Rankings Aren’t Important . . . Now Let’s Talk Rankings!

Rankings Aren’t Important . . . Now Let’s Talk Rankings!

Branden & Jelena process the findings of the 2023 U.S. News & World Law School Rankings and deliver them to you so you don’t have to sully yourself with rankings analysis.

Show notes

That’s right! There’s a new round of that thing you should pretty much ignore as you’re deciding on where and how to apply: The 2023 U.S. News & World Law School Rankings.

Because we are looking out for our listeners, we’ll process the findings and deliver them to you so you don’t have to sully yourself with rankings analysis.

Listen and learn . . .

  1. What factors USNWR uses to rank schools, and how those factors are weighted
  2. Which factors really do get at the value a school presents to its students, and which are fluff
  3. Why the library ranking is slightly less obnoxious in its current iteration
  4. What other ranking systems are out there that do a better job of communicating value
  5. . . . and more!

Links and Further Resources from this Episode:

The Full 2023 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

The 2023 USNWR Ranking Methodology

Chicago Kicks Harvard Out of the Top 3

The 2021 ATL Top 50 Law School Rankings

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Jelena Woehr

Jelena Woehr

Jelena was born & raised in Golden, CO. There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports & constitutional debate. Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction. After three months of study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous career in tech startups behind and began teaching. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic & its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student. Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, & a competitive equestrian endurance rider.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change. In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers. When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.


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