Pulling Rank: the U.S. News & World Report Law Firm Rankings

By , September 16, 2010 4:43 pm

by Kristine Lloyd

If you haven’t heard the big news by now, the inaugural law firm rankings by the venerable U.S. News & World Report have just been released. Because the popular journal is so renowned for their law school rankings, firms have been clamoring for high marks since the announcement of this upcoming ranking back in July of 2009.

Unfortunately, firms that were hoping to win Best in Show must be disappointed in the final outcome, not least for being denied the chance to note the bedraggled mutts at the bottom of the list. As Ashby Jones points out in his WSJ blog post, “what we’re most looking forward to are the fights. When you marry lawyers and rankings it’s an inevitable blood sport.”

The search methodology is as labyrinthine as Deadalus’ masterpiece. Firms were divided by practice area, then separated into tiers based on surveys sent out to clients, lawyers, marketers, etc. Frankly, the rankings baffle me. I think I will just stick with my AmLaw 200.  

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