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Ben Keller Featured in Article on Law School Rankings and Innovation

3/30/2010


Law360, New York (March 29, 2010) -- By focusing on purely academic measures like Law School Admission Test scores and grades, U.S. News & World Report's annual law school rankings may discourage law schools from pursuing innovative programs focusing on real world skills, according to some educators.

The current tight legal job market has led many legal educators to call for reform in recent years, reorienting law schools to focus on building practical skills, and critics of the U.S.

News rankings say that the magazine's focus on traditional measures like LSAT scores may draw resources away from such innovations.

“It forces you to fetishize certain criteria,” said Larry Kramer, dean of Stanford Law School. Read more ...