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The more things change, the more things stay the same. If this is true of anything, it is true of the US News law school rankings.  Every school in the top 14 held its standing or gained ground, reinforcing the somewhat obvious fact that the rankings primarily reflect opinions already held about the schools by people who were influenced, among other things, by the US News.

They admit as much when explaining their methodology; 40 percent of the schools ranking is determined by peer review, AKA people’s opinions.  Can you really rely on a study that primarily relies on itself to form its opinions about something as complex and important as admissions?

Rather than offering meaningful reform or addressing law school's serious issues head-on, US News tries to make something headline worthy out of the fact that they changed their methodology a bit this year. Specifically, they weighted school sponsored jobs less heavily, a token nod to the continuing furor over the limited job prospects for graduating law school students. By using this tweak as their headline, the organization seems to be suggesting that they have acknowledged ongoing criticism that law school is useless below a certain tier.

But if they have acknowledged that criticism, their fix is a fig leaf at best.  The table they show indicates that the problem is widespread – top ranked schools like U. VA Law employ nearly 17 percent of their own graduates each year.  The proportions for Emory and William and Mary are even more striking; more than a quarter of students are employed by the University at both schools.  This fact does not, however, seem to have had much effect; UVA and Emory held steady at #8 and #19, and William and Mary, the biggest offender, dropped only five spots down to #29.  Since US News does not give numerical values for its rankings, it’s hard to know whether this represents a big jump or a small one.

All in all, the new rankings do not change the equation much for students thinking about applying this year. If you get into a top 14 school, or even the top third, law school can definitely work for you, provided you work hard after you are admitted and graduate in the top half of your class.  But if your only admits are at schools like Brooklyn or Loyola, you are probably better off re-applying next year or choosing another career path.

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To commemorate Businessweek’s 2014 ranking of the top undergraduate business programs, Forster Thomas is profiling the top ten.  At #9 this year is Emory’s Goizueta School. 

By Ben Feuer


Goizueta has been in the top ten for quite some time now, and it’s no surprise – with a strong ethical and practical bent, this is a great school to earn a BBA.

• Strong in social enterprise, with a dedicated center and 69% of students volunteering weekly

• High international enrollment of 25%

• Top feeder for Deloitte and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Financial Services

• Study abroad -- Goizueta BBAs may serve as interns in Linz, Austria; Bangkok, Thailand; or Kaohsiung, Taiwan

• Average salary upon graduation: $60, 357



There are no freshmen admitted to Goizueta.



To be considered for admission, applicants from Emory College must have attained 60 hours by the time of matriculation for regular admission, and 56 hours by the time of matriculation for early admission (second semester of sophomore year). AP/IB credit hours count towards this total.

Prerequisite classes include Calculus I)OR AP Calculus credit for either AB or BC Calculus (AB credit suffices), Business Economics (for Emory College students) OR Microeconomics OR AP Micro credit AND Macroeconomics OR AP Macro credit, Data and Decision Analytics OR AP Statistics credit Financial Accounting and One Continued Writing (CWR) course in the College. You must complete the majority of GERs. A 3.3 freshman/sophomore GPA or above is expected.


The Goizueta Business School's BBA program is designed for students who have spent one year or more at Emory or Oxford College, regardless of the number of credits earned or years spent at another institution. Prospective transfer students are encouraged to apply directly to Emory College, with the plan of spending two semesters at Emory before being eligible to apply and matriculate to the Goizueta Business School.


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