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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2018 U.S. News Tax Rankings

2018 U.S. News LawHere are the new 2018 U.S. News Tax Rankings, along with last year's rankings:

2018

Rank

 Tax

Program

2017

Rank

1

NYU

1

2

Georgetown

2

3

Florida

3

4

Northwestern

4

5

Virginia.

6

6

Loyola-L.A.

5

7

UCLA

9

8

Boston University

8

8

Harvard

7

10

Columbia

9

11

San Diego

12

12

Miami

12

12

Texas

15

14

Michigan

9

15

USC

12

16

Duke

18

16

Pennsylvania

18

18

Yale

20

19

Chicago

22

20

Boston College

17

20

Villanova

24

20

U. Washington

16

23

Indiana

20

23

Stanford

24

25

Denver

n/r

26

Washington U.

n/r

The biggest upward moves:

  • +4:  Villanova (#20)
  • +3   Texas (#12), Chicago (#19)
  • +2:  UCLA (#7), Duke (#16), Pennsylvania (#16), Yale (#18)
  • Denver (#25) and U. Washington (#26) were unranked last year

The biggest downward moves:

  • -5:  Michigan (#14)
  • -4:  U. Washington (#20)
  • -3:  USC (#12), Boston College (#20), Indiana (#23)
  • Florida State (#23 last year) is unranked this year

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

2018

Rank

Grad Tax

Program

2017

Rank

1

NYU

1

2

Georgetown

2

3

Florida

3

4

Northwestern

4

5

Loyola-L.A.

5

6

Boston University

6

7

San Diego

8

8

Miami

7

9

Villanova

10

9

U. Washington

9

11

Denver

n/r

12

Washington U, 

n/r

The U.S. News tax ballot states that it is intended "to identify the law schools having the top programs in tax law." The survey is sent "to a selection of faculty members involved in and knowledgeable about the area of tax law. Law schools supplied names of these faculty members to U.S. News in summer 2015." 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 (Dean, Maryland) 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:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2017/03/2018-us-news-tax-rankings.html

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Comments

After the top two, you would have to admit that these are absurd, yes?

Posted by: Brian | Mar 15, 2017 2:22:40 PM