Gaming the rankings

Every year, law school applicants spend an inordinate amount of time obsessing about US News & World Report’s law school rankings. The Pre-Law website discusses generally why you shouldn’t care about the rankings.  This summer, the New York Times published an article giving a new set of reasons: the rankings, even on their own merits, are unreliable, because law schools game the system as much as possible.  From creative accounting techniques that inflate the amount of money they allegedly spend per student, to admissions processes that artificially eleveate their median LSAT and GPA rankings, law schools are engaged in any number of practices that—intentionally or not—affect their rankings in US News & World Report. 

The full article is here.