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Saturday, December 9, 2017

George Washington Shrinks Incoming Class Size To Stop Rankings Slide

George Washington Law Logo (2016)George Washington Hatchet, Law School Shrinks Incoming Class Size to Stop Slide in Rankings:

The law school deliberately enrolled a smaller class this fall in an effort to keep the GPA and standardized test scores of its incoming class in the top-tier of law schools nationwide, the school’s dean told the Faculty Senate Friday.

Dean Blake Morant told faculty that the law school brought in about 9 percent fewer new students this fall as compared to years past. In total the school’s enrollment dropped by about 250 students compared to last fall, according to statistics from the Office of Institutional Research and Planning.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

The Most Underrated Law Schools In America

2018 U.S. News Law 2Following up on my previous posts:

The Seven Most Underrated Law Schools:

Christopher Ryan of Vanderbilt University and Bryan Frye of the University of Kentucky conducted the analysis that will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Alabama Law Review.

Their premise is simple: Judge the quality of law schools based on where the most qualified students go. These candidates have the most at stake and gather a huge amount of information, so you can gauge school quality based on their choices.

Compared to their position in the U.S. News rankings, seven law schools made significant gains and placed in the Top 50 of the country's 204 law schools.

The Most Undervalued Law Schools

Law School

LSAT/UGPA Rank

US News Rank

Spots Gained

BYU

20

46

26

Pepperdine

47

72

25

Nebraska

37

57

20

William & Mary

24

41

17

Northeastern

48

65

17

SMU

35

46

11

George Mason

32

41

9

Rob Anderson asks whether a law school's LSAT and UGPA meadians are a leading indicator of its future U.S. News ranking:

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Top 25 Law School Moot Court Programs

Following up on my previous post, 2016-17 Moot Court Rankings:  preLaw, Best Schools For Moot Court:

For the top moot court programs, winning is just a happy side effect. Preparing students to practice law and argue in court is what moot court is really all about. ...

[The] University of Houston Law Center’s Blakely Advocacy Institute ... uses a scoring system that assesses the quality of the competitions a school participated in, the size of the competitions and the school’s performance in those competitions to determine the top 16 programs in the nation.

Moot Court

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Will Florida State's Alcohol Ban Cause Law School's Ranking To Fall?

Florida State logoTallahassee Democrat op-ed:  Open Letter to President Thrasher About Unintended Consequences, by Lex Lorenzo (J.D. 2018, Florida State):

I am a law student and president of a registered student organization at FSU Law, one of the around 700 RSOs that have been affected by your broadly worded blanket alcohol ban.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Law School Innovation Rankings

Law.com, Think Your Law School is 'Innovative'? This Professor Has a Ranking System:

If you ask Daniel Linna, professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law, what changes he’d like to see in legal education around technology, he probably won’t share a list of programs and curricular offerings he’s helped put together. Nor is he likely to tell you offhand what changes some of his colleagues at other schools have instituted. Instead, he’ll tell you to check the data.

“We need to become more data-driven in this industry. We can’t just talk about innovation, we can’t just talk about technology. We’ve got to describe what it is, and then we’ve got to measure it,” Linna said.

Linna is director of MSU Law’s LegalRnD program, which trains students in leveraging technology and nontraditional workflows for what its website refers to as “leaner, more effective legal-service delivery.” In August, Linna and a group of students launched the Legal Services Innovation Index, a data collection of law firms’ use of technology and “innovative” workflows.

Recently, he and Jordan Galvin, LegalRnD innovation counsel, expanded the index to measure law schools’ work around innovation and technology. The index now outlines how many different legal technology disciplines 40 different law schools offer.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

U.S. News Annual Peer Assessment of Law School Tax Programs

U.S. NewsThe 2019 U.S. News Tax Rankings ballots are due on Friday (the 2018 rankings are here)  As in prior years, the survey 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 tax law programs. Law schools supplied names of these faculty members to U.S. News in summer 2017."  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 academic 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.

In filling out your ballot, you may want to consult our forthcoming book, Pursuing a Tax LLM Degree, 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 book include:

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Jones: The U.S. News Law School Academic Reputation Scores, 1998-2017

2018 U.S. News LawRobert L. Jones (Northern Illinois), Academic Reputation Scores for Law Schools Rebound in 2016 and 2017 to Reclaim 2013 Levels:

This essay summarizes the results of the U.S. News & World Report (“U.S. News”) rankings published in 2016 and 2017 with respect to the academic reputation scores of law schools. In contrast to the general trend over the last twenty years, the U.S. News academic reputation scores for law schools improved in both 2016 and 2017. With respect to the 172 law schools analyzed as part of a longitudinal study published by this author four years ago, law school academic reputation scores improved by an aggregate of 4.1 points in 2016 and by another 5.9 points in 2017. These recent increases offset declines from 2014 and 2015 and brought the average academic reputation score for the law schools in the data set back to 2.542, virtually the same average for those law schools in 2013.4 The median score of the law schools in the data set rose in 2017 as well, from 2.3 to 2.4.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Princeton Review's Best 169 Law Schools (2018 Edition)

Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review has published the 2018 edition of The Best 169 Law Schools (press release) (FAQs) (methodology):

The Princeton Review tallied its lists based on its surveys of 19,900 students attending the 169 law schools [an average of 118 per school]. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their experiences. Some ranking list tallies also factored in school-reported data.

Best Professors:  Based on student answers to survey questions concerning how good their professors are as teachers and how accessible they are outside the classroom.

  1. Virginia
  2. Duke
  3. Boston University
  4. Stanford
  5. Chicago
  6. Pepperdine
  7. Washington & Lee
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Boston College
  10. Charleston

Best Quality of Life:  Based on student answers to survey questions on: whether there is a strong sense of community at the school, whether differing opinions are tolerated in the classroom, the location of the school, the quality of social life at the school, the school's research resources (library, computer and database resources). 

