"Currently, only the top 100 law schools are ranked. Even if U.S. News decides to rank third-tier schools, those that fall into the fourth tier still won’t be given a number."
On January 10, 2011, National Law Journal reported that US News was looking at assigning a numerical rating for third tier law schools.
"It's something that we're looking into," Morse said. "We do have ranking scores for all law schools but, editorially, we didn't want to say, 'This is the 188th law school [representing last place].'"
"U.S. News now provides numerical rankings for the top 100 law schools, but combines the remaining schools into third and fourth tiers without distinguishing between the schools in each tier. Schools within each of those tiers are listed alphabetically. Morse said that the bottom 25% of law schools would continue to be ranked alphabetically."
What a beacon of integrity, huh?!?! I guess Pussy Robert Morse would prefer to see TTTT students take out $130K in student loans rather than offend a dump such as Cooley. (Did anyone see where the article states that USN&WR placed those schools outside the top 100 into the third and fourth tier?)
…Which Somehow Equals “Elimination” of the Third Tier?!:
“In response to interest from both readers and institutions in knowing where more law schools sit, we have extended the list of numerically ranked institutions from the top 100 to the top three-quarters of the schools. The remaining schools are listed alphabetically as the second tier.”
Simply put, Pussy Boy no longer wants to refer to third tier law schools as third tier. Good for him. What a “brave decision” on his part, right?!?! However, the wrinkled vagina does not own the terms “third tier” or “fourth tier.” He has decided to appease the low-ranked trash pits - at the expense of prospective law students. Big surprise, huh?! The “man” is a tool. What would you expect from an industry cockroach such as Robert Morse?
Applying Some Common Sense:
USN&WR assigned and published a numeric figure for third tier law schools. Did these third tier schools suddenly become first tier - because US News designated them as such?!?! Apply some basic logic here. Why would William Mitchell Commode of Law be upset going from 98th to 135th best law school, if they are now in the first tier? They DROPPED 37 spots from last year, but magically ended up in a “higher tier”?!?!
Furthermore, are Creighton, Yale and Cornell really in the same tier? Ask any prospective law student what they think of this designation. The fact that Morse “declares” schools ranked 101-150 as first tier DOES NOT make them first tier. This is akin to a delusional man who declares that his 260 pound wife weighs 130 - when the scale still shows 260. Keep in mind that Morse - for years - assigned a numeric rating for the top 100 law schools, without designating those ranked 51-100 as second tier.
By this twisted "logic," if Morse were to publish the numerical rating for the top 188 schools, would they all be in the first tier?!?! Perhaps, those listed as “unranked” should lobby US News to provide such a rating for all toilets. Let’s ask the schools in the supposed "second tier" - previously labeled fourth tier by USN&WR - if they are happy with the fact that they "moved up" two tiers.
“Suffolk University Law School, The University of South Dakota School of Law and the University of Toledo College of Law each dropped from the third tier to what would have been the fourth tier, but now is called the second tier.”
Shouldn’t these commodes be THRILLED that they actually dropped spots but (supposedly) ended up in a higher tier?!
How Others View US News:
“When the new rankings come out this week, may I suggest that you not post the overall ranking. You all know the overall rank assigned to a school by U.S. News is meaningless, often perniciously so. You all know this. So don't report it. The fact that this garbage appears in what used to be a major 'news' magazine doesn't change the fact that it is garbage.” [Emphasis mine]
[I recognize that Leiter had his own ranking scheme. However, he did thoroughly bitch-slap Morse, in this piece.]
“U.S. News's Robert Morse: To the methodology czar, all you have to do is add one word -- "educational" -- to clarify that when you are asking law professors (and practitioners, for that matter) to assess the quality of each school's program on a scale of 1 to 5, that you are referring to the educational program. Please also remind us that you changed the call of the survey question; I think you used to ask about a school's "reputation," but no more. Now you actually want us to assess the quality of each school's "program." We could use your help in creating this race to the top on education that your ranking system makes possible.” [Emphasis mine]
In the final analysis, US News & World Report is a festering pile of garbage. In particular, Bob Morse’s law school rankings are total nonsense. This comes down to an exercise in politics. The top 14 schools largely remain unchanged from year to year; occasionally you see a top school drop or “improve” by a spot. The lower-tiered schools end up engaging in an education arms race - in the foolish attempt to increase their rating. It is not unusual to see a 6 way tie for 61st best law school in the USN&WR’s rankings. Apparently, this rag does not want to offend a school by placing it in 65th place. (As if 61st is inherently any better.)
After further consideration, you need to have a set of balls before you can suffer from male testicular atrophy. You don’t qualify, Bob Morse. Don’t shave your bush too closely next time. Also, stand tall when you purchase your next tube of Vagisil.