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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Updated SSRN Rankings of Tax Faculty

Ssrn_logo_11SSRN has updated its new monthly rankings of 225 American and international law school faculties and 1,500 American law professors by (among other things) the number of paper downloads from the SSRN data base.  Here is the new list (through November 1, 2005) of the Top 25 Tax Faculty in two of the SSRN categories: all-time downloads and new downloads (within the past 12 months):

                                                             Top 25 Tax Faculty SSRN Rankings

  All-Time Downloads

  Recent Downloads

Tax Faculty (School)

Tax Rank

Overall Rank

Tax Rank

Overall Rank

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1

45

2

82

Edward McCaffery (USC)

2

97

1

65

David Schizer (Columbia)

3

121

10

198

David Walker (BU)

4

125

12

257

David Weisbach (Chicago)

5

142

9

158

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

6

146

3

83

Victor Fleischer (UCLA)

7

159

7

133

Steve Bank (UCLA)

8

160

6

117

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)

9

171

4

96

Terrence Chorvat (George Mason)

10

183

5

110

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

11

223

18

335

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

12

340

11

220

Elizabeth Garreett (USC)

13

343

20

365

Samuel Thompson, Jr. (UCLA)

14

373

-

1357

Barbara Fried (Stanford)

15

383

-

645

Lee Anne Fennell (Illinois)

16

423

17

334

William Bradford (Princeton-NYU)

17

429

16

332

Jeff Strnad (Stanford)

18

430

19

339

Joseph Bankman (Stanford)

19

431

20

392

Theodore Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

20

453

13

280

Calvin Johnson (Texas)

21

469

-

665

Tanina Rostain (New York)

22

488

8

149

Kyle Logue (Michigan)

23

506

-

708

Kirk Stark (UCLA)

24

527

14

308

Leandra Lederman (Indiana)

25

549

24

530

Michael Asimow (UCLA)

-

554

-

694

Susan Hamill (Alabama)

-

673

15

327

James Repetti (BC)

-

748

25

622

Joseph Dodge (Florida State)

-

875

23

467

Hugh Ault (BC)

-

1021

22

422

Note that this ranking includes tax professors with at least one tax paper on SSRN, and all papers (including non-tax papers) by these tax professors are included in the SSRN data.

The other SSRN ranking categories are:

These rankings, of course, are imperfect measures of faculty scholarly performance -- as are the existing ranking methodologies of reputation surveys, productivity counts, and citation counts. Our modest claim in our forthcoming article, Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance, 81 Ind. L.J. ___ (2005) (Symposium on The Next Generation of Law School Rankings), is that the SSRN data can play a role in faculty rankings along with these other measures.  Bill Henderson (Indiana) thinks we are being too modest, and that SSRN may provide a better measure of faculty performance than these other methodologies.

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