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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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March 15, 2017 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (1)

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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Saturday, February 11, 2017

This Week's Ten Most Popular TaxProf Blog Posts

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Top 20 Moot Court Programs (2010-2016)

Best Schools for Mott Court, National Jurist (Winter 2017):

Every year, the [University of Houston Law Center's Blakely Advocacy Institute] identifies the top schools using a scoring method that assesses the quality of the competition a school participated in, the size of the competitions, and the school's performance in those competitions. The institute then invites the top 16 from the prior year to participate in what it calls "the best of the best" — the Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship. Last year, Georgetown University Law Center won the competition.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2017 SoFi Return on Education Law School Rankings

SoFiSoFi, 2017 Law School Rankings: Return on Education:

By analyzing more than 60,000 student loan refinancing applications over a 3-year period from Janu-ary 2014 to December 2016, SoFi has updated its Return on Education (ROED) Law School Rankings grounded in verified income and debt — not just reported figures. This represents the most objective, factually accurate and defensible data that can't be found or replicated anywhere else.

Graduating from law school can have a positive impact on lifetime earnings, but given the high cost of tuition and steep interest rates on graduate student loans, the ROED can vary significantly by school. Through SoFi's analysis, find out how the top JD programs — and those with the worst payoff — stack up when it comes to average salary and student debt load for graduates who are 3 years out of school.

Quartz, Charted: The American Law Schools Most—And Least—Worth Your Money:

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Law Schools Have Shed 1,460 Full-Time Faculty (16.1%) Since 2010

Matt Leichter has published the 2016 edition of his Which Law Schools Are Shedding Full-Time Faculty?  Law schools have shed 1,460 full-time faculty (16.1%) since 2010, and 261 full-time faculty (3.3%) since last year.

149 law schools have shed full-time faculty since 2010, with 20 law schools shedding 20 or more full-time faculty:

FULL-TIME FACULTY (FALL)
RANK SCHOOL ’10 ’15 ’16 ANNUAL CHANGE NET CHANGE
1. WMU Cooley 101 44 41 -3 -60
2. American 104 91 52 -39 -52
3. John Marshall (Chicago) 75 45 27 -18 -48
4. Florida Coastal 69 37 24 -13 -45
5. George Washington 106 70 69 -1 -37
6. St. Louis 65 45 34 -11 -31
7. Catholic 56 32 27 -5 -29
8. Seton Hall 59 37 32 -5 -27
8. Vermont 55 27 28 +1 -27
8. Seattle 66 47 39 -8 -27
11. Widener (Delaware) 50 31 24 -7 -26
11. New York Law School 71 48 45 -3 -26
13. McGeorge 63 34 39 +5 -24
14. Pace 47 30 25 -5 -22
14. Cleveland State 39 19 17 -2 -22
16. Santa Clara 65 45 44 -1 -21
16. DePaul 56 32 35 +3 -21
16. Hofstra 60 34 39 +5 -21
19. Nova 60 48 40 -8 -20
19. New England 40 26 20 -6 -20

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

July 2016 California Bar Exam Results:  Nine Law Schools (Including UC-Hastings) Are At Risk Of Failing ABA's Proposed New Bar Passage Accreditation Standard

California State BarThe California State Bar has released school by school data on the July 2016 California Bar Exam.  Here are the results for first time test takers for the 21 California ABA-approved law schools, along with each school's U.S. News ranking (California and overall):

Bar Pass

Rank (Rate)

 

School

US News Rank

CA (Overall)

1 (91%)

Stanford

1 (2)

2 (88%)

USC

4 (19)

3 (84%)

UC-Berkeley

2 (8)

4 (82%)

UCLA

3 (17)

5 (81%)

UC-Irvine

5 (28)

6 (72%)

UC-Davis

6 (30)

6 (72%)

Loyola-L.A.

8 (65)

8 (71%)

San Diego

10 (74)

9 (70%)

Pepperdine

8 (65)

10 (66%)

Santa Clara

11 (129)

62%

Statewide Ave. (CA ABA-Approved)

11 (61%)

McGeorge

13 (144)

11 (61%)

Cal-Western

Tier 2

13 (57%)

Chapman

12 (136)

14 (51%)

UC-Hastings

7 (50)

15 (42%)

Western State

Tier 2

16 (38%)

Southwestern

Tier 2

17 (36%)

San Francisco

Tier 2

18 (31%)

Golden Gate

Tier 2

18 (31%)

La Verne

Tier 2

18 (31%)

T. Jefferson

Tier 2

21 (22%)

