Measuring Institutional Efficiencies in Producing Student Outputs for Legal Education

51 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2019 Last revised: 8 Feb 2019

Date Written: December 20, 2018

Abstract

Legal education relies heavily on the American Bar Association and U.S. News and World Report to monitor law schools and hold them accountable as an accreditor and to the public. However, the metrics favored by these organizations were found to produce poor measures of institutional efficiency using frontier analyses to examine the educational production-function. Once controlling for institutional focus, efficiency scores improved, but still fell short of expectations. This finding suggests that the metrics favored by the ABA and USNWR are not accurately capturing institutional performance and should be revisited to more precisely understand academic, financial, and employment operations. Future research should build upon this finding by deconstructing the current reporting and ranking structures in order to develop a stronger tool for holding institutions accountable to their mission through improved access, affordability, and transparency.

Keywords: Accountability, Frontier Analysis, Efficiency, American Bar Association, U.S. News and World Report

Suggested Citation

Shepherd, Justin, Measuring Institutional Efficiencies in Producing Student Outputs for Legal Education (December 20, 2018). AccessLex Institute Research Paper No. 19-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3304618 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3304618

Justin Shepherd (Contact Author)

Emory University School of Law ( email )

1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States

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