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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New 2013 U.S. News Tax Rankings

U.S. News LogoHere are the new 2013 U.S. News Tax Rankings, along with last year's rankings. For the second year in a row, Florida is ahead of Georgetown at #2:

2013

Rank

 Tax

Program

2012

Rank

1

NYU

1

2

Florida

2

3

Georgetown

3

4

Northwestern

4

5

Harvard

6

6

Boston University

9

6

UCLA

7

6

Virginia

8

9

Miami

5

10

Loyola-L.A.

10

11

Michigan

14

12

Columbia

10

12

USC

14

14

Boston College

16

14

San Diego

16

14

Texas

10

17

Pennsylvania

16

17

Stanford

10

17

Villanova

16

20

Chicago

22

21

Denver

n/r

21

Indiana

n/r

23

Duke

n/r

23

Florida State

n/r

n/r

U. Washington

20

n/r

Chapman

21

n/r

UC-Hastings

22

The biggest movers are:

  • +3:  Boston University (#6)
  • +3:  Michigan (#11)
  • +2:  Virginia (#8)
  • +2:  USC (#12)
  • +2   Boston College (#14)
  • +2:  San Diego (#14)
  • +2   Chicago (#20)
  • -7:  Stanford (#17)
  • -4:  Miami (#9)
  • -4:  Texas (#14)
  • -2:  Columbia (#12)

Denver, Duke, Indiana, and Florida State were unraked last year and are ranked this year. Washington (#20), Chapman (#21), and UC-Hastings (#22) were ranked last year and are unranked this year.

Here are the rankings of the graduate tax programs, along with last year's rankings. For the first time, Boston University is ranked higher than Miami.

2013

Rank

Grad Tax

Program

2012

Rank

1

NYU

1

2

Florida

2

3

Georgetown

3

4

Northwestern

4

5

Boston University

6

6

Miami

5

7

Loyola-L.A.

7

8

San Diego

8

9

Villanova

8

10

Denver

n/r

n/r

U. Washington

10

n/r

Chapman

11

Denver was unranked last year and is ranked this year. Washington (#10) and Chapman (#11) were ranked last year and are unranked this year.

For the 2008-2011 U.S. News tax rankings, see here.

The U.S. News tax survey instrument states that it is intended "to identify the law schools having the top programs in tax law." The survey is sent "to a sample of law school faculty listed in the AALS Directory of Law Teachers 2009-2010 as currently teaching a course or seminar in tax law." Recipients are asked "to [i]dentify up to fifteen (15) schools that have the highest-quality tax law courses or programs. In making your choices consider all elements that contribute to a program's excellence, for example, the depth and breadth of the program, faculty research and publication record, etc."

As Donald Tobin (Ohio State) has noted, it is more than strange that NYU has finished ahead of Florida and Georgetown each year that U.S. News has conducted the survey.  Because the survey ranks the schools by how often they appear on the respondents' "Top 15" lists, this means that some folks list NYU, but not Florida and Georgetown, among the Top 15 tax programs.

For more on tax rankings, see our article, Pursuing a Tax LLM Degree: Where?, which compiles information about 13 highly ranked tax LLM programs: (1) NYU; (2) Florida; (3) Georgetown; (4) Northwestern; (5) Miami; (6) Boston University; (7) San Diego; (8) Loyola-L.A./LMU; (9) SMU; (10) Denver; (11) University of Washington; (12) Villanova; and (13) Chapman. The topics on which information is reported in the Article include: (1) tuition; (2) scholarships; (3) the full-time tax professors who teach in each program and the tax courses they teach; (4) the number of full-time and part-time students enrolled in each program; (5) general information about adjunct professors teaching in each program; (6) required courses; (7) elective courses, specialty certificates, and concentrations; (8) opportunities to develop tax practice skills by taking experiential learning courses and simulated practice courses; (9) extracurricular tax activities; (10) opportunities to graduate with honors or receive academic prizes; and (11) career planning and placement services offered to students in each program. The article also ranks the tax faculty at these thirteen law schools by citations (the Top 5 are NYU (1), Florida (2), Georgetown (3), Miami (4), and Northwestern (5)) and SSRN downloads (the Top 5 are Loyola-L.A. (1), NYU (2), Chapman (3), Florida (4), and San Diego (5)).

Other resources available on TaxProf Blog include:

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As a GULC JD/LLM grad, I think the quality of the tax aspect of my education was excellent. I get that we unfortunately lost the late, great Marty Ginsburg, but there are other guys and gals in that program who are total gurus and from whom I learned an enormous amount. Among them are Steve Cohen, Stef Tucker, Charles Gustafson, Stafford Smiley, and Robert Liquerman. Each of them combined real world experience with a teaching style that made some pretty complicated material very easy to digest.

Posted by: Matthew | Mar 14, 2012 5:31:22 PM