Malcolm Gladwell publishes alternative law school rankings

February 21, 2011 Malcolm Gladwell has published an article in the New Yorker challenging US News’s college and law-school rankings. Gladwell says that by failing to take into account a law school’s affordability in its rankings, US News has effectively penalized schools that try to provide value for the tuition dollar. Gladwell’s ranking system is based on 3 factors: the value for the dollar (40%); LSAT scores (40%); and faculty publishing (20%).

His results for the top-10 law schools [using 2008 data] are:
1. Chicago
2. BYU
3. Harvard
4. Yale
5. Texas
6. Virginia
7. Colorado
8. Alabama
9. Stanford
10. Penn


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