Thursday, September 22, 2011
Talk to any professor, president, or dean at any institution of higher education about the U.S. News and World Report rankings and they will tell you they hate it. However, most feel as though not playing the game will only be harmful to their university. That being said, wouldn't it be nice if you could create your own rankings system. A system in which you decided what criteria should count and how much.
The below link does exactly that for law schools. It's a rankings system created by Jeffery E. Stake, a law professor at Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington. Stake believes the current paradigm of rankings systems produces truly disastrous results for all involved. He goes so far as to conclude that, "Rankings of schools can harm society." Stake created a system that allows you to rank law schools yourself because he believes, "society cannot protect itself the way you can protect yourself."
So have fun finding out where your law school should actually be ranked. If the results don't turn out the way you wanted, at least you did something good for society.