Tuesday 6 April 2010

WSJ Law Blog : critiques of US News rankings

The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog recently featured a post about the methodology used by US News & World Report for ranking law schools. The blog mentions the frequents criticism that it is too easy to game the system to bolster a school's rank. In addition, it looks at an interesting critique from the Concurring Opinions blog that takes aim at one of the most important pieces of information used in the rankings: the "reputation" rankings done by law school faculty, practitioners and judges. Concurring Opinions blogger Daniel Solove tries to go through the process of ranking 200 law schools 1-5, with 5 being the best. The exercise leaves him questioning how anyone can " fill out the US News ranking forms in good faith to reflect accurately their sense of law school reputations?”

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