The U.S. News Law School Rankings are Over-Emphasized
I love the idea of the U.S. News law school Rankings going to a “Top 10”, 1st Tier, 2nd Tier, Regional Schools listing (as suggested by articles and comments here) because I hate to see law school applicants choose #21 over #24 simply because that’s how the schools are ranked in a particular year. What this really shows is that law schools are really offering essentially the same education within a certain ranking range and that prospective law students are not necessarily looking at factors like location, who hires recent grads, where they hope to practice, etc…
“So Ann, tell us how you Really Feel about the Rankings…”
This is getting a little bit off the subject of rankings, but it does tie in with the over-reliance on law school rankings. You’d be surprised how many people decide where to attend law school without actually visiting the campuses they are considering – as though meeting people who run the school and attend the school (and seeing the facilities where they’ll be spending 60 hours a week) were completely unrelated to performance in law school and networking in the job market….
For more about my observations relating to the usefulness (or lack of usefulness) of the U.S. News Rankings, see my previous post, “What do the Law School Rankings Really Mean?”
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