Professor Paul Caron has a great law review article entitled What Law Schools Can Learn from Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics, 82 Texas L. Rev. 1483 (2004). The article argues that law schools should heed the lessons from Michael Lewis’s best-selling book Moneyball and embrace rankings rather than hide from them.
Here’s the money quote from the article abstract: “In many ways, legal education is teeming with more inefficiencies than Beane uncovered in baseball.” Amen to that, brother. Of course, the legal system as a whole is teeming with inefficiencies so let’s not single out (no pun intended) just the education system.
P.S. If you want a better practice, start using the 80/20 Principle.