Law School Admissions in the Headlines: The Rankings Are Here! Edition

law school rankingsHere are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the law school admissions process and legal education landscape from media outlets across the country. Leading off…

For many in the legal education community, the day the U.S. News & World Report law school rankings come out is like the day the Oscar nominations are announced. Check out this infographic that illustrates which law schools’ graduates have the highest employment rate and median starting salaries – two key stats applicants look at in the rankings. (U.S. News & World Report)

The actual rank of each law school  program is often more important to school administrators and alumni than it should be for prospective students. Case in point… (Above The Law)

What’s Kaplan Test Prep’s take on the rankings: We say whether a school ranks 16th or 24th won’t matter in the long run.  Ultimately, applicants should seek programs that are the best overall ‘fit’ for their academic, professional, financial, and lifestyle goals and needs. (Kaplan Test Prep)

Here’s some promising news for law schools students who are graduating this year: the job-offer rate for those fortunate enough to have landed a summer job at a law firm in 2013 is approaching pre-financial crisis levels.  (The Wall Street Journal)

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is launching what it is calling the first “risk-free” juris doctor program. Sounds innovative. Law schools are experimenting in new ways to win over applicants. (The National Law Journal)