Georgetown and Columbia Legislation Colleges withdraw from US information rankings

Columbia and New York University, he said, tend to put large numbers of law school graduates into white-shoe law firms, although so do institutions like the Howard University School of Law.

Similarly, “Elite Employment results are quite closely tied to the school you attended,” Professor Muller said.

Some deans of law schools below the T14 said, as much as they agree with the criticism, dropping out of the rankings could be more painful for them than, for example, Yale, which has been consistently No. 1 since US News began ranking law schools in the Year 1987. (There was a hiatus until 1990, but it has lasted since.) Stanford, currently No. 2, has also been consistently at the top.

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, the dean of Boston University (No. 17), said that despite some concerns about the ranking, her administration has no plans to withdraw at this time. She said lower-ranked schools, applicants and employers would benefit from the “free marketing” of the rankings.

“Yes, a school like Boston University that doesn’t have the legacy and history of Harvard University is going to have more of that advantage,” she said.

Ken Randall, the dean of law at George Mason University (ranked 30th), said he agrees the ranking is flawed and has some negative consequences. Nonetheless, “it gives students direction,” he said. “Most students don’t make the top 10, and there are about 200 law schools.”

George Mason’s Antonin Scalia Law School rose 11 spots in the last year, he said. It did so by improving metrics important to US News, such as admitting students with higher LSAT scores, graduating with less debt and improving bar exam pass rates, he said.

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