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Thursday, March 26, 2015

California Law School Job Placement Rankings

Sac BeeSacramento Bee, How California Law School Job Placement Rates Compare:

Though the economy is improving, job placement rates for California law schools dipped in the latest figures.

Look through the slideshow to see California's 21 American Bar Association-approved law schools, ranked by the percentage of 2013 graduates holding full-time, long-term jobs that require a juris doctor degree.

The median rate was 43 percent, down about a point from 2012.

1 Stanford 87.6%
2 UC-Berkeley 86.7%
3 UCLA 75.9%
4 UC-Davis 70.4%
5 USC 65.0%
6 UC-Irvine 64.3%
7 San Diego 53.1%
8 Pepperdine 53.1%
9 Loyola-L.A. 50.6%
10 Santa Clara 44.1%
11 UC-Hastings 42.9%
12 Southwestern 40.0%
13 Chapman 38.2%
14 Western State 37.4%
15 McGeorge 36.8%
16 San Francisco 36.0%
17 Cal-Western 35.2%
18 La Verne 34.9%
19 T. Jefferson 29.0%
20 Whittier 26.7%
21 Golden Gate 22.8%

March 26, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (3)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

U.S. News Rankings: 2016 v. 2015 Changes in All Reported Categories for All Law Schools

2016 U.S. News RankingsBrian Huddleston (Senior Reference Librarian, Loyola (New Orleans)) has compiled this wonderful 29-page color-coded chart showing the changes in this year's U.S. News Law School Rankings from last year's rankings in all seventeen of the published U.S. News rankings categories for each of the 198 law schools:

  • Green:  school improved in category in this year's rankings
  • Red:  school declined in category in this year's rankings
  • Yellow:  school's performance in category in this year rankings is same as last year

(Click on chart to enlarge.)

Top 3

Here are Pepperdine's numbers (click on chart to enlarge):

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Best Law Schools For Practical Training

NJ CoverBest Schools For Practical Training, Nat'l Jurist, p. 28, Mar. 2015:

The ABA now releases ample data on how many students participate in clinics, externiships and simulation courses. The National Jurist used this data to measure which law schools are delivering when it comes to practical training.

As we did last year, we looked at the percentage of full-time students in clinics, externships, and simulation courses. This year, we also looked at student participation in interscholastic skills competitions, such as moot court tournaments.

We again placed the most weight on clinical experience, at 30 percent. ... Externships -- at 25 percent -- were given second highest weight. ... Simulations accounted for 20 percent. ... School competitions were given a weight of 5 percent. We then asked schools to provide additional information about their additional offerings that are not reflected in these numbers, and this accounted for the final 20 percent. For example, schools requiring pro bono work were awarded points for those efforts.

Overall, law schools delivered more experiential opportunities per full-time student than in the prior year. Clinics grew from .22 clinic position per student to .23, a modest change, but significant for one year. Simulation courses grew from .92 per student to .95 per student. ...

[M]ore schools are earning top grades, as 86 schools received a B or higher.

Top 20

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2016 U.S News Law School Rankings: Average Student Debt

Following up on my posts (links below) on the 2016 U.S. News Law School Rankings:  U.S. News, Which Law School Graduates Have the Most Debt?:

School (Rank)Ave. Debt of 2014 Grads% Grads With Debt
Thomas Jefferson (Tier 2) $172,445 91%
New York Law School (127) $166,622 83%
Northwestern (12) $163,065 80%
Florida Coastal (Tier 2) $162,785 93%
American (71) $159,316 83%
Vermont (122) $156,713 84%
Touro (Tier 2) $154,855 85%
San Francisco (138) $154,321 88%
Columbia (4) $154,076 76%
Whittier (Tier 2) $151,602 91%

Thirteen law schools did not supply U.S. News with debt data on their graduates: 

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March 18, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

WSJ: New ABA Rules on Reporting School-Funded Jobs Could Drop Some Law Schools' U.S. News Ranking

Following up on yesterday's post:  Wall Street Journal, Law Schools Face New Rules on Reporting Graduates’ Success; Move Could Lower Their Standings in U.S. News Rankings:

U.S. law schools face renewed scrutiny over claims about their ability to find work for their graduates, a crucial selling point amid one of the legal industry’s worst-ever job markets.

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Some of the schools have been creating temporary jobs for grads by paying nonprofits and others to employ them, a move that in some cases has boosted the schools’ standings in the much-followed U.S. News & World Report rankings.

A new rule adopted last week by the accrediting arm of the American Bar Association will tighten such claims, giving law schools less credit for jobs that they subsidize. ...

Critics say such jobs unjustifiably burnish the results reported by law school deans, who are under pressure to make their schools stand out as the financial value of a law degree increasingly has been questioned. ...

Under the new ABA rule, effective next year, all 204 schools accredited by the group will have to leave out jobs they subsidize when reporting how many graduates found long-term, full-time employment that requires a law license.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March Madness Law School Bracket

March MadnessHere is the March Madness Law School Bracket, with outcomes determined by the 2016 U.S. News Law School Rankings (using academic peer reputation as a tiebreaker). The Final Four are Harvard (2 in U.S. News), Virginia (8), Duke (8), and Texas (15), with Harvard beating Virginia in the championship game.   The closest match ups are:

  • First Four:  BYU (34) over Mississippi (94)
  • First Round:  SUNY-Buffalo (87) over West Virginia (94)
  • Second Round:  Texas (15) over Notre Dame (22), Villanova 87) over LSU (94), Ohio State (34) over Arizona (42)
  • Sweet 16:  OSU (34, 3.2 peer) over BYU (34, 2.9 peer), UCLA (16) over Iowa (22)
  • Elite 8:  Duke (8) over UCLA (16)
  • Final Four:  Virginia (8, 4.3 peer) over Duke (8, 4.2 peer)
  • Championship:  Harvard (2) over Virginia (8) 

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Friday, March 13, 2015

A California Law Schools Rankings Renaissance?

2016 U.S. News RankingsFollowing up on my previous posts on the complaints by California law school deans last year that the U.S. News rankings penalize the state's schools:

The overall rankings at eight California law schools—USC, UC-Davis, UC-Hastings, Loyola, University of San Diego, Santa Clara, Pacific McGeorge and University of San Francisco—have fallen, in some cases plunged, in recent years.  The rankings at four other programs—Stanford, UC-Berkeley, UCLA and Pepperdine—have remained relatively stable. (The remaining eight schools remain unranked.)

I have updated the Deans' data with the new 2016 U.S. News rankings.  Of the 12 ranked California law schools, the ranking of eight (67%) increased from 2015; two (17%) decreased; and two (17% were unchanged. The same four law schools either increased their ranking over four years (Stanford, UC-Berkeley, and Pepperdine) or remained the same (UCLA).

 

Name

2012

Rank

2014

Rank

2015

Rank

2016

Rank

1 Year

Change

4 Year

Change

Stanford

3

2

3

2

+1

+1

UC-Berkeley

9

9

9

8

+1

+1

UCLA

16

17

16

16

0

0

USC

18

18

20

20

-2

-2

UC-Irvine

30

UC-Davis

23

38

36

31

+5

-8

Pepperdine

54

61

54

52

+2

+2

UC-Hastings

42

48

54

59

-5

-17

Loyola-L.A.

54

68

87

75

+12

-21

San Diego

67

68

79

71

+8

-4

Santa  Clara

84

96

107

94

+13

-10

Chapman

104

126

140

127

+13

-23

McGeorge

100

124

146

Tier 2

n/a

n/a

San Francisco

100

144

Tier 2

138

n/a

-38

Cal Western

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

n/a

n/a

Golden Gate

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

n/a

n/a

Southwestern

121

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

n/a

-25

T. Jefferson

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

n/a

n/a

Western State

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

n/a

n/a

Whittier

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

n/a

n/a

March 13, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Law School Rankings by BigLaw Partners

I received a press release and  executive summary of a forthcoming article in the Buffalo Law Review by Edward Adams (Minnesota) & Samuel Engel, Does Law School Still Make Economic Sense?: An Empirical Analysis of “Big” Law Firm Partnership Prospects and the Relationship to Law School Attended:

This study is the first to comprehensively examine the relationship between law school attended and achieving partnership in the 100 largest American law firms. Seeking to address issues related to a previous study by Ted Seto [Where do Partners Come From, 62 J. Legal Educ. 242 (2012)], the extensive empirical analysis included in this paper is a critical and seminal addition to the increasingly visible debate regarding the value of a legal education, law school rankings, and the factors that should be considered by potential law students when choosing a law school to attend. ...

