Tag Archive: us news and world report

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Above the Law Unveils Inaugural Top 50 Law School Rankings

Legal blog Above the Law has always had the reputation of telling it like it is. Whether calling out weird law school teaching assistants or discrediting breakdowns of diverse law schools, Above the Law has thrived on being brutally honest.

That’s why it’s no surprise that Above the Law’s first foray into law school rankings follows the same approach.

Today, Above the Law unveiled its inaugural top 50 law school rankings. From the start, it’s clear what separates their law school rankings from others: An emphasis on job placement. The end of Above the Law’s introductory paragraph says it all: “The time has come for a law school ranking that relies on nothing but employment outcomes.”

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Logical Reasonings / 4.18.13

A) If saving the world is your post-law school plan, you should look into attending one of these institutions. Business Insider.

B) Ask your blogger if a 2-year law school program is right for you. US News and World Report.

C) One of the professors at Suffolk Law was selected to try out the first pair of the Google Glass. National Law Journal.

D) NASA says it’s found three Earth-like planets. No word yet on whether its habitants are Beliebers. Huffington Post.

E) Sorority girls have such a way with words, don’t they? Gawker.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.16.13

A) Law school application numbers might be down, but some school still has to receive the most. US News and World Report.

B) Standard & Poor’s is none too pleased with standalone law schools. Above the Law.

C) A poisonous letter was sent to the US Capitol, but thankfully intercepted by authorities. CNN.

D) Don’t sniff at these seven myths about allergies. Huffington Post.

E) Going to the gym sucks. Especially for these people. BuzzFeed.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.19.13

A) Check out this post on Ann Levine’s blog about our new LSAT book, The Blueprint for LSAT Logic Games. Law School Expert.

B) You can never be too informed when considering law school. US News and World Report.

C) Here’s a list of the top 10 most popular law schools in the country. But remember: It’s not a popularity contest. US News and World Report.

D) Florida Coastal School of Law is trying something called “assured outcomes” that is assured to raise some eyebrows. Inside Higher Ed.

E) Breaking news: News anchor proposed to on live TV. Latest development: She said yes. CNN.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.13.13

A) You only have one week left to submit to Blueprint LSAT Prep’s video contest. Hurry, or you might miss out on the free LSAT prep course we’re giving away. Facebook.

B) Folks are still talking about yesterday’s release of the new US News & World Report law school rankings. Wall Street Journal.

C) They’re still counting votes in Florida, but it looks like there’s a new Pope. CNN.

D) Everybody settle down. There are no renegade Ukrainian dolphins with weapons strapped to their heads. Escapist Magazine.

E) Need help concentrating on your LSAT prep? Chomp on some gum. Discovery.

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2014 US News & World Report Law School Rankings Out Now

Like the rings of a tree, the release of a new set of US News & World Report law school rankings marks the passing of another year. One day, they’ll accept my offer to produce an awards show akin to the Oscars, handing out Validys to the winners (think an Oscar-like statue that resembles Aristotle) and Testies to the losers (it’s best not to think about what that one will look like).

Until then, I’ll have to settle with writing an article for the LSAT blog each year, analyzing the rise and fall of different law schools, and the trends present in the rankings.

First, the US News & World Report law school rankings themselves:


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Logical Reasonings / 3.12.13

A) You’ve already read our thoughts on the 2014 US News & World Report law school rankings. Here’s another opinion. Above the Law.

B) Get ready to be called “temp” a lot, law school grads. US News & World Report.

C) Law schools are too fluffy, says one ant-fluff writer. Huffington Post.

D) That Google Street View car did some bad things and is paying for it. New York Times.

E) Chameleons are an amazing animal. Here’s some funny proof. BuzzFeed.

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Logical Reasonings / 2.5.13

A) The future of law schools is dependent on the future of law firms. The Atlantic.

B) But here’s four ways law schools should change, anyway. US News and World Report.

C) In other late-breaking news: lawyers are confident and rich. National Law Journal.

D) How can North Korea expect us to take its missile program seriously when it hasn’t figured out Final Cut Pro? Washington Post.

E) The Lakers need to trade Dwight Howard for this kid right now. Daily Dot.

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Law School Transparency Unveils Own Law School Rankings

When it comes to ranking law schools, US News and World Report dominates the picture to the extent that their rankings are often referred to without even being mentioned by name. It’s common to hear, for example, that Harvard is ranked No. 3, without any discussion of who ranked Harvard No. 3 or why. Prospective law students and their parents and friends often perceive these law school rankings as objective fact. While some objective factors do figure into these rankings, the weighting of these factors reflects the subjective decisions of the editors who compile the rankings.

If you’re planning on going to law school, odds are that it’s because you want to become a lawyer (I hope I’m not making any big assumptions here).

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Logical Reasonings / 11.6.12

A) Don’t listen to the naysayers. Law school is a good idea. Business Insider.

B) There are other fish in the sea. And other law school rankings besides US News and World Report. Above the Law.

C) Oh, look. We’re electing a president today. Yahoo! News.

D) We can’t all be astronauts. But we can all be voters. ABC News.

E) In case you just awoke from a coma, here’s a graphic novel-style summary of how the election’s gone up to this point. Guardian.