Archive for February 20, 2010

Points to Ponder: US News & World Report Rankings

I was actually thinking about this while I was supposed to be resting (sad but I guess it is part of figuring out my future). Anyway, the U.S. News & World Report ranks law schools into four tiers. Each tier has 100 law schools and within that tier is ranked. This means of all the law schools worth mentioning on the USNWR website, the total is 400. When USNWR reaches the fourth tier it doesn’t even rank within the tier for obvious reasons–it doesn’t matter.

Then I thought wait, ABA has only accredited 200 law schools though a couple more have provisional accreditation. So how can an ABA accredited law school be ranked lower than so many other law schools without accreditation? What are the criteria that the ABA and USNWR uses when ranking these institutions of higher education and why don’t they reconcile? This means that a non-ABA accredited law school can be and is ranked at times HIGHER than an ABA accredited law school. Most jurisdictions won’t allow you to take their bar admission exams without graduating from an ABA accredited law school. Nor will many if not all federal jobs hire a law school graduate that hasn’t fulfilled the same criteria. Did I miss something?