (DWI while visiting child from extramarital affair )
10: Washington & Lee (1 point): Chief Judge Sol Wachtler (NY) (criminal threats related to extramarital affair)
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How about University of Virginia Law School, it spawned Ted Kennedy. You remember Ted, he killed Mary Jo Kopechne (that is more serious than Bob Packwood's antics).
Posted by: anon | Dec 30, 2008 4:31:55 AM
Governor Blagojevich has not yet been convicted nor has he yet been forced from office. The points for Pepperdine are probably best reported in next year's rankings! I also think it is a shame to exclude local government alumni who might be convicted of various crimes.
Posted by: Mark | Dec 22, 2008 4:24:20 AM