News of the demise of law school rankings has been greatly exaggerated, according to the guests on our weekly legal news podcast, On The Merits.
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You could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Around a dozen of the top law schools in the country have said they’ll no longer provide data to US News & World Report for its annual rankings. The schools say the rankings over-emphasize metrics that benefit already privileged and wealthy applications, and give short shrift to lawyers interested in public service or who need financial aid.
However, Bloomberg Law’s Vivia Chen and Kaustuv Basu say that even without these schools’ participation, the rankings will likely continue on with no interruption. And, they say, the move to boycott the rankings will likely not improve legal industry diversity in the way the schools hope.
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