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ATL March Madness: The Worst Law School In America — Sweet Sixteen

Basketball’s March Madness provided a string of dramatic upsets over the weekend. The Above the Law editors lost their alma maters over the weekend, and all of us slipped out of the Warren Buffett billion-dollar-bracket pool. It was all sad. But nothing warms the heart more than a CBS reaction shot to crying Duke bros.

Did ATL’s annual tournament provide similar fireworks?

Well, of course there was going to be at least one 1-seed bounced when Cornell was sitting on the top line. At this time, it’s unknown whether or not Liberty will be sending out a press release celebrating that it unseated Cornell.

It looks like Lat’s bid that voters would be contrarian and advance Yale in a competition to find the worst law school in the country deflated like a Dayton opponent. Likewise, my UCLA pick — predicated solely on the stories of a hostile racial environment — failed to sway you voters to loft the school over Southwestern. Racists.

Across 16 match-ups, underdogs prevailed five times. Good for them. Except how did Western New England escape this poll so early? I suspect a lot of voters just felt bad that I was capping on the school so hard. Well, too bad, it’ll still live on as the name of a whole region.

Law schools advance to the next round based on reader polls, in which we ask you which law school is the worst. You can define that however you choose. Feel free to justify your votes in the comments.

The polls are below. The Sweet Sixteen round will close on THURSDAY, MARCH 27, at 11:59 P.M. (Eastern). Vote early, and tell your colleagues and friends.

UPDATE (3/28/2014, 5:30 p.m.): We’re now up to the Elite Eight round. Cast your vote here.

WNEC REGION

Which Law School Is Worse?

  • (8) Liberty (69%, 2,031 Votes)
  • (4) Cal Western (31%, 913 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,944

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Which Law School Is Worse?

  • (2) New England (Boston) (67%, 1,939 Votes)
  • (3) Suffolk (33%, 967 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,906

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LITCHFIELD REGION

Which Law School Is Worse?

  • (1) Touro (59%, 1,688 Votes)
  • (4) John Marshall (Atlanta) (41%, 1,193 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,881

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Which Law School Is Worse?

  • (2) Florida Coastal (60%, 1,737 Votes)
  • (6) St. Thomas (Florida) (40%, 1,135 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,872

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AMERICAN JUSTICE REGION

Which Law School Is Worse?

  • (1) Thomas M. Cooley (87%, 2,668 Votes)
  • (5) Southern Law (13%, 384 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,052

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Which Law School Is Worse?

  • (3) Regent (66%, 1,780 Votes)
  • (7) Faulkner (34%, 936 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,716

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NEW COLLEGE OF CALIFORNIA REGION

Which Law School Is Worse?

  • (1) Thomas Jefferson (83%, 2,432 Votes)
  • (4) Southwestern (17%, 482 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,914

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Which Law School Is Worse?

  • (2) Ave Maria (62%, 1,901 Votes)
  • (6) NYLS (38%, 1,179 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,080

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