Nancy Rapaport, UH Law Dean resigns, Rankings Blamed
As a newly admitted student at the University of Houston Law School, it’s more than a little disturbing to discover that the dean of the law school, Nancy Rapaport, has resigned due in some part to the programs 20 point fall in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of colleges and graduate schools since 2003. Rick Casey continues the Chronicle’s coverage with U.S. News skews rank of UH Law.
The notion of rankings has become a bit of a theme as I blogged just a few days ago on Mercer’s quality of living survey. Rankings do matter. They matter to law school deans, obviously. They matter most to prospective law students – by far the most neurotic and status-conscious society I’ve ever kept – for whom a few points in a ranking is likely to change the minds of more than a few. They matter to 3Ls (about to graduate) who are competing for jobs with graduates of other schools. The law school rankings have more than its fair share of detractors however, and I think this may add a little fuel to the fire.