Tag Archive: rankings

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U.S. News & World Report’s Law School Rankings Are Out and They Will Blow Your Mind

The latest U.S. News & World Report Law School rankings are out — or leaked, at least. Let’s take a look and see what changes they have in store, because nothing could be more important to your law school choice than where some magazine ranks schools according to arbitrary factors.

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Going Above Above the Law: What to Take from Above the Law’s Law School Rankings

The new Above the Law ranking of the top 50 law schools in the U.S. is out again. And so is a self-critical review of the ranking, which is very fair, though a bit too in love with Yale. Want to know whether these rankings are the definitive rankings of law schools? Whether you’ll be a slightly less accomplished person if you attend, say, UCLA Law School (ranked #25) as opposed to, say, University of Illinois Law School (ranked #22). Here’s my take.

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Above the Law rankings? Below the bar.

The Above the Law rankings are out. Yawn.

Law School Transparency and NALP have made rankings pretty much obsolete these days. Why should you rank your schools by someone else’s formula, someone else’s priorities. Instead, head on over to Law School Transparency and look at the jobs and cost data yourself. Kudos to ATL for focusing on costs and employment, but it’s so much satisfying to see something like this:

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Before you cancel that February LSAT score…

Over the course of my first three semesters of law school, I have never walked out of an exam feeling like I performed well. Usually, I go home after a test, wallow in despair and self-pity, go out and get a drink (okay, fine, drinks), come back and wallow in despair and self-pity, and then wait for the sweet solace of sleep so that I can resume studying in the morning. Rinse and repeat. My experience with the LSAT was largely the same.

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Above the Law’s 2015 Law School Rankings

The law school rankings game is competitive these days. While U.S. News and World Report is still House Lannister — they’ve got the money and the power — there have been a ton of pretenders to the throne cropping up in the last few years. Of these, Above the Law’s rankings might be House Stark in our Game of Thrones analogy: they’re in this thing for honor, not (only) for money or power.

Started three years ago as an alternative to U.S. News, Above the Law’s law school rankings are based almost solely on the employment prospects of each law school. They want students to have an accurate picture of what their degree is worth, to the point where they often discourage students from attending law school because of what a poor investment the bottom tier of degrees is. To that end, they don’t even bother ranking schools past number 50.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.29.15

A) Everything wrong with Above the Law’s law school rankings… according to Above the Law.

B) Young women in the legal profession can and should dream big! Ms. JD

C) Hundreds of students in Virginia may have to retake the SAT because their tests were lost in the mail. You may now commence praying this never happens with the LSAT. U.S. News and World Report

D) Perhaps Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s longtime president, has finally met his match: the U.S. Justice system. The New Yorker

E) Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison, ending the incredibly fascinating and morally reprehensible Silk Road saga. New York Times

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Logical Reasonings / 5.28.15

A) Above the Law released their law school rankings today. Because their criteria leans heavily on jobs numbers, the list looks markedly different from the U.S. News and World Report version.

B) In law school, what you learn as you network is just as important as who you meet. Law School Toolbox

C) Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted for “reporting evasion charges and lying to the FBI as part of an effort to conceal paying off the victim of ‘prior bad acts.’” That’s a pretty long way of saying that he’s a douche. Buzzfeed

D) 84% of women are harassed on the street before they turn 17. That makes 100% of me very sad. New York Magazine

E) The first Broadway show based on a Twitter account is opening tonight. And it’s God’s Twitter, no less. New York Times

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Logical Reasonings / 4.10.15

A) What your law school rank says about your chances of making partner. Above the Law

B) Five common ways that law students waste time. Don’t follow the crowd! Find your own ways to waste time! About.com

C) Make a plan for how to pay for law school applications before you actually start applying. Girl’s Guide to Law School

D) Uh oh, Amazon is suing four websites that sell verified product reviews. Luckily, all of our great reviews are 100% real… Wall Street Journal

E) “Hard does not equal bad.” Bookmark this blog. It’s great! (Also, that’s what she said.) Tarreynland

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How to Decide Where to Apply

If you want a J.D. from an ABA-approved institution, there are 204 schools you can apply to. Most of us can’t apply to all 204. And why would you want to? That would be expensive and a huge waste of time.

So how do you figure out which law schools to apply to? There are four key factors to consider.

1. Rankings
Rankings are important for two reasons: A) They can help predict which schools you’ll get into, and B) They dictate how prestigious your degree is seen to be.

Regarding Point A: Your LSAT score and undergraduate GPA factor heavily into a law school’s admissions decision.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.6.15

A) What law schools prepare their students for the bar exam better than the LSAT would predict? It’s an interesting way to rank schools, although keep in mind that schools like Yale don’t show up because the LSAT predicts extremely high bar passage. PreLaw Magazine

B) Three “Don’ts” for law students thinking of transferring. US News & World Report

C) A couple of updates to the law sXXXool prof story from last week. Above the Law

D) A California appeals court ruled against two Christian parents that are suing their kids’ school district for teaching yoga exercises. The parents say the poses are religious, and the court says the parents are dum dums. Wall Street Journal

E) Can the $3.4 million car in Furious 7 really jump between buildings? And, more importantly, AWESOME#&@^!%!$ Vulture