Whittier

Tier 2

The Recorder, By the Numbers: How California Law Schools Fared on the Bar Exam:

Just five of 21 California law schools accredited by the American Bar Association had at least 75 percent of their graduates pass the July bar exam, a proposed new benchmark rate that in coming years could spell trouble for some institutions.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Fall 2017 Law School Applicants Down 5.1%

LSACLSAC, Three-Year ABA Volume Comparison:

As of 12/02/16, there are 81,710 applications submitted by 14,892 applicants for the 2017–2018 academic year. Applicants are down 5.1% and applications are down 1.7% from 2016–2017. Last year at this time, we had 28% of the preliminary final applicant count.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Law School Rankings By Job Placement

Dan Filler (Drexel) has mined the ABA placement data to rank all 203 law schools by the percentage of graduates in the class of 2015 who found full-time non-law school funded long term J.D.-required or J.D.-advantage jobs within nine months after graduation, along with each school's U.S. News rank.  (He notes glitches in the data in a later post.) Here are the Top 25:

Job Rank US News Rank School Percentage
1 7 PENN 93%
2 11 DUKE  92%
2 60 KENTUCKY 92%
4 13 CORNELL  91%
4 2 HARVARD  91%
4 4 CHICAGO 91%
7 6 NYU 90%
7 4 COLUMBIA  90%
9 2 STANFORD  89%
9 12 NORTHWESTERN 89%
11 8 MICHIGAN 88%
12 8 VIRGINIA 87%
12 65 SETON HALL 87%
12 8 UC-BERKELEY 87%
15 55 BAYLOR  86%
15 30 OHIO STATE 86%
15 18 WASHINGTON UNIV. 86%
18 25 ARIZONA STATE 85%
18 20 IOWA 85%
18 1 YALE  85%
21 45 GEORGE MASON 84%
21 57 NEBRASKA 84%
21 86 ARKANSAS 84%
21 45 SMU 84%
25 30 BOSTON COLLEGE 83%
25 33 GEORGIA 83%
25 86 TULSA 83%
25 16 VANDERBILT 83%

Dan notes "there are other ways to slice the data," and my Pepperdine colleague Rob Anderson does so in Law Schools Ranked by Employment.  Rob notes the many "oddities" in Dan's ranking, including Kentucky (2), Georgetown (78), and UC-Irvine (127):

I decided to use a technique have written about in the past to produce a better ranking of law schools by ABA employment data. Professor Filler's post really isn't fair to excellent schools like Georgetown, and is especially harsh to UC Irvine, which Professor Filler's approach ranks at #127. My technique takes into account all of the ABA data and uses a dimensionality reduction technique to squash the data into a single dimension. It counts some categories as negatives and some as positives, and uses information about "biglaw" versus "small law" jobs, etc. This ranking, which I denote A-Rank to distinguish it from Filler's F-Rank, is far from perfect, but it is clearly a significant improvement and I think readers will find it more informative.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Law School Student Debt Rankings

2017 U.S. News LogoJD Journal, Law School Debt Rankings — Law Schools with the Highest Debt:

U.S. News and World Report analyzed the indebtedness of law school graduates in 2015, and they discovered a huge gap between the school with the highest student debt, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and the least, University of Hawaii-Manoa. To no one’s surprise, the majority of graduates had student loan debt, but what was shocking about this list was that even the non-top ranked schools came with a heavy price tag for students.

Here are the ten law schools with the highest student debt, and the ten law schools with the lowest student debt:

Top 10

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

preLaw Magazine Grades Law Schools On Breadth Of Tax Curriculum:  2 A's, 9 A-'s, 8 B+'s

Prelaw 3Top Schools for Taxation, preLaw 49 (Fall 2016):

There has never been a more exciting time to be a tax lawyer.

That's straight from the mouth of Paul Caron, professor of law at Pepperdine university School of Law and the publisher of TaxProf Blog.

Employment prospects are currently and will likely remain high, compared to other areas of law, making the specialty a fairly safe one to enter. Tax law is not subject to booms and busts like real estate, said Caron.

"There are always tax needs, and tax professionals need to meet those needs," Caron said. "It's never really a booming practice, but the upside is, it's never really a down practice area."

