Yesterday I noted the release of the first issue of the Drexel Law Review. What I didn't mention was that Judge Pollak, the Inaugural Chair of Drexel Law's Visiting Committee and former Dean of both Yale Law School and Penn Law School, has an article in this first issue offering some critiques of US News rankings. Among various comments, he offers up this thought:
I argue that any serious attempt to measure the quality of a law school should include inquiry into a dimension unmentioned, let alone unexamined, by U.S. News & World Report—namely, how recent and current law students feel about their alma mater. A major difficulty, of course, is that a useful inquiry would be very difficult to design and carry out. But the larger difficulty is that the findings, while very likely of real interest (most especially to college seniors deciding which law schools to apply to) would be unquantifiable.
All subgroup schools are listed alphabetically, because he sees no relevant distinction.
Group I Law Schools- (Peer assessment score 4.0 and above)
Subgroup A - Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, Yale
Subgroup B - Berkeley, Michigan, NYU, Penn, Virginia
Subgroup C - UCLA, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern Texas
Group II Law Schools - (Peer assessment score 3.0 and above)
Subgroup A - GW, Iowa, Minnesota, UNC, Southern Cal, Vanderbilt, Wash U.
Subgroup B - BC, BU, UC Davis, Emory, Fordham, Hastings, Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Washington & Lee, Wisconsin
Subgroup C - American, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana (Bloomington), Tulane, Wake Forest, U. of Washington, William & Mary
Group III Law Schools - (Peer assessment score 2.0 and above)
Subgroup A - Alabama, Arizona St., Brigham Young, Brooklyn, Cardozo, Case, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida St., George Mason, Houston, IIT (Kent), Indiana (Indianapolis), Kansas, Loyola LA, Maryland, Miami, Missouri (Columbia), Maryland, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Rutgers (Newark and Camden), San Diego, Santa Clara, SMU, Temple, Tennessee, Utah, Villanova
(Check the remainder in the article...the list gets long.)