Table 1 ranks the top 100 law schools, according to an index score based on the number of partners from each school and their weighted class size as further described below.  The table also includes an indicator that states the difference between this ranking and the United States News and World Report ranking.  Although the celebrated T-14 nearly stayed intact, significant differences are seen immediately outside that range.  The index score is included to demonstrate the actual magnitude between different rankings, and the last four columns provide supplementary information helpful in properly analyzing the index score. ...

Table 1:  Index Scores Evaluation

Rank

USNWR-Index

School

Index

% Younger than Mean

2025 Score

Value per Partner

Value Added

1

+3.5

Chicago

437

53.8

425.67

2.22

9.70

2

=

Harvard

413

42.7

368.89

2.29

9.46

3

-2

Yale

341

38.9

267.74

2.36

8.05

4

+.5

Columbia

329

45.1

283.61

2.48

8.16

5

+7

Northwestern

315

54.0

322.14

1.93

6.08

6

+2

Virginia

310

47.7

287.68

1.91

5.92

7

=

Penn

293

48.7

265.17

2.08

6.09

8

-2

NYU

273

52.2

256.89

2.39

6.52

9

-6

Stanford

261

46.5

256.82

2.21

5.77

10

+.5

Michigan

235.79

48.5

224.94

1.97

4.65

11

-.5

Duke

235.71

53.5

234.06

1.99

4.70

12

+1.5

Cornell

233

48.8

201.78

2.15

5.01

13

+.5

Georgetown

231

53.6

241.16

2.04

4.71

14

+7

G. Washington

197.0

53.7

188.14

1.87

3.68

15

-6

UC-Berkeley

196.6

45.4

171.61

2.08

4.10

16

+.5

Vanderbilt

176

51.5

183.39

1.66

2.92

17

+23.5

Illinois

164.2

55.4

197.20

1.77

2.90

18

+9.5

Boston U.

164.0

50.1

157.28

2.01

3.30

19

+18.5

Boston College

161

51.7

167.28

1.95

3.14

20

+6

Notre Dame

160

56.0

168.64

1.73

2.77

21

-6

Texas

157

54.0

155.74

1.81

2.84

22

-3

Emory

156

60.7

175.97

1.75

2.73

23

-2

USC

139

62.9

144.28

1.90

2.64

24

+13.5

Fordham

138

58.2

137.31

2.20

3.04

25

-8.5

UCLA

136

54.1

125.8

1.99

2.71

26

+17.5

Wash. & Lee

128.5

57.2

141.09

1.70

2.19

27

+2.5

Indiana–Bloom.

127.6

52.8

121.86

1.52

1.95

28

+41.5

Loyola–Chicago

121

61.3

136.37

1.69

2.04

29

+67

Villanova

120

42.2

103.2

1.59

1.91

30

+3

North Carolina

114

53.8

123.35

1.64

1.87

31

-13

Washington U.

113

61.2

134.58

1.57

1.77

32

+77.5

Catholic

107

51.3

92.98

1.84

1.97

33

+9

SMU

104.2

56.2

113.99

1.71

1.78

34

+41

American

103.7

61.7

107.54

1.96

2.04

35

+14.5

Florida

100.3

50.6

95.69

1.60

1.60

36

+26

Temple

99.8

55.4

100.4

1.60

1.60

37

+18.5

UC-Hastings

97.1

49.9

87.2

1.81

1.81

38

-13.5

William & Mary

97.0

62.6

105.34

1.68

1.68

39

-6

Wake Forest

95

58.3

104.5

1.44

1.44

40

+61.5

SUNY

94

36.7

72.57

1.72

1.72

41

-20

Minnesota

93

68.2

105.74

1.64

1.64

42

+54

South Carolina

92

50.7

102.95

1.28

1.28

43

-13.5

Georgia

90

52.1

92.7

1.48

1.48

44

+37.5

Pittsburgh

89

56.5

85.53

1.44

1.44

45

-20.5

Washington

88

58.6

97.77

1.46

1.46

46

+19.5

Case Western

86

45.7

82.216

1.32

1.32

47

+18.5

Missouri

84

56.5

95.26

1.30

1.09

48

-10.5

UC-Davis

82

55.6

85.61

1.89

1.55

49

+13

Miami

79.1

56.3

88.04

1.62

1.28

50

-17

Wisconsin

79.0

50.0

69.52

1.74

1.38

51

-23.5

Iowa

78.3

55.6

86.21

1.62

1.26

52

+17.5

Kansas

78.0

60.9

88.61

1.34

1.05

53

-20

Ohio State

76.5

58.2

78.72

1.62

1.25

54

+71.5

DePaul

75

60.9

83.55

1.69

1.27

55

-8

Tulane

72.1

71.6

83.28

1.82

1.31

56

+53.5

St. John’s

71.4

55.3

64.76

1.93

1.37

57

-10

Maryland

70.8

56.0

67.76

1.81

1.29

58

+79

Hofstra

70.25

56.7

68.96

1.89

1.32

59

+30.5

Loyola-L.A.

70.24

60.2

72.14

1.76

1.23

60

-8

Baylor

70.1

55.4

69.05

1.56

1.09

61

-14

George Mason

69.8

76.1

85.57

1.68

1.18

62

-10

Richmond

68.9

49.1

62.42

1.73

1.19

63

+56

Albany

66.98

46.5

52.11

2.10

1.41

64

+11

Chicago–Kent

66.94

67.8

78.32

1.64

1.10

65

+24.5

Seattle

66

77.0

93.72

1.54

1.02

66

+43.5

Santa Clara

65.1

70.3

79.62

1.77

1.15

67

N/A

San Francisco

64.6

53.0

65.83

1.76

1.14

68

-18.5

Utah

64.5

37.3

50.76

1.69

1.10

69

-10

Houston

64.0

65.2

77.38

1.71

1.09

70

-18

Penn State

63.8

56.1

61.76

1.57

1.00

71

+8.5

San Diego

63.4

68.6

78.05

1.65

1.04

72

-28.5

Colorado

61.4

55.8

68.22

1.57

0.96

73

-17.5

Pepperdine

60.77

76.9

78.27

1.73

1.06

74

+31

UMKC

60.76

56.8

69.78

1.23

0.75

75

+6.5

Rutgers-Camden

60.71

59.1

70.12

1.56

0.95

76

+8.5

Brooklyn

60

52.4

55.32

1.97

1.18

77

+19

Saint Louis

59

55.9

65.02

1.32

0.78

78

+31.5

Syracuse

57

58.5

52.27

1.83

1.04

79

N/A

Widener

56.4

78.5

60.63

1.30

0.73

80

+4.5

Rutgers–Newark

55.8

57.7

52.56

1.96

1.10

81

-43.5

Brigham Young

54

64.0

82.89

1.75

0.95

82

-16.5

Yeshiva

53

73.5

68.16

1.99

1.05

83

-8

Tennessee

50

42.9

41.35

1.49

0.75

84

+12

Northeastern

48

67.9

64.99

1.74

0.84

85

-5.5

Cincinnati

47

46.0

40.42

1.59

0.75

86

-16.5

Denver

44.3

62.4

58.83

1.43

0.63

87

+55

NY Law School

43.8

52.7

40.47

1.87

0.82

88

-43

Florida State

43.669

56.4

49.87

1.54

0.68

89

+35.5

Duquesne

43.666

54.8

41.00

1.44

0.63

90

-24.5

Georgia State

42

89.1

53.72

1.59

0.67

91

+5

Franklin Pierce

40.2

75.6

52.38

1.59

0.64

92

-36.5

Nebraska

39.6

55.6

48.27

1.28

0.51

93

-70

Alabama

38

61.3

34.77

1.70

0.65

94

+22

Creighton

37.3

58.6

41.59

1.41

0.52

95

+47

Pace

37.2

65.8

38.20

1.59

0.59

96

-55.5

Arizona

36.2

62.5

43.04

1.52

0.55

97

-7.5

Indiana-Ind.

36.1

62.6

44.11

1.46

0.53

98

-65

Arizona State

36.0

58.6

38.02

1.53

0.55

99

+10.5

Texas Tech

35.3

59.0

41.8

1.75

0.61

100

+5

Mercer

35.2

65.3

39.67

1.58

0.55

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

New 2016 U.S. News Tax Rankings

2016 U.S. News RankingsHere are the new 2016 U.S. News Tax Rankings, along with last year's rankings:

2016

Rank

 Tax

Program

2015

Rank

1

NYU

1

2

Florida

2

2

Georgetown

3

4

Northwestern

4

5

Virginia

11

6

San Diego

8

7

Boston University

5

8

Columbia

8

8

Harvard

8

10

Loyola-L.A.

