Phi Beta Cons

Much Ado About Nothing

Today’s Wall Street Journal has a front page article on the prospect that U.S. News may change its law-school-ranking system to deter “gaming.”

It’s all much ado about nothing. All law schools, whether accredited or not, teach the same subjects, although the biggies offer a wider range of course offerings. The Contracts course at Harvard isn’t better than the Contracts course at Toledo (mentioned as a Tier 3 school). Once they’re out of law school, graduates forget nearly everything that isn’t on the bar review course. And once they have passed the bar exam, they forget all that stuff and concentrate on whatever their legal specialty turns out to be. The Harvard grad might turn out to be the more successful lawyer, but it’s not because of Harvard.
Here is a wonderfully iconoclastic piece by a lawyer that blows the whistle on legal-credentials mania.

George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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