Last week, we linked to Professor Dan Solove’s spoof of the U.S. News law school rankings. For the record, the magazine has responded (as noted in updates at TaxProf Blog and Concurring Opinions, but not yet in these pages).
Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News & World Report, emailed us: “We do get that the ‘secret memo’ was legal/ranking humor. Unfortunately some don’t get it (they think it’s true)….”
Accordingly, he has responded via blog post, over at Morse Code:
“The Official Leaked US News Law School Rankings, Plus Ranking Secrets Revealed!” Not quite. That “secret” memo that appears to have originated on the Concurring Opinions blog doesn’t reveal the new law school rankings, and the accompanying “secret” memo and comments are not those of any U.S. News employee. We’re much funnier.
When are the real new law school rankings coming out? U.S.News & World Report’s new law rankings will be published online on March 28, 2008 on our website in the 2009 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools. We urge everyone interested in seeing the accurate rankings— and the methodology that was used— to come back to U.S. News the last Friday of this month.
Oooh, exciting. As soon as the new rankings are out, we’ll mention the news here.
About That ‘Secret’ Memo [Morse Code: Inside the College Rankings]
The Official Leaked US News Law School Rankings, Plus Ranking Secrets Revealed! [Concurring Opinions]
Earlier: Oh, So That’s How Those Law School Rankings Work