Law Schools

Left-out U of Chicago now 5th in new National Jurist rankings, but law profs remain critical


Due to a data entry mistake, the University of Chicago was initially left out of a list of the top 50 law schools published in the February issue of National Jurist.

But that mistake, as well as some questionable data, has now been corrected, putting the U of C in 5th place on the revised law school rankings and boosting the placement of other well-known law schools, National Jurist reports in an online update on the situation.

Among those whose law school rankings went up were Boston College and seven universities: Duke, Georgia State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Southern California, Texas and Wake Forest.

However, some well-known law professors are still dubious about the validity of the National Jurist rankings: Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan Adler writes at the Volokh Conspiracy and University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter writes at Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports that the magazine should scuttle them.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “National Jurist rankings conflict with US News’ top choices; law prof blasts methodology”

ABAJournal.com: “National Jurist to correct law school rankings that left U of Chicago out of the top 50”

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