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

2018 Times Higher Education World Law School Rankings: Citations

THEFollowing up on my previous posts on the 2018 Times Higher Education World Law School Rankings (links below):  here are the Top 25 law schools in Citations: Research Influence (methodology below the fold), which counts 25% in the overall ranking:

  1. Arizona State (60 overall ranking)
  2. Harvard (9)
  3. Queensland (54)
  4. Ohio State (77)
  5. Yale (3)
  6. Stanford (2)
  7. South Australia (88)
  8. British Columbia(16)
  9. Duke (1)
  10. Chicago(4)
  11. Vanderbilt(46)
  12. Dalhousie (74)
  13. Texas (55)
  14. University of Washington (31)
  15. UC-Irvine (78)
  16. Melbourne (7)
  17. University College London (8)
  18. Leiden (20)
  19. Edinburgh (14)
  20. NYU (12)
  21. Cambridge (5)
  22. Manchester (28)
  23. Amsterdam (23)
  24. Georgetown (25)
  25. Hebrew University of Jerusalem (59)

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

2018 Times Higher Education World Law School Rankings: Research

THEFollowing up on my previous posts on the 2018 Times Higher Education World Law School Rankings (links below):  here are the Top 25 law schools in Research: Volume, Income, and Reputation (methodology below the fold), which counts 30.8% in the overall ranking:

  1. Duke (1 overall ranking)
  2. KU Leuven (24)
  3. Cambridge (5)
  4. Oxford (6)
  5. Stanford (2)
  6. Toronto (10)
  7. Hong Kong (18)
  8. Pennsylvania (11)
  9. Harvard (9)
  10. NYU (12)
  11. Chicago (4)
  12. University College London (8)
  13. Yale (3)
  14. UC-Berkeley (19)
  15. Michigan (15)
  16. Leiden (20)
  17. Edinburgh (14)
  18. King's College London (25)
  19. Melbourne (7)
  20. Cornell (22)
  21. Tilburg (36)
  22. National University of Singapore (30)
  23. Amsterdam (23)
  24. McGill (13)
  25. South Wales (31)

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Friday, October 6, 2017

2018 Times Higher Education World Law School Rankings: Teaching

THEFolowing up on yesterday's post, 2018 Times Higher Education World Law School Rankings:  here are the Top 25 law schools in Teaching: The Learning Environment (methodology below the fold), which counts 32.7% in the overall ranking:

  1. Chicago (4 overall ranking)
  2. Stanford (2)
  3. Yake (3)
  4. UCLA (21)
  5. Duke (1)
  6. Georgetown (25)
  7. Virginia (29)
  8. Cornell (22)
  9. Penn (11)
  10. Toronto (10)
  11. NYU (12)
  12. Michigan (15)
  13. McGill (13)
  14. Columbia (17)
  15. Melbourne (7)
  16. UC-Berkeley (15)
  17. British Columbia (16)
  18. Cambridge (5)
  19. Oxford (6)
  20. Harvard (9)
  21. Singapore (30)
  22. Edinburgh (14)
  23. University College London (8)
  24. George Washington (38)
  25. Amsterdam (23)

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

2018 Times Higher Education World Law School Rankings

THETimes Higher Education has released its 2018 ranking of the Top 100 Law Schools in the world, based on this methodology:

  • Teaching:  The Learning Environment (32.7%)
  • Research:  Volume, Income and Reputation (30.8%)
  • Citations:  Research Influence (25%)
  • International Outlook:  Staff, Students and Research (9%)
  • Industry Income:  Innovation (2.5%)

Here are the Top 25 law schools:

  1. Duke
  2. Stanford
  3. Yale
  4. Chicago
  5. Cambridge
  6. Oxford
  7. Melbourne
  8. University College London
  9. Harvard
  10. Toronto
  11. Pennsylvania
  12. NYU
  13. Melbourne
  14. Edinburgh
  15. Michigan
  16. British Columbia
  17. Columbia
  18. Hong Kong
  19. UC-Berkeley
  20. Leiden
  21. UCLA
  22. Cornell
  23. Amsterdam
  24. KU Leuven
  25. Georgetown

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

2018 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings

WSJ THE2018 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings (methodology):

Outcomes (40%):

  • Graduation rate (11%)
  • Value added to graduate salary (12%)
  • Value added to the loan repayment rate (7%)
  • Academic reputation (10%)

Resources (30%):

  • Finance per student (11%)
  • Faculty per student (11%)
  • Research papers per faculty (8%)

Engagement (20%):

  • Student engagement (7%)
  • Student recommendation (6%)
  • Interaction with teachers and students (4%)
  • Number of accredited programmes (3%)

Environment (10%):

  • Proportion of international students (2%)
  • Student diversity (3%) 
  • Student inclusion (2%)
  • Staff diversity (3%)

The second annual WSJ/THE rankings list over 1,000 schools. Here are the Top 10:

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Anderson: Are LSAT/GPA A Leading Indicator, And Peer Reputation A Lagging Indicator, Of The U.S. News Overall Rankings?

US NewsFollowing up on my recent post, Law School Rankings By Student Quality (LSAT And UGPA):  Rob Anderson (Pepperdine):  Predicting the Future of US News Law School Rankings With Revealed Preference Rankings?:

The approach used by US News includes a variety of factors with varying weights but among the most important are factors based on surveys of academics and of lawyers and judges. Specifically, the US News ranking methodology is based 25% on "peer assessment score" (academics) and 15% on "assessment score by lawyers and judges." The both categories are weighted heavier than LSAT scores (.125) and GPA (.10), which are the raw material for the Ryan and Frye ranking.

