Monday, May 8, 2023

The US News Law School Academic Reputation Scores, 1998-2022

Robert L. Jones (Northern Illinois), After Twenty-Five Years, Law Schools’ Academic Reputation Scores Remain Below 1998 Levels:

This article summarizes the results of the US News & World Report rankings published in 2021 and 2022 regarding the academic reputation scores of law schools. In addition to analyzing the most recent results of the US News rankings, the article complements the largest longitudinal study published by this author in 2013. [A Longitudinal Analysis of the U.S. News Academic Reputation Scores Between 1998 and 2013, 40 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. (2013)]. The article also includes updated appendices from the earlier study cataloging US News academic reputation scores for each law school between 1998 and 2022. …

[O]Only twenty-one law schools managed to improve their academic reputation scores by .3 or more over the twenty-five-year period between 1998 and 2022. That represents just 12.4% of the data set. Table 2 (below) lists this relatively small subset of schools in the data set that have managed to raise their scores significantly over the period studied.

Table 2

appendix B

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