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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Pretty worthless validation, eh?

So, I see that the Iowa law school made the Princeton Review's list of top law schools.  Of course, it's a list of the top 170 law schools in the country, and there is no ranking of the list.  In other words, as Heidi Klum ("Project Runway") would say, "You're in or you're out."  Given that there are fewer than 200 ABA accredited law schools, making a list of the top 170 seems like pretty worthless validation.  As a former Princeton Review employee (a long long time ago), I don't get why the company bothers with something like this.

Posted by Tung Yin on October 3, 2006 at 02:42 PM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink

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It's sort of like making the NHL playoffs.

Posted by: Bruce Boyden | Oct 3, 2006 10:50:46 PM

I'm on the list of the top 8000 law professors!

Posted by: Scott Moss | Oct 3, 2006 7:28:59 PM

Fair enough, but I'm not sure how this approach is really any different. There are very few accredited law schools that don't make the list, so what you're really saying is, if you go to an ABA accredited law school, you'll be fine. If that's all you're saying, why bother putting out your own list?

Posted by: Tung Yin | Oct 3, 2006 3:54:39 PM

Maybe the Princeton Review's approach reflects the judgment that obsessive preoccupation with ranking and hierarchy is wasteful, embarrassing, and destructive?

Posted by: AcK | Oct 3, 2006 3:41:21 PM

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