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US News Rankings – A Different Role for Inputs

Corey Yung

Corey Rayburn Yung is an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law. His scholarship primarily focuses on sexual violence, substantive criminal law, and judicial decision-making. Yung’s academic writings have been cited by state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Before Yung began his professorial career, he served as an associate for Shearman & Sterling in New York and clerked for the Honorable Michael J. Melloy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

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4 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    This might be the single dumbest thing I’ve ever seen in my lifetime.

  2. Steve says:

    Recap:
    Sentence 1: “forced to attend the schools selected for them”
    Last Sentence: “little sense if the goal is truly to … aid students in their decision-making.”

    Seriously, how are you opening with suggesting people are forced to go to a particular school (with no regard for their geographic preferences), then close by criticizing USNWR for not helping “aid students in decision making”?

  3. jake says:

    Thanks Corey, great analysis.

    If only we could inject all law school applicants as well……with an IQ balancing potion….to make sure that no one heaven forbid be blessed (cursed?) with an unfair advantage…..

    Or……we can just pass laws forcing firms to hire equally from all schools in an effort to give all graduates a chance to prove themselves……

    Or maybe we can even coerce firms into hiring non-law school graduates as associates…..so as to not give law students an unfair advantage in their field…..

    Or we can dumb down the bar exam……because again….it just ain’t fair to some

    Life isn’t fair Corey…..and neither is Kansas Law……to it’s students

  4. Corey Yung says:

    Steve and Jake, if you read my post as advocating forcible random assignment of applicants to all law schools, you might want to read it again. It was a thought experiment to show that even in a world with similar student bodies in every law school, we should still control for statistical input differences.That US News doesn’t control for those variables with much larger differences in incoming student quality (as measured by GPA/LSAT) is a methodological mistake, in my opinion. I’m attacking a rankings system, not admissions policies. However, if venting pent-up hostility at me makes you feel better, then I hope you are having a great weekend.

    As for KU Law and it’s students, I leave that to the students who attend the law school to judge. But, personally, I love to teach fantastic students attending one of the best bargains in legal education .