Ken Gormley is the dean of Duquesne Law School, which was recently ranked No. 144 in the US News and World Report's best law school listings. It is the first time in a decade that the school made the publication's controversial, yet influential rankings. Ipso Facto spoke with Mr. Gormley about the meaning -- or lack thereof -- of the new honor. Here's a preview:
Ipso: Duquesne kept admissions standards high despite a nationally and locally shrinking number of applicants. How does that play into your rise in the ranks?
Gormley: We made a decision to shrink the size of the entering class in the face of declining enrollment with the full support of the university. What was significant for me, we faced a choice: Do you start admitting students just to fill seats, even though you have to drop below the standards you feel are necessary for excellence in performance in law school? We made a conscious decision not to drop our standards, in part because it's not fair to students to take their tuition money just to fill seats.
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