Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Brian Leiter on the U.S. News Law Rankings

It is that one day of the year when Brian Leiter and I agree on something.  The new phone books are out.  I mean the U.S. News Law Rankings are out.

From The roller coaster:

"As I've noted before, almost every change, for better or worse, in the overall ranking has nothing to do with reality: it reflects moves to game the rankings either by the school doing better, or by one's immediate competitors for those schools that do worse."

In my opinion, the U.S. News rankings are the most pernicious thing to happen to legal education ever.  They have been driving the wrong behavior for years--both by law schools and law school applicants.

There is little chance they will end soon, so the best thing to do, as Brian Leiter noted, is to proclaim throughout the land "the overall ranking has nothing to do with reality."  Nothing!!!

(Scott Fruehwald)

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