As might be expected, the Ryan and Frye rankings correlate strongly with US News rankings, but there are some significant outliers. ... [I] thought it might be interesting to examine the potential causes of divergence between the Ryan-Frye approach and US News by comparing the US News survey-based rankings between 1993 (the year of the first full ranking of law schools) and 2018 (the most recent ranking).

The peer ranking is the largest single component of US News and is measured somewhat comparably across the years so I will focus on that component of US News. The chart below shows a plot of the 1993 peer rankings (then called "academic" rankings) and those for 2018. Because higher ranked schools have lower ranking numbers, the highest ranked schools are in the lower left and the lowest ranked schools in the upper right. Schools above the line have improved in their rankings between 1993 and 2018. Schools below the line have lower rankings in 2018 than in 1993. 

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The correlation between the 1993 peer ranks and the 2018 peer ranks is .93, which is evidence of incredible stability over time. As a result, the 1993 rank can predict with a high degree of accuracy the 2018 rank, especially for the higher-ranked schools (the lower left). However, there are some notable outliers, which I've noted with text in the figure. It is interesting to note that among the largest gainers are three that changed names by affiliating with an existing university (Michigan State, New Hampshire, and Quinnipiac). The remainder of the schools with large jumps in peer rankings (Alabama, CUNY, Georgia State, and Pepperdine) have other explanations. My institution (Pepperdine) and Alabama have made major pushes toward emphasis on research productivity, which may explain the changes in their scores. ...

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Politico: The U.S. News Rankings Fuel Inequality

U.S. News Logo (2018)Politico, How U.S. News College Rankings Promote Economic Inequality on Campus:

America’s universities are getting two report cards this year. The first, from the Equality of Opportunity Project, brought the shocking revelation that many top universities, including Princeton and Yale, admit more students from the top 1 percent of earners than the bottom 60 percent combined. The second, from U.S. News and World Report, is due on Tuesday — with Princeton and Yale among the contenders for the top spot in the annual rankings.

The two are related: A POLITICO review shows that the criteria used in the U.S. News rankings — a measure so closely followed in the academic world that some colleges have built them into strategic plans — create incentives for schools to favor wealthier students over less wealthy applicants.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Law Schools With The Best Employment Rates

Following up on last week's post, The 49 Law Schools With The Most Improved Employment Rates: The National Jurist, Most Improved Employment Rates:

The National Jurist took into consideration all forms of post-graduation employment. The employment rates were weighted, giving the most heft to full-time jobs that require bar passage. Other jobs, such as J.D.-advantage jobs and positions in other professions, received less weight.

Employment

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Survey: Rankings Are The Most Important Factor In Students' Decision On Which Law School To Attend

Following up on yesterday's post on a survey of law school applicants by Blueprint LSAT Preparation:  

What will have the largest impact in determining which law school you will ultimately choose? Rank in order of importance, 1 being the most important and 5 being the least important.

Ranking Survey

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The 49 Law Schools With The Most Improved Employment Rates

The National Jurist, Most Improved Employment Rates:

As the legal market continues to rebound and moves closer to pre-recession levels, law schools big and small are bolstering employer outreach efforts and reconsidering their curricula to strengthen graduate employability. Looking at this year’s employment statistics to find the most improved employment rates, The National Jurist took into consideration all forms of post-graduation employment. The employment rates were weighted, giving the most heft to full-time jobs that require bar passage. Other jobs, such as J.D.-advantage jobs and positions in other professions, received less weight.

Top 50

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Top 100 Law Schools, Based On 5-, 10-, And 15-Year Rolling Average U.S. News Rankings

2018 U.S. News Law 3Bradley A. Areheart (Tennessee), The Top 100 Law Reviews: A Reference Guide Based on Historical USNWR Data:

The best proxy for how other law professors react and respond to publishing in main, or flagship, law reviews is the US News and World Report (USNWR) rankings. This paper utilizes historical USNWR data to rank the top 100 law reviews. The USNWR rankings are important in shaping many — if not most — law professors’ perceptions about the relative strength of a law school (and derivatively, the home law review). This document contains a chart that is sorted by the 10-year rolling average for each school, but it also contains the 5-year and 15-year rolling averages. This paper also describes my methodology and responds to a series of frequently asked questions. The document was updated in August 2017.

Here are the Top 25 law schools based on their 10-year rolling average overall U.S. News ranking:

US News

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Florida Increases Median LSAT And GPA Of Entering Class, Fueling Rise Toward The Top 35

Florida Logo (2017)Following up on my previous posts (links below):   Florida is continuing its march toward Dean Laura Rosenbury's goal to increase its U.S. News ranking to the Top 35 (from 41 this year and 48 last year). Florida increased its median LSAT (to 161, from 160 in 2016 and 157 in 2015) and UGPA (to 3.69, from 3.60 in 2016 and 3.50 in 2015) while keeping the entering class roughly flat (301, compared to 314 in 2016 and 310 in 2015), fueled by raising $4.5 million in non-endowed scholarship funds:

About half the entering class of the University of Florida's Levin College of Law is receiving scholarship money this year, after an alumnus' $1.5 million fund­raising challenge turned into a $4.5 million windfall for scholarships.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Law Schools Are Looking For Answers In All The Wrong Places

David Barnhizer (Cleveland State), US Law Schools: Looking for Answers in All the Wrong Places:

On a very regular basis we see reports on the state of how many people are taking the LSAT, applying to law school, actually enrolling in law schools, comparing applicants’ LSAT and GPA credentials with students from previous years, as well as how law schools’ graduates fared in the job market.  This latter category has become a bit more complex and slightly more honest, including paying attention to whether the jobs were subsidized by the law schools in an effort to improve the placement statistics, required a law degree and bar passage, or if an advantage was created for people who had received a law degree.

