Alternatives to the U.S. News Rankings

Law school ranking

There are a number of alternative law school rankings that have been prepared, often in response to those by US News.

Cooley rankings

This ranking is also called the Brennan rankings, in reference to the President of Cooley Law School who is involved in their creation. Thomas M. Cooley Law School - a school consistently placed in the fourth tier by US. The first edition of these rankings, called "Judging the Law Schools" was published in 1996 by Thomas E. Brennan. This online publication, now in its seventh edition, measures things such as library square footage and number of minority students, among dozens of other measures. This polemic list places Cooley above such prominent law schools as Cornell, Stanford, Duke and the University of Chicago.

Gourman Report

This Report is created by Dr. Jack Gourman, with being the first ranker of law schools. He is a professor at California State University--Northridge. This Report, a print book published by Princeton Review, ranks undergraduate and graduates schools. The last edition to include law school rankings was published in 1997. Among the criticisms particular to the Gourman Report rankings is that it favors large, public universities and the use of an opaque methodology.

Hylton Rankings

Other new set of rankings is the Hylton Rankings, ready by Dr. J. Gordon Hylton of Marquette University's Law School. Hylton billed his rankings as US News data "without the clutter." The rankings consider only LSAT score (a reasonable accurate measure of Student ability) and peer assessment (a ranking of law schools by law faculty). The much-discussed "top fourteen schools," though ordered differently, remain the same.

Leiter rankings

Brian Leiter, a law professor at University of Texas School of Law, has prepared a set of various rankings. These various rankings judge schools on factors similar to those used by US News--like incoming student LSAT/GPA profiles--but also on faculty reputation and scholarly investigate. This, he notes, puts the centre of attention "exclusively on the three factors central to a good legal education: the quality of the faculty, the quality of the student body, and the quality of teaching."