14

11

UCLA

12

12

USC

12

13

Miami

5

13

Michigan

15

15

U. Washington

10

16

Indiana

n/r

17

Pennsylvania

n/r

18

Villanova

n/r

19

Boston College

n/r

19

Chicago

n/r

19

Texas

n/r

22

Duke

n/r

22

Washington U.

n/r

24

Denver

n/r

24

Yale

n/r

The biggest upward moves:

  • +6:  Virginia (#5)
  • +4   Loyola-L.A. (#10)
  • +2:  San Diego (#6), Michigan (#13)

The biggest downward moves:

  • -8:  Miami (#13)
  • -5:  U. Washington (#15)
  • -2:  Boston University (#7)

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

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dean Advises Other Deans to Punish Law Schools in U.S. News Peer Reputation Voting for Manipulating Rankings With School-Funded Jobs and Transfer Students

2016 U.S. News RankingsFollowing up on my previous posts (here and here) on the 2016 U.S. News Law School Rankings:  Law Deans on Legal Education Blog:  Using USNWR to Impose Reputational Costs, by Rick Bales (Dean, Ohio Northern):

Much as I despise the USNWR ranking system, I’m a bit surprised that we deans (and associate deans) don’t use our relatively outsized influence as voters in the peer-assessment component of the ranking to police our own ranks.

When a school subsidizes the employment of large numbers of graduates for nine months and a day after graduation, or a quarter of its second-year class is comprised of students who it rejected for admission as first-year students, it’s obvious that the school is playing games to artificially inflate its employment outcomes and student selectivity and ultimately its USNWR ranking. In my mind, this is unethical, because it actively seeks to mislead consumers (prospective students and employers of current students) who may not understand the numbers-manipulation that is occurring behind the curtain. It’s also, I believe, a sure sign of structural weakness – if a school has to play games to maintain its employment statistics or entering-student credentials, the school is masking significant underlying problems. ...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

More on the 2016 U.S. News Law School Rankings

2016 U.S. News RankingsFollowing up on last night's post, 2016 U.S. News Peer Reputation Rankings (v. Overall Rankings):

Above the Law, The 2016 U.S. News Law School Rankings Are Here!:

Here are the biggest ranking declines:

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Monday, March 9, 2015

2016 U.S. News Peer Reputation Rankings (v. Overall Rankings)

2016 U.S. News RankingsContinuing a TaxProf Blog tradition (see links below for 2009-2015), here is the full list of the 198 law schools ranked by academic peer reputation, as well as their overall rank, in the new 2016 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

4.5

NYU

6

7

4.4

Penn

7

7

4.4

UC-Berkeley

8

7

4.4

Michigan

11

10

4.3

Virginia

8

11

4.2

Duke

8

11

4.2

Cornell

13

13

4.1

Northwestern

12

13

4.1

Georgetown

14

15

4.0

Texas

15

16

3.9

UCLA

16

17

3.8

Vanderbilt

17

18

3.5

Washington U.

18

18

3.5

Emory

19

18

3.5

USC

20

21

3.4

Minnesota

20

21

3.4

G. Washington

22

21

3.4

Notre Dame

22

21

3.4

North Carolina

34

25

3.3

Boston University

26

25

3.3

UC-Davis

31

25

3.3

Wisconsin

31

28

3.2

Alabama

22

28

3.2

Iowa

22

28

3.2

William & Mary

29

28

3.2

Boston College

34

28

3.2

Fordham

34

28

3.2

Indiana

34

28

3.2

Ohio State

34

35

3.1

U. Washington

28

35

3.1

Georgia

31

35

3.1

Colorado

40

35

3.1

Illinois

41

35

3.1

Wash. & Lee

42

35

3.1

Florida

47

35

3.1

UC-Hastings

59

42

3.0

Arizona State

26

42

3.0

UC-Irvine

30

42

3.0

Arizona

42

42

3.0

Wake Forest

47

42

3.0

Tulane

50

47

2.9

BYU

34

47

2.9

Maryland

47

47

2.9

Florida State

50

50

2.8

Utah

42

50

2.8

Connecticut

63

50

2.8

American

71

53

2.7

George Mason

42

53

2.7

Miami

63

53

2.7

Denver

67

53

2.7

Cardozo

75

57

2.6

SMU

46

57

2.6

Pepperdine

52

57

2.6

Temple

52

57

2.6

Tennessee

52

57

2.6

Missouri

59

57

2.6

Kansas

67

57

2.6

San Diego

71

57

2.6

Pittsburgh

78

57

2.6

Oregon

82

66

2.5

Richmond

52

66

2.5

Georgia State

56

66

2.5

Case Western

59

66

2.5

Houston

59

66

2.5

Kentucky

63

66

2.5

Loyola-L.A.

75

66

2.5

Brooklyn

78

66

2.5

Chicago-Kent

78

74

2.4

Baylor

56

74

2.4

Nebraska

56

74

2.4

Oklahoma

67

74

2.4

New Mexico

71

74

2.4

Loyola-Chicago

78

74

2.4

Hawaii

82

74

2.4

Rutgers-Newark

87

74

2.4

Lewis & Clark

94

74

2.4

Santa Clara

94

74

2.4

Indiana-Indy

102

74

2.4

Rutgers-Camden

102

85

2.3

Seton Hall

63

85

2.3

UNLV

67

85

2.3

Arkansas

75

85

2.3

Cincinnati

82

85

2.3

Northeastern

87

85

2.3

Villanova

87

85

2.3

Michigan State

94

85

2.3

Mississippi

94

85

2.3

South Carolina

94

85

2.3

Marquette

105

85

2.3

Howard

110

96

2.2

Penn State

71

96

2.2

St. John's

82

96

2.2

St. Louis

87

96

2.2

SUNY-Buffalo

87

96

2.2

Syracuse

87

96

2.2

LSU

94

96

2.2

Maine

110

96

2.2

Seattle

113

96

2.2

DePaul

122

96

2.2

UMKC

127

106

2.1

Louisville

94

106

2.1

West Virginia

94

106

2.1

Stetson

105

106

2.1

Catholic

108

106

2.1

Hofstra

122

106

2.1

Loyola-NO

135

106

2.1

Arkansas-LR

135

106

2.1

San Francisco

138

114

2.0

Wyoming

108

114

2.0

Gonzaga

110

114

2.0

CUNY

113

114

2.0

Mercer

118

114

2.0

Willamette

118

114

2.0

Baltimore

122

114

2.0

Vermont

122

114

2.0

Drexel

127

114

2.0

Idaho

127

123

1.9

Tulsa

82

123

1.9

New Hampshire

87

123

1.9

Wayne State

105

123

1.9

Creighton

113

123

1.9

Drake

113

123

1.9

Montana

113

123

1.9

Quinnipiac

127

123

1.9

Pace

138

123

1.9

North Dakota

138

123

1.9

Texas A&M

149

123

1.9

Southwestern

Tier 2

123

1.9

McGeorge

Tier 2

135

1.8

Texas Tech

118

135

1.8

Washburn

122

135

1.8

Chapman

127

135

1.8

New York L.S.

127

135

1.8

St. Thomas (MN)

135

135

1.8

Memphis

142

135

1.8

William Mitchell

142

135

1.8

South Dakota

145

135

1.8

Suffolk

Tier 2

144

1.7

Florida Int'l

102

144

1.7

Duquesne

118

144

1.7

Cleveland State

127

144

1.7

Akron

127

144

1.7

Albany

138

144

1.7

Toledo

142

144

1.7

Hamline

145

144

1.7

Dayton

145

144

1.7

Cumberland

149

144

1.7

S. Illinois

149

144

1.7

J. Marshall (CHI)

Tier 2

144

1.7

Widener

Tier 2

156

1.6

South Texas

149

156

1.6

Elon

Tier 2

156

1.6

Golden Gate

Tier 2

156

1.6

Mississippi C.

