U. Chicago Law School sticks to US news rankings as peers stand up

  • The school doesn’t want “inaccurate information” to be circulated, its dean said
  • Nine other law schools ranked in the top 14 by US News have said they will not participate in the ranking

(Reuters) – The University of Chicago Law School on Wednesday became the first elite law school to confirm it will continue to submit information for its rankings to US News & World Report amid an exodus that began a week ago.

Law Dean Thomas Miles wrote in a message to students that most of his data used in the rankings is already public and the rest “is information we don’t need to withhold.” Chicago is in 3rd place.

“Academic institution rankings clearly have a readership, and we want to prevent the use of inaccurate information,” Miles wrote.

As of last week, nine of US news’s top 14 law schools — known as T-14s — have said they will no longer provide internal data for the rankings, as will at least two lower-ranked law schools.

Of the 196 law schools ranked by US News, some will come to different conclusions about participation, said law school admissions advisor Mike Spivey.

“Chicago’s decision could very well trigger a backlash from other schools announcing they will continue to submit their data, in contrast to last week’s snowball opt-outs,” Spivey said.

Yale Law School sparked a movement on Nov. 23 to stop participating in the rankings, saying the rankings conflict with its commitments to student diversity, affordability and working in the public interest. Harvard Law School followed the same day.

Law schools at Berkeley, Georgetown, Columbia, Stanford, Michigan, Duke and Northwestern Universities – each in the top 14 – have also announced that they will stop providing data to US News.

The law schools at New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia and Cornell University were the only remaining T-14 schools that had not publicly staked a position in the rankings as of Wednesday.

The University of California at the Los Angeles School of Law, ranked 15th, became the first school outside of the top 14 on Tuesday to say it will not participate. The University of California, Irvine School of Law did the same on Wednesday. It’s at number 37.

US News has said it will continue to rank all law schools accredited by the American Bar Association, though it hasn’t made clear how it will consider proprietary data that schools don’t want to share. This data includes spending per student and average graduate debt.

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