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National Jurist EIC Defends His Indefensible Rankings

Yeah absolutely, and I think that, you know, that’s definitely the data point that, uh, I think we’ve gotten the most criticism about.

— Jack Crittenden, Editor-in-Chief of National Jurist Magazine, explaining how Rate My Professor scores ended up in his magazine’s latest law school rankings.

(Continue reading for video of Crittenden’s interview with Bloomberg Law.)

OK Jack, defend the indefensible:

I’ve got to say, that was not as cringe-worthy as I’d expected. When I clicked the link, I expected something between A Million Little Pieces author James Frey’s return trip to Oprah and Jack Nicholson’s Colonel Jessup moment.

Crittenden is self-effacing when confronted with the most wacky assumptions of the National Jurist rankings and there is at least a logical basis for structuring the rankings this way, even if the execution left a lot to be desired. Especially for poor Chicago. 56‽ (Catch that interrobang?)

But come on. I’m a fan of affordability, but there’s something to be said for recognizing value. Some of these schools are more expensive because they’re actually better.

Earlier: Pure Ridiculousness: National Jurists Law School Rankings

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