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Like all right-thinking law professors, I have tut-tut-tutted the law school rankings put out by the U.S. News & World Report. Students accord it an objectivity it does not deserve! Ranking leads law schools to compete along the wrong dimensions! It creates incentives to cheat! I believed all of those things . . . and still do. But my recent work on democratic reform has led me to soften my views on rankings, perhaps even to adopt a contrarian view. It seems to me that law professors generally underestimate the case for rankings. Here, I will offer a necessarily brief argument for the other side. It is quite possible to concede every point made by the critics and still write, as I do here, in praise of rankings.
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