Build Your Own Law School Rankings

US News may be the big deal in law school rankings, but there are competing rankings from Above the Law, Cooley. ATL’s rankings may not be likely to overtake US News, but the outcome-based approach is more useful. Still, ATL is pretty focused on BigLaw [see the “prestige” BS Elie talked about the other day).

If you just want to know which law school will do the best job preparing you to go solo or work at a small or medium-sized firm, try the new rankings tool from the Institute for the Advancement of the Legal System.

You can build your own outcome-based law school rankings and weight the factors however you like. For example, if you just want to know which school has the most graduates employed full-time in jobs that require a license to practice law, you’d get something like this:

  1. University of Virginia
  2. University of Chicago
  3. Columbia University
  4. University of Pennsylvania
  5. New York University
  6. Stanford University
  7. Harvard University
  8. University of California, Berkeley
  9. Duke University
  10. University of California, Irvine
  11. Yale University
  12. University of Michigan
  13. Cornell University
  14. University of Alabama
  15. West Virginia University
  16. George Washington University
  17. Louisiana State University
  18. Mercer University
  19. Northwestern University
  20. South Texas College of Law

(So maybe the Ivy League Good Old Boy Club isn’t the be-all and end-all of employability, after all.)

The tool also includes preset formulas for four existing rankings: US News, National Jurist, Law School Transparency, and National Association for Law Placement. These do not replicate the entire rankings of, say, US News, though; the presets just apply to job numbers and the ways they are weighted by the various rankings.

So if you don’t like the existing outcome-oriented rankings, now you can make your own!

(h/t Associate’s Mind)


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