Ranking Law Schools' Special Programs
Thomas G. Field Jr.
University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center)
February 14, 2009
IDEA, Vol. 50, p. 335, 2010
Although general law school rankings have been widely criticized, little has been said about specialty rankings. This paper serves that need by exploring largely-ignored implications inherent in US News’ evolving methodology for determining such rankings.
Beyond criteria intended to determine specialty rankings, this paper examines criteria that affect their value. In particular, it identifies quantitative factors that warrant increased skepticism among those who already hold rankings in low esteem and calls for more disclosure with regard to those factors.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: law school rankings, specialty rankings, IP rank
JEL Classification: I20, K10
Date posted: February 14, 2009 ; Last revised: December 12, 2012