What a Different Law School Ratings System Might Look Like

“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count and everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.” Albert Einstein

Why go to law school – or not

Part I – What to Look for in a Law School
Location really matters and here’s why
Size matters, but less than you might think
High quality students are a good thing, except when they are not
How specialization can be important – for some people
Visit campus – talk to 1Ls

Part II – The Different Factors – In No Special Order
LSAT Scores – median & top and bottom 5%
GPA Scores – median & top and bottom 5% – comparability warning
Local – limited to schools in area – rated by judges and lawyers
National – identify top national law schools
rated by groups (i.e., top 5% – top 15% – top 25%)
not ranked within groups
rated by law school deans & judges
Job placement – several dates & criteria (& why)
Graduation/6 months/10 months
Include both law school assisted & unassisted
Bar passage rate – 5 schools where most graduates took July exam
1L class size (3 yr average) – large section – small section (if any) –
Legal research section
Courses – number of different subjects per year (ranges, not exact)
Tuition – include in & out of state –
Link to short (150 word) statement by each school – why it is special

See full article at Let’s End the US News Law School Madness

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Alan B. Morrison

Alan B. Morrison is the Associate Dean for Public Interest & Public Service Law, George Washington University Law School.