Super Lawyers to name top law schools

One of the best indicators of the quality of a law school is the quality of lawyers it produces. Beginning next week, we’ll list on the law schools that produce the most lawyers on each of our state lists, beginning with Florida. This state-by-state approach sets us apart from the U.S. News & World Report rankings which are compiled using a national survey. They “rank” the top 100 schools in the nation. But the rest of the schools are simply placed into two tiers and are not ranked within those tiers.

This is great for comparing a Harvard to a Yale, but what about all those state and regional law schools --  how do they stack up against each other? For many -- if not most -- law school applicants, the choice is not which law school in America to attend, but which law school in a particular state to attend. For these applicants, our state rankings will be particularly useful.  Our rankings will also shed more light on all those excellent state and regional schools that don’t receive much attention in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

So stay tuned as we roll out our lists of top law schools by state.


Just one observation here: there are two statements that I find contradicting

1. One of the best indicators of the quality of a law school is the QUALITY of lawyers it produces.
2. ...we’ll list on the law schools that produce THE MOST lawyers on each of our state lists

So is it quality or quantity that measures the success of a law school?

Your #2 has an element of quality built into it: the superlawyers list evaluates attorneys on qualitative criteria (mostly an attorney's reputation in the region, from what I gather). The basis of the list is not rooted in quantitative analysis. Hence, there really isn't a contradiction in the first place.

In other words, the list reportedly reveals the top quality lawyers in a state. If more of the top quality lawyers in a state went to a certain school then some sort of connection can be made (take it for what it is) linking the two. If we accept the (probably mistaken) assumption that an attorney is significantly shaped/molded by his or her schooling, then this a valid process of qualitatively evaluating schools. If we reject that assumption, i.e., if we say that schooling doesn't really affect the type of attorney one will be, then why should one waste the $50,000+ a year it costs these days to attend one of the 'top' schools?

I think this is a great idea and a much necessary ranking system to fix the flawed US News process. As a recent law school applicant I've seen the general over-reliance applicants put on US News, and it's borderline laughable how much people blindly follow US News rankings when making law school decisions.

I'm interested to see the results that superlawyers publishes. I suspect that the majority of the top lawyers out there did not go to the top ranked US News schools.

I agree that the quantity of superlawyers at a law school is the best measurement of the quality of that law school.