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Statement Regarding Law School Rankings

(Although the following statement was adopted in 1990, it remains relevant today.)

Although we have not had the opportunity to review the U.S. News and World Report article, we believe that any ranking or rating of law schools, based upon the data the magazine has asked deans to provide, must be meaningless or grossly misleading. The survey does not, and could not, measure many important factors involved in evaluating the quality of law schools. Statistics cannot reflect such factors as the quality of faculty, curricular offerings, adequacy of library resources, and quality of life. Most importantly, the U.S. News and World Report ranking or rating is, in significant part, based on responses of legal educators, judges, practicing lawyers, and others who could not possibly know enough about each of the 175 ABA accredited law schools to rank or rate the law schools by quality quartiles. This survey is designed more to sell magazines than to inform the public about the relative merit of law schools.

Adopted February 1990 by:

* Association of American Law Schools
* American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
* Law School Admission Council
* National Association of Law Placement