March 12, 2013
2014 U.S. News Peer Reputation Rankings (v. Overall Rankings)
Continuing a TaxProf Blog tradition (see links below for 2009-2013), here is the full list of the 194 law schools ranked by academic peer reputation, as well as their overall rank, in the new 2014 U.S. News Law School Rankings (methodology here):
|Peer Rank||Peer Score||School||Overall Rank|
|28||3.3||Washington & Lee||26|
|32||3.2||William & Mary||33|
|36||3.1||University of Washington||28|
|69||2.5||Lewis & Clark||80|
|101||2.2||University of Mississippi||102|
|130||1.9||University of St. Thomas||124|
|130||1.9||New York Law School|
|152||1.7||John Marshall (Chicago)|
|171||1.5||North Carolina Central|
|171||1.5||W. New England|
|174||1.4||John Marshall (Atlanta)|
|174||1.4||St. Thomas University|
|174||1.4||District of Columbia|
Prior years' rankings:
- 2013 U.S. News Peer Reputation Rankings (v. Overall Rankings)
- 2012 U.S. News Peer Reputation Rankings (v. Overall Rankings)
- 2011 U.S. News Peer Reputation Rankings (v. Overall Rankings)
- 2010 U.S. News Peer Reputation Rankings (v. Overall Rankings)
- 2009 U.S. News Peer Reputation Rankings (v. Overall Rankings)
Law schools ranked by US News & World Report magazine in the 50 to 150 range were the ones most affected by the availability this year, for the first time, of more detailed graduate employment data from the ABA, according to US News rankings czar Bob Morse.
The new data "unmasked" that some of those schools had a relatively small number of their students taking full-time long-term jobs that require a JD, Morse tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia.
Many schools on the east and west coasts also saw drops in their rankings as a result of the new data, Morse said. University of San Francisco School of Law had this year's biggest drop, declining 38 places on the rankings, coming in dead last at 144 on the list.
At the top of the list, Yale continued to claim the #1 spot, with Harvard inching up one slot to tie with Stanford at #2.
Turning to last month's controversial National Jurist magazine ranking of schools, which was meant to provide an alternative to US News' list, Morse says "welcome to the world of law school rankings, and the world of being criticized for your methodology."
As for the power of US News' rankings, which some deans blame for legal education's woes, Morse says, "US News isn't the ABA . . . We're not responsible for the cost law school, the state of legal employment, the impact that the recession has had on hiring, or the fact that there are 10 or 20 new law schools that have opened over the past couple of decades. And we're not responsible for the imbalance of jobs to graduates."
- ABA Journal, US News Rankings Change With Better Jobs Data; Which Law Schools Are Now Unranked?
- Above the Law, The 2014 U.S. News Law School Rankings
- Above the Law, Brain Drain From Top-50 Law Schools
- Business Insider, Why the New US News Law School Rankings Are Still Deeply Flawed
- Constitutional Daily, The Great Law School Brain Drain
- Mett Leichter, The ‘Law School Rankings’ Are NOT Influential
- Deborah Jones Merritt (Ohio State), US News and Employment Outcomes
- National Law Journal, Major Shakeups in the Middle Ranks of 'U.S. News' Law School List
Update #2: Chirstopher Zorn (Penn State) compiles the data in scatterplot form.
Update #3: David Bernstein (George Mason), Comparing U.S. News Faculty Reputation Rank with “Scholarly Impact”:
Below I’ve created a table listing the top fifty-five law schools according to their “peer” ranking on U.S. News, with the last column showing each school’s ranking according to the latest “scholarly impact” study conducted by folks at St. Thomas Law School. Two schools stand out as being wildly underranked by their peers compared to their scholarly impact: George Mason, ranked 55 by peers but 21 by scholarly impact, and Cardozo, ranked 51 by peers and 25 by scholarly impact. In fact, no other schools ranked as well as Cardozo and George Mason in scholarly impact ranked lower than 23rd in the U.S. News peer rankings.
The most overranked school by these measures is Wisconsin, which is ranked 23 by peers but is not in the top 55 by scholarly impact. (St. Thomas, by the way, is well out of the top 55 by peer ranking, but is number 31 in scholarly impact.)
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"We're not responsible for the cost law school, the state of legal employment, the impact that the recession has had on hiring, or the fact that there are 10 or 20 new law schools that have opened over the past couple of decades. And we're not responsible for the imbalance of jobs to graduates."
They are responsible for giving schools that spend more higher rankings, which is indirectly responsible for the cost of law school. As for the other factors, no individual existing school is responsible for those factors either.
Posted by: Kipper | Mar 12, 2013 10:48:33 AM
I would love to see a law school ranking by profitability.
Posted by: Woody | Mar 12, 2013 3:00:20 PM