Law school rankings are out; Georgia schools up but overall, LSATs and grades have dropped
4:22 pm, March 12th, 2013
U.S. News & World Report’s law school rankings are out and the legal blogosphere is abuzz.
The magazine is using a new rankings system, in which graduates’ job placement rates now make up 20 percent of a school’s ranking. The top 20 spots showed little movement–Yale Law School is still number one and Harvard (No. 2) and Stanford (No. 3) switched spots—but this has shaken up the rankings of law schools further down the list.
That said, not much changed for Emory, the University of Georgia and Georgia State’s law schools, which are ranked in the top 100. Emory rose one spot to 23; UGA Law rose a spot to 33; and GSU Law jumped 4 spots to 54.
The National Law Journal gets into the details of the rankings.
Above the Law takes a different tack, delving instead into the drop in LSAT scores and grades that a number of law schools reported from applicants. Is the applicant pool to law schools dumbing down because people with great grades and great LSAT scores have better things to do?, asks Elie Mystal, drawing on Constitutional Daily’s crunching of the year’s statistics.