



HOW SCORE AND ACTUALPOTENTIAL CHANGE ARE DETERMINED


HOW USNews DETERMINES A LAW SCHOOL'S SCORE. First a WEIGHTED AVERAGE OF TWELVE FACTORS of quality is calculated for each law school under consideration. For each of these law schools, its weightedaverage is divided by the the weightedaverage of the highest scoring law school; this quotient is then multiplied by 100, this gives us the percent of the top score this law school has. This percent is defined to be the law school's SCORE. 
HOW THE (0VERALL) SCORE IS DETERMINED 

 HOW USNews DETERMINES A LAW SCHOOL'S SCORE. First a WEIGHTED AVERAGE OF TWELVE FACTORS of quality is calculated for each law school under consideration. For each of these law schools, its weightedaverage is divided by the the weightedaverage of the highest scoring law school; this quotient is then multiplied by 100, this gives us the percent of the top score this law school has. This percent is defined to be the law school's SCORE.


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Law School A 

1300 

1450 

1600 


1400 

1400 

1400 

The Top Law School 

1700 

1700 

1700 


1600 

1800 

2000 

Score of Law School A 

76.5 

85.3 

94.1 


87.5 

77.8 

70.0 


We use "Score" instead of "Overall Score" as USNews does.

The last line is the quotient of the preceding two lines multiplied by 100.

One can say that the SCORE of a law school is a fraction turned into a percent. The numeratorof the fraction is the law school's weightedaverage and the denominator of this fraction is the highest scoring law school's weightedaverage.

To increase the value of a fraction, one must either increase the numerator or decrease the denominator.

More relevant to us, if a law school's score increased, we conclude that the law school's weightedaverage increased or the top law school's weighted average (the denominator) decreased.

The SCORE can range from 0 to 100 inclusive.

The law school with the best weighted average will have the SCORE of 100 exactly.

A law school's SCORE indicates the law school's performance with respect to the law school with the best weighted average (Yale). For example, if a law school's weighted average was 70 percent of the highest weighted average, its SCORE would be 70.
 A law sch ool's SCORE indicates the law school's performance with respect to the law school with the best weighted average (Yale). For example, if a law school's weighted average was 70 percent of the highest weighted average, its SCORE would be 70.
 SCORE compares a law school to the top law school and, ipso facto, to all ranked law schools.
 A law school's rank is determined completely from its SCORE.





