Rankings insanity

The about-to-be-officially released US News & World Report rankings of US colleges and universities has been generating discussion online (and offline) all week, by law faculties and students. Looking just at the rankings, Pitt comes off rather well: we move into the "top 50." But the rankings are controversial. It's not just that US News is measuring the wrong things, or that the rankings can be manipulated by law schools that know how to game the system (both of these are well-known flaws). A student at the University of Michigan law school hits the nail on the head with her analysis of the real problem.


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