Reputation surveys in the US News rankings

Turns out that only about 646 academics, lawyers and judges determine 40% of each law school’s rank in US News (the reputation portion).  And only about 120 of those are actual lawyers.  Just to repeat: that means that 40% of a school’s rank is determined by just a handful of lawyers and law professors.  And, as Brian Leiter has previously written, the lawyer contingent is dramatically skewed toward lawyers in large firms in the Northeast, who can be presumed to know little about the regional schools that make up the overwhelming majority of ABA-approved law schools in the country.