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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New 2014 U.S. News Tax Rankings

2014 U.S. NewsHere are the new 2014 U.S. News Tax Rankings, along with last year's rankings:

2014

Rank

 Tax

Program

2013

Rank

1

NYU

1

2

Georgetown

3

3

Florida

2

4

Northwestern

4

5

Miami

9

5

USC

12

7

Boston University

6

7

Loyola-L.A.

10

7

Virginia

6

10

UCLA

6

10

U. Washington

n/r

12

Harvard

5

13

Columbia

12

14

Michigan

11

14

San Diego

14

16

Boston College

14

17

UC-Hastings

n/r

18

Houston

n/r

n/r

Texas

14

n/r

Pennsylvania

17

n/r

Stanford

17

n/r

Villanova

17

n/r

Chicago

20

n/r

Denver

21

n/r

Indiana

21

n/r

Duke

23

n/r

Florida State

23

The biggest movers are:

  • +7:  USC (#5)
  • +4   Miami (#5)
  • +3:  Loyola-L.A. (#7)
  • -7:   Harvard (#17)
  • -4:   UCLA (#10)  
  • -3:   Michigan (#14)

Washington (#10), UC-Hastings (#17), and Houston (#18) were unraked last year and are ranked this year. Texas (#14), Pennsylvania (#17), Stanford (#17), Villanova (#17), Chicago (#20), Denver #21), Indiana (#21), Duke (#23), and Florida State (#23) were ranked last year and are unranked this year.

Here are the rankings of the graduate tax programs, along with last year's rankings.

2014

Rank

Grad Tax

Program

2013

Rank

1

NYU

1

2

Georgetown

3

3

Florida

2

4

Northwestern

4

5

Miami

6

6

Boston University

5

7

Loyola-L.A.

7

8

U. Washington

n/r

9

San Diego

8

10

Houston

n/r

n/r

Villanova

9

n/r

Denver

10

Washington (#8) and Houston (#10) were unranked last year and are ranked this year. Villanova (#9) and Denver (#10) 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)).

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WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY too many tax programs in light of the need for tax lawyers.

Posted by: anon | Mar 13, 2013 10:42:01 AM