One hundred and nine schools offer either concentrations or certificates in taxation, but just two schools earned A grades [90% or higher] from preLaw magazine for the breadth of their curricular offerings [30% for a concentration, 24% for a clinic, 12% for a center, 12% for an externship, 9% for a journal, 8% for a student group and 5% for a certificate]:  Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. ... Nine schools earned A- [75%-89%], and eight more earned B+.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Weapons Of Math Destruction: How U.S. News' 'Craven' Decision To Eschew Affordability In Its Rankings Increases Inequality

WeaponsThe Traps of Big Data (reviewing Cathy O'Neil, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (2016)):

As O’Neil defines it, a weapon of math destruction, or WMD, has three elements: Opacity, Scale, and Damage. Combined, these factors create traps with feedback loops, capturing victims in systems they can’t understand and can’t escape, all the while exploiting them. Of the three, Scale seems the most pernicious element, enabling Damage.

After a critique of value-add theory for teachers and a refresher course on the 2008 credit-default swaps and mortgage-backed securities that led to the Great Recession’s financial meltdown, O’Neil produces a trenchant analysis of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings. After reading this chapter about how higher education has become captured by a big data system, the limitations and difficulties of the Impact Factor seem downright charming.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Focus On Reputation/Selectivity Over Earnings/Outcomes Will Render U.S. News Rankings An Anachronism

US NewsNew York Times, How Much Graduates Earn Drives More College Rankings:

PayScale introduced its first college salary report in 2008, and the College Scorecard from the federal government followed last year, ushering an elephant into the hallowed halls of college admissions: What do the schools’ graduates actually earn?

Despite the hand-wringing of many in academia, who saw the immeasurable richness of a college education crassly reduced to a dollar sign, the data has wrought a sea change in the way students and families evaluate prospective colleges. Earnings data are finding their way into a proliferating number of mainstream college rankings, shifting the competitive landscape of American higher education in often surprising ways.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Online Law School Rankings

Online35 Best Online Law Schools:

  1. Villanova:  Villanova University offers an LL.M. in Taxation fully online. ... This degree is available 100 percent online and is taught in an interesting manner. Although most of the courses are asynchronous, there are debates, discussions, and class activities that are done in real-time on an almost weekly basis. This allows students to study on their own time and bring their knowledge and perspective to share with their class at appointed intervals. ... Students will also have the opportunity to partake in study and tutoring groups, do research with the help of the school’s online law library, speak with online advisors, and more. It is the best tax program for any lawyer in the country, and the overall experience of attending Villanova makes it the top pick for this ranking.
  2. Washington University
  3. USC
  4. NYU
  5. Florida
  6. Boston University
  7. George Washington
  8. Illinois
  9. Pittsburgh
  10. Tulsa

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Princeton Review's Best 172 Law Schools (2017 Edition)

Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review has published the 2017 edition of The Best 172 Law Schools (press release) (FAQs) (methodology):

The Princeton Review tallied its lists based on its surveys of 19,400 students attending the 172 law schools [an average of 113 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. Boston University
  2. Virginia
  3. Chicago
  4. Duke
  5. Stanford
  6. Washington & Lee
  7. Pepperdine
  8. St. Thomas (Minnesota)
  9. Charleston
  10. Georgia

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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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

WSJ Should Publish Law School Rankings To Supplant U.S. News, Focusing On Student Outputs (Not Inputs), Quantitative Measures Of Faculty Research (Not Reputation Surveys)

2017John O. McGinnis (Northwestern), A WSJ Ranking of Law Schools Would Improve Legal Education:

The Wall Street Journal in partnership with the Times Educational Supplement has just released a ranking of colleges. It provides a useful corrective to the more famous rankings by U.S. News and World Report, because it focuses more on the student outputs rather than inputs. That is, while U.S. News heavily weights the credentials of incoming students, such as the SAT scores and high school grades, the Wall Street Journal weights the outputs, like student satisfaction and salaries earned at graduation. This ranking system also appears to take a more quantitative approach to the quality of the faculty, relying less on reputation and more on actual research output.

It would be hugely beneficial for legal education, if this consortium were to undertake similar rankings of law schools. It would undermine the unhealthy power of US News’ ranking of law schools, which, as with colleges, focuses more on student inputs than outputs. ...

