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The U.S. News law school rankings 
"are a misleading and deceptive, profit-generating commercial enterprise 
that compromises U.S. News and World Report's journalistic integrity." 

--Carl Monk, executive director of the Association of American Law Schools


News Magazine Rankings for 2009

1. Newsweek
2. Time Magazine
3. People Magazine
4. TV Guide
5. My Weekly Reader

Third Tier: U.S. News and World Report
 

Ranking U.S. News
A critical analysis of the logic and methodology of the ranking system employed
by a magazine ostensibly dedicated to fairness and objectivity.

www.RankingUSNews.com 


Most law schools and universities condemn the U.S. News rankings 
as biased, unscientific, and inaccurate,
and then publicize their own rankings when the rankings are to their liking.
Examples


ABA:
How Accurate Are They?

Dean Nancy Rapoport: Ratings, Not Rankings 

US News Law School Rankings
 

  The Law School 100 

U. of Texas Prof. Leiter's Critique of U.S. News 

Free Version of U.S. News Law School Rankings -- 2003 

Free Version of U.S. News Law School Rankings -- 2002 

The Methodology of U.S. News 

U.S. News's Defense of Its Methodology 

Flaws in the U.S. News Medical School Rankings 

U. of Texas Prof. Leiter's Law School Rankings 

How U.S. News Ranks Law Schools 

U of Texas: Comparative Rankings 

  Judge Thomas E. Brennan's Law School Rankings 

  Law School Deans -- Statement on Rankings 

  The Med School 100 

The Top 25 Law Schools for Hispanic Students 

  The Ranking Game 

ABA Student Lawyer: In re Rankings 

My Law School Rankings
 

Faculty Quality 

U. of Texas Prof. Leiter's Various Rankings 

AALS Rankings Study 

Stanford Response to U.S. News 

Broken Ranks 

The Durability of Law School Reputation (PDF)

U.S. News Law School Rankings, Prior to 2004 

 


U of Texas 2L: 

"We have a few classes with brilliant legal scholars who can't teach worth a damn. 
I wish the school would refocus its priorities on the students, 
not its U.S. News and World Report rankings." 

Texas Lawyer Story  

U.S. News '2005' Law School Rankings 
(as released in early 2004)


U.S. News 
'2004' Law School Rankings
(as released in early 2003)

1 Yale
2 Stanford
3 Harvard
4 Columbia
5 NYU
6 U of Chicago
7 U of Michigan
7 Penn
9 UVA
10 Cornell
10 Boalt


12 Duke
12 Northwestern
14 Georgetown
15 Texas
16 UCLA
17 Vanderbilt
18 USC
19 Minnesota
19 Washington & Lee
21 Iowa
22 Boston College
22 GWU
22 Notre Dame
25 Illinois
25 Wash. U.
27 Emory
28 Boston U.
28 William and Mary
28 North Carolina
31 BYU
31 Fordham
31 UC Davis
31 UGA
31 Wisconsin
36 UC Hastings
36 Wake Forest
38 Indiana - Bloomington
38 Ohio State
40 George Mason
40 Colorado
40 UConn
40 Utah
44 Arizona
45 Tulane
45 Alabama
45 Florida
45 Maryland
45 U of Washington
50 SMU
51 Baylor
51 Cincinnati
51 Kentucky
51 Pittsburgh
55 American U.
55 Tennessee
57 Cardozo
57 Case Western
58 Arizona State
58 Brooklyn
58 Missouri - Columbia
58 Oklahoma
58 San Diego
64 Florida State
64 Indiana - Indianapolis
64 Temple
64 Kansas
64 Nebraska
69 Kent
69 Lewis and Clark
69 Loyola - LA
69 Loyola - Chicago
69 St. John's
69 Houston
69 Brandeis (Louisville)
69 New Mexico
69 Villanova
78 Rutgers - Camden
78 Rutgers - Newark 
78 Denver
78 Oregon
78 Richmond
78 South Carolina
84 Catholic
84 Miami 
86 Seton Hall
86 Buffalo
86 Hawaii
89 Northeastern
89 U of Mississippi
91 Georgia State
91 Marquette
91 Mercer
91 Santa Clara
91 Seattle
91 Arkansas - Fayetteville
97 Louisiana State
97 Syracuse
97 San Francisco
97 Wayne State



Third Tier


Albany
Campbell
Chapman
Creighton
DePaul
Drake
Duquesne
Franklin Pierce
Hofstra
Howard
Loyola - New Orleans
NY Law School
Pace
Penn State (Dickinson)
Pepperdine
Samford U (Cumberland)
Southern Illinois
Southwestern
Stetson
St. Louis
Suffolk
Akron
Idaho
Maine
Memphis
Montana
North Dakota
South Dakota
McGeorge
Toledo
Wyoming
Valparaiso
Vermont
Washburn
West Virginia
William Mitchell



Fourth Tier

Cal Western
Capital
Cleveland Marshall
CUNY
Florida Coastal
Golden Gate
Gonzaga
Hamline
John Marshall - Chicago
Michigan State (DCL)
Mississippi College
New England
No. Carolina Central
Northern Illinois
Northern Kentucky (Chase)
Nova Southeastern
Ohio Northern
Oklahoma City
Quinnipiac
Regent
Roger Williams
Southern
South Texas
St. Mary's
St. Thomas - Florida
Texas Southern (Thurgood Marshall)
Texas Tech
Texas Wesleyan
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Cooley
Touro
U Baltimore
U Dayton
U of Detroit
U Missouri - Kansas City
U Tulsa
Western New England
Whittier
Widener
Willamette




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