Law school rankings: The results are out, but do they really matter?
US News & World Report released its annual law school rankings Tuesday, reviewing about 200 schools. The rankings can have a powerful impact on universities, experts say.
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"It doesn’t help that law schools are just completely obedient to the set of standards and jump through any hurdle that is erected by US News,” said Mr. Segal. “This is just a recipe for a bunch of self-interested decisions.”Skip to next paragraph
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The bottom line, said Robert Morse, editor of US News & World Report, in a note on the website, is that the rankings are done to provide one tool to help prospective law school students choose the best school for them.
“We at US News firmly believe the survey has significant value because it allows us to measure the ‘intangibles’ of a college that we can’t measure through statistical data,” Mr. Morse said. “The Best Law School rankings are not done to provide law school academics a benchmark to measure their school’s progress or to influence or be an instrument to direct educational policy decisions.”
Here are the top 20 law schools, according to the list:
1. Yale University
2. Stanford University
3. Harvard University
4. Columbia University
5. University of Chicago
6. New York University
7. University of California-Berkeley (tie)
7. University of Pennsylvania (tie)
7. University of Virginia (tie)
10. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
11. Duke University
12. Northwestern University
13. Georgetown University
14. Cornell University
15. University of California-Los Angeles
16. University of Texas-Austin (tie)
16. Vanderbilt University (tie)
18. University of Southern California (Gould)
19. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
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