University of Illinois law school ranking drops
March 12, 2013
Amid sanctions for performance inflation, U of I saw a 12-point drop in this year's U.S. News & World Report rankings. (photo used under Creatived Commons courtesy flickr user ilovbutter)
By The Associated Press
CHAMPAIGN - The University of Illinois College of Law dropped 12 places to No. 47 in the country in this year's U.S. News & World Report rankings.
The drop comes less than a year after the law school was sanctioned for falsely inflating the performance of incoming students in data used to market the
U.S. News & World Report's Robert Morse said a key factor was a change in the way the magazine evaluated job-placement data.
Bruce Smith is dean of the law school. He said he is disappointed by the drop from 35 to 47. High U.S. News & World Report rankings are coveted by university leaders because they're widely used by students and parents.