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Law Schools Leaving The U.S. News Rankings: Implications For This Year & The Future

If you haven’t already heard, a number of law schools have recently announced that they will no longer be participating in the rankings. But what does that actually mean? Why are they doing it, and why now? What impacts might it have on applicants, law students, and legal education as a whole — both this current cycle and down the line?

You can find an up-to-date list of law schools that have announced they will no longer be participating in the rankings here.

In this episode of Status Check with Spivey, Mike has a conversation with Justin Kane, Spivey Consulting’s Director of Business Intelligence and resident rankings expert, about recent developments in the U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings.

Important Disclaimer: At this point, all of our forward-looking thoughts are purely speculation. We can’t emphasize enough that we don’t know yet what U.S. News is going to do — no one does, not even U.S. News itself. This is an actively evolving situation in the short term, and the longer-term effects are even more difficult to predict. This episode is meant to provide an insider look into what law school administrations and other major legal education stakeholders are thinking about right now, but we can’t predict the future.

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Mike Spivey is the founder of  The Spivey Consulting Group and has been featured as an expert on law schools and law school admissions in many national media outlets, including The New York Times, The Economist, the ABA Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S. News & World Report, CNN/Fortune, and Law.com. Prior to founding Spivey Consulting, Mike was a senior level administrator at Vanderbilt, Washington University, and Colorado law schools. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram or connect with him LinkedIn

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