This entire process of “casting bones” to interpret whether law schools have weathered the storm of declining demand for their educational services is mainly a bunch of unproductive “navel gazing”.  This is because it fails to look closely at what is happening in the world external to the parochial focus of law schools in terms of specific tiers of the legal profession, the dramatic and increasing shrinkage in jobs of many kinds — including law — alternative ways to obtain “law knowledge” and legal services, flat or declining wages over an extended period, the rise of the “gig” economy, and the aging of the American population and the significant financial and employment pressures under which Millennials are now functioning. 

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

U.S. News Law School Rankings: Part-Time Applicants

U.S. News & World Report, 10 Law Schools That Draw Part-Time Applicants:

For the top 10 schools, the average number of applications was 602 for fall 2016. The average among all 103 schools was around 183. Below are the 10 schools that received the most part-time law school applications for the fall 2016 entering class.

Law School Part-Time Applications U.S. News Part-Time Rank U.S. News Law School Rank
Georgetown 1,381 1 15 (tie)
Loyola-L.A. 939 9 65 (tie)
Mitchell Hamline 510 38 (tie) RNP
George Mason 508 4 (tie) 41 (tie)
G. Washington 495 2 30 (tie)
American 479 6 (tie) 86 (tie)
Akron 456 50 (tie) 134 (tie)
W. Michigan 455 RNP RNP
NY Law School 407 24 (tie) 112 (tie)
Brooklyn 387 16 (tie) 88 (tie)

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Without Any Transparency In The Process, ABA Legal Ed Council Approves Changes To Employment Report And Classification Of Law-School-Funded Positions That Erode Transparency

At its June 1-2 meeting, the ABA Council for the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar approved a proposal to completely eviscerate the steps it approved in 2015 to assure greater transparency in reporting law-school-funded positions.  Indeed, the Council went even further, changing the rules to make it impossible for anyone to discover what number/percentage of a law school’s graduates are in law-school-funded positions, so long as those positions pay $40,000. 

The Council did this with no notice, no chance for comment, and no presentation of possible concerns associated with this change.  Rather, it simply approved a proposal purporting to simplify reporting of employment outcomes that was submitted by one Council member, Paul Mahoney, whose law school was among several that would benefit from the reclassification of law-school-funded positions. 

More significantly, in approving the proposal, the Council also approved several other changes in reporting of employment outcomes that merit much more discussion.  These changes, discussed below, were not meaningfully discussed in the proposal, nor do they appear to have been meaningfully discussed by the Council in approving the proposal.  Once again, there was no notice of these changes, no chance for comment, and no presentation of possible concerns associated with these changes.

It pains me to write this, as I hold the members of the Council in high regard and believe the Council has done a very good job over the last several years navigating legal education through uncharted waters, particularly with its emphasis on increased transparency regarding conditional scholarships and employment outcomes. 

In this instance, however, the Council’s laudable desire to support simplification in reporting of employment outcomes meant that a number of other policy considerations that merit much more attention and thoughtful deliberation did not get due consideration prior to the Council taking action that effectively erodes transparency.

The Council should rescind its action, and send out the proposed changes for notice and comment and for consideration by the Standard’s Review Committee, which can give due consideration to intended and unintended consequences in recommending an appropriate set of changes regarding the reporting of employment outcomes.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Law School Rankings By Student Quality (LSAT And UGPA)

2018 U.S. News Law 2Christopher J. Ryan Jr. (Vanderbilt) & Brian L. Frye (Kentucky), A Revealed-Preferences Ranking of Law Schools,  69 Ala. L. Rev. ___ (2017)

The U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Schools Rankings” define the market for legal education. Law schools compete to improve their standing in the rankings and fear any decline. But the U.S. News rankings incite contention, because they rely on factors that are poor proxies for quality like peer reputation and expenditures per student. While many alternative law school rankings exist, none have challenged the market dominance of the U.S. News rankings. Presumably the U.S. News rankings benefit from a first-mover advantage, other rankings fail to provide a clearly superior alternative, or some combination of the two.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Morriss:  Legal Education Through The Lens Of The U.S. News Law School Rankings

2018 U.S. News Law 2Andrew P. Morriss (Dean, Texas A&M), Legal Education Through the Blurry Lens of US News Law School Rankings, 20 Green Bag 2d 253 (2017):

The Chinese Characters in the title of this piece are the closest thing to the apocryphal “Chinese curse” of “may you live in interesting times.” The closest actual proverb is “Better to be a dog in a peaceful time, than to be a human in a chaotic period. This seems a fitting metaphor for what has been going on in legal education since 2008, when things began to get “interesting.” That the attribution of the English version of the curse is apocryphal and that I’ve taken the “true” meaning from Wikipedia (although I did check with a native Chinese-speaking friend, who assures me that Wikipedia is accurate on this point) is a good metaphor for rankings and their impact on legal education. Applicants, law review editors, alumni, and many more people rely on US News’s law school rankings to evaluate law schools, as secure in their knowledge that these are a valid source of information on relative merit as are those people who confidently attribute the “may you live in interesting times” version of the curse to a non-existent Chinese language source are in theirs.

