« Ind. Gov't. - Another editorial on Senate Bill 381 | Main | Law - Hourly legal fees under attack in Chicago »

Monday, April 18, 2005

Law - Yet another article about the U.S. News rankings

Some quotes from the article that originally appeared in The National Law Journal:

When Stephen McAllister, the dean of the University of Kansas School of Law, learned that his institution had plunged 37 spots in the latest law school rankings, he invited students to an open forum where they could air their gripes and share their worries.

Plummeting to a precipitous 100th place, just one slot away from the lower "third tier" in the rankings by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Kansas had some damage control to do. * * *

Susanah Mead, the interim dean at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, also shares that skepticism about the rankings, although she realizes their importance, especially now. Since the rankings were released last month, she has spent much of her time trying to bolster the school's image.

When its score tumbled 32 places to 95th, she dashed off a letter to the school's entire student body. Her letter described the rankings as "flawed," but nevertheless observed that the university could not "ignore the reality that those who are unfamiliar with law schools and legal education consult rankings." Her letter also invited students to attend an open forum, scheduled for later this month.

"It just makes me sick," said Mead, referring to the drop. "I've been at this law school since 1978, and I know that we are a far better school now than we were five or six years ago."

A big reason for the Indianapolis school's fall in the rankings was the wrong information its admissions office gave the publication, she said. Morse, with U.S. News & World Report, confirmed that the school had made a mistake in reporting some of its numbers.

"We were shocked," said Mead, adding that this was "a tough time" for the school.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 18, 2005 01:42 PM
Posted to General Law Related