The American Bar Association caused a minor stir in February when its House of Delegates voted to investigate U.S. News & World Report‘s law schools rankings and the magazine’s new push to rate law firms.

The inquiry into the law firm rankings is still going on, but the committee charged with reviewing law school rankings has completed its work. Its brief report (pdf) isn’t likely to tell critics anything they didn’t already know about how the rankings influence legal education, however. It concludes that the U.S. News rankings have some negative effects on law schools, but that there is little to be done about it.

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