Just as the apocryphal curse bears a resemblance to an actual proverb about dogs and peaceful times, so the US News rankings reflect — if through rather blurry glass — where legal education is. With the caveats that there are many bad things that have come from rankings, and from the illusory precision of US News rankings in particular, and that a great deal of what the rankings reflect is a fairly stable pecking order, as well as having tortured this metaphor as far as I can, let’s look at the data that US News uses and see what it reveals about where legal education is headed.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Eight Of The Twelve Law Schools With The Highest Unemployment Rates Are In California

Law.com, Where the Law Jobs Are: The 2016 Edition:

We’ve delved into the ABA’s trove of jobs data to determine which schools had ... the highest unemployment rates. ... The charts are based on data submitted to the ABA by the law schools.

Unemployed

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Caron Presents Faculty Scholarship Assessment: A (Very) New Dean's Perspective Today At Texas A&M

CaronPaul L. Caron (Dean, Pepperdine) presents Faculty Scholarship Assessment: A (Very) New Dean's Perspective at Texas A&M today as part of its Conference for Associate Deans:

I describe how existing measures of faculty scholarly output (publications) and influence (law review citations, Google Scholar citations (H-Index and M-Index), and SSRN downloads) can be used to (1) compare a law school faculty's scholarly productivity to its peers and to assess individual faculty contributions in these areas; and (2) value scholarly productivity of both junior and senior faculty.  I then offer some thoughts on what these existing ranking metrics leave out in quantifying faculty contributions to law school success, especially at faith-based schools.

My co-panelists are:

  • John August (Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost, Texas A&M)
  • Gary Lucas (Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Assessment, Strategic Analysis, and Reporting, Texas A&M)
  • Gregory Sisk (Laghi Distinguished Chair in Law, University of St. Thomas (Minnesota))

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

New York Times College Rankings

New York Times Sunday Review, Top Colleges Doing the Most for the American Dream:

Welcome to the third annual College Access Index. It's a New York Times ranking of colleges — those with a five-year graduation rate of at least 75 percent — based on their commitment to economic diversity. The ranking is based on a combination of the number of lower-and middle-income students that a college enrolls and the price it charges these students. The top of the ranking is dominated by campuses in the University of California system, while the most diverse private colleges include Amherst, Pomona, Harvard and Vassar. Notably, a college's endowment does not determine its commitment to economic diversity. There are wealthy colleges and much less wealthy ones at both the top and bottom of the ranking.

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New York Times Sunday Review, The Assault on Colleges — and the American Dream:

The country’s most powerful engine of upward mobility is under assault.

Public colleges have an unmatched record of lofting their students into the middle class and beyond. For decades, they have enrolled teenagers and adults from modest backgrounds, people who are often the first member of their family to attend college, and changed their trajectories.

Over the last several years, however, most states have cut their spending on higher education, some drastically. Many public universities have responded by enrolling fewer poor and middle-class students — and replacing them with affluent students who can afford the tuition. ...

The decline of economic diversity at top public colleges is the clearest pattern in The Times’s third annual ranking of leading colleges — the roughly 170 nationwide with a five-year graduation rate of at least 75 percent. (Yes, you can be disappointed that so few colleges clear that bar.)

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2016-17 Moot Court Rankings

Moot Court2016-17 Moot Court Rankings:

1.   South Texas
2.   Oklahoma
3.   St. Mary's
4.   Stetson
5.   Georgetown
6.   SMU
7.   Chicago-Kent
8.   Texas Tech
9.   Michigan State
10. UC-Hastings
11. Pepperdine
12. McGeorge
12. Wake Forest
14. Ohio State
15. Mississippi College

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Law School Rankings By Federal Judicial Clerkships

Derek Muller (Pepperdine), Visualizing Law School Federal Judicial Clerkship Placement, 2014-2016:

The release of the latest ABA employment data offers an opportunity to update the three-year federal judicial clerkship placement rates. Here is the clerkship placement rate for the Classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016. Methodology and observations below the interactive visualization. The "placement" is the three-year total placement; the "percentage" is the three-year placement divided by the three-year graduating class total.

Here are the California Law School rankings:

California Ranking

Here are the Top 10 law schools nationally:

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Non-Elite B-Schools Urge 'Just Say No' Approach To Rankings

US NewsWall Street Journal, Business Schools Take a Stand Against Academic Rankings:

Business-school deans and research faculty at more than 20 universities are taking a stand against the academic rankings published by media outlets such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Nikkei Inc.’s Financial Times and the Economist Group.

Rather than “acquiesce to methods of comparison we know to be fundamentally misleading,” the administrators are urging their peers at other schools to stop participating in a process they say rates programs on an overly narrow set of criteria.

The plea, issued by deans and faculty from institutions including University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business and the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, comes in the form of a research paper to be published in the May edition of the Decision Sciences Journal [On Academic Rankings, Unacceptable Methods, and the Social Obligations of Business Schools].

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Law School Rankings By Full-Time, Long-Term Bar-Passage Required (Excluding School-Funded) Jobs (CORRECTED)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Alum Donates $1.5m To University Of Florida To Fuel Law School's Rise In U.S. News Rankings From 48 To 35

UFUSNFollowing up on my previous posts:

Daily Business Review, Hugh Culverhouse Jr. Pledges $1.5M to UF Levin College of Law:

University of Florida Levin College of Law alumnus Hugh Culverhouse Jr. has pledged $1.5 million to be used by the school for incoming student scholarships if the law school's community raises an additional $1.5 million by Aug. 14, the first day of classes.

