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dc.contributor.authorSeay, Caroline Brooks
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T20:25:09Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T20:25:09Z
dc.date.issued2011-12
dc.identifier.otherseay_caroline_b_201112_edd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/seay_caroline_b_201112_edd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/27812
dc.description.abstractFor law schools, U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings dominate discussion on how law schools compare to one another. In addition to focusing rivalry, U.S. News’ ranking criteria has a powerful influence over the management of U.S. legal education. Also, American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation standards require law schools to make expensive investments that reinforce uniformity and increase costs. As a consequence, the prevailing practices of elite, or top-25, law schools are largely undifferentiated and conformity is the norm. At the same time, elite law schools are aggressively seeking to improve their position in the existing hierarchy by displacing one or more higher ranked law schools. The upward spiraling effect of schools pursuing identical strategies has resulted in strategic convergence, eliminating any meaningful distinction between close competitors. However, law schools ranked in the top-25 by U.S. News have changed over time. In this quantitative method study, I will focus on four institutions that have moved significantly in the U.S. News top-25 rankings. I will determine what key factors were at play in their movement since 1998 and why these changes have occurred. Finally, my research design contemplates studying two private schools and two public schools. In doing so, I will examine whether public and private schools are facing similar competitive challenges or whether distinctions appear in this cross-band comparison of law schools.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectLaw Schools
dc.subjectLegal Education
dc.subjectU.S. News Law School Rankings
dc.subjectLaw School Competition
dc.subjectLaw school operating strategies
dc.titleA cross-case analysis of top-25 U.S. law schools in the U.S. news & world report rankings from 1998 - 2012
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreeEdD
dc.description.departmentInstitute of Higher Education
dc.description.majorHigher Education
dc.description.advisorSheila Slaughter
dc.description.committeeSheila Slaughter
dc.description.committeeLibby Morris
dc.description.committeeCharles Knapp


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