In last year’s Above the Law March Madness tournament, we looked for the Law Firm With The Brightest Future. None of the firms in the Final Four have gone bankrupt, so you all must have done a great job.

Anyway, it’s time to turn our gaze toward law schools. In the past we’ve cast our competitions with a positive outlook, such as the Most Honest Law School.

Yeah, we didn’t do that this year.

What’s the worst law school in America?

We spiced up our last ATL March Madness by expanding the field to 32 teams for the first time ever. In the spirit of continuing innovation, this year we’re eschewing cold, mechanical selection criteria in favor of a live draft of teams. Each of the four ATL editors drafted eight contenders for the title of the Worst Law School in America, employing any standard they wanted to justify their picks. Staci secured the first pick of the draft, I was second, Lat third, and Elie was last. (Elie felt that was racist.)

Then we recorded the whole draft process for your listening pleasure. Check it out below or, better yet, subscribe to the podcast through iTunes. You’ll get to hear the nominees for Worst Law School, and Elie explains how a draft works about 20 times. Seriously, it gets funnier every time.

If you’ve made it this far and are confused, Staci wants everyone to know that the only draft she’d ever participated in was an auction draft, which explains her, shall we say, “curious” draft strategy.

The competition will tip off next week in line with the NCAA Tournament. So check back then to view the contenders and vote!

UPDATE (3/17/2014, 6:45 p.m.): Here’s the bracket for the worst law school in America.


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