Should I Stay or Should I Go?

26 Green Bag 2D 19 (Forthcoming)

5 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2023 Last revised: 30 Jan 2023

Date Written: January 16, 2023


During the fall and winter of 2022-2023, several United States law schools withdrew from participation in the U.S. News & World Report survey of law schools. For over three decades the survey ranked law schools, and in doing so, has become an increasingly influential arbiter of law school quality. Law schools, however, have argued that the survey fails to assess the nature and quality of schools fully or accurately, and for that reason many have ceased to participate--they are the “goers.” Other schools have chosen to continue participating; these are the “stayers.” While goers seem to have garnered news headlines as heroic, autonomy-embracing figures, it is worth considering whether the choice of going, or staying for that matter, will meaningfully alter how law schools are viewed. The world of law, and law schools, has long been governed by entrenched hierarchies and markers of status that exist well beyond the U.S. News & World Report survey.

Keywords: US News & World Report, law schools, Yale Law, rankings, autonomy, hierarchy

Suggested Citation

Buckner Inniss, Lolita, Should I Stay or Should I Go? (January 16, 2023). 26 Green Bag 2D 19 (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN:

Lolita Buckner Inniss (Contact Author)

University of Colorado Law School

401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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