U.S. News Rankings Leaked?
Daniel J. Solove at Concurring Opinions pronounces his post "the scoop of the year!" It relates the text of a memo written by the U.S. News and World Report "law school ranking executive" that provides a sneak peak at this year's law school rankings and how the magazine determined them. "Please keep this confidential," urges the executive. "We don't want people catching on to our method. They need to think these rankings really mean something."
Top of the list: Yale. Explains the anonymous executive: "Boring, I know. But gotta keep some stability in the rankings." Next is Stanford, but only because it "won the Harvard-Stanford coin flip this year." NYU retains its position ahead of Columbia for this reason: "A $5 million condo in Manhattan gotta count for something!" Duke drops down to number 11, having "had their taste of the top 10," while Boston University drops down five spots. "We need to freak out at least one school each year," the memo explains.
What is most notable about Solove's scoop is its prescience, because I am certain this memo is dated April 1.
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on March 6, 2008 at 12:50 PM | Permalink
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