I openly asked whether schools “boycotting” intended to “boycott” the surveys sent around to law schools. It’s apparent that answer is no. “Boycotting” law schools submitted promotional material to prospective USNWR reputation survey voters (including me) even after announcing the boycott. So it’s a partial boycott, one in which schools intend to maintain as high a ranking as possible while also being recalcitrant in handing over data.
— Professor Derek Muller, University of Iowa College of Law, asking what the endgame might be for law schools making a public show of withdrawing from the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Apparently, for some law schools, the boycott is selective.