For those readers really interested in the debate over law school rankings and some of the alternative ranking methodologies offered by critics of the U.S. News and World Report rankings, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a site listing and explaining some of the alternative approaches offered. This list is available online here.
My favorite? The Law School Ranking Game of the Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington. The game allows you to change the weighting of ranking criteria. This, of course, can alter the rankings significantly. And the weighting of criteria gets back to a point I made in my previous post on the U.S. News and World Report rankings--namely, that those rankings give great weight to peer evaluations, which means that a law school is rated "good" if other schools think it is good. Which might be valid (see my previous post), but is not, I expect, what many people think those rankings are based on.