U. Chicago Law School Holds on to US News Rankings as Peers Revolt

  • The school does not want “inaccurate information” to circulate, its dean said
  • Nine other law schools ranked in the top 14 by US News have said they will not participate in the rankings.

(Reuters) – The University of Chicago Law School became the first elite law school on Wednesday to confirm that it will continue to submit information to US News & World Report for ranking, amid an exodus that began a year ago. week.

Law dean Thomas Miles wrote in a message to students that most of the data used in rankings is already public and the rest is “information we have no reason to withhold.” Chicago is ranked #3.

“Rankings from academic institutions clearly have readers, and we want to avoid using inaccurate information,” Miles wrote.

Since last week, nine of the 14 top-ranked US News law schools, known as T-14s, have said they will no longer provide internal data for rankings, as have at least two lower-ranked schools.

Of the 196 law schools ranked by US News, some will reach different conclusions about participation, said Mike Spivey, a law school admissions consultant.

“Chicago’s decision may very well start a backlash against other schools starting to announce that they will continue to submit their data, compared to last week’s opt-out snowball,” Spivey said.

Yale Law School sparked the move to stop participating in the rankings on November 23, saying the rankings conflict with its commitments to student diversity, affordability and public interest work. Harvard Law School followed suit on the same day.

Law schools at Berkeley, Georgetown, Columbia, Stanford, Michigan, Duke and Northwestern universities, each among the top 14, have also said they will stop providing data to US News.

The law schools of New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia and Cornell University were the only remaining T-14 schools that had not publicly secured a position in the rankings as of Wednesday.

The University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, ranked 15th, on Tuesday became the first school outside the top 14 to say it will not participate. The University of California Irvine School of Law followed suit on Wednesday. It ranks 37.

US News has said it will continue to rank all law schools accredited by the American Bar Association, though it has not clarified how it will account for private data the schools choose not to share. That data includes spending per student and the average debt of graduates.

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Karen Sloan reports on law firms, law schools, and the business of law. Contact her at [email protected]

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