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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Student (Numerical) Quality Rankings Redux

Based on correspondence with various students, it seems not everyone has noticed that the recently posted ranking of law schools based on the numerical credentials of students (primarily, though not exclusively, LSAT scores) included two lists, one based on 75th percentile credentials, one on 25th percentile credentials.  Some schools fare markedly better on one list than on the other; if you look at school performance across both categories, you get the following top twenty (so these are the twenty with the highest 75th and 25th percentile scores, weighted evenly); the rank based on 75th and 25th percentile credentials, respectively, follows in parentheses:

1.  Yale University (1, 1)
2.  Harvard University (2, 2)
3.  Columbia University (3, 3)
4.  New York University (4, 5)
5.  University of Chicago (7, 4)
6.  Stanford University (5, 8)
7.  Georgetown University (day class only) (8, 6)
8.  University of Virginia (9, 7)
9. Northwestern University (6, 12)
10. University of Pennsylvania (10, 9)
11. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (11, 10)
12. Cornell University (16, 11)
12.Duke University (14, 13)
14. University of California, Berkeley (13, 18)
15. Vanderbilt University (18, 15)
16. University of Southern California (20, 14)
17. University of California, Los Angeles (12, 23)
18. Fordham University (17, 20)
18. University of Notre Dame (21, 16)
18. University of Texas, Austin (15, 22)

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