A Question of Rank

SSRN Electronic Journal 01/2007; 457(7227).


In this paper I will address the question of whether law schools act strategically in order to maximize their ranking, with a focus on their admissions process. Since U.S. News and World Report rankings dominate the market for law school rankings, I will examine possible strategies available to law schools who wish to maximize their ranking according to the U.S. News ranking algorithm, deriving specific hypotheses from this process. I will then use data from a variety of sources, including the American Bar Association and law schools themselves in order to test these hypotheses. I will also include some anecdotal case study evidence corroborating statistical findings, as well as a more general discussion of U.S. News's ranking methodology, and possible implications to affirmative action and minority admissions in law schools.

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