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U.S. News & World Report has modified its closely watched law school rankings yet again—marking the third time the rankings have changed in the two weeks prior to their official March 30 release.

On Sunday, U.S. News pulled down the embargoed version of the rankings that were provided to law schools March 16 and reposted them later in the day with a new version of the overall ranking which changed the positions of 35 schools. This year has seen an unprecedented amount of last-minute tinkering in the rankings, which play an outsized role in the law school admissions arena and can get deans fired. Critics say this year’s ever-changing rankings highlight their essential meaningless and the arbitrary nature of what gets measured. Yet even naysayers acknowledge that the rankings carry a lot of weight and influence on the decisions that law school administrators make.

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Karen Sloan

Karen Sloan is the Legal Education Editor and Senior Writer at ALM. Contact her at [email protected] 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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