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Why does USNWR refer to Top 100 as Tier 1...
« on: February 23, 2007, 01:22:02 PM »
and everyone here only refers to the Top 50 as Tier 1?

Obviously, if 51-100 were also Tier 1, there'd be no Tier 2.  But then why doesn't US News report those schools as Tier 2?
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Re: Why does USNWR refer to Top 100 as Tier 1...
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2007, 01:24:11 PM »
Actually, I think USNWR calls the top 100 "Top Law Schools." At least they do on the website. Do you have a link or the actual magazine where it says Tier 1?
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Re: Why does USNWR refer to Top 100 as Tier 1...
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2007, 01:32:56 PM »
from deloggio:

    *   Around 1988 or so, USNews & World Report published a ranking of law schools. There was a top 25 and nothing else. 
    * Readers were so hungry for more data that in 1992 the report was expanded.  There were four quartiles, with the top 25 singled out.
    * In 1994 there were two groups of 25, and third, fourth and fifth tiers. 
    * In 1997, allegedly in response to pressure from law schools, both the top 25 and the next 25 were labelled "top tier," and the remaining three groups re-labelled 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  Students were ecstatic that their school was in a higher tier, ignoring the fact that the 5th tier no longer existed.
    * In 1999 a top 50 replaced the two top 25s, with only a minor emphasis on the break between 25 and 26. 
    * In 2003 USNews took the big leap to a top 100, with a tiny third tier and a full 4th tier.   
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Re: Why does USNWR refer to Top 100 as Tier 1...
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2007, 01:36:51 PM »
from deloggio:

    *   Around 1988 or so, USNews & World Report published a ranking of law schools. There was a top 25 and nothing else. 
    * Readers were so hungry for more data that in 1992 the report was expanded.  There were four quartiles, with the top 25 singled out.
    * In 1994 there were two groups of 25, and third, fourth and fifth tiers. 
    * In 1997, allegedly in response to pressure from law schools, both the top 25 and the next 25 were labelled "top tier," and the remaining three groups re-labelled 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  Students were ecstatic that their school was in a higher tier, ignoring the fact that the 5th tier no longer existed.
    * In 1999 a top 50 replaced the two top 25s, with only a minor emphasis on the break between 25 and 26. 
    * In 2003 USNews took the big leap to a top 100, with a tiny third tier and a full 4th tier.   

That explains it.

This is what I was referring to.  Note all three schools are ranked 65, 93, 65.



Hard to see like that: http://img339.imageshack.us/my.php?image=usnwrve6.jpg
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Re: Why does USNWR refer to Top 100 as Tier 1...
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2007, 04:47:09 PM »
from deloggio:

    *   Around 1988 or so, USNews & World Report published a ranking of law schools. There was a top 25 and nothing else. 
    * Readers were so hungry for more data that in 1992 the report was expanded.  There were four quartiles, with the top 25 singled out.
    * In 1994 there were two groups of 25, and third, fourth and fifth tiers. 
    * In 1997, allegedly in response to pressure from law schools, both the top 25 and the next 25 were labelled "top tier," and the remaining three groups re-labelled 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  Students were ecstatic that their school was in a higher tier, ignoring the fact that the 5th tier no longer existed.
    * In 1999 a top 50 replaced the two top 25s, with only a minor emphasis on the break between 25 and 26. 
    * In 2003 USNews took the big leap to a top 100, with a tiny third tier and a full 4th tier.   

That explains it.

This is what I was referring to.  Note all three schools are ranked 65, 93, 65.



Hard to see like that: http://img339.imageshack.us/my.php?image=usnwrve6.jpg

That's weird.