Monday, March 29, 2021
Yesterday, they issued the third correction to the embargoed rankings (which will be released tomorrow) in the last week! Here's the explanation:
For the overall ranking, U.S. News removed the metric for ratio of credit-bearing hours of instruction provided by law librarians to full-time equivalent law students [.25%, reducing the library weighting to 1.75%] and increased the weighting for the bar passage rate indicator [by .25%, for a new total of 2.25%]. As a result, we recalculated the rankings.
Why these one-quarter of one percent adjustments? Who knows? Certainly not the US News.com editors. But here's the real kicker: this tiny change altered the rank of 35 law schools, including 9 in the top 30! Imagine what might have happened had they decided the bar passage indicator should be 3.5%!
Is it possible to overstate the sheer stupidity of all this?