Culverhouse, a Coral Gables-based lawyer who graduated from the law school in 1974, said he was inspired to create the Culverhouse Challenge by the school's leap from 48 to 41 in the most recent U.S. News national rankings of law schools. It was the highest ranked law school in Florida, followed by the law schools at Florida State University (48), University of Miami (77), Stetson (96) and Florida International University (100). Six more Florida law schools were not ranked.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2017 Princeton Review's Best 381 Colleges

Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review has released The Best 381 Colleges — 2017 Edition.  According to the press release, the book contains 62 rankings based on surveys completed by 143,000 students at the 381 schools (375 per school) (methodology here), including these categories:

  • Best (Sarah Lawrence) classroom experience
  • Best (Wellesley), worst (New Jersey Institute of Technology) professors
  • Most (U.S. Military Academy), least U.S. Merchant Marine Academy) accessible professors
  • Best (Virginia Tech) quality of life
  • Most (Rice), least (Montana Tech) happy students
  • Students love (Virginia Tech) their school
  • Most (Rhodes), least (University of Dallas) beautiful campus
  • Best (Elon), worst (Hanover) run school
  • Most liberal (Sarah Lawrence), most conservative (BYU) students
  • Most (Thomas Aquinas),  least (Reed) religious
  • Students study the most (U.S. Military Academy), least (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Most (Vassar), least (SUNY-Purchase) financial aid

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Henderson:  U.S. News Eliminates The Rankings Advantage Of The GRE, But Harvard Has Started A 'Quant' Arms Race For Diverse Students Who Will Thrive In A Transformed, Tech-Driven, Disrupted Legal Profession

GRE.USNEWS.LSATThe Legal Whiteboard: The GRE and the Revised US News Ranking Methodology, by William Henderson (Indiana):

When I initially learned that Harvard Law would start accepting the GRE as an alternative to the LSAT, I viewed it through the prism of the US News & World Report ranking and concluded that it was a very good thing for Harvard and all of legal education. Aggressive rankings management has led to tremendous over-reliance on the LSAT. By using on the GRE, I reasoned, Harvard would have sufficient test score information to assess a candidate's intellectual capacity while also obtaining the freedom to use other admissions methods to explore the larger and more diverse universe of candidates who are destined to become great leaders and lawyers.  

My thinking is crudely sketched out in the diagram below.

Hls_strategy

If Harvard Law was trying to get around U.S. News rankings formula, the USN chief strategy officer, Bob Morse, saw it coming.  ...

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

2017 Religious Law School Rankings

Friday, March 17, 2017

2018 U.S News Law School Rankings: Average Student Debt

2018 U.S. News Law 2Following up on my posts (links below) on the 2018 U.S. News Law School Rankings:  Matt Leichter, Only 13 Law Schools Didn't Report 2016 Graduate Debt to U.S. News:

Each year U.S. News & World Report lists law schools by the average indebtedness of their graduates. Importantly, the figures exclude accrued interest, which can be quite considerable. However, these numbers are probably the best estimate of the cost of attendance at a particular law school presented in a comparable form. The ABA does not publicize graduate debt in the 509 information reports, making U.S. News an unfortunately necessary source.

Here are the 25 law schools with the highest amount of average law school debt (among those students with law school debt).

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Muller:  Law Professors Are Tough Graders (Of Other Law Schools)

2018 U.S. News Law 2Derek Muller (Pepperdine), Do Law Professors Generally Think Most Other Law Schools Are Pretty Awful?:

The U.S. News & World Report ("USNWR") law school rankings include a number of illuminating bits of information and some weaknesses, as I displayed yesterday. But a cursory look at Paul Caron's display of the peer reputation scores displays, perhaps, a startling truth: law professors generally think most other law schools are pretty awful. (I qualify that with "other" because I think most law professors generally think their own schools are probably pretty good.) ...

One might expect to see a fairly ordinary distribution between 5 and 1, perhaps a bell curve with a bulk of schools in the range of 3 in the middle. But it turns out law professors think little of other schools.

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March Madness Law School Bracket

Here is the March Madness Law School Bracket, with outcomes determined by the 2018 U.S. News Law School Rankings (using academic peer reputation and student quality as tiebreakers). The Final Four are Michigan (8), Virginia (8), Northwestern (10), and UCLA (15), with Virginia beating Michigan in the championship game, based on student quality.

Law School Bracket

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Law School Rankings By Student Quality (LSAT And UGPA)

2018 U.S. News Law 2Christopher J. Ryan Jr. (Vanderbilt) & Brian L. Frye (Kentucky), A De Gustibus Approach to Ranking Law Schools:

The U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Schools Rankings” define the market for legal education. Law schools compete to improve their standing in the rankings and fear any decline. But the U.S. News rankings incite contention, because they rely on factors that are poor proxies for quality like peer reputation and expenditures per student. While many alternative law school rankings exist, none have challenged the market dominance of the U.S. News rankings. Presumably the U.S. News rankings benefit from a first-mover advantage, other rankings fail to provide a clearly superior alternative, or some combination of the two.

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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.

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Florida Law School Rankings War Intensifies: UF Marches Toward Top 35, FSU Says It Is Best Law School In State And Aims For Top 4 National Public Law School (With Michigan, UC-Berkeley & Virginia)

UFFSUFollowing up on last year's post, Laura Rosenbury Stakes Her Deanship On Raising Florida's Ranking To #35; Amidst Claims Of Sexism, Her Regime Comes Under Fire, With The Graduate Tax Program Its Flashpoint:  Florida Dean Laura Rosenbury is already halfway toward her goal of being a Top 35 law school with a 7-point improvement in its U.S. News ranking, to #41.

University of Florida Press Release, UF Law Jumps Seven Spots in U.S. News Rankings:

The University of Florida Levin College of Law climbed seven spots in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of the nation’s best law schools, placing at No. 41 overall. This rise is the largest year-to-year increase in over 20 years and is the second largest improvement of any law school ranked in the top 50. The Graduate Tax Program held its spot as the No. 1 program among public law schools and No. 3 overall. ...

