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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Omnibus Law School Rankings

Here is a law school ranking based on four measures that rank (almost) every law school:

The chart below lists the 166 law schools that are included in each of these measures, giving equal weight to the four rankings:

Rank

Ave.

School

US News Peer

Crowdsource

SSRN

Princeton Review

1

3.00

Stanford

3

2

5

2

2

3.25

Chicago

3

4

3

3

3

6.50

Harvard

1

3

1

21

4

8.00

NYU

7

10

7

8

5

8.50

Michigan

6

5

16

7

6

8.75

Penn

9

6

9

11

7

10.00

Columbia

3

8

4

25

 

10.00

Virginia

9

9

21

1

9

10.50

UC-Berkeley

7

7

14

14

 

11.50

Northwestern

14

18

10

4

11

11.75

Yale

1

1

6

39

12

12.00

Duke

11

17

15

5

13

12.75

Georgetown

11

11

13

16

 

12.75

Vanderbilt

17

15

11

8

15

13.25

Geo. Washington

23

16

2

12

16

15.75

Texas

14

14

22

13

17

18.75

Boston University

27

20

23

5

18

20.25

USC

18

18

24

21

19

24.25

Boston College

27

19

41

10

 

25.25

Fordham

31

25

25

20

 

25.25

Illinois

23

33

12

33

22

25.50

UCLA

16

13

8

65

23

27.75

Notre Dame

27

23

46

15

24

28.75

Emory

20

27

42

26

25

30.75

Minnesota

20

42

17

44

26

31.00

UC-Davis

27

31

45

21

27

32.50

Indiana-Bloom.

31

37

28

34

28

36.00

Iowa

23

34

52

35

29

37.50

Wisconsin

23

26

60

41

30

38.00

North Carolina

20

21

65

46

31

38.25

UC-Hastings

31

30

63

29

32

39.25

Arizona

37

47

27

46

33

39.75

Cornell

11

12

28

108

34

40.00

Georgia

39

40

55

26

 

40.00

Ohio State

31

41

34

54

36

41.00

William & Mary

31

28

74

31

37

41.25

Cardozo

52

50

24

39

38

41.75

American

44

38

39

46

39

42.25

Colorado

39

39

40

51

40

43.75

George Mason

52

44

19

60

41

44.00

Florida State

52

68

26

30

42

45.25

Arizona State

44

51

49

37

43

46.50

Wake Forest

39

35

95

17

44

48.25

Loyola-L.A.

66

71

32

24

45

49.75

San Diego

48

66

20

65

46

51.00

Temple

59

65

29

51

47

52.75

BYU

48

52

92

19

48

52.75

Florida

37

46

57

71

49

53.25

Tennessee

59

77

35

42

50

56.75

Brooklyn

59

62

37

69

51

57.75

Maryland

44

36

62

89

 

57.75

Rutgers-Camden

71

72

51

37

53

58.25

Washington U.

18

22

30

163

54

58.50

Connecticut

48

48

64

74

 

58.50

U. Washington

39

32

87

76

56

58.75

Tulane

39

43

117

36

57

59.25

Pittsburgh

52

58

58

69

58

63.50

Case Western

52

56

48

98

59

64.50

Houston

66

89

54

49

 

64.50

Utah

48

91

68

51

61

66.00

Pepperdine

71

54

122

17

62

67.25

Villanova

66

59

76

68

63

69.25

Seton Hall

71

69

50

87

64

72.00

Loyola-Chicago

71

60

82

75

65

73.50

Miami

52

57

72

113

66

77.25

Alabama

44

83

78

104

 

77.25

Denver

71

85

75

78

68

77.50

Chicago-Kent

59

98

90

63

69

79.50

St. John's

85

82

43

108

70

80.00

Kansas

59

70

109

82

 

80.00

Richmond

85

76

127

32

72

80.25

Rutgers-Newark

66

64

111

80

73

80.50

Cincinnati

66

84

70

102

74

82.00

DePaul

96

80

91

61

75

82.50

SMU

59

74

103

94

76

83.00

Missouri-Columbia

59

75

69

129

77

83.75

Santa Clara

71

94

80

90

78

84.75

Marquette

85

79

86

89

79

85.75

Oregon

52

49

136

106

80

86.75

Chapman

139

144

36

28

81

87.75

Lewis & Clark

85

88

83

95

82

88.00

Georgia State

85

100

123

44

83

89.00

NY Law School

96

102

31

127

84

89.50

UNLV

96

96

102

64

85

90.00

Michigan State

108

63

77

112

86

90.50

Hofstra

85

93

67

117

87

90.75

Indiana-Indy

71

78

99

115

88

91.25

Oklahoma

71

90

149

55

89

94.75

Syracuse

85

55

88

151

90

95.25

New Mexico

71

99

134

77

91

97.25

Northeastern

85

81

132

91

 

97.25

San Francisco

114

106

98

71

93

97.50

Suffolk

114

124

33

119

94

99.00

Nebraska

71

86

157

82

95

99.50

Baylor

96

61

179

62

96

99.75

Kentucky

71

73

125

130

97

100.00

Seattle

85

114

84

117

98

100.75

Hawaii

85

108

137

73

 

