Here is an interesting article about the relationship between law schools and USNWR. It deals with the very important issue of how school's desires to look good to USNWR has led to an increasingly "numbers only" admissions process. http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1113555914350
Stake and his colleagues worry that some law schools, in order to elevate their rankings, have begun to rely more than ever on LSAT scores and grade-point averages -- two factors that weigh heavily in the publication's rankings. Such reliance means that students with more diverse backgrounds may be excluded from incoming classes.
"There goes the Peace Corps, there goes a Ph.D., there goes work experience," he said. He points to several ways law schools may try to increase their rankings -- to the detriment of law students.