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Best (Columbia, NYU) And Worst (Pace, Seton Hall, Hofstra) New York Law Schools For BigLaw Jobs

Above the Law, The Best (And Worst) New York Law Schools For Biglaw Jobs:

[O]ne tipster has gone through and actually broken down how many students from each New York area school are landing at specific Biglaw firms. Here’s the methodology:

I scoured the websites of Cravath, S&C, DPW, Skadden, STB, Cleary, PW, Debevoise, Latham, and K&E (Weil’s website made it impractical to include them), and saw how many associates they each currently employ from Brooklyn, Columbia, Cardozo, Fordham, Hofstra, NYLS, NYU, Pace, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Johns. Since I was mainly interested in recent placement, I kept the list to associates only (no partners, counsel, etc). My goal was to see how successful each school has been at placing students at these top firms, and if you’re really that much better off paying more to go to a better school (spoiler alert: you are). ...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2017 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings

2017Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings:

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 inaugural WSJ/THE rankings list over 1,000 schools. Here are the Top 25:

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Illinois Law Review Publishes Ranking Of 81 Online Law Reviews

Law Review Online

Nancy Levit (UMKC) & Allen Rostron (UMKC) maintain a guide to submitting articles to 204 law reviews (last updated in 2016).  The guide contains two charts:  (1) the mechanics of the submission process, and (2) the ranking of the law reviews and their schools in six measures: (a) US. News Overall Rank; (ii) U.S. News Peer Reputation; (iii) U.S. News Judge/Lawyer Reputation Rating; (iv) Washington & Lee Law Review Citation Ranking; (v) Washington & Lee Law Review Impact Factor; and (vi) Washington & Lee Law Review Combined Rating.

Colin Miller (South Carolina) maintains a guide to submitting articles to 49 law review online supplements (last updated in 2013).  The guide contains a chart on the mechanics of the submission process.

The Illinois Law Review has just published a ranking of 81 online law reviews (SSRN) and their schools in three measures:  (1) US. News Overall Rank; (ii) U.S. News Peer Reputation Rank; and (iii) Washington & Lee Law Review Combined Ranking.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

2016-17 World University Rankings

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London-based Times Higher Education has released its annual World University Rankings of the Top 980 universities in the world, based on this methodology of 13 variables in five categories:
Methodology

Here are the Top 25 Universities in the World, along with their scores:

Rank

School

Score

1

Oxford

95.0

2

Cal-Tech

94.3

3

Stanford

93.8

4

Cambridge

93.6

5

MIT

93.4

6

Harvard

02.7

7

Princeton

90.2

8

Imperial College London

90.0

9

ETH Zurich

89.3

10

Chicago

88.9

10

UC-Berkeley

88.9

12

Yale

88.2

13

Pennsylvania

87.1

14

UCLA

86.6

15

University College London

86.5

16

Columbia

86.1

17

Johns Hopkins

85.9

18

Duke

84.7

19

Cornell

84.6

20

Northwestern

83.7

21

Michigan

83.6

22

Toronto

83.0

23

Carnegie Mellon

81.8

24

National University of Singapore

81.7

25

London School of Economics

80.7

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Monday, September 19, 2016

A Tale Of Two (Los Angeles) Law Schools: Enrollment, Student Quality, And Rankings

Last week, USC (23) passed UCLA (24) in the 2017 U.S. News College Rankings.  In the U.S. News Law School Rankings, UCLA consistently tops USC:

UCLA USC

The gap may widen in the 2018 law school rankings.  USC welcomed 231 1Ls this Fall, an increase of 22% from last year (and a 5% increase from 2010), resulting in a one-point decrease in its 50th percentile LSAT, to 165.   UCLA welcomed 293 1Ls this Fall, the same number as last year (and a 5% decrease from 2010), resulting in a one-point increase in its 50th percentile LSAT, to 167.  UCLA now has a higher 50% percentile LSAT than UC-Berkeley (166).  Here are UCLA and USC's admissions data for the prior six years from Law School Transparency:

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

2017 U.S. News College Rankings

US NewsU.S. News & World Report today released its 2017 College Rankings. Here are the Top 25 National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges (along with their 2014-2016 rankings):

2017

Rank

 

National Universities

2016

Rank

2015

Rank

2014

Rank

1

Princeton

1

1

1

2

Harvard

2

2

2

3

Chicago

3

4

5

3

Yale

3

3

3

5

Columbia

4

4

4

5

Stanford

4

4

5

7

MIT

7

7

7

8

Duke

8

8

7

8

Penn

9

9

8

10

Johns Hopkins

10

12

12

11

Dartmouth

12

11

10

12

Cal-Tech

10

10

10

12

Northwestern

12

13

12

14

Brown

14

16

14

15

Cornell

15

15

16

15

Notre Dame

18

18

18

15

Rice

18

19

18

15

Vanderbilt

16

17

17

19

Washington (St. Louis)

15

15

14

20

Emory

21

21

20

20

Georgetown

21

21

20

20

UC-Berkeley

20

20

20

23

USC

23

25

23

24

Carnegie Mellon

23

25

23

24

UCLA

23

23

23

24

Virginia

26

23

23

Pepperdine is ranked #50 (tied with Florida, Penn State, and Villanova, above #54 Ohio State and University of Washington).

