University of Illinois Law School Ranking Drops

March 12, 2013

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 school.

U.S. News & World Report's Robert Morse talked to The News-Gazette in Champaign about the decline. He 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.

Story source: AP