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Monday, April 27, 2009

2010 U.S News Lawyer/Judge Reputation Rankings (v. Overall Rankings)

U.S. News Last week, I blogged the academic peer reputation component of the 2010 U.S. News Law School Rankings, along with each school's overall ranking.  Here is the lawyer/judge reputation component (which counts for 15% in the U.S. News methodology), along with each school's overall ranking:

Lawyer/Judge

Rank

Lawyer/Judge

Score

School

Overall

Rank

1

4.8

Yale

1

1

4.8

Harvard

2

1

4.8

Stanford

3

4

4.6

Columbia

4

4

4.6

Chicago

6

4

4.6

Virginia

10

7

4.5

NYU

5

7

4.5

UC-Berkeley

6

7

4.5

Michigan

9

10

4.4

Pennsylvania

8

10

4.4

Duke

10

10

4.4

Georgetown

14

13

4.3

Northwestern

10

13

4.3

Cornell

13

15

4.2

Texas

15

16

4.1

Vanderbilt

17

17

3.9

Washington U.

19

17

3.9

North Carolina

30

19

3.8

UCLA

15

19

3.8

Emory

20

19

3.8

Notre Dame

23

19

3.8

Iowa

26

19

3.8

Geo. Washington

28

19

3.8

Washington & Lee

30

25

3.7

Minnesota

20

25

3.7

Boston College

26

25

3.7

UC-Hastings

39

28

3.6

USC

18

28

3.6

Boston University

20

28

3.6

Illinois

23

28

3.6

William & Mary

28

28

3.6

Wisconsin

35

28

3.6

Wake Forest

40

34

3.5

Indiana-Bloom.

23

34

3.5

U. Washington

30

34

3.5

Ohio State

35

34

3.5

UC-Davis

35

38

3.4

Fordham

30

38

3.4

Tulane

45

40

3.3

Alabama

30

40

3.3

Georgia

35

40

3.3

BYU

41

40

3.3

George Mason

41

40

3.3

Arizona

43

40

3.3

Florida

51

40

3.3

Villanova

61

47

3.2

American

45

47

3.2

SMU

49

47

3.2

Case Western

55

47

3.2

Baylor

65

47

3.2

Missouri-Columbia

65

47

3.2

Oregon

77

47

3.2

St. Louis

94

54

3.1

Maryland

43

54

3.1

Colorado

45

54

3.1

Utah

45

54

3.1

Arizona State

55

54

3.1

Kentucky

55

54

3.1

Kansas

65

60

3.0

Connecticut

52

60

3.0

Pepperdine

55

60

3.0

Houston

59

60

3.0

Lewis & Clark

61

60

3.0

Temple

65

60

3.0

Miami

71

60

3.0

Oklahoma

71

60

3.0

Santa Clara

85

60

3.0

Loyola-Chicago

87

60

3.0

Marquette

87

60

3.0

Gonzaga

100

60

3.0

Loyola-New Orleans

Tier 3

60

3.0

Nebraska

Tier 3

60

3.0

Wyoming

Tier 3

74

2.9

Cardozo

49

74

2.9

Cincinnati

52

74

2.9

Tennessee

59

74

2.9

San Diego

61

74

2.9

Penn State

65

74

2.9

Loyola-LA

71

74

2.9

Pittsburgh

71

74

2.9

LSU

75

74

2.9

Richmond

77

74

2.9

Seattle

77

74

2.9

Seton Hall

77

74

2.9

Indiana-Indianapolis

87

74

2.9

Catholic

94

74

2.9

Michigan State

Tier 3

74

2.9

Mississippi

Tier 3

89

2.8

Florida State

52

89

2.8

Denver

77

89

2.8

New Mexico

77

89

2.8

Rutgers-Camden

77

89

2.8

DePaul

87

89

2.8

Rutgers-Newark

87

89

2.8

Creighton

Tier 3

89

2.8

Syracuse

Tier 3

97

2.7

Georgia State

65

97

2.7

South Carolina

87

97

2.7

Arkansas-Fayetteville

94

97

2.7

Northeastern

94

97

2.7

Louisville

98

97

2.7

San Francisco

98

97

2.7

Maine

100

97

2.7

Drake

Tier 3

97

2.7

Howard

Tier 3

97

2.7

South Dakota

Tier 3

97

2.7

Vermont

Tier 3

97

2.7

Valparaiso

Tier 4

97

2.7

Willamette

Tier 4

110

2.6

Brooklyn

61

110

2.6

UNLV

75

110

2.6

Chicago-Kent

77

110

2.6

St. John's

87

110

2.6

Hofstra

100

110

2.6

Franklin Pierce

Tier 3

110

2.6

Hawaii

Tier 3

110

2.6

NY Law School

Tier 3

110

2.6

North Dakota

Tier 3

110

2.6

Pacific

Tier 3

110

2.6

St. Thomas (MN)