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Pepperdine Is #1 In ADR, #5 In Practical Training

2018 U.S. News LawFor the twelfth time in thirteen years, Pepperdine Law School's Straus Institute has been ranked the #1 dispute resolution program in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Congratulations to Tom Stipanowich and his faculty and staff colleagues for this well deserved recognition of the amazing academic programs and training and conferences they offer.

In addition, Pepperdine has been named the fifth best law school for practical training by The National Jurist (Spring 2017):

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Winners And Losers In The 2018 U.S. News Law School Rankings ... Should It Matter?

2018 U.S. News LawFollowing up on this morning's post, 2018 U.S. News Law School Peer Reputation Rankings (And Overall Rankings):  National Law Journal, U.S. News Law School Rankings Are Good News for Northwestern, Bummer for Berkeley:

After flirting with the top 10 on the U.S. News & World Report’s annual law school rankings for most of the past decade, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law has finally broken through.

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2018 U.S. News Law School Peer Reputation Rankings (And Overall Rankings)

2018 U.S. News LawContinuing a TaxProf Blog tradition (see links below for 2009-2017), here is the full list of the 197 law schools ranked by academic peer reputation, as well as their overall rank, in the new 2018 U.S. News Law School Rankings (methodology here):

Peer Rank

Peer Score

School

Overall Rank

1

4.8

Yale

1

1

4.8

Stanford

2

1

4.8

Harvard

3

4

4.6

Chicago

4

4

4.6

Columbia

5

6

4.5

NYU

6

7

4.4

Michigan

8

7

4.4

Virginia

8

7

4.4

UC-Berkeley

12

10

4.3

Penn

7

11

4.2

Duke

10

11

4.2

Northwestern

10

11

4.2

Cornell

13

14

4.1

Texas

14

14

4.1

Georgetown

15

16

3.9

UCLA

15

16

3.9

Vanderbilt

17

18

3.6

Washington U.

18

18

3.6

Emory

22

20

3.5

USC

19

20

3.5

Notre Dame

20

20

3.5

Minnesota

23

20

3.5

North Carolina

39

24

3.4

Iowa

20

24

3.4

Boston University

23

24

3.4

Geo. Washington

30

24

3.4

Wisconsin

30

24

3.4

UC-Davis

39

29

3.3

Boston College

26

29

3.3

UC-Irvine

28

29

3.3

Indiana-Bloom.

30

29

3.3

Ohio State

30

29

3.3

Fordham

36

29

3.3

Illinois

44

35

3.2

Arizona State

25

35

3.2

Alabama

26

35

3.2

Georgia

30

35

3.2

U. Washington

30

35

3.2

Colorado

36

35

3.2

William & Mary

41

41

3.1

Wash. & Lee

28

41

3.1

Wake Forest

36

41

3.1

Florida

41

41

3.1

Arizona

48

41

3.1

Tulane

50

41

3.1

UC-Hastings

54

47

3.0

Florida State

48

47

3.0

Maryland

48

49

2.9

Utah

44

49

2.9

BYU

46

51

2.8

Connecticut

54

51

2.8

American

86

51

2.8

Oregon

86

54

2.7

George Mason

41

54

2.7

Temple

53

54

2.7

Houston

54

54

2.7

Tennessee

57

54

2.7

Cardozo

65

54

2.7

Kansas

65

54

2.7

Denver

76

54

2.7

Miami

77

54

2.7

San Diego

77

63

2.6

SMU

46

63

2.6

Kentucky

57

63

2.6

Case Western

62

63

2.6

Georgia State

65

63

2.6

Loyola-L.A.

65

63

2.6

Missouri

65

63

2.6

Pepperdine

72

63

2.6

Pittsburgh

82

71

2.5

Nebraska

57

71

2.5

Richmond

57

71

2.5

Rutgers

62

71

2.5

UNLV

62

71

2.5

Oklahoma

72

71

2.5

Loyola-Chicago

82

71

2.5

Brooklyn

88

71

2.5

Indiana-Indy

88

71

2.5

Hawaii

100

80

2.4

Baylor

51

80

2.4

Seton Hall

57

80

2.4

Northeastern

65

80

2.4

Cincinnati

72

80

2.4

Arkansas-Fay.

77

80

2.4

Villanova

77

80

2.4

South Carolina

88

80

2.4

Chicago-Kent

92

80

2.4

Lewis & Clark

100

80

2.4

Howard

120

80

2.4

Seattle

120

80

2.4

Santa Clara

132

92

2.3

New Mexico

77

92

2.3

Penn State Univ.

82

92

2.3

St. Louis

88

92

2.3

Louisville

92

92

2.3

Syracuse 

92

92

2.3

Michigan State

96

92

2.3

Marquette

100

92

2.3

Hofstra

118

92

2.3

DePaul

120

92

2.3

Maine

139

102

2.2

St. John's

72

102

2.2

Texas A&M

92

102

2.2

LSU

96

102

2.2

West Virginia

96

102

2.2

Catholic

106

102

2.2

SUNY-Buffalo

106

102

2.2

Mississippi

109

102

2.2

UMKC

112

102

2.2

CUNY

127

102

2.2

Arkansas-L.R.

134

102

2.2

Vermont

134

113

2.1

Stetson

96

113

2.1

Idaho

109

113

2.1

Gonzaga

112

113

2.1

Baltimore

112

113

2.1

Drexel

112

113

2.1

Wyoming

112

113

2.1

Montana

120

113

2.1

Loyola-N.O.

142

121

2.0

Penn State-Dick.

65

121

2.0

Tulsa

82

121

2.0

New Hampshire

100

121

2.0

Albany

109

121

2.0

Creighton

120

121

2.0

Mercer

134

121

2.0

Suffolk

140

121

2.0

North Dakota

142

121

2.0

Willamette

142

130

2.0

San Francisco

Tier 2

130

1.9

Wayne State

100

130

1.9

Drake

106

130

1.9

New York Law S.

