Alito hates US News; Calif. schools reach out to community colleges

It was a GOOD WEEK for…

Pushing students to pursue legal careers, after six California law schools and the California state bar began working with community colleges to help students find the path to legal careers. Called the Community College Pathway to Law School initiative, the program offers advising, mentoring, financial counseling and LSAT preparation to help prepare students obtain admission into law school. The six law schools participating in the program are the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, University of California, Davis School of Law, University of California Irvine School of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

It was a BAD WEEK for …

Classifying law schools into tiers, after Justice Samuel Alito called the U.S. News & World Report law school rankings “an abomination.” Alito criticized the rankings, stating that he felt the legal profession would be better off without them. “I really don’t like the categorization of schools as first-, second- and third-tier,” he said. Others have criticized the rankings, as well, including Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas has said the rankings encourage discrimination against graduates from schools with lower rankings. Alito suggested that the rankings were a gimmick for U.S. News & World Report to make money.