U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings Are Out
In the recently released U.S. News & World Report rankings, BC has dropped slightly, moving from #27 to #29. BU ranks just higher than BC, and is currently ranked at #26. The ranking takes into account 12 factors, which are weighted and averaged. These 12 factors notably include: peer assessment, assessment score by lawyers/judges, median LSAT scores, median undergrad GPA, acceptance rate, placement success, employment rates for graduates, bar passage rate, and student/faculty ratio.
In a 2011 article regarding law school rankings, Malcolm Gladwell creates several different lists of “top 10″ law schools, varying what factors are included and how much weight is given to each factor. The results produced are impressively diverse- demonstrating the potential for wildly different results. While important, the U.S News Report rankings are not the definitive assessment of a school. BC is extremely well regarded nationally and is continually striving to improve.
As Dean Rougeau noted in his memo to students regarding this report, “We are so much more than the sum of our parts, and together we will continue to move our school forward.” Dean Rougeau emphasized our strengths as a school, as well as areas we can work to enhance. He explained, “We must strengthen our experiential learning and international offerings, and open more pathways to alternative careers. We must find ways to make school more affordable for those who come here, and inspire our students to find their passion in the law.” Further, he specifically addressed the need to improve employment prospects for BCLS graduates, lowering class sizes, and increasing available scholarship money.
What are your thoughts? What areas could BC Law improve upon?