The release of the 2007 U.S. News rankings of law schools has set off another round of speculation on the meanings of the rankings and what, ifanything, schools can do to improve the quality of the education they provide, as well as their rankings. Drawing upon earlier evidence that there is a close connection between the citation rankings of law reviews and the ranking of their law schools, this paper looks to changes in both the U.S. News rankings and law journal rankings over the past few years. This paper tests and finds some support for a hypothesis that as law schools improve (or decline), there is a corresponding change in the quality of their main law journals (as measured by citations in other journals). Thus, it suggests that if one wants to know where a law school is heading, in addition to the glossy material that the school sends out to announce new hires, student successes, faculty publications, and talks sponsored by the school, one should spend some time studying the scholarship its primary law review publishes. A final table ranks the primary law journals of173 law schools, according to journal citations
Alfred L. Brophy,
The Emerging Importance of Law Review Rankings for Law School Rankings, 2003-200 7,
U. Colo. L. Rev.
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