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"How the U.S. News Rankings Have Changed Law School"

Intense status competition leads to some artificial and wasteful practice [WSJ Law Blog, NLJ]:

  • Administrators are spending significant amount of money on brochures and marketing materials that they send to other law schools and judges to gin up better results on the reputation survey.

  • Some schools categorize students as part-time or probationary so their LSAT scores would not count, although U.S. News recently started including part-time students in its analysis.

  • Other schools hired graduates on a temporary basis so they would be considered employed for the U.S. News survey.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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