Monday, March 9, 2015

Just Say No to U.S. News

The U.S. News law rankings are due out today, and it's time for my annual "Just Say No to U.S. News" column.  My objections to the law rankings are that they don't give prospective law students relevant information and they can be manipulated by law schools.  Since the latter is in the news now let's focus on how the rankings can be manipulated.

The Tax Prof Blog has a post today on how 38 law schools boosted their rankings with school funded jobs.  (here based on a chart by Robert Kuehn)  The top five law schools using this device were William & Mary (25.90%), Emory (25.41%), George Washington (18.76%), Virginia (16.67%), and American (16.02%).

Based on the above, I hope you see why I think that the U.S. News law school rankings give no useful information to prospective law students.  (here)

(Scott Fruehwald)

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