The US News and World Report Law School rankings have always been a well-read guide to the biggest and best law schools in the US, but a shakeup in the way the rankings are delivered has meant a shakeup also in the rankings themselves.
For instance, Harvard Law School, widely regarded as the best in the country (and picked as such by the USN&WR rankings) has taken a tumble.
It now sits in fourth place alongside Columbia. And the University of Chicago has hit the top 3.
What else has happened?
Take a look at the top 14 in the list:
1. Yale University (0)
2. Stanford University (0)
3. University of Chicago (+1)
4. Columbia University (0)
4. Harvard University (-1)
6. University of Pennsylvania (0)
7. New York University (-1)
8. University of Virginia (0)
9. University of California–Berkeley (0)
10. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (0)
11. Duke University (-1)
12. Cornell University (+1)
13. Northwestern University (-1)
14. Georgetown University (+1)
Outside of the top 14 there have been further law school ranking changes too, with plenty of ties. In the next tier there are five ties, including two three-way ties and one five-way tie
There are five ties in this segment of the rankings alone (two ties, two three-way ties, and one five-way tie).
The biggest winners here are William & Mary, BYU, Ohio State, and George Mason, up five, six, 10, and 11 spots in the rankings, respectively.
So law school rankings are continuing to be shaken and just what the reaction to the USN&WR rankings might be is anyone’s guess, but we’re guessing some of the previous top schools like Harvard will be none, too impressed with the ranking methodology. Rightly or wrongly.