Law School Rankings vs. Parent University Rankings
Over at TaxProf, Professor Paul Caron has a chart of law schools that outrank their parent universities in the US News rankings. Some law schools far outrank their universities. I often wonder what effect the standing of the main university has on a law school. Paul’s chart demonstrates that law schools can thrive in the rankings even when their parents are not highly-ranked. Does this mean that law schools can establish a reputation that is by and large unaffected by the ranking of their parents? Or perhaps they would be ranked even higher but for their parents. Is their ranking differential due to greater reputation scores? Or do other US News factors account for the differential?