January 31, 2010
Publication Study of Faculty at Non-Top 50 Law Schools
Roger Williams University School of Law has updated its per capita publication study of the faculties at law schools ranked 51 or lower by U.S. News (as well as the New England law schools). The study covers the 1993-2009 period and uses methodology developed by Brian Leiter, with one change: although Brian focused exclusively on the Top 20 journals, this study examines the Top 50 journals, defined as the general law reviews published by the 54 schools receiving the highest U.S. News peer assessment scores (2.8 or higher), plus an additional 13 journals that appear in the Top 50 of the Washington & Lee Law Journal Combined Rankings. (See here for an alphabetical listing of those journals.)
Roger Williams ranks the Top 40 Non-Top 50 law schools. Here are the Top 25:
notes that "this study nicely confirms what one would suspect--e.g., San Diego and Florida State are tops--and provides some very useful perspective on the scholarly seriousness and ambition of schools that are 'demoted' by U.S. News to tiers three and four. The strong showing of the relatively new law school at the University of Nevada is another striking, and quite reasonable, result."
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Wow...I'd like to see how some of these schools match up against the top 50. San Diego is impressive, I would have expected to see Connecticut and Tennessee way higher...
Posted by: Bma | Jan 31, 2010 4:53:33 PM
I think the Leiter methodology counts books, which produces a somewhat different picture.
Posted by: mike livingston | Jan 31, 2010 5:26:10 PM
I found a slight error in the calculations, and the website will be modified to reflect the corrections. Florida's score should be 7.01, which moves it from a tie with Roger Williams at #11 to #11 alone. And Pitt's score should be 6.42, which moves it from #15 to a tie for #14.
Posted by: Michael | Feb 2, 2010 9:09:24 AM