Every year, somebody claims to have obtained a leaked copy of the U.S. News and World Report Law School Rankings. Every year, there are numerous hoaxes and fakes. This year is no different. But over the weekend, we saw one version of the leaked rankings at least had the air of legitimacy.
The official rankings are due out Thursday, but the Critical Badger claims to have the rankings now.
In this version, the top 14 law schools remain the top 14 law schools. Here’s another version from Top Law Schools.
We reached out to the people at U.S. News to see if these rankings were the real rankings. They offered “no comment.”
After the jump, are these real?
Blackbook Legal doubts the veracity of this list:
Apparently it is easier than we thought to manufacture “fake” scanned copies of the rankings. A reader sent this copy to us, which paints a different picture than the original leaked rankings, and further supports our point that we should take all of these leaks with a grain of salt.
But most of the other law school blogs are running with the rankings as if they are true.
Since U.S. News would not confirm or deny the leak, we obviously can’t be sure if these are the “real” rankings, or just one of many hoaxes we’ve seen over the past few days.
We’ll save our analysis for Thursday when the rankings are officially released. But until then, there’s no harm in speculating.
The full rankings, if true, are available here.
2010 US News and World Report Law School rankings leaked to the CB … again [The Critical Badger]
U.S. News Rankings Leaked? [Blackbook Legal]