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Posted Jun 26, 2007 2:07 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Students choosing law schools may want to take a look at many online sources of information.

U.S. News & World Report’s law school rankings are considered a primary resource for would-be students. But at least 12 online and academic sources have their own evaluations, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports.

One blogger offers information on law school placements in summer associate programs and federal clerkships.

Brian Leiter, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has information on Supreme Court clerkships and scholarly reputation.

U.S. News has been criticized for relying too much on employment figures for law grads, without analyzing the types of jobs they hold. It relies on 12 criteria, including bar passage rates.

Despite mounting criticism, law school deans told the National Law Journal they doubt that many law schools will refuse to participate in U.S. News rankings.


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