USNews should divide Lawyer reputation scores into regions... say have a reputation ranking for the South, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest, Rocky Mountains, and the West Coast and have the reputation data be based on surveys of lawyers and judges in each region.and then, it should incorporate this data into regional rankings like it does for colleges.
Here are my ideas:1) Decrease the weight given to entering GPA, and increase both the entering LSAT and the acceptance rate weightings. GPA is just too random to be very useful.
Plus, this encourages schools to accept a bunch of kids who didn't challenge themselves in college but took easier courses to inflate their GPAs. Also encourages college students to seek out easy classes and profs, which is a bad trend.
2) Only measure employment ratio nine months after graduation. Give people a little bit more time. Not everyone wants to get a job right after law school.
3) Do not measure financial aid at all. This should be considered separately in terms of which law schools offer the most value, but should not affect the consideration of a school's inherent quality.
4) Eliminate the library size measurement. Rather than counting books, I would count faculty citations per capita. I would rather go to a school where the profs are the tops in their fields than one where the library has a lot of books.
These are starters for a better process. Any others?