100.75

South Carolina

96

67

119

121

100

101.25

Catholic

71

97

129

108

101

102.25

Vermont

96

92

96

125

102

103.25

LSU

96

107

155

55

 

103.25

SUNY-Buffalo

85

103

106

119

104

104.00

Texas Tech

128

116

107

65

105

104.25

U. St. Thomas

139

155

73

50

106

104.75

Missouri-KC

96

110

71

142

 

104.75

U. Mississippi

96

109

116

98

108

105.25

Wayne State

108

140

81

92

109

108.50

Drake

114

130

79

111

110

108.75

Pace

128

123

89

95

111

110.00

Mercer

108

135

140

57

112

112.75

CUNY

128

133

105

85

113

113.75

Arkansas-Fay.

96

117

147

95

114

114.75

McGeorge

114

127

126

92

115

118.00

Willamette

114

141

110

107

116

118.75

Samford

139

170

124

42

117

119.00

Albany

114

129

85

148

118

121.75

Creighton

114

122

128

123

 

121.75

Widener

128

150

61

148

120

122.25

Quinnipiac

139

146

146

58

121

123.75

Valparaiso

128

121

113

133

122

124.50

William Mitchell

128

143

97

130

123

125.00

Toledo

139

139

135

87

124

127.25

Tulsa

114

131

148

116

125

130.25

Southwestern

128

147

108

138

126

130.50

John Marshall

139

132

93

158

127

130.75

Loyola-NO

114

101

166

142

128

131.75

Cleveland State

128

151

121

127

129

132.75

Florida Int’l

164

171

115

81

 

132.75

Maine

108

105

171

147

 

132.75

Memphis

139

149

161

82

132

133.00

West Virginia

114

115

141

162

133

134.00

Gonzaga

108

87

207

134

134

136.00

Idaho

114

120

154

156

 

136.00

Washburn

128

161

104

151

136

138.75

Akron

139

136

131

149

 

138.75

Wyoming

114

125

175

141

138

141.25

Texas Wesleyan

158

154

153

100

139

143.50

New England

152

159

138

125

 

143.50

South Texas

158

160

118

138

141

145.00

Arkansas-LR

108

118

194

160

142

145.75

Dayton

139

137

143

164

 

145.75

Hamline

139

163

139

142

144

146.75

Southern Illinois

139

152

160

136

145

147.50

Roger Williams

152

169

133

136

146

148.25

North Dakota

139

138

174

142

147

149.00

South Dakota

139

142

145

170

148

155.00

Regent

184

168

189

79

149

160.50

Campbell

171

180

188

103

 

160.50

Whittier

176

158

173

135

151

161.00

Northern Illinois

158

145

176

165

152

161.25

St. Thomas U.

171

176

152

146

153

162.75

Mississippi Col.

171

166

165

149

 

162.75

Touro

158

181

151

161

155

163.25

Nova Southeastern

152

187

156

158

156

164.25

W. New England

164

179

184

130

157

165.00

Ave Maria

188

184

203

85

 

165.00

Oklahoma City

164

165

163

168

159

166.75

Capital

152

174

186

155

160

169.50

St. Mary's

158

153

201

166

161

171.50

Dist. of Columbia

176

173

214

123

162

172.00

Ohio Northern

164

167

204

153

163

175.50

Southern

176

178

177

171

164

177.50

N. Carolina Central

164

164

228

154

165

181.00

Thomas Cooley

176

186

195

167

166

189.50

Appalachian

176

183

227

172

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Comments

This is too much like the BCS. But, where are the computer rankings?
We need a playoff system.

Posted by: Woody | Feb 2, 2011 8:01:12 AM

Stanford is 1, but none of the ratings systems used rank it higher than 2nd. NYU is no higher than 7th in any methodology, but this system ranks it fourth. This system seems to reward consistency above all, but it strikes me as very odd.

Posted by: Fat Man | Feb 2, 2011 8:13:51 AM

For whatever it's worth, in my view Paul's new omnibus ranking is probably both more valid and more reliable than any of the components he uses in constructing it.

The reason Harvard and Yale do so poorly (relatively speaking) is that their students do not perceive the quality of the education they are receiving to match their schools' reputations. Students at Stanford and Chicago do; hence the fact that Stanford and Chicago come in at #1 and #2.

No ranking is perfect, but Paul's contribution is interesting and worth taking seriously.

Ted Seto

Posted by: Theodore Seto | Feb 2, 2011 8:55:48 AM

If Ted is right, this is like many b-school rankings, which reward schools that flatter their students' self-esteem and carefully avoid making them realize how ignorant they are. It's a bit like a ranking of doctors that asks patients how well they like their doctor immediately after the office meeting at which doctors announce cancer test results.

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Feb 2, 2011 6:19:12 PM

How can Yale be 11 when they got Tiger Mom on every network? Come on, you can't be serious.

Posted by: No way | Feb 3, 2011 7:51:12 PM