Tag Archive: us news & world report

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Justice Alito is Right About Law School and the LSAT… Sorta

In a recent profile, Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito recently held forth on the LSAT and on the U.S. News and World Report law school rankings. He’s not a fan. He feels differently about the Philadelphia Phillies.

The LSAT, he says, gets too much emphasis from law schools. He asks, “What in life is a multiple choice test?” He calls the U.S. News rankings “an abomination.”

I’ll readily agree with Alito that the U.S. News rankings get way more attention than they deserve. They often get treated as if they were incontrovertible fact, when really they’re just one magazine’s assessment based on its choice of factors. And some of those factors, such as expenditures per student, faculty-student ratio, and library size, have probably contributed to the high cost of legal education as law schools jockey to improve their standing.

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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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What Law School Admissions Tasks Should You Be Doing?

Today on the LSAT blog: a guest post by Law School Expert Ann Levine, the former director of admissions for two ABA-approved law schools and the author of The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert and The Law School Decision Game: A Playbook for Prospective Lawyers.

What? The summer is gone? Already?! You had all these grand plans. Despite your internship and your beach vacation and family reunion, you were going to take your LSAT prep course, add in a bit of tutoring, write your law school personal statement, and ask people for letters of recommendation. And now school is starting. Real life has returned. You’re asking yourself, “Geez, how far behind am I?”

After you take a deep breath (you’re going to be OK), read through this checklist of law school admissions tasks I’ve put together.

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Logical Reasonings / 8.15.12

A) Apparently, diversity in law school is a good thing. Who would’ve guessed? National Law Journal.

B) Speaking of diversity in law school: Someone uncovered an article written by Michelle Obama in 1988 in which she accused Harvard Law School of being racist and sexist. Daily Mail.

C) This year’s 1L enrollment numbers are going to be low, and this is how law schools are going to try to rationalize it. Inside the Law School Scam.

D) Liberty University School of Law has been accused of participating in an international kidnapping conspiracy. This can’t be good for their US News & World Report ranking. Christian Post.

E) Here are some vintage Cosmo headlines that at one time women devoured while laying out by pools and men shook their heads at while in checkout lines. BuzzFeed.

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Logical Reasonings / 8.8.12

A) Hmm. Some law schools want to change their tuition figures for US News & World Report. Wall Street Journal.

B) This New York University law student has resorted to post signs to help pay off his law school debt. Village Voice.

C) Randy Travis almost has more mugshots than Grammys. CNN.

D) It was pretty hot in July, huh? Only the hottest month in US history. New York Times.

E) Famous album covers recreated with socks, please. The Sock Covers.

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Logical Reasonings / 7.26.12

A) Huh? Some top 50 law schools are allegedly still accepting applications for this fall. ABA Journal.

B) A new book criticizing law school also throws US News & World Report under the bus. Here’s the USNWR “review” of the book. US News & World Report.

C) Before organizing a petition, make sure the font size is in accordance with the law. And no stupid fonts, either. Detroit Free Press.

D) We know a lot of you watch Suits. Here’s an interview with the sharp-dressed stars. Huffington Post.

E) JK Rowling built a $200K treehouse for her kids. Well, she didn’t build it; she had wizards summon it. Lime Life.

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LSAC Bolsters Law School Admissions Data Reporting

Picking a law school is kind of a big deal.

To help you make this decision, there are plenty of books that have been written about it. Hundreds of websites offer advice. Message boards are littered with students asking other law school hopefuls to weigh in. And all of it revolves around US News & World Report’s rankings.

So when it was reported that a few schools (*cough* Villanova and Illinois *cough*) were reporting false law school admissions data (including LSAT scores), some students were understandably upset.

Neither schools came out unscathed (Illinois dropped 12 slots; Villanova, more), but an entire class of students had entered under what they reasonably felt were false pretenses.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.1.12

A) The dean at the University of California Hastings School of Law isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. And apparently he isn’t afraid to drop admissions 20 percent this fall. USA Today.

B) Emory Law School provides therapy dogs for finals week, but only because students promised they’d feed and water them every day. 11 Alive.

C) Happy Law Day! (Make sure to get your Law Day candy for half-price tomorrow.) American Bar Association.

D) Now that law school rankings are out, US News & World Report can focus on what’s really important: UFOs. Huffington Post.

E) If he could afford internet access, Joey Lawrence would view this gallery of the funniest forgotten couples of the 1990s and say, “Woah!” BuzzFeed.