« on: February 28, 2004, 11:06:37 AM »
I hate to be the newbie asking questions which have probably been asked and answered a hundred times before, but I was curious about the highly touted and almost equally disliked US News rankings. How do they collect data and who does it? Do they just gather graduation placement statistics, average applicant LSAT scores and GPAs, student to teacher ratios, and then plug the data into some type of formula? It almost seems like a sort of BCS system for college football, which has little rhyme or reason, unless you are a computer or statistician. What's the motivation for US News to have a ranking every year showing that NYU, Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, USC are the top ranked law schools every year? Just wondering if anyone has some insight regarding this matter.