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National Jurist to correct law school rankings that left U of Chicago out of the top 50

Posted Feb 19, 2013 9:10 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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National Jurist’s controversial law school rankings will be corrected after a University of Chicago law professor accused the publication of using “baroque methodology."

The magazine had ranked Yale at No. 13 and the University of Chicago at No. 56. The rankings are partly based on data from the student-rating website Rate My Professors.

University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter had blasted the methodology and pointed out inaccuracies in Rate My Professors data for his school. The website had included professors not on the law faculty and had excluded Leiter himself, who was listed as a philosophy professor.

Now National Jurist has recognized an apparent error in the University of Chicago data, according to the magazine's website. The publication is reviewing Rate My Professor data for all law schools in which the student satisfaction scores differ markedly from those in the Princeton Review. Corrections are expected to be released today, editor Jack Crittendon wrote at the website.

“We apologize for any errors and want to ensure our readers that we take accuracy very seriously,” Crittendon wrote. “If we find that the Rate My Professor inaccuracies are significant and prevalent, we will consider removing it as a data source from the study.”

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