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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Friday, August 31, 2007

What Kind of Ranking Is the "Law School 100"?

Today, Dean Dobranski sent out an email to the whole Ave Maria Law community entitled "Letter to Ave Maria Community." The email mentions the school's new upcoming website, and Dobranski's Above the Law and CNS interviews. Then Dobranski says this:
Finally, as you know, law school rankings are very popular, the most prominent of which, of course, is U.S. News and World Report. All rankings are, in one way or another, subjective, and should be viewed in that light. Recently, I have become aware of a new ranking. Law School 100, a web site sponsored by Law TV, ranks Ave Maria number 75 in the nation. An affiliated organization, lawschool.com, ranks Ave Maria number 21 on its list of the 25 most underrated law schools in the country. The Law School 100 web site claims it uses a qualitative rather than a quantitative system for its rankings. If interested, you may view these at: www.lawschool.com/underrated and http://www.lawschool100.com/.

Does anyone know what this "lawschool100.com" ranking is? The website is garish, full of advertisements, and looks like it was made by a fourth-grader with ADHD. The website claims that it is "based on qualitative, rather than quantitative, criteria" but there is no description of what this criteria is. (Personally, I think the "qualitative" criteria is what law school was "cool" in the mind of the fourth-grade webmaster.) The website's link to the US News & World Reports rankings is to a similarly unprofessional site that hasn't been touched for more than 2 years because it still lists the 2005 rankings. Is this lawschool100.com a completely bogus and worthless list of rankings, or I am missing something?