Law School Ranking Question

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lkoy22
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Law School Ranking Question

Postby lkoy22 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:30 pm

I was wondering why Belmont University in Nashville has a RNP (Rank not published) in USN.
I know they are a newer law school but they have great bar passage rate and according to the ABA - decent employment outcomes.

Is it harder for newer schools to get published ranks? I think Belmont opened in 2010-2012.
Start Class website (which I'm not sure holds any credibility) has them ranked #69.

Any ideas? I'm just curious.

I see the section on US news that describes RNP and the method used to rank things. I guess I'm just curious about how hard it is for newer schools to climb the rankings and if USN is the end all be all for ranking systems.

cavalier1138
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Re: Law School Ranking Question

Postby cavalier1138 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:17 pm

Is Belmont ABA accredited? Based on how new the school is, I'm guessing they aren't yet.

FN-2187
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Re: Law School Ranking Question

Postby FN-2187 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:18 pm

For perspective, UCI opened in 2008 and its first USN ranking came in 2015. IIRC, there's a period that a law school has to be open before it gets its first USN ranking. So, Belmont has a while to go.

IMO, USN is the end all be all for rankings when you consider that's what admission offices care about the most.
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lkoy22
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Re: Law School Ranking Question

Postby lkoy22 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:22 pm

cavalier1138 wrote:Is Belmont ABA accredited? Based on how new the school is, I'm guessing they aren't yet.



Yeah, it's accredited.

Ah okay, it probably just needs more time then.

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Re: Law School Ranking Question

Postby cavalier1138 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:35 am

lkoy22 wrote:
cavalier1138 wrote:Is Belmont ABA accredited? Based on how new the school is, I'm guessing they aren't yet.



Yeah, it's accredited.

Ah okay, it probably just needs more time then.


I actually went and checked, and it looks like it's not accredited yet. Belmont has been granted provisional approval, so it's got another few years to go before it's up for accreditation.

ABA accreditation is not instantaneous for new schools.




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