Tier 2

156

1.6

N. Illinois

Tier 2

156

1.6

Roger Williams

Tier 2

156

1.6

St. Mary's

Tier 2

156

1.6

Valparaiso

Tier 2

164

1.5

Ohio Northern

145

164

1.5

Oklahoma City

149

164

1.5

Cal-Western

Tier 2

164

1.5

Campbell

Tier 2

164

1.5

New England

Tier 2

164

1.5

N. Kentucky

Tier 2

164

1.5

Nova

Tier 2

164

1.5

Touro

Tier 2

164

1.5

Puerto Rico

Tier 2

173

1.4

Capital

Tier 2

173

1.4

N.C. Central

Tier 2

173

1.4

Southern

Tier 2

173

1.4

St. Thomas (FL)

Tier 2

173

1.4

Texas Southern

Tier 2

173

1.4

Detroit Mercy

Tier 2

173

1.4

Dist. of Columbia

Tier 2

173

1.4

W. New England

Tier 2

173

1.4

Whittier

Tier 2

182

1.3

J. Marshall (ATL)

Tier 2

182

1.3

Faulkner

Tier 2

182

1.3

Florida A&M

Tier 2

182

1.3

Inter-Americana

Tier 2

182

1.3

Pontifical Catholic

Tier 2

182

1.3

Regent

Tier 2

182

1.3

Thomas Jefferson

Tier 2

189

1.2

Appalachian

Tier 2

189

1.2

Barry

Tier 2

189

1.2

Charleston

Tier 2

189

1.2

Charlotte

Tier 2

189

1.2

Florida Coastal

Tier 2

189

1.2

Liberty

Tier 2

195

1.1

Arizona Summit

Tier 2

195

1.1

Ave Maria

Tier 2

195

1.1

W. Mich. Cooley

Tier 2

195

1.1

Western State

Tier 2

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The Law Schools That Most Goosed Their U.S. News Ranking With School-Funded Jobs

Following up on yesterday's post, ABA May Prohibit Reporting Law School-Funded Jobs as Full-Time, Long-Term Bar Passage-Required Jobs:  Robert R. Kuehn (Washington University) passed along this chart (from ABA data for the Class of 2013) of the 38 law schools that boosted their full-time, long-term reported numbers by 2% or more through school funded jobs:

Law School

# Employed    Bar Passage Required FTLT

# Funded Bar Passage Required FTLT

% Funded Bar Passage Required FTLT

1.   WILLIAM & MARY

166

43

25.90%

2.   EMORY

244

62

25.41%

3.   GEORGE WASHINGTON

469

88

18.76%

4.   VIRGINIA

348

58

16.67%

5.   AMERICAN

231

37

16.02%

6.   GEORGETOWN

540

73

13.52%

7.   UCLA

252

31

12.30%

8.   ILLINOIS

168

20

11.90%

9.   LEWIS & CLARK

144

15

10.42%

10. UMASS

29

3

10.34%

11. UC-BERKELEY

261

25

9.58%

12. VANDERBILT

178

17

9.55%

13. CORNELL

173

16

9.25%

14. BOSTON UNIVERSITY

187

17

9.09%

15. NYU

505

42

8.32%

16. MARYLAND

152

12

7.89%

17. UC-DAVIS

138

10

7.25%

18. COLUMBIA

415

29

6.99%

19. CHICAGO

199

13

6.53%

20. USC

154

10

6.49%

21. CHARLOTTE

129

8

6.20%

22. YALE

160

9

5.63%

23. PENNSYLVANIA

235

13

5.53%

24. PACE

122

6

4.92%

25. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

21

1

4.76%

26. COLORADO

123

5

4.07%

27. TEXAS

296

12

4.05%

28. HAWAII

53

2

3.77%

29. RUTGERS-NEWARK

151

5

3.31%

30. GEORGE MASON

129

4

3.10%

31. LIBERTY

33

1

3.03%

32. TULSA

67

2

2.99%

33. STANFORD

170

5

2.94%

34. MINNESOTA

192

5

2.60%

35. ARIZONA SUMMIT

126

3

2.38%

36. NORTHWESTERN

225

5

2.22%

37. PITTSBURGH

135

3

2.22%

38. HARVARD

505

11

2.18%

Placement data counts 20% in the U.S. News Law School Rankings Methodology.  Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Seto: Law School Rankings by 2014 Graduates Hired into BigLaw Jobs

Seto (2014)TaxProf Blog op-ed:  Law School Rankings by 2014 Graduates Hired into BigLaw Jobs, by Theodore P. Seto (Loyola-L.A.):

On Monday, February 23, TaxProf Blog blogged the National Law Journal’s article, The Go-To Law Schools [more here], which identified “the top 50 law schools by percentage of 2014 juris doctors who took jobs at the largest 250 firms by lawyer head count—as identified in The National Law Journal’s annual survey of the nation’s 350 largest law firms.”

This post reports the same data for all other law schools as to which NLJ’s website provides data, and reports it in two forms: (1) by percentage of the graduating class (“% Hired”), extending the NLJ’s own ranking, and (2) by absolute numbers of hires (“# Hired”) by the NLJ250.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Virginia Law School Cuts Enrollment to Lower Student/Faculty Ratio, Improve U.S. News Ranking

The Cavalier Daily, National Law School Enrollment Reaches 40 Year Low:

The number of first-year law students has reached its lowest national level since 1973, according to an American Bar Association report. In the fall of 2014, only 37,924 first-year students entered the 204 ABA-approved law schools, a 4.4 percent decrease from 2013 and a 27.7 percent decrease from 2010’s all-time high.

Whereas the University Law School has also seen a decrease — with a current total enrollment of 1,005 students, down 88 students from an enrollment of 1,093 students in 2011 — Law School Dean Paul Mahoney attributes this decline not to national trends, but rather to an intentional effort to lower the student-faculty ratio to 10:1.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

NLJ: Law School Rankings by Graduates in BigLaw Jobs

National Law Journal, The Go-To Law Schools:

Go ToThe new associate hiring picture at large law firms improved for the third straight year in 2014, but that growth wasn’t due to firms enlarging the size of the first-year associate classes. Instead, a smaller cohort of new law graduates meant that a higher percentage of them could land associate jobs at the largest 250 law firms in the country, even though those firms hired roughly the same number of new associates as in 2013.

We’ve ranked the top 50 law schools by percentage of 2014 juris doctors who took jobs at the largest 250 firms by lawyer head count—as identified in The National Law Journal’s annual survey of the nation’s 350 largest law firms. We also identified the schools that saw the most alumni promoted to partner, and highlighted the 20 schools that outperform their U.S. News & World Report ranking when it comes to large firm hiring. We take an even deeper dive into our annual law school report in our special interactive feature.

The Top 50 Go-To Law Schools:  These schools sent the highest percentage of new graduates to the largest 250 law firms:

RankLaw School2014 Grads at NLJ 2502014 JDs% Grads at NLJ 250TuitionU.S. News Rank
1 Columbia 310 468 66.24% $60,274 4
2 Pennsylvania 177 278 63.67% $56,916 5
3 Chicago 129 211 61.14% $55,503 4
4 NYU 287 479 59.92% $56,838 6
5 Harvard 326 586 55.63% $55,842 2
6 Cornell 101 191 52.88% $59,360 13
7 Northwestern 144 291 49.48% $56,434 12
8 Duke 105 215 48.84% $55,588 10
9 Virginia 163 349 46.70% $51,800 8
10 Stanford 85 187 45.45% $54,366 3
11 UC-Berkeley 115 287 40.07% $48,166 9
12 Michigan 153 390 39.23% $51,398 10
13 Georgetown 239 625 38.24% $53,130 13
14 Yale 80 224 35.71% $56,200 1
15 USC 71 216 32.87% $57,507 20
16 Texas 113 351 32.19% $33,162 15
17 UCLA 102 336 30.36% $45,226 17
18 Vanderbilt 56 194 28.87% $49,722 16
19 Boston Univ. 71 246 28.86% $47,188 27
20 Fordham 119 462 25.76% $52,532 36

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Princeton Review: The 200 Best Value Colleges

PrincetonPrinceton Review, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In (2015):

The Princeton Review has released a new book and online resource that addresses two of the major concerns of college applicants and their parents: paying for college and graduating with a good job and paycheck"  ... [A] one-of-a-kind guide to the nation's academically best and most affordable colleges that also have excellent records of alumni employment. The Princeton Review ... developed a unique “Return-on-Education” (ROE) rating to winnow its list of colleges for this book. ROE measures 40 weighted data points. Everything from academics, cost, financial aid, and student debt to statistics on graduation rates, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

The Princeton Review lists the Top 5o Schools for Return on Education.  Here are the Top 10:

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2016 U.S. News Law School Rankings

U.S. News Logo (2014)Robert Morse (Director of Data Research, U.S. News & World Report) has announced that the new law school rankings will be released online on March 10 and in hard copy later in March. Here are the current 2015 law school rankings:

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Law School Pedigree and Law Firm Success

Above the Law, Translating Talent Into ‘Success': Another Look At Law School Pedigree:

How do law firms fare in translating expected talent to actual success? Recently, we published the ATL Top Litigation Firms By Law School Pedigree ranking, a look, focusing on litigation practice, at how longstanding assumptions about attorney credentials are holding up in this new environment. ...

