This may be the clearest case I've ever seen of a law school setting its academic and institutional policy with an eye to the U.S. News rankings.
(Thanks to Craig Linton for the pointer.)
UPDATE: It appears Albany Law School may have the same idea.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Another faculty member at South Carolina writes to suggest that the author of the original article, linked above, is speaking for himself only, and that the academic plans and goals of most other faculty at USC are very different. (This faculty member did acknowledge that the central Administration at the U of South Carolina is interested in U.S. News results.)