Saturday, November 14, 2009

New SuperLawyers rankings of law schools punishes smaller, newer schools

In the world of rankings, more info is usually better, but only when the ranking is fair(ish). SuperLawyers is about to release its new law school rankings, which consists of counting the number of lawyers making SuperLawyers from each school and then ranking the law schools according to the headcount.

Nice try, but won't smaller or newer schools (and yes, I teach at a small, new-ish school) suffer from not having the quantity of graduates that the larger and older schools have?

Ah, well--if we start ranking schools based on inverse height of bankruptcy professors, Boyd will do pretty well (but we'll have to exclude our two bankruptcy judge adjuncts, because one of them is way too tall to help us on such a ranking).


Legally UnBound said...

Her, I got hit by 123 123 also. LOL

On the real "matter", I'm with you, SuperLawyer rankings are a joke. There is no attention to real quality, only BIG...big cases, big schools, big prior reputations...but then again, it is hard to deny that something is great when everyone thinks it is. No matter how blind. Take your bankruptcy judges...public opinion, either way, does not determine their ability. The failings define them, not their successes.

SuperLawyers is must a marketing gimmick. It is not accurate, in my opinion. But then again, I think that certain adjuncts are self indulgent and harmful to justice. That doesn't make me wrong or right, popular doesn't either. Though popular though sure does in the end, SuperLawyers will be right, sorry, all you'll be left with is your vision.

Scott Unger said...

The law school rankings are pretty foolish. If we are going to rank law schools, we should consider "bang for your buck." If that factor was considered public law schools would blow private law schools away in the rankings.

Steve Sather said...

My attitude toward Super Lawyers changed when I was finally named to it in 2006. At that point, I began to appreciate the wisdom of their rankings. Of course, the best plaudit that I saw for my alma mater, the University of Texas Law School, was when it was mentioned as a top tier school in John Grisham's latest novel, The Associate. I think that they should do a ranking based on Grisham novels.

Anonymous said...

You're spot on !

Unless they've normalized the data based on class size and age of institution, this is remarkably bad science.

If this is the way Super Lawyers ranks schools, how much confidence can we have in how they rank lawyers?

Do we really have to emphasize, yet again, how lawyers are bad with math?