[H]ow does expected talent (as measured by law school credentials) correlate with other indicators of “success”? Below is a comparison — for amusement purposes only! — of the interplay between School Pedigree Rank and Am Law PPP Ranking. Keep in mind that this group only includes those firms in the intersection between “Top Litigation Firms” (as defined in our methodology) and the Am Law 100 (i.e., the boutiques are generally missing):

Chart A

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Friday, February 13, 2015

The 50 Law Schools Whose Students Outperform on the Bar Exam

NJBest Schools For Bar Examination, National Jurist (Feb. 2015):

LSAT scores are designed, in part, to predict success on the bar exam. But 33 schools excel above and beyond what their LSAT scores predict. How are these schools bucking the odds? ...

[W]hich schools are adding the most value to their students when it comes to the bar exam? The National Jurist sought to answer this question by undertaking a statistical analysis of the nation's law schools, using linear regression. We compared incoming LSAT scores with bar passage rates. We looked at two classes -- the Class of 2011 and the Class of 2012. ... We also took into account the difference of state bar passage rates.  The end result: more than 62 percent of law schools are within 5 percent of their expected score. But there are some that struggle and some that perform far better than expected.

The National Jurist ranked the Top 50 law schools whose students outperform on the bar exam. Here are the Top 25:

Top 25

Here is the methodology:

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

University Of Missouri-Kansas City Joins Rankings Hall Of Shame; Dean Ordered Staff To Raise Ranking "By All Means Necessary"

UMKCInside Higher Education, Fibbing for Rankings:

The University of Missouri at Kansas City gave the Princeton Review false information designed to inflate the rankings of its business school, which was under pressure from its major donor to keep the ratings up, according to an outside audit released Friday.

The audit -- by PricewaterhouseCoopers -- described the process by which business school officials came up with creative reasons to provide data that many at the school believed to be false, and that the audit found to be false. ...

UMKC issued a news release Friday that reads: "Independent review upholds No. 1 research ranking."

But the audit also confirmed many of the findings of an August article in The Kansas City Star that found "a pattern of exaggerations and misstatements" by the business school. At the time, the university disputed the Star's report, but Missouri governor Jay Nixon requested an investigation, and that request led to the report issued Friday. ...

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

College Endowment Rankings

Chronicle of Higher Education, College Endowments See Another Year of Growth:

The improving economy contributed to a second strong year in a row for colleges’ endowment returns, according to an annual study released on Thursday. Colleges’ endowments returned an average of 15.5 percent in the 2014 fiscal year, up from 11.7 percent in 2013.

The ranking of 851 colleges is here.  The Top 25 (figures in thousands):

Top 25

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Monday, January 26, 2015

U.S. News College Efficiency Rankings

U.S. News General Logo (2015)U.S. News & World Report, Data Show Which Top-Ranked Colleges Operate Most Efficiently:

Ohio's Miami University—Oxford took top honors as the most efficient school among National Universities and Michigan's Hope College was most efficient among National Liberal Arts Colleges in an exclusive U.S. News analysis that compared spending and educational quality.

For this analysis, U.S. News looked at the public and private colleges that scored the highest on overall undergraduate academic educational quality, as measured by their position in the 2015 Best Colleges rankings, but that spent relatively less on their educational programs to achieve that quality.

U.S. News measures financial resources by taking into account how much a school spends per student on instruction, research, student services and related educational expenditures. The financial resources indicator has a 10 percent weight in the Best Colleges ranking methodology.

The lists below are based on operating efficiency, which U.S. News has defined as a school's 2013 fiscal year financial resources per student divided by its overall score – the basis U.S. News uses to determine its overall numerical rank – in the 2015 Best Colleges rankings.

This calculation reveals how much each school is spending to achieve one point in its overall score and thus its position in the rankings. The premise of the analysis is that the less a school spent relative to its position in the overall rankings, the more efficient it was in its ability to produce a top-quality education.

SchoolU.S. News RankOverall ScoreFinancial Resources RankSpending Per Student For Each Point in Overall Score
Miami Univ. (OH) 76 50 205 $383.66
Florida State 95 47 214 $392.77
Alabama 88 48 198 $423.02
SUNY-Binghamton 88 48 185 $437.23
William & Mary 33 67 110 $441.82
BYU 62 56 156 $457.29
Indiana 76 50 156 $469.00
Clemson 62 56 138 $486.02
Missouri 99 46 171 $499.61
Clark 76 50 145 $502.24

January 26, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Law Prof Twitter Rankings

Twitter (2014)Ryan Whalen (Northwestern), The Law Prof Twitter Network:

Following recent discussions about the importance of blogging/tweeting to contemporary academia (see: LSE via TaxProf), and Bridget Crawford’s Law Prof Twitter Census (version 3.0) over at TheFacultyLounge, I thought I’d do some number crunching and network building.

I wrote a short script to read all of the law prof twitter handles included in the census and query the twitter API to get the follower lists and statistics for each user. This allowed me to both rank law prof twitterers (because we all know how much people like to rank things) and project them onto an interactive network so we can see how they relate to one another. ...

The law prof network (consisting of following relationships amongst law profs in the census) has 535 nodes and 16354 edges (directed density = 0.057). The entire network (including all of the followers of all of the law profs) is much larger. In total there are 741,385 unique twitter users who follow law profs.

The table below lists the top twenty profs by number of followers:

Handle Name School Followers
lessig Lawrence Lessig Harvard 324,336
SportsLawGuy Gabe Feldman Tulane 33,728
zittrain Jonathan Zittrain Harvard 30,787
McCannSportsLaw Michael McCann New Hampshire 29,771
ZephyrTeachout Zephyr Teachout Fordham 25,328
CassSunstein Cass Sunstein Harvard 21,333
gregorymcneal Greg McNeal Pepperdine 17,440
scrawford Susan Crawford Cardozo 15,641
superwuster Tim Wu Columbia 11,804
JonathanTurley Jonathan Turley George Washington 11,715
bethnoveck Beth Simone Noveck NYLS 10,422
patentlyo Dennis Crouch Missouri 9,889
PrivacyLaw Michael Scott Southwestern 9,024
garylfrancione Gary Francione Rutgers-Newark 8,844
adamwinkler Adam Winkler UCLA 8,706

Limiting our rankings to those professors who have the most followers amongst other law professors on twitter, changes the results quite a bit:

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Law School Diversity Rankings

PreLaw CoverMost Diverse Law Schools, PreLaw (Winter 2015):

To determine the most diverse law schools, we broke down each school into six categories -- percentage of minority faculty; percentage of black students; percentage of Asian and Hawaiian students; percentage of Hispanic students; percentage of American Indian students; and percentage of Caucasian students.

We assigned each school a score from one to 10 for all categories, except for American Indians.  We assigned each school a score from one to five for that category, given the much smaller number of students.

A school that matched the U.S. national average for any race received a seven (or 3.5 for American Indian), and a school that was 30 percent or greater than the national average received a 10 (or 5 for American Indian). We then weighted the student categories as 75 percent of the final diversity score and faculty at 25 percent.

preLaw ranked the Top 70 law schools for diversity. 28 law schools received an A+ grade, led by:

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Law School Rankings by Alumni Members of Congress

National Law Journal, From Law School to Congress: These Campuses Excel at Producing Lawmakers:

Congress (2015)There is no shortage of lawyers on Capitol Hill — they comprise 45 percent of the 114th Congress [Of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 160 are occupied by lawyers. Of the 100 senators, 54 have law degrees.]. But unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, whose nine justices hail from just three elite law schools, a state school law degree won't hamper and may even smooth the way to the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate.

The sitting crop of lawyer-­lawmakers passed through 105 law campuses on their way to Washington. The 20 law schools that sent the most alumni to Congress include some of the country's most prominent. ... But there are plenty of surprises outside the top five.

The Top 13 feeder law schools for members of Congress are:

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education

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The Most Influential People in Legal Education (2014), The National Jurist (Jan. 2015):

Some of the most influential are also the most hated people in legal education. We name those who are Innovators, Intellectuals, Controversial and -- to be sure -- Loathed.

I am honored to be #6:

We used to think of people devoted to blogging as doing so sitting in their par­ents' basement, wearing a bath­ robe, unshaven, with empty Miller bottles next to them.

