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Have US News Law School Rankings Leaked? Only Magazine Knows for Sure

Posted Apr 14, 2010 12:43 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Updated: There may have been a leak of the much-watched annual U.S. News & World Report law school rankings expected to be officially released within hours.

But then again the purported new rankings--which put Yale University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University and the University of Chicago in first through fifth place, respectively--may be a hoax, according to Above the Law. (In fact, it now appears that the actual survey results were leaked, as discussed in a subsequent ABAJournal.com post.)

The tabloid legal blog includes a screen shot of what it says are the top 50 new U.S. News rankings in its post, but notes that it has been unable to confirm the validity of the rankings with the magazine.

A spokeswoman for the magazine tells the ABA Journal that the official U.S. News rankings will speak for themselves, once they are released tomorrow.

The magazine's 2009 law school rankings are posted online.

Leaked rankings last year correctly listed Yale Law School in first place, notes an earlier ABAJournal.com post.

Related coverage:

ABA Journal: The Rankings Czar"

ABAJournal.com: "ABA to Study How Law Firms & Schools Are Ranked"

Above the Law (David Van Zandt): "Rankings Are Valuable (And Here to Stay) So let’s focus on making them better"

Updated on April 15 to accord with subsequent ABAJournal.com post.

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