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Rankings mistake moves UI law school up to 24th best in U.S.

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Law has been re-ranked as the 24th best among the nation's 180 accredited law schools after the magazine U.S. News & World Report discovered an error in its influential ratings system.

The UI College of Law had been ranked 28th in the magazine's original rankings, released Feb. 28.

"I am delighted that Iowa moved back to our accustomed place in the top 25 in the revised U.S. News rankings," said N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law. "I think our academic peers rating of 18th is closer to our true national stature, but 24th is surely better than 28th.

"If U.S. News does not do any further tinkering with their methodology, Iowa should continue to climb in the rankings in future years," Hines said.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the magazine's editors said the error resulted when data reporting the number of graduates who were seeking employment was transposed with the number of graduates who were not seeking employment.

The error changed the ranking for 33 laws schools listed in the top 50, according to the statement.

A new table of law school rankings will be published in the March 17 issue, and the 1997 issue of the magazine's guidebook, America's Best Graduate Schools, will be recalled and reprinted.

James Fallows, editor of the magazine, and Thomas R. Evans, president and publisher, issued the statement and apologized for the error.

None of the magazine's rankings for other programs was affected by the error in law school calculations.