The 2018 Revealed-Preferences Ranking of Law Schools

23 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2018  

CJ Ryan

Vanderbilt University, Peabody College; American Bar Foundation

Brian L. Frye

University of Kentucky - College of Law

Date Written: April 1, 2018

Abstract

In 2017, we published A Revealed-Preferences Ranking of Law Schools, which presented the first (intentionally) subjective ranking of law schools. Other law school rankings are objective because their purpose is to tell prospective law students where to matriculate. Our “revealed-preferences” ranking is subjective because its purpose is to ask where prospective law students choose to matriculate. In other words, objective rankings tell students what they should want, but our subjective ranking asks what students actually want.

In this article, we present a law school ranking based exclusively on the combined scores of the students in a school’s 2017 incoming class. We also compare this ranking to our previous ranking, as well as other objective ranking systems, and provide regional rankings of law schools.

Keywords: Rankings, US News & World Report, Law Schools, Legal Education, Revealed-Preferences Rankings

JEL Classification: D11, K10, K40, I20, I23, I29, P46

Suggested Citation

Ryan, CJ and Frye, Brian L., The 2018 Revealed-Preferences Ranking of Law Schools (April 1, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3154111 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3154111

Christopher Ryan (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University, Peabody College ( email )

Nashville, TN 37203
United States

American Bar Foundation ( email )

750 N. Lake Shore Drive
4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Brian L. Frye

University of Kentucky - College of Law ( email )

620 S. Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40506-0048
United States

HOME PAGE: http://law.uky.edu/directory/brian-l-frye

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