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Dean: Law Schools Won't Boycott Survey


Despite recent efforts by a number of colleges to lessen the impact of the annual U.S. News & World Report college survey by simply not participating, that’s unlikely to happen with law schools.

At most, a “handful” will do so–and even if they do refuse to partcipate, the magazine will get data from other sources, predicts Saul Levmore, dean of the University of Chicago Law School, in an interview with the National Law Journal.

Although complaints about the U.S. News surveys are legion, the only way a boycott would have an impact is in the unlikely event that a massive number of schools participate, agrees Michael Schill, dean of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

“We shake our heads and we say how having U.S. News & World Report has harmed law schools,” Schill says. “Despite all that, I’ve never heard of a serious effort to have law schools band together to do this.”

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