Senior Associate Dean Greg Maggs told about a dozen law school alumni at "The State of Law School" address that the school's fall from 20th to 28th was caused mainly by an unannounced change in the way U.S. News and World Report tracks part-time law student GPAs.
"U.S. News, for the first time, without giving us any notice, said they wanted to count full-time and part-time students mixed together," Maggs said. "Both our GPA and our LSAT [scores] fell substantially from previous years."
Maggs said taking fewer evening students was a short-term solution to getting back up the U.S. News Ranking.
"We've been able to address that in a very simple way," Maggs said. "We've taken less evening students."
US News introduced the changes as a response to criticisms that schools were "gaming" the rankings by admitting less qualified students into part-time programs, saving the achievers for the full-time programs, where they could help boost rankings.