That is not Paul Caron, who is in the Intellectual category. He runs both the TaxProf Blog and The Law Professor Blog Network, where one can find just about everything hot and current about law at your fingertips. A column from The New York Times on a falling law school? He's got a link to it. An article on the downsizing of law schools and what it means? He links to it. A paper on the correlation and con­cordance between the CR.4 Index and the Herfindahl-Hirscham Index? Yep, you can find that there as well.

Caron, one of the leading tax scholars in the nation, makes the list for the first time thanks in part to the power of blog­ging, which has become a hot mechanism for debate and information sharing in the legal community. The Law Professor Blogs Network, which Caron owns, sponsors more than 40 blogs in an assortment of legal areas. More than 100 deans, professors and lawyers contribute.  

Here are the 10 Most Influential People in Legal Education:

  1. Bill Henderson (Professor, Indiana)
  2. Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, UC-Irvine)
  3. Brian Leiter (Professor, Chicago)
  4. Martin Katz (Dean, Denver)
  5. David Yellen (Dean, Loyola-Chicago)
  6. Paul Caron (Professor, Pepperdine)
  7. Brian Tamanaha (Professor, Washington University)
  8. Kyle McEntee (Founder, Law School Transparency)
  9. Frank Wu (Dean, UC-Hastings)
  10. Blake Morant (Dean. George Washington)

Update:  ABA Journal, Indiana University Law Professor William Henderson Named 'Most Influential' Person in Legal Ed

January 7, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New York Law Schools Suffer Large (21%) Enrollment Declines

NYNew York Law Journal, NY Law Schools Mirror Nationwide Drop in Enrollment:

Law school enrollment fell for the fourth straight year in 2014, according to figures released earlier this month by the ABA. Nationwide, the number of first-year students who showed up on law campuses this fall declined by 4.4 percent compared with the previous year, which amounts to 1,751 fewer students. That means new student enrollment is down by nearly 28 percent across the country since its historic peak in 2010, when many flocked to law school during the economic recession.

Taken as a group, New York's 15 law schools mirrored the national trend. ... According to ABA, the number of first-year enrollees in all New York law schools fell 4.7 percent to 3,772 from 3,962. New York enrollment has fallen approximately [21 percent since 2011].

The following chart lists each New York law school's U.S. News ranking and 1L enrollment for the classes entering in 2011, 2013, and 2014:

School (Rank)

2011

2013

2014

2014 v. 2013

2014 v. 2011

Albany (118)

248

184

121

(34.2%)

(51.2%

Brooklyn (83)

386

368

399

8.4%

3.4%

Buffalo (100)

176

198

143

(27.8%)

(18.8%)

Cardozo (64)

349

322

320

(0.6%)

(8.3%)

CUNY (113)

176

110

105

(4.5%)

(40.3%)

Columbia (4)

406

356

383

7.5%

(5.7%)

Cornell (13)

202

193

203

5.2%

0.4%

Fordham (36)

476

398

367

(7.8%)

(22.9%)

Hofstra (135)

362

228

288

26.3%

(20.4%)

NYLS (140)

504

322

245

(23.9%)

(51.4%)

NYU (6)

450

439

452

2.9%

0.4%

Pace (140)

212

181

174

(3.8%)

(17.9%)

St. John’s (107)

295

261

216

(17.2%)

(26.8%)

Syracuse (107)

253

196

169

(13.7%)

(33.2%)

Touro (Tier 2)

266

206

187

(9.2%)

(29.7%)

 

4761

3962

3772

(4.7%)

(20.8%)

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ABA 509 Enrollment Data on All Ranked Law Schools, 2011-2014

Keith Lee has mined the ABA 509 Information Reports for all ABA-accredited law schools for 2011-2014 in There Will Be Blood: ABA 509 Matriculant Data On All Ranked Schools.  126 of the 146 ranked schools experienced enrollment declines from 2011 to 2014; only 18 law schools increased enrollment:

  1. Wyoming (129 in U.S. News):   23.2%
  2. George Washington (20):   13.7%
  3. Pepperdine (54):   12.4%
  4. Baylor (51):  11.3%
  5. Washington University (18):  11.1%
  6. Notre Dame (26):  9.3%
  7. UC-Berkeley (9):  7.9%
  8. Chapman (140):  5.6%
  9. Duke (10):  4.7%
  10. Florida (49):  4.1%
  11. Hawaii (100):  3.5%
  12. Penn State (51):  3.2%
  13. Oklahoma (58):  2.6%
  14. Brooklyn (83):  2.3%
  15. Colorado (43):  1.8%
  16. Harvard (2):  0.7%
  17. NYU (6):  0.4%
  18. Georgetown (13):  0.2%

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Anderson: Law School Rankings by Graduates Who Are Directors/Officers of Public Companies

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Robert Anderson (Pepperdine), JDs in the Boardroom (2014 Edition):

This is the second annual report on JDs in senior business positions in U.S. publicly traded companies. In the inaugural version published last year, I compiled a ranking of the top-25 law schools by the number of JDs serving in director and executive officer positions in publicly traded companies.

The Top 14 law schools in Rob's measure are the same as the U.S. News Top 14, led by Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and Columbia.  The biggest outliers are the inclusion of West Virginia (19 in JDs in the Boardroom, 101 in U.S. News), Penn State (20, 76), Utah (23, 47), and UC-Hastings (21, 44).

December 4, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Law School Rankings Churn

Christopher Zorn (Lawyer Metrics), Law School Rankings Churn:

USNWRI assembled data on the top 50 law schools and their rankings from U.S. News, beginning in 1994 (the first year in which U.S. News ranked 50 schools) and continuing through 2014, and began with a question: Over those 21 years, how many schools have been represented among the “Top N,” where N ∈ {1,2,3,…50}. So for example, there has been one “Top 1″ school (Yale) during that entire 21-year period; there have been three “Top 2″ schools (schools that have been ranked either #1 or #2 at any point): Yale, Harvard, and Stanford; there have been four “Top 3″ schools (the three listed above, plus the University of Chicago), and so forth. ...

[There is]  a pattern longtime observers of the U.S. News rankings are probably familiar with: Little year-to-year variation at the very top of the rankings; somewhat more variability within the Top 14 / Top 17, but little or no movement into or out of those groups; and substantial annual variability in the 20-50 range, especially among schools ranked 20-35. ...

If we plot each “Top 50″ school’s annual ranking over time, we get the “spaghetti plot” [right]. With a few exceptions (like Yale at the top) it is impossible to track any particular school’s changes over time. What the plot does show, however, is the degree of variability in the rankings, both at different levels and across time. For example, one can clearly see the variation in the schools ranked 8-14, and the high variability in the 20-40 range. There was also significantly more of the latter early in the rankings (especially 1994-1996) than we observe more recently.

December 4, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (5)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ranking of School Does Not Affect Quality of Teaching

Chronicle of Higher Education, Colleges’ Prestige Doesn’t Guarantee a Top-Flight Learning Experience:

NSSE Logo[T]his year’s National Survey of Student Engagement [Nessie], which was released on Thursday, ... took a stab at identifying educational quality on the institutional level, an attribute that is as important to higher education as it is hard to define. The survey collected data from 355,000 freshmen and seniors at 622 institutions in the spring.

Nessie researchers, who are based at Indiana University at Bloomington, created two indicators for quality. One, student-faculty interaction, asked students how often they talked with faculty members about career plans, course topics, or other ideas outside class, among other questions. The other measure, effective teaching practices, distilled student perceptions of how often their instructors clearly explained course goals and requirements, taught in an organized way, used examples to illustrate difficult points, or provided feedback.

The results were surprising, especially when they were grouped based on how selective a college is. ... [R]esearchers analyzed the measures of interaction and teaching according to selectivity, as defined by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges.

The average student, the researchers found, experienced widely different degrees of educational quality in different colleges within the same category of prestige. And, in all but a few cases, the categories of selectivity had no meaningful relationship to the indicators of teaching and interaction. ...

"Conventional wisdom says that the more selective an institution is, the better it is going to be," Alexander C. McCormick, director of Nessie, said in an interview. "That’s not systematically true with these two measures." ...

