A survey by the best law schools in the country has revealed how the rankings were drawn.
The ‘Best Law School Ranking’ is based on a national list compiled by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the National Law Journal, which is published each year.
It was commissioned by the New York City Department of Education, and is meant to reflect the best academic performance in each of the more than 150,000 law schools nationwide.
However, the ranking process has proved controversial.
Many law schools, such as Columbia University’s Law School, have refused to participate.
Others, such at the University of Chicago, have challenged the methodology in question.
Many schools, including the University at Buffalo, have said they will not participate, citing the constitutional right to freedom of speech.
Others have criticised the rankings, saying that they have no basis in reality.
However the ABA and National Law Review have defended their methodology.
In a letter to the New Orleans school district they said that they are concerned that a ranking of the best school in the US could be politically motivated.
In their letter, they wrote:The law schools are being asked to choose the best schools based on their assessment of the law school’s performance in a specific academic year and the school’s record of teaching and scholarship in that year.
These two factors alone are unlikely to have influenced the ABL rankings process.
We have a very clear understanding that ABL’s rankings are based on the best practices of a select few law schools.
In this instance, our belief is that these practices are reflected in the best of our schools.
They have also noted that the ABIA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) and National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) have similar methods to produce their rankings.NCES’ methodology was developed by the National Center on Education Statistics, which has the authority to certify law schools and their curriculums.
The ABA has not commented on the ranking controversy.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has also criticised the AIB, calling its methodology flawed.
The DOJ also criticised ABA for its decision to exclude three universities from the rankings.
It said that while there is a “clear and legitimate interest” in awarding the AAB the top ranking, it has “a strong and growing interest in the AALC’s methodology”.
The AALP is a coalition of law schools representing public interest, academic, community, professional, and alumni law schools who signed a letter earlier this month urging the DOJ to revoke the AB’s certification.
The letter stated:Law school students deserve the best possible law school.
Law schools should have the resources and power to ensure that students have access to the best quality education available in the United States.
We call on the DOJ and the AADL to immediately revoke the certification of the AUB and AALCs.
The US Department of Commerce, which administers the AADA, also responded.
A Department of Labor spokesperson told The Irish Post:The DOJ has a long history of opposing law schools that choose not to participate in the ‘best schools rankings’.
This is an example of the DOJ’s longstanding hostility to the practice of awarding law schools the highest rankings possible.
Law students deserve an ABA certification that reflects their academic performance, not the highest ranking schools.
We encourage all law schools to continue to participate and work towards a ranking system that is fair, transparent, and reflects the best outcomes for law students.