Since the launch of our 2010 Best Law Schools rankings, the law school blogosphere has been buzzing about the fact that Brooklyn Law School apparently did not report admissions data for its part-time J.D. program. U.S. News wants to comment on what happened and discuss how we'll handle such situations in future rankings.

According to our data-entry records, in late October 2008, when Brooklyn Law first worked on its U.S. News law school statistical survey, it entered complete full-time, part-time, and combined full-time and part-time law admissions data (LSAT, undergraduate grade-point average, and applications and acceptances) for all students in the 2008 entering class.

However, in early December 2008—when Brooklyn submitted its final data to U.S. News —the school had deleted the part-time admissions data and instead copied the full-time LSAT, full-time undergraduate grade-point average, and full-time applications and acceptances into the fields labeled "All Students." It should also be noted that this was the first year that U.S. News asked law schools to report admissions data for all students (full, part-time, and combined).





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