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Law Schools Do the Shuffle in Crowdsourced Rankings

The Conglomerate recently crowdsourced U.S. law school rankings, prompting some 6,100 people to cast more than 300,000 votes. And now, the final results are in!

According to law professor Gordon Smith, the five law schools that came out on top are:

1. Yale

2. Stanford

3. Harvard

4. University of Chicago

5. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

The entire list can be found here

Although some schools wound up with rankings similar to those generated by U.S. News & World Report, others suffered -- or enjoyed -- a much different fate, as noted by Above the Law, which points out that the TaxProf Blog's Paul Caron has created a chart of the schools with the largest differences in scores.

The best thing about the crowdsourced rankings is that it gives law school applicants a second opinion about their prospective schools. There have been long-standing rumors that schools manipulate their numbers to improve their U.S. News rankings. For example, I know of at least one school that is rumored to hire graduates to do research for low pay, and then goes on to claim that a higher percentage of its graduates is employed after graduation.

Guest blogger Ruth Carter is a law student in her final semester at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Posted by Laurel Newby on January 28, 2011 at 03:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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