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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

NJ Forbids Judges from Rating Law Schools for US News Rankings

From the Jurist, Law School Buzz, 11/10/2004:

"[T]he New Jersey Administrative Office of the Court has issued
a directive [PDF] to state court judges, advising them that
it would be 'inappropriate" for them to continue to rate law schools
for the use of US News & World Report's annual law school rankings.

Professor Paul Caron of the University of Cincinnati College of Law
wonders, on his TaxProf Blog, whether the directive will affect the
rankings of New Jersey's three law schools. Professor Brian Leiter
of the University of Texas School of Law offers his expectation,
writing on his Leiter Reports that 'removing the New Jersey judges
from the pool will simply penalize the New Jersey law schools, which
are, presumably, rated more highly by New Jersey judges than
judges in neighboring jurisdictions.' "