U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools edition hit stands April 10 with few surprises: Last year’s Top 10 law schools are this year’s, with minor reshuffling; and once again law school deans are denouncing the rankings, calling them “invalid” and “absurd.”

“Any attempt to create a ranking ignores a critical part of the equation,” says New York University School of Law Dean John Sexton, not sounding like someone whose school was a big winner in the survey. “There’s no question that rankings sway potential students — Americans love surveys.”