Tuesday, August 14, 2012
It even made it to the pages of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and includes a striking comment from Interim Dean Keefe:
"One of the biggest problems is this ridiculous concern from law schools about how they've been rated by U.S. News and World Report," he said. "Since when has a weekly news magazine become the Quran of law schools?"
There's an answer, of course: namely, that newspapers and even local TV stations report movements in the rankings as though they are news, with the result that prospective students and alumni then assume that the rankings mean something. One can agree with the Interim Dean that this is a crazy state of affairs, but even he should note that stories about this crisis mention the U.S. News ranking as pertinent "information." Interim Dean Keefe does have the advantage that if the law school's rank declines further, he'll be back in full-time practice. But his successor will have to live with the consequences.