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Law School Rankings: Crowdsourcing Makes Them More Awesome

Law School Rankings: Crowdsourcing Makes Them More Awesome

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02/03/2013

 
Everybody loves law school rankings, but these are special.These rankings are not based on a formula developed insecret by statisticians or prestige gurus. These rankings areput together by you. By us. By the mass of humanity thatmakes up the general mob. These rankings arecrowdsourced.The Conglomerate is putting together rankings based onwhat we think. Bu
t they’re not going with a straight popular vote. Instead, they’ve got a brilliant
set up where they ask you to make aseries of comparisons.Which law school do you think is better: SMU or Maryland? The rankings are based on answers to almost 200 questions like that.
I only answered 20 questions, but I’ll do the rest as soon as I get a free moment. It’s fun.
Widener or Arkansas? Connecticut or Hastings? Screw what U.S. News thinks, what do
 you
 think?
And the results so far are pretty cool too…
 
Here’s what Professor Gordon Smith says about The Conglomerate’s results 
thus far: The current results have Stanford in the lead over second-place Yale,undoubtedly because more people in Silicon Valley know how to use theInternet. The surprise (to me) third-place school is Michigan, followed byHarvard. The state schools generally are making a fine showing in thecrowdsourced rankings, with Michigan, Virginia, Texas, and Berkeley allmaking the Top 10, with four others (UCLA, North Carolina, Wisconsin,and Iowa) cracking the Top 20. It will be interesting to see if this holds asthe votes accumulate.
 Hail, to the victors valiant. Hail, to the conquering heroes. Hail! Hail! To Michigan, the leaders and best.
This conforms to Elie’s first rule of law school rankings. It’s fine to diverge from
 but don’t piss in my ear and tell me that Yale isn’t a top law school.
 

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