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The ABA's Special Committee on the U.S. News and World Report Rankings issued its findings last month. The committee, which included University of Maryland School of Law Dean Phoebe Haddon, stated the following: We believe that, for better or worse, U.S. News rankings will continue for the foreseeable future to dominate public perceptions of how law schools compare, and that there is relatively little that leaders in legal education can do to change that in the short term. A 2009 law school graduate named "Ethan Haines" (more on the quotation marks in a bit) disagrees. Haines is the founder of unemployedjd.com and says he represents fellow graduates and law school students "who have been disillusioned by law school employment statistics, commercial school rankings, and antiquated career counseling programs."

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5 comments

  1. I’m not clear on why the rankings system is responsible for unemployment amongst graduates of lower-ranked schools. No one is going to confuse the New England School of Law with Harvard whether US News ranks them or not. If the rankings start to have some measurable market effect on the lower ranked schools by lowering application rates and tuition, they might actually be worthwhile. The ABA’s time would be better spent evaluating those issues, but since reality rarely forces its way into the ABA’s consciousness, I ceased paying dues a long time ago.

  2. Haines’ stunt is one of the dumbest responses to being unemployed one can find in the blogosphere, no small accomplishment since the blogosphere is defined by dumbness. Somehow I’m not surprised Haines is unemployed. He’ll probably screw up the hunger strike the way he did law school. Too bad.

  3. just out of curiosity isolde, where did you come up with the New England School of Law?

  4. I was actually thinking of Southern New England School of Law, which was non-ABA accredited and which sold its assets to UMass a year ago.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_New_England_School_of_Law

    While I apologize for the error and any offense it may have caused to graduates of non-Southern New England School of Law, the mistake proves my point. How many law schools do we need, and when are academics going to admit that the bubble has burst on legal employment? If your response to that is to allow the market to define itself, fine; but that means lifting the restrictions on discharging student loans in bankruptcy. Or make the schools contribute to the student loans of unemployed or underemployed graduates. THEN we’ll have some fun with law and economics.

  5. Isolde: No offense taken here (I graduated from UB Law). And, I couldn’t agree more.

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