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November 25, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

2014 Moot Court Rankings

Moot Court2014 Moot Court Rankings:

1.  Florida Coastal
2.  Georgetown
3.  UC-Hastings
4.  South Texas
4.  Texas Tech
6.  Georgia
7.  Chicago-Kent
8.  Seton Hall
9.  Miami
10. Loyola-Chicago
11.Oklahoma
12. Stetson
13. Houston
14. Mississippi
15. Faulkner
16. Emory
17. George Washington
18. Wisconsin
18. Regent
20. San Diego
20. Georgia State
22. Hawaii
23. St. John's
23. William Mitchell
25. Pepperdine

November 25, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, November 21, 2014

UC-Irvine Cuts Class by 29% in Bid for Top 20 Inaugural U.S. News Ranking

UC-Irvine (2015)UC-Irvine Law School will be ranked by U.S. News for the first time this March, and Dean Chemerinsky has unabashedly stated that the school's goal is to "be a top 20 law school, by every measure, from the moment we open our doors and from our first rankings."  To help achieve that goal, the school cut its Fall 2014 entering class by 29.4% to 89 students (from 126 in 2013), to keep its median LSAT at 164 (and increase its median GPA by 0.01 to 3.53).  This year's class is 55.5% below Dean Chemerinsky's goal of classes of 200 students.

Update:  Above the Law, Law School Slashes Students To Game U.S. News Rankings

November 21, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (21)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Drexel 3L With Asperger's Syndrome Sues Philadelphia Law Firms For Relying on U.S. News Rankings in Hiring Decisions

U.S. News (2015)Dave Hoffman (Temple) blogs lawsuits by William Hanrahan, a Drexel 3L with Asperger's Syndrome ranked #4 in his class, claiming that three big Philadelphia law firms (Blank Rome, Dechert, Pepper Hamilton) discriminate against disabled job applicants by unduly relying on the U.S. News ranking of the applicant's law school:

I’m not an expert in this area of the law, but I thought the complaint provided an interesting set of facts for discussion. My uninformed view is that the chain of causation (disability –> lower LSAT –> lower-ranked school –> fewer job offers) isn’t incredible, but that it’s hard to imagine a judge forcing firms to discount rankings (which, after all, aren’t entirely or even mostly based on student credentials) when making hiring decisions.

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November 20, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (3)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Law School Tuition v. Bar Exam Success

Huffington Post, Comparing Law School Tuition With How Many Grads Pass The Bar On The First Try:

Paying more money in tuition for law school does not necessarily boost your chance of passing the bar on the first try, but it doesn't seem to hurt either, according to a chart by FindTheBest. [Click on bubbles to see results for individual law schools.]

November 17, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (5)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

2014 Businessweek Business School Rankings

BloombergBloomberg Businessweek, The Complete 2014 Business School Rankings (methodology: 45% employer reputation; 45% student reputation; 10% faculty research):

  1. Duke
  2. Pennsylvania
  3. Chicago
  4. Stanford
  5. Columbia
  6. Yale
  7. Northwestern
  8. Harvard
  9. Michigan
  10. Carnegie Mellon
  11. UCLA
  12. North Carolina
  13. Cornell
  14. MIT
  15. Dartmouth
  16. Indiana
  17. Maryland
  18. Emory
  19. UC-Berkeley
  20. Virginia
  21. USC
  22. NYU
  23. Texas
  24. Georgetown
  25. Rice

Congratulations to  Pepperdine's Business School, ranked #63.

November 12, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

U.S. News Global University Rankings

U.S. NewsU.S. News & World Report, Best Global Universities Rankings (methodology):

1. Harvard
2. MIT
3. UC-Berkeley
4. Stanford
5. Oxford
6. Cambridge
7. Cal-Tech
8. UCLA
9. Chicago
10. Columbia
11. Johns Hopkins
12. Imperial College London
13. Princeton
14. Michigan
14. Toronto
14.University of Washington
17. Yale
18. UC-San Diego
19. Pennsylvania
20. Duke
21. University College London
22. UC-San Francisco
23. Cornell
24. Tokyo
25. Northwestern

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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

U.S. NewsI received in the mail my ballot for the 2016 U.S. News Tax Rankings (2015 U.S. News tax rankings). 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 and who are knowledgeable about the area of tax law. Law schools supplied names of these faculty members to U.S. News in summer 2014."  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.

In filling out your survey, 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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October 23, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Law Schools Rankings by Mid-Career Salaries

Wall Street Journal, Harvard Law Graduates Top Salary Survey:

SalaryAt $201,000 a year, Harvard Law School alumni earn more than those of any other U.S. graduate school by the midpoint in their careers. ...

The data come courtesy of the online salary-information company PayScale [press release], which has asked 1.4 million people what they earn in return for finding out how they stack up against their peers. ... The survey pulled data for more than 600 graduate schools, including only those for which there were enough respondents to make their answers statistically valid. ...

Among their findings: the midcareer median salary for seven of the top 10 graduate programs were law schools, but business schools produced eight out of the top 10 highest salaries for those less than five years past graduation. Eight of the top 17 programs that produced graduates with the highest midcareer salary were in California, many in and around Silicon Valley.

Among the top law schools ranked behind Harvard by salary were Emory, Santa Clara, UCLA, Pepperdine, Georgetown, Columbia, Fordham, Berkeley and University of Texas at Austin.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Social Mobility College Rankings

SMISocial Mobility College Rankings:

Unlike the popular periodicals, we did not arbitrarily assign a percentage weight to the five variables in the SMI formula and add those values together to obtain a score. The relative weight of any variable was established by testing how much a realistic change in the value of that variable would move a school within a set of rankings derived from real data. Accordingly, the greatest sensitivity for movement in the SMI rankings comes from making changes in tuition or making changes in the percentage of students within the student body whose family incomes are less than or equal to the national median--$48,000. Simply put, a school can most dramatically move itself upwards in the SMI rankings by lowering its tuition or increasing its percentage of economically disadvantaged students (or both).

While tuition and economic background of the student body are the most sensitive variables in the SMI, three other variables in descending order of sensitivity are also critical. These are: graduation rate, early career salary, and endowment. While capable of producing big movements, graduation rate and early career salary carry approximately ½ the sensitivity of the first two variables. The rationale for this is not only that tuition and economic background are the most critical front end determinants for access, they are also the two variables over which policy makers have almost 100 percent, decisive control. By contrast, improving early career salary or graduation rate—critical outcomes to economic mobility-- require more substantial policy and system changes over a longer term. Finally, endowment carries ½ the sensitivity of the outcome variables. Although a strong indicator of power to act, endowment primarily serves a “tie-breaking” role in the SMI as explained below.

The relative sensitivity of the variables in the 2014 SMI are as follows:

VariableSensitivity
Tuition 126
Economic Background 125
Graduation Rate 66
Early Career Salary 65
Endowment 30

Here are the Top 10 and the bottom 10 coleges in the social mobility rankings:

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Princeton, Harvard and Yale, which are 1, 2, and 3 in the U.S. News college rankings, are 360, 438, and 440 in the social mobility rankings.  (Hat Tip: Maureen Weston.)

October 21, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Top 55 Law School Buildings

Prelaw Magazine, Best Law School Facilities:

MemphisPreLaw magazine did an exhaustive review of the nation's 200-plus law schools to identify the very best facilities. We started by looking at numerous sources, including our own staff visits and The Princeton Review's 2014 edition of The Best 169 Law Schools to narrow the pool down to the top 60 based primarily on student satisfaction. ...

[A]esthetics and student feedback accounted for 35% of our score, library hours and seating for 27.5%, amenities [dining, fitness center, lockers, study carrels] for 20%, and square footage per student for 17.5%. ... In the end, even though we had initially set out to identify the 50 best buildings, we felt compelled to honor 55.

  1. Memphis
  2. Marquette
  3. Duke
  4. Baylor
  5. Colorado
  6. Richmond
  7. Villanova
  8. Yale
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Penn State-Dickinson
  11. Washington University
  12. Stetson
  13. Southwestern
  14. Nebraska
  15. Connecticut
  16. Penn State
  17. Fordham
  18. Stanford
  19. Quinnipiac
  20. Catholic
  21. William Mitchell
  22. UNLV
  23. Arizona
  24. Chapman
  25. Cornell

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Law Faculty Rankings Should Focus More on Non-Academic Influence

Patrick Arthur Woods, Stop Counting (Or At Least Count Better):

For American legal scholarship to fulfill its purpose, it must have an impact on the development of the actual law as it is enacted and interpreted in the United States. However, legal scholarship broadly — and law review articles in particular — has become less influential on judges and members of the practicing bar over time. This short essay argues that the decline is partly attributable to the open reliance on metrics that primarily represent influence within the legal academy when measuring the value of a scholar’s work. In particular, I argue that a focus on metrics with only a tenuous connection to non-academic usage of a new scholar’s work, such as download counts, law journal citation count-based rankings methodologies, and article placement, incentivizes new legal writers to write for other academics rather than for judges, attorneys in practice, or policy-makers.

