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Thursday, September 22, 2011

SSRN Tax Faculty Rankings

SSRN Updated Sept. 29, 2011Theodore P. Seto (Loyola-L.A.) has updated his ranking of the Top 25 U.S. Law School Tax Faculties, as measured by the number of SSRN downloads (through Sept. 9, 2011). To minimize the distortive effect of his own rankings articles, he has eliminated from Loyola-L.A.’s count downloads attributable to his own two most downloaded articles, neither of which pertains directly to tax. He has not eliminated downloads of non-tax articles from the counts of any other author.

 

 

All-Time Downloads

 

Recent Downloads

1

Michigan

40,754

Michigan

7353

2

Harvard

30,062

Illinois

5368

3

Illinois

26,241

Florida

4221

4

Pennsylvania.

18,729

Cincinnati

4107

5

Cincinnati

17,771

Harvard

3552

6

Colorado

17,209

Loyola-L.A.

3423

7

USC

16,652

UC-Davis

3026

8

UC-Davis

16,432

USC

2698

9

Loyola-L.A.

16,417

NYU

2639

10

Chicago

15,922

Pennsylvania

2209

11

UCLA

14,709

Chapman

2151

12

Florida

13,785

Brooklyn

2086

13

NYU

12,801

Chicago

2032

14

Boston College

11,924

Minnesota

1967

15

Columbia

11,557

Boston College

1938

16

Chapman

11,290

Colorado

1867

17

Brooklyn

10,967

Pace

1866

18

Boston Univ.

10,856

UCLA

1834

19

Vanderbilt

8941

Vanderbilt

1793

20

Baltimore

8862

Case Western

1610

21

Pace

7962

Columbia

1609

22

Stanford

7775

Baltimore

1605

23

Notre Dame

7749

San Diego

1431

24

Florida State

7739

Boston Univ.

1405

25

Indiana

6998

Florida State

1353

For purpose of Ted’s analysis, a tax professor is initially defined as any full-time law professor at a U.S. law school (1) self-identifying with one of the tax categories in the AALS faculty listing, (2) who has posted at least one tax or tax-related article in abstract or full text on SSRN. Paul Caron’s listing of new hires and lateral transfers is also reflected. Further corrections are made as requested. As is true of Paul Caron’s ranking of individual tax professors, downloads of all SSRN postings of any tax professor, so defined, are then tallied. Articles co-authored by members of a single faculty are counted only once towards that faculty’s tally.

For more on the use of SSRN downloads in law school rankings, see Bernard S. Black & Paul L. Caron, Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance, 81 Ind. L.J. 83 (2006).

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