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The legal profession is obsessed with prestige, which helps explain why the highly influential U.S. News & World Report law school rankings loom so large in law dean and applicant decision-making. U.S. News is, of course, the most recognized when it comes to law school rankings. But the recent release of Billboard Magazine’s list for best law schools for music law reminded us of the plethora of other rankings out there that purport to analyze law schools on different fronts. Some are clearly more rigorous than others—a few seem downright silly—but the start of the school year is good to time take a look at what else is available, beyond the scope of U.S. News.

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Karen Sloan

Karen Sloan is the Legal Education Editor and Senior Writer at ALM. Contact her at ksloan@alm.com. On Twitter: @KarenSloanNLJ Sign up for Ahead of the Curve—her weekly email update on trends and innovation in legal education—here: https://www.law.com/briefings/ahead-of-the-curve/

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