October 14, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (3)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

U.S. News to Issue Global University Rankings

U.S. News Logo (2014)Inside Higher Ed, 'U.S. News' to Issue New Global University Rankings:

U.S. News and World Report has announced that it will release its first global ranking of universities on Oct. 28. U.S. News plans to publish a global ranking of the top 500 universities across 49 countries, as well as four regional, 11 country-level, and 21 subject area-specific rankings. 

The Best Global Universities ranking will be based on reputational data, bibliometric indicators of academic research performance, and data on faculty and Ph.D. graduates. Robert Morse, U.S. News’s chief data strategist, said that there will be no cross-over of data between the publication's longstanding ranking of American colleges and the new global ranking, which will rely on data from Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters also provides data for the global university ranking compiled by Times Higher Education (THE). 

“What we’re doing is completely, 100 percent independent from THE,” Morse said. “It’s our methodology, our choice of variables, our choice of weights, our choice of how the calculations are done, our choice of how the data’s going to be presented.”

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Princeton Review's Best 169 Law Schools (2015 Edition)

Princeton 2015The Princeton Review has published the 2015 edition of The Best 169 Law Schools (FAQ) (User's Guide):

The Princeton Review surveyed over 19,500 students to create our book's school profiles and its 11 unique ranking lists.

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. Duke
  2. Boston University
  3. Virginia
  4. Washington & Lee
  5. Chicago
  6. Pepperdine
  7. Stanford
  8. St. Thomas (Minnesota)
  9. Samford
  10. Regent

Huffington Post, Law Schools With the Best Professors

Best Quality of Life:  Based on student assessment of:  whether there is a strong sense of community at the school, how aesthetically pleasing the law school is, the location of the law school, the quality of the social life, classroom facilities, and the library staff.

  1. Virginia
  2. Duke
  3. Chapman
  4. St. Thomas (Minnesota)
  5. Northwestern

Best Classroom Experience:  Based on student answers to survey questions concerning their professors' teaching abilities, the balance of theory and practical skills in the curricula, the level of tolerance for differing opinions in class discussion, and their assessments of classroom facilities.

  1. Stanford
  2. Duke
  3. Virginia
  4. Chicago
  5. Northwestern

Best Career Prospects:  Based on school reported data and student surveys. School data include: the average starting salaries of graduating students, the percent of students immediately employed upon graduation and the percent of these students who pass the bar exam the first time they take it. Student answers to survey questions on: how much the law program encourages practical experience; the opportunities for externships, internships and clerkships, and how prepared the students feel they will be to practice the law after graduating.

  1. Northwestern
  2. UC-Berkeley
  3. Chicago
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. NYU

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October 9, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

2014 World Law School Rankings

QSHere are the U.S. law schools in the 2014 World Law School Rankings (based on academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per paper, and h-index per faculty member), along with each school's position in the latest SSRN World Law School Faculty Rankings):

1.   Harvard (#1 in SSRN)
4.   Yale (#7)
5.   NYU (#6)
6.   Stanford (#5)
9.   Chicago (#3)
10. UC-Berkeley (#12)
11.  Columbia (#4)
17.  Georgetown (#8)
24.  Pennsylvania (#9)
30.  Cornell (#30)
31.  Michigan (#19)
35.  UCLA (#13)
39.  Virginia (#20)
42.  Duke (#16)
45.  Northwestern (#10)
51-100.  American (#41)
51-100.  Boston University (#29)
51-100.  Notre Dame (#48)
51-100.  Texas (#28)
51-100.  Wisconsin (#97)
101-150.  Arizona State (#60)
101-150.  Fordham (#22)
101-150.  George Washington (#2)
101-150.  Minnesota (#21)
101-150.  North Carolina (#45)
101-150.  UC-Davis (#40)
101-150.  USC (#23)
101-150.  University of Washington (#82)
151-200.  Florida (#54)
151-200.  Illinois (#17)
151-200.  Indiana (#47)
151-200.  Ohio State (#69)
151-200.  Penn State (#61)
151-200.  Pittsburgh (#95)
151-200.  Temple (#32)
151-200.  UC-Irvine (#31)
151-200.  William & Mary (#84)
151-200.  Washington University (#33)

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Unlike Virginia, North Carolina Does Not Hire Its Own Law Grads, Resulting in Rankings Decline

Daily Tar Heel, Activists Push for Law School Transparency; Many Schools, But Not UNC, Fund Jobs For Graduates:

University of Virginia School of Law applicants are likely attracted by the school’s ranking — eighth, according to U.S. News and World Report. It also has the highest employment rate in the nation, 95.6 percent, within nine months of graduation.

But about 16 percent of those graduates hold jobs funded by the university.

Only about 62.2 percent of 2013 law school graduates nationwide reported having a full-time job within nine months of graduation that required passing the bar exam.

Many schools have fellowship programs to assist graduates who are unable to find long-term employment — and students who accept these university-funded jobs are considered to be employed full time when the school reports employment data nine months after graduation.

Among the top 10 schools ranked by U.S. News and World Report, six schools fund jobs for at least 5 percent of graduates nine months after graduation.

UNC School of Law doesn’t have a fellowship program, and its employment rate is about 69 percent, ranking 33rd nationally.

“It does hurt us in the rankings,” said Brian Lewis, assistant dean for career development at UNC School of Law. “Our employment numbers aren’t as good as other schools that are counting people that they’re paying as employed. But we’ve tried to be as transparent as possible.” ...

UVa. Law School Dean Paul Mahoney said while the school does employ a number of graduates in university-funded jobs, most are participating in a yearlong fellowship program for graduates, who work in the nonprofit or government sector. “They are not working here at the law school,” he said.

In contrast, Duke University has an employment rate of 85.9 percent, with less than 1 percent of students working in jobs funded by the school. ...

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Friday, September 26, 2014

The U.S. News Law School Rankings and the Rise of Transfer Students

Bruce M. Price (San Francisco) & Sara Star (Miller Starr Regalia, Walnut Creek CA), The Elephant in the Admissions Office: The Influence of U.S. News & World Report on the Rise of Transfer Students in Law Schools and a Modest Proposal for Reform, 49 U.S.F.L. Rev. ___ (2014):

U.S. News (2015)Students who perform well after the first year of law school are increasingly transferring to schools ranked higher by U.S. News to maximize their chances of getting a law firm job immediately following graduation. This phenomena raises two fundamental and understudied issues: how students make the decision to seek to transfer to a higher-ranked and higher-tier law school, and why such law schools are willing to admit transfer students into their second-year class who they were not willing to admit initially. The first issue we explore through interviews with students who transferred as well as those who could have transferred but chose not to. The second issue we explore by highlighting the persuasiveness of U.S. News as a determinant of law school status and the ways in which the magazine has spawned the growth and development of law school competition for transfer students. We conclude that the scale and magnitude of the phenomenon of transfer students is affecting significantly the practices and procedures of all law schools, and that this phenomenon is driven by U.S. News’s failure to account for the LSAT scores and UGPAs of students that both transfer into and out of law schools when determining rankings. We conclude with a modest proposal that the ABA and U.S. News should require law schools to provide the metrics of incoming transfer students and exclude the metrics of departed transfer students.

September 26, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (3)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

College Rankings by Billionaire Alumni

One BillionWEALTH-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014:

Of the top 20 most popular schools for billionaires – in terms of the number of billionaires who have obtained their bachelor’s degree at these institutions – 16 were in the United States.

Rank

School

No. of Billionaires

1

Penn

25

2

Harvard

22

3

Yale

20

4

USC

16

5

Cornell

14

5

Princeton

14

5

Stanford

14

8

UC-Berkeley

12

8

Mumbai

12

10

London School of Econ.

11

10

Moscow State U.

11

12

Dartmouth

10

12

Michigan

10

12

Texas

10

15

Duke

9

15

NYU

9

17

Brown

8

17

Columbia

8

19

MIT

7

20

ETH Zurich

6

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Dramatic Employment Gains at 19 Law Schools

National JuristNational Jurist (Sept/Oct 2014):  Employment Turnarounds: Despite a Tepid Job Market, Some Schools Have Made Dramatic Improvements in the Number of Graduates Finding Jobs:

While the nationwide employment rate for recent graduates has been largely flat during the past few years, some schools have bucked the trend and significantly improved their employment rates. Nineteen law schools improved their employment rate by 10% or more during the past two years, according to a formula created by The National Jurist ... using data from the ABA. ... The National Jurist calculates its employment rate using a formula that tracks full-time bar passage required employment at 100%, full-time-JD preferred employment at 70%, and ten other categories at percents from 60% to as low as 10% for non-professional, full-time positions.

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