Friday, March 7, 2014

Let the Law School Rankings Games Begin ...

The U.S. News and World Report rankings for law schools will be out next week and one blog post making the rounds is Paul Caron’s “Student Selectivity” ranking of schools based on the new data, or, more likely, an advance copy of the ABA take-off data, which includes some of the same statistics that we all report to the US News folks.

Someone in the comments to that post asked about last year’s data; I had jumped on that so we could see how we did by those two numbers last year, but I decided to post the list for all schools. Prof. Caron’s blog doesn’t go into detail, but, like I say in the document below, I presume he took the median LSAT and UGPA and plugged them into the US News percentages to get a raw number. That’s what I did, so here’s the law school rankings of these stats side by side for this the 2015 and 2014 Rankings. (For anyone reading this who's new to the rankings, U.S. News publishes an "edition" of the ranking titled a year ahead of the calendar year: so we're waiting breathlessly in March 2014 for the "2015 Edition" of the rankings - one of many aggravating little things about working with all this data.)


I screwed up the math in my original chart - thanks to Professor Jerry Organ of the University of St. Thomas School of Law for pointing that out. So the new ranking below is my comparison with the correct formula that I should have used to start with - see the explanation before the table for details.

The third leg of the “selectivity” stool - acceptance rate -  is not included in the above. We’ll have to wait until next week for that.

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