Kim Kardashian and Honey Boo Boo: Models for Law School Success (or Not)

28 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2012 Last revised: 27 Dec 2012

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George Critchlow

Gonzaga University - School of Law

Date Written: April 25, 2012


This article is a partly satirical and partly serious discussion about the obsessive need for law schools to chase rankings and fame. The article suggests that the stated mission of many law schools is trumped by the real mission -- to become famous (highly ranked) and that this disconnect prevents such law schools from creating important and innovative mission-based education programs that serve the larger public interest. The article explicitly raises the question: is it okay to be a lower ranked law school? The text and footnotes develop issues related to diversity, the historical role of the LSAT, the purpose of law schools, emphasis on faculty scholarship rather than teaching, ABA accreditation standards, etc. The article recommends strategies for schools that might wish to escape the rankings game. It concludes by asserting that many law schools will have a difficult time adapting to modern challenges if they are motivated primarily about what U.S. News & World Report considers to be important.

Keywords: Legal Education, Legal Profession

Suggested Citation

Critchlow, George, Kim Kardashian and Honey Boo Boo: Models for Law School Success (or Not) (April 25, 2012). Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 45, No. 4, 2013; Gonzaga University School of Law Research Paper No. 2012-15. Available at SSRN:

George Critchlow (Contact Author)

Gonzaga University - School of Law ( email )

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