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November 16, 2007

Does U.S. News Measure What Law Students Care About?

According to Michelle Weyenberg in Law School Rankings at Math's Mercy, National Jurist (November 2007), the answer is "no." Of concern to students but missing from the USNWR rankings are such factors as

  • Quality of teaching
  • Practical skills training available
  • Assistance offered by placement office
  • Number of courses offered beyond first year
  • Overall quality of facilities

These certainly are the sorts of concerns one regularly hears from law school students but I'm not sure the quality of teaching can be measure unless a standardized teacher evaluation is implemented by the ABA/AALS but the other factors can be quantified.

In a comment to Paul Caron's TaxProf Blog post about this article, Michael Livingston questions the assumption that law students are in a good position to evaluate the quality of law schools. I think the point is that law student opinion of their schools is not a factor included in USNWR. Why not include a student review component along with the peer review and bench and bar review components? [JH]

Also posted on Law Librarian Blog. -- Joe Hodnicki

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Please forgive the obviousness of this statement, but why doesn't someone start a ranking system that does measure quality of life and other factors students care about?

Posted by: Hillary Burgess | Nov 18, 2007 11:53:07 PM

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