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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2014 U.S. News Peer Reputation Rankings (v. Overall Rankings)

2014 U.S. NewsContinuing 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
1 4.8 Yale 1
1 4.8 Harvard 2
1 4.8 Stanford 2
4 4.6 Columbia 4
4 4.6 Chicago 4
6 4.4 NYU 6
6 4.4 Virginia 7
6 4.4 UC-Berkeley 9
6 4.4 Michigan 9
10 4.3 Penn 7
11 4.2 Duke 11
11 4.2 Cornell 13
13 4.1 Northwestern 12
13 4.1 Georgetown 14
13 4.1 Texas 15
16 3.9 UCLA 17
17 3.8 Vanderbilt 15
18 3.6 USC 18
18 3.6 Washington University 19
20 3.5 Minnesota 19
20 3.5 Emory 23
20 3.5 North Carolina 31
23 3.4 George Washington 21
23 3.4 Notre Dame 23
23 3.4 Boston University 29
23 3.4 Wisconsin 33
23 3.4 UC-Davis 38
28 3.3 Indiana-Bloomington 25
28 3.3 Iowa 26
28 3.3 Washington & Lee 26
28 3.3 Boston College 31
32 3.2 William & Mary 33
32 3.2 Ohio State 36
32 3.2 Fordham 38
32 3.2 UC-Hastings 48
36 3.1 University of  Washington 28
36 3.1 Georgia 33
36 3.1 Wake Forest 36
36 3.1 Colorado 44
36 3.1 Florida 46
36 3.1 Illinois 47
42 3.0 Alabama 21
42 3.0 Arizona State 29
42 3.0 Arizona 38
42 3.0 Maryland 41
42 3.0 Tulane 48
42 3.0 American 56
48 2.9 Utah 41
48 2.9 BYU 44
48 2.9 Florida State 48
51 2.8 Connecticut 58
51 2.8 Cardozo 58
51 2.8 Miami 76
51 2.8 Oregon 94
55 2.7 George Mason 41
55 2.7 Temple 56
55 2.7 Denver 64
55 2.7 Case Western 68
55 2.7 Loyola-L.A. 68
55 2.7 San Diego 68
55 2.7 Pittsburgh 91
62 2.6 Houston 48
62 2.6 Pepperdine 61
62 2.6 Tennessee 61
62 2.6 Brooklyn 80
62 2.6 Cincinnati 80
62 2.6 Kansas 86
62 2.6 Santa Clara 96
69 2.5 SMU 48
69 2.5 Georgia State 54
69 2.5 Kentucky 58
69 2.5 New Mexico 64
69 2.5 Chicago-Kent 68
69 2.5 Loyola-Chicago 76
69 2.5 Missouri-Columbia 76
69 2.5 Hawaii 80
69 2.5 Lewis & Clark 80
69 2.5 Rutgers-Newark 86
69 2.5 Indiana-Indianapolis 98
80 2.4 Nebraska 61
80 2.4 Seton Hall 64
80 2.4 Oklahoma 68
80 2.4 UNLV 68
80 2.4 Catholic 80
80 2.4 Northeastern 86
80 2.4 SUNY-Buffalo 86
80 2.4 Rutgers-Camden 91
80 2.4 Marquette 94
80 2.4 Seattle 102
90 2.3 Richmond 53
90 2.3 Baylor 54
90 2.3 Penn State 64
90 2.3 Arkansas-Fayetteville 68
90 2.3 LSU 76
90 2.3 Michigan State 80
90 2.3 Syracuse 96
90 2.3 South Carolina 98
90 2.3 Villanova 98
90 2.3 DePaul 109
90 2.3 Hofstra 113
101 2.2 Louisville 68
101 2.2 St. John's 98
101 2.2 University of Mississippi 102
101 2.2 Missouri-Kansas City 109
101 2.2 Gonzaga 113
101 2.2 Arkansas-Little Rock 113
101 2.2 Howard 126
101 2.2 Maine 134
109 2.1 West Virginia 91
109 2.1 Mercer 105
109 2.1 Wayne State 105
109 2.1 Stetson 109
109 2.1 Wyoming 113
109 2.1 Loyola-New Orleans 126
109 2.1 CUNY 132
109 2.1 Idaho 134
109 2.1 San Francisco 144
118 2.0 Tulsa 86
118 2.0 St. Louis 102
118 2.0 Montana 113
118 2.0 Creighton 119
118 2.0 McGeorge 124
118 2.0 Drexel 126
118 2.0 Albany 132
118 2.0 Quinnipiac 134
118 2.0 Baltimore 134
118 2.0 Suffolk 144
118 2.0 Southwestern
118 2.0 Willamette
130 1.9 Texas Tech 105
130 1.9 Drake 109
130 1.9 Cleveland State 119
130 1.9 Akron 119
130 1.9 New Hampshire 119
130 1.9 Vermont 119
130 1.9 University of St. Thomas  124
130 1.9 Hamline 126
130 1.9 Pace 134
130 1.9 North Dakota 140
130 1.9 Washburn 140
130 1.9 New York Law School
130 1.9 Toledo
143 1.8 Chapman 126
143 1.8 William Mitchell 134
143 1.8 Southern Illinois 140
143 1.8 Duquesne 144
143 1.8 Memphis 144
143 1.8 Dayton
143 1.8 South Dakota
143 1.8 Valparaiso
143 1.8 Widener
152 1.7 Samford 113
152 1.7 Elon
152 1.7 Golden Gate
152 1.7 John Marshall (Chicago)
152 1.7 Northern Illinois
152 1.7 Roger Williams
152 1.7 Texas Wesleyan
159 1.6 Florida International 105
159 1.6 St. Mary's 140
159 1.6 South Texas 144
159 1.6 California-Western
159 1.6 Capital
159 1.6 Mississippi College
159 1.6 New England
159 1.6 Northern Kentucky
159 1.6 Nova
159 1.6 Ohio Northern
159 1.6 Oklahoma City
159 1.6 Touro
171 1.5 North Carolina Central
171 1.5 Texas Southern
171 1.5 W. New England
174 1.4 Campbell 126
174 1.4 John Marshall (Atlanta)
174 1.4 Charleston
174 1.4 Southern 
174 1.4 St. Thomas University
174 1.4 Thomas Jefferson
174 1.4 Detroit Mercy
174 1.4 District of Columbia
182 1.3 Appalachian
182 1.3 Faulkner
182 1.3 Florida A&M
182 1.3 Florida Coastal
182 1.3 Whittier
187 1.2 Barry
187 1.2 Charlotte
187 1.2 Liberty
187 1.2 Regent
187 1.2 Thomas Cooley
187 1.2 Western State
193 1.1 Ave Maria
193 1.1 Phoenix

Prior years' rankings:

Bloomberg Law:  New Data "Unmasks" Schools, Says US News Law School Rankings Czar:

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."

 

Update #1:

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 7:48:33 AM

I would love to see a law school ranking by profitability.

Posted by: Woody | Mar 12, 2013 12:00:20 PM