112

130

1.9

Texas Tech

118

130

1.9

Pace

120

130

1.9

Quinnipiac

127

130

1.9

Washburn

127

130

1.9

Chapman

134

130

1.9

Memphis

140

130

1.9

McGeorge

142

130

1.9

South Dakota

142

130

1.9

Southwestern

Tier 2

143

1.8

Florida Int'l

100

143

1.8

St. Thomas (MN)

120

143

1.8

Cleveland State

127

143

1.8

Duquesne

127

143

1.8

Toledo

132

143

1.8

Akron

134

149

1.7

Samford

147

149

1.7

N. Illinois

148

149

1.7

Dayton

Tier 2

149

1.7

J. Marshall (IL)

Tier 2

149

1.7

Mitchell-Hamline

Tier 2

149

1.7

Roger Williams

Tier 2

149

1.7

S. Illinois

Tier 2

149

1.7

Widener (DE)

Tier 2

157

1.6

Widener (PA)

148

157

1.6

Cal-Western

Tier 2

157

1.6

Elon

Tier 2

157

1.6

Golden Gate

Tier 2

157

1.6

N. Kentucky

Tier 2

157

1.6

Nova

Tier 2

157

1.6

South Texas

Tier 2

157

1.6

St.Mary's

Tier 2

157

1.6

Valparaiso

Tier 2

166

1.5

Campbell

Tier 2

166

1.5

Capital

Tier 2

166

1.5

Detroit Mercy

Tier 2

166

1.5

Dist. of Columbia

Tier 2

166

1.5

Mississippi C.

Tier 2

166

1.5

New England

Tier 2

166

1.5

NC Central

Tier 2

166

1.5

Ohio Northern

Tier 2

166

1.5

Oklahoma City

Tier 2

166

1.5

Texas Southern

Tier 2

166

1.5

Touro

Tier 2

166

1.5

U Mass.

Tier 2

178

1.4

Florida A&M

Tier 2

178

1.4

J. Marshall (GA)

Tier 2

178

1.4

Southern

Tier 2

178

1.4

St. Thomas (FL)

Tier 2

178

1.4

W. New England

Tier 2

178

1.4

Whittier

Tier 2

184

1.3

Belmont

Tier 2

184

1.3

Faulkner

Tier 2

184

1.3

Charleston

Tier 2

184

1.3

T. Jefferson

Tier 2

188

1.2

Appalachian

Tier 2

188

1.2

Ave Maria

Tier 2

188

1.2

Barry

Tier 2

188

1.2

Florida Coastal

Tier 2

188

1.2

La Verne

Tier 2

188

1.2

Liberty

Tier 2

188

1.2

Regent

Tier 2

188

1.2

W. Mich. Cooley

Tier 2

188

1.1

Western State

Tier 2

197

1.1

Ariz. Summit

Tier 2


Prior years' rankings:

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Seto:  Associates Promoted To Partner in 2016 — The Top California Schools

Seto (2014)TaxProf Blog op-ed:  Associates Promoted to Partner in 2016: Top California Schools, by Theodore P. Seto (Loyola-L.A.):

According to the National Law Journal, the top 50 US law schools, ranked by the number of law firm associates promoted to partner nationally in 2016, included eight California schools:

Rank

School

Number

15

UCLA

20

22

UC-Hastings

16

22

USC

16

30

Santa Clara

14

30

UC-Berkeley

14

34

Loyola-L.A.

13

36

Pepperdine

12

42

Southwestern

11

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

NLJ:  Law School Rankings By Graduates In BigLaw Jobs

2017National Law Journal, The 2017 Go-To Law Schools:

New associate hiring ticked up slightly in 2016, with the country’s largest 100 law firms bringing on 3,521 new law school graduates. Among the 50 law schools most popular with those employers, 24 percent of last year’s graduates landed associate jobs—up one percent over the previous year.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2018 U.S. News Law School Rankings

US News 2018Robert Morse (Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News & World Report) announced today that the new 2018 law school rankings will be released online on Tuesday, March 14 and in hard copy on Tuesday, April 11. Here is my coverage of the current 2017 law school rankings:

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

ADR And International Law Curriculum Rankings (Pepperdine Earns A+, A- Grades)

ADRADR Curricular Leaders, 20 preLaw 48 (Winter 2017):

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) specialty programs aren't easy to come by, but the 86 schools that do offer the specialty provide a wide range of options. We graded all schools on curricular offerings, and three earned an A+ — Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University; University of Missouri School of Law; and Pepperdine University School of Law.  Their offerings include workplace conflict resolution training for the Los Angeles Police Department, participating in a dispute resolution journal and dispute resolution skills competitions. ...

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Pepperdine Law School Dean’s Bible Study: Celebrating 37 Years

GoffPepperdine Law School Surf Report, Dean’s Bible Study: Celebrating 37 Years:

The Dean’s Bible Study began some 37 years ago, a humble beginning to what is now a cherished and celebrated staple at Pepperdine Law. It first began meeting in the 1980s and has been in continuous existence for most of the life of the law school. Every Wednesday evening, rain, shine, or looming exams, students flood over to the residence of Professor and Director of Global Programs Jim Gash and his wife Joline. Gash spoke about the student organized and student led gathering:

“My wife and I are privileged to provide the venue and some snacks. Each week, we sing a few songs, pray together, and get to hear from a student, professor, administrator, or other guest about a topic related to the speaker’s journey of faith. One goal with this gathering is to provide a sense of community for those looking to integrate their faith into their law school studies and career.

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February 12, 2017 in Law School Rankings | Permalink | Comments (0)