According to this unofficial source U.Miami Law's US News Score jumped 11 points this year, raising us to a tie for 60th place. If that's true, it's good news for the school, especially following last year's jump of 11 points. Whatever the actual merits, a 22 point rise in two years will help both student and faculty recruiting, and will be good for student morale.
As I have written before, the idea of ranking, or at least clumping, law schools is a good one; the US News system is a very bad one.
Yet, oddly, the jump in Miami's rankings may represent something real: because we have such a small endowment, we are in a particularly good position in this recession. We have a new marquee Dean, and we have been doing some great hiring, and expect to do more.
Update: Leiter says it's a hoax. He could well be right. The trouble is that the real rankings are so arbitrary and random, it's hard to tell real from fake.
Update2: As noted in the comments, they're real.
They are real.
We are #60!
I believe Leiter’s claim that it was a hoax was just snark as to whether some of the school-reported figures could be accurate.
Oh, and I should add that I love that this is your first post that is NOT about your recovery. I take that as a welcome sign of continued improvement!
The blogging is back!!
The new jurisprudence section on Jotwell looks great, by the way. I look forward to reading and, perhaps, contributing.
And they’re spectacular.
The blogging is back!!!!!!