January 7, 2009
The Top 10 Events of 2008 in the Legal Academy
Several of the events listed in Brian Leiter's (Chicago) ranking pertain to the reputations of law schools. Here's a sample:
- The law school at Berkeley won the 2008 "Thank God U.S. News never audits the data schools self-report" award.
- U.S. News failed to respond to the fact that its 'method' for ranking law schools was now totally, and quite publicly discredited.
- Meanwhile, law school reputations in the real world remained unchanged.
- But in the world of "insiders", Harvard Law School clearly re-established itself as the top law school in the country (at least in terms of scholarly distinction of the faculty) for the first time since the 1970s, while Yale faculty and alumni lobbied furiously for Dean Kagan to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
For the complete list, visit Brian Leiter's Law School Reports. [JH]
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