The proposal is strongly opposed by deans at schools with part-time programs designed for students who are years past college graduation and often well into careers outside the law. They warn that a school's place on the U.S. News list is so important that some schools would drop the part-time programs rather than list lower in the national rankings.(Hat-tip to Paul for focusing us on this quote.) But there's more. In the very next paragraph of the article, Bill Treanor, the dean of Fordham Law School, clarifies how this change to the USNWR rankings would affect schools with part-time programs:
"If U.S. News starts combining the [LSAT and UGPA] scores of full-time and part-time students, the pressure to end evening schools will become overwhelming . . . ."
Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven, and . . . .Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?Marty DiBergi: I don't know.Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.Marty DiBergi: Why don't you make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.