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Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Top 100 Law Reviews

Nlj_cover_2 The cover story of the February 2008 National Jurist is 100 Best Law Reviews, with this teaser:

With more than 1,100 journals in existence, critics argue that the overall quality of legal scholarship is suffering.  Find out which law reviews are influencing legal discourse, and which are nothing more than glorified student service.

The article discusses the two law review rankings previously blogged here:

The article reprints the list of the Top 100 Law Reviews under the Washington & Lee Combined-Score ranking, which is based on citations to articles published in the past eight years (2000-2007) in these three categories:

Here are the Top 100 Law Reviews, with their normalized scores::

1 Harvard Law Review 100
1 Yale Law Journal 100
3 Columbia Law Review 89.6
4 California Law Review 80.0
5 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 75.2
6 New York University Law Review 74.9
7 Stanford Law Review 73.7
8 Virginia Law Review 72.7
9 Cornell Law Review 70.1
10 UCLA Law Review 63.8
11 University of Chicago Law Review 62.3
12 Michigan Law Review 61.9
12 Texas Law Review 61.9
14 Northwestern University Law Review 59.6
15 Georgetown Law Journal 57.7
16 Minnesota Law Review 55.7
17 Duke Law Journal 51.8
18 Fordham Law Review 50.3
19 Vanderbilt Law Review 50.1
20 William and Mary Law Review 49.6
21 Southern California Law Review 45.8
22 Supreme Court Review 44.8
23 Iowa Law Review 42.3
24 North Carolina Law Review 42.2
25 American Journal of International Law 42.1
26 Notre Dame Law Review 40.7
27 Boston University Law Review 38.4
28 Emory Law Journal 37.8
29 University of Illinois Law Review 37.1
30 Boston College Law Review 36.8
30 U.C. Davis Law Review 36.8
32 Indiana Law Journal 35.7
32 Wisconsin Law Review 35.7
34 Journal of Legal Studies 35.5
35 Hastings Law Journal 35.4
36 Ohio State Law Journal 34.4
37 Virginia Journal of International Law 34.1
38 University of Colorado Law Review 33.3
39 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 33.2
40 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Revie 32.5
41 Law and Contemporary Problems 32.3
42 Cardozo Law Review 32.1
42 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 32.1
42 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 32.1
45 Connecticut Law Review 31.1
46 Wake Forest Law Review 30.9
47 American University Law Review 30.3
48 Business Lawyer 30.1
49 Florida Law Review 30.0
50 Harvard International Law Journal 29.7
51 Arizona Law Review 29.5
51 Washington and Lee Law Review 29.5
53 Houston Law Review 29.3
54 Harvard Journal on Legislation 29.2
55 Washington University Law Review 28.7
56 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 27.9
57 American Journal of Comparative Law 27.6
58 DePaul Law Review 27.5
58 Univ. Pennsylvania J. of Constitutional Law 27.5
60 University of Cincinnati Law Review 27.3
61 Yale Journal on Regulation 27.2
62 American Criminal Law Review 26.6
62 Chicago-Kent Law Review 26.6
64 Yale Law & Policy Review 26.3
65 Georgia Law Review 25.6
66 American Business Law Journal 25.4
67 Alabama Law Review 25.2
67 Hofstra Law Review 25.2
69 Oregon Law Review 25.0
69 Villanova Law Review 25.0
71 Tulane Law Review 24.5
72 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 24.1
73 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 24.0
74 Brooklyn Law Review 23.9
75 Washington Law Review 23.6
76 Fordham Urban Law Journal 23.4
76 Harvard Environmental Law Review 23.4
78 Chicago Journal of International Law 23.2
79 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 22.9
80 Michigan Telecommunications & Tech. L. Rev 22.5
80 San Diego Law Review 22.5
82 Michigan Journal of International Law 22.4
83 Akron Law Review 22.2
84 American University International Law Review 22.1
85 Arizona State Law Journal 22.0
86 Florida State University Law Review 21.6
87 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 21.4
88 SMU Law Review 21.3
88 Yale Journal of International Law 21.3
90 Lewis & Clark Law Review 21.2
91 George Washington Law Review 21.1
91 Indiana Law Review 21.1
93 American Journal of Law & Medicine 20.9
93 Brigham Young University Law Review 20.9
95 Harvard Negotiation Law Review 20.8
96 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 20.4
96 Supreme Court Economic Review 20.4
98 Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 20.3
99 Buffalo Law Review 20.2
100 South Carolina Law Review 20.0

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Comments

regarding case citations, i wonder how many citations to top law reviews are to articles that have been published in the last decade or so? HLR dominates on the case cite front (289 case cites between 2000-2007), but I can't imagine that much of what has been recently published in e.g., the HLR is useful.

on the other hand, at least from a tax perspective, there are numerous useful articles from the early and mid 1900s in the HLR, etc.,, and it looks like even top law reviews used to publish articles that were relevant to someone other than their authors.

my (pure) guess is that if the rankings were done according to # of court citations to articles that were published by a law review in the last 10 years, the rankings would look different.

Posted by: andy | Feb 7, 2008 8:45:01 AM

Andy, that's exactly what they are, only they're limited to the last 8 years, vice 10.

Posted by: Skaddenite | Feb 7, 2008 9:28:56 AM

Skaddenite (!) --

i somehow missed the explicit reference to "citations to articles published in the past eight years (2000-2007)." whoops.

Posted by: andy | Feb 7, 2008 1:19:39 PM