Tier 3

110

2.6

Texas Tech

Tier 3

110

2.6

Wayne State

Tier 3

123

2.5

Arkansas-Little Rock

Tier 3

123

2.5

Cleveland State

Tier 3

123

2.5

Idaho

Tier 3

123

2.5

Mercer

Tier 3

123

2.5

Missouri-KC

Tier 3

123

2.5

Montana

Tier 3

123

2.5

Akron

Tier 3

123

2.5

West Virginia

Tier 3

123

2.5

Baltimore

Tier 4

123

2.5

Dayton

Tier 4

123

2.5

Duquesne

Tier 4

134

2.4

Memphis

Tier 3

134

2.4

Stetson

Tier 3

134

2.4

Hamline

Tier 4

134

2.4

Suffolk

Tier 4

134

2.4

Tulsa

Tier 4

134

2.4

Washburn

Tier 4

140

2.3

Albany

Tier 3

140

2.3

Samford

Tier 3

140

2.3

Toledo

Tier 3

140

2.3

William Mitchell

Tier 3

140

2.3

John Marshall

Tier 4

140

2.3

Southern Illinois

Tier 4

140

2.3

St. Mary's

Tier 4

140

2.3

Widener

Tier 4

148

2.2

SUNY-Buffalo

85

148

2.2

Campbell

Tier 4

148

2.2

CUNY

Tier 4

148

2.2

Mississippi College

Tier 4

148

2.2

New England

Tier 4

148

2.2

Northern Illinois

Tier 4

148

2.2

South Texas

Tier 4

155

2.1

Chapman

Tier 3

155

2.1

Ohio Northern

Tier 3

155

2.1

Quinnipiac

Tier 3

155

2.1

California Western

Tier 4

155

2.1

Golden Gate

Tier 4

155

2.1

N. Carolina Central

Tier 4

155

2.1

Pace

Tier 4

155

2.1

Roger Williams

Tier 4

155

2.1

Thomas Jefferson

Tier 4

155

2.1

Whittier

Tier 4

165

2.0

Capital

Tier 4

165

2.0

Detroit Mercy

Tier 4

165

2.0

Florida International

Tier 4

165

2.0

Northern Kentucky

Tier 4

165

2.0

Nova

Tier 4

165

2.0

Oklahoma City

Tier 4

171

1.9

Southwestern

Tier 3

171

1.9

Ave Maria

Tier 4

171

1.9

St. Thomas (FL)

Tier 4

171

1.9

Texas Southern

Tier 4

171

1.9

Thomas Cooley

Tier 4

176

1.8

Southern

Tier 4

176

1.8

W. New England

Tier 4

178

1.6

Appalachian

Tier 4

178

1.6

Barry

Tier 4

178

1.6

Florida Coastal

Tier 4

178

1.6

Regent

Tier 4

178

1.6

Texas Wesleyan

Tier 4

178

1.6

Touro

Tier 4

184

1.5

District of Columbia

Tier 4

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Comments

This makes the point I suggested last time. Basically these are time lag reputations, based on what each of the schools was thought of 20-30 years ago when the respondents were in law school and ignoring intermediate developments. It's somewhat akin to polling people as to who won the World Series last year (many would likely say the Yankees) instead of who actually won.

I think there's a broader point here. TaxProf should and could be a vehicle for promoting serious discussion of tax issues among academics, practitioners, and Government officials. Why in the world does it waste its time shaking and baking the US News rankings, which are not even tax-related, and when will someone start a more serious blog that does what this one ought to?

Posted by: mike livingston | Apr 27, 2009 11:36:10 AM

He wastes his time on them because he is a huge time Chicago fluffer. Every time he "reconfigures" the rankings, it bumps up Chicago at least into the Top 5, if not higher. Also, many of the new rankings he creates put Chicago there as well. We get it - the rankings should put Chicago higher. But, sorry, they do not.

Posted by: Rando | Apr 28, 2009 10:35:24 AM