PT data's reported to LSAC... it's available right on the site alongside the FT numbers.
Don't they claim that PT ad FT admission standards are the same? Did everyone else assume that this was BS?
Yeah, pretty much BS. Their FAQ says they actually have the same standards but less ppl applying to PT and hence your odds may be slightly higher. I highly doubt it--obviously they don't report the PT data (from what I hear), which is why they accept people with lower numbers to their PT program.
Is it reported to USNews, though (that's what I was referring to)? And if so, is that taken into consideration in ranking the school?
My understanding is that schools don't "report" to USNews. In many ways, they'd rather blow themselves up than do THAT. They do report data to the ABA, however. While I'm not all the way up on the USNews methedology, I believe they do not utilize PT data for their annual rankings.
Here's a better (rhetorical) point, though: what are YOUR rankings? Which is to say, what is the ordering of law schools according to the criteria that matter most to you? If you think USNews has the same exact priorities you do, I'd say you're a pretty strange person. USNews cares about the number of books schools have. I don't. It cares about a bunch of other stuff I could give a damn about. My rankings are very different than those published by USNews, though I do concede that the prominence of the USNews rankings has to matter a little to everyone. I don't intend to pick on you, Commie Panda, but I thought this was a point worth raising.
You've completely misread my intentions. First off, the question being asked was whether part-time and full-time admissions standards were the same, and I answered that no they weren't. I think you will hard pressed to find anyone (including GW's admissions office) who disagrees with this. I was not at all debating the merits or importance of the US News rankings to *me*. I am, however, saying that the US News rankings are tremendously important to law schools, and hence they are most concerened about bumping up their numbers...and if certain numbers aren't being used by US News to rank that school, then of course bumping up those numbers wouldn't serve the purpose of increasing their US News rank. Whether or not these schools directly report to US News is sort of besides the point. As long as they know US News will use certain data to rank them, they will try to influence that data by accepting students with certain types of numbers.
Also, I believe that when the ABA asked that law schools report only the higher LSAT score, law schools by and large immediately changed their LSAT policy to "we will consider your higher score." I wonder why this is.