The Ivy Coach Daily

May 9, 2011

Law School Rankings

Law School Ranking System, Graduate School Rankings, Top 10 Law Schools
What if you could redesign the algorithm to rank law schools based on what’s important to you? Now you can.

There’s a cool tool we’d like to bring to your attention from a law professor at Indiana University – Bloomington, Jeffrey Stake. It’s called “The Ranking Game” and it allows you to re-rank the “US News & World Report” annual law school rankings. Why is this important? Well, while the rankings may be the result of an algorithm, this algorithm is inherently shaped by opinion. More or less weight could be assigned to a particular category depending on the system. And that’s why the law school rankings system and all university ranking systems in general are utterly subjective.

But what if you could assign the weight you want to a particular category? What if “state bar pass rate” is a more important category for you as an applicant than, say, “budget for learning?” Or what if “employed 9 months after graduation” is more significant to you, someone who would like to actually have a job after you graduate from law school, than, say, “LSAT median?” The program allows you to decide what matters and what doesn’t matter quite as much. Try out re-ranking with the 2010 “US News & World Report” law school rankings. And let us know what you think by posting below!

Check out our blog posts on law school applicants and business school rankings.

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