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Average Private Law School Tuition Discount: 28% (55% W&L, 54% WashU, 53% Case)

How Much Does Law School Really Cost?, preLaw, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2016, at 26:

[T]he vast majority of law schools discount their tuition through scholarships, some as much as 50 percent. The average tuition discount for private law schools was 28 percent in 2014-15, up from 25 percent the year before. ...

The ABA makes available the number of scholarships per school, the percentage of students receiving scholarships, the median scholarship amount and the scholarship amounts at the 25th and 75th percentiles. With this data. preLaw estimated the average grant amount and the average tuition discount per school. (PreLaw focused on private schools only because it is difficult to determine how much public schools discount, given that most have two tuition rates — one for residents and one for non-residents.)

Here are the nine law schools with tuition discounts in excess of 50%, and the ten law schools with tuition discounts under 15%:

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Law Faculty Rankings By Judicial Citations

Valerie Aggerbeck, Nick Farris, Megan McNevin & Gregory C. Sisk (all of St. Thomas-Minnesota), Judicial Impact of Law School Faculties:

This study is a follow-up to our scholarly impact study published in 2015, Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties in 2015: Updating the Leiter Score Ranking for the Top Third. Looking at an expanded time period (2005-2014), we assessed the extent to which extensive citations in the legal literature translated into citations by courts. It is important to acknowledge that the judicial citation rates were very low, precluding extensive analysis and making it difficult to regard some of the results as reliable and robust. Our study indicates that a certain subset of scholars are both noticed and cited by the judiciary as well as their peers.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

How Prestige And Rankings Can Help Law Schools Avoid The Same Fate As The 12% Of Dental Schools That Closed In 1986-1997

DentalFollowing up on my previous posts:

Eric A. Chiappinelli (Texas Tech), Like Pulling Teeth: How Dental Education's Crisis Shows the Way Forward for Law Schools:

Nearly all observers of the current law school crisis treat legal education as a unique discipline. In their view, legal education as a whole, and individual law schools, have nothing to learn from outsiders that would be useful in reacting to, or thriving in the face of, the radical changes in legal education that have resulted from the collapse of the admissions market.

I take an entirely different approach. I believe legal education is not sui generis. In fact, another profession faced a similar crisis. Its schools’ admissions market collapsed because of a fundamental change in the profession itself. Twelve percent of those schools were closed. That profession was dentistry, and the lessons from its crisis are the way forward for legal education and for law schools.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Rankings Of 117 Private Law Schools By Tuition Increases Since 2010

Matt Leichter, So Just How Far Off Were My Tuition Projections?:

Thanks to the ABA’s 509 information reports, I get $44,413 mean-average tuition at the [117] private law schools that were around in 2010. ... On average, tuition is 17 percent higher than 2010. ... 

Below the fold, here’s a list of [the 117] private law schools by cumulative cost increase between 2010 and 2015.

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Chodorow:  A Derivative Market For U.S. News Rankings

Chodorow (2014)TaxProf Blog op-ed:  A Derivative Market for U.S. News Rankings, by Adam Chodorow (Arizona State):

Our law and economic brethren never tire of telling us that markets are the perfect solution for just about any problem. So, what is the biggest problem facing law schools? The slowdown in the legal employment market? The steep decline in applicants? Rising tuition? If you ask law professors and administrators, many would likely say the U.S. News & World rankings, which evaluate schools on an ever changing array of factors, often leading to head scratching results. Who doesn’t know of a school that is over or underrated?

I say we unleash the market on this problem. And by that I don’t mean create competing ranking systems that focus on more relevant factors. Instead, let’s treat schools like securities or commodities, with the rankings as their value, and allow people to buy and sell derivatives. Think a school is overrated? Short it. Think it is underrated? Go long. (Yes, Brian Leiter, I’m thinking of you and USD) If there is truly wisdom in crowds, the derivative market for schools could tell us (legal academics, prospective students, and employers) a lot more about schools than a much-maligned magazine. Think of this as akin to unskewed polls. Or perhaps not. That didn’t end so well, if memory serves.

Now I know this sounds crazy—and I’m not saying it’s not—but bear with me for a moment. Significant research is being done into predictive markets in a variety of different contexts. For instance, there is now a derivative market for presidential candidates (distinct from the actual market in which large donors participate), which some believe are more accurate than polls. Some companies are using this approach with their employees to get a handle on anticipated sales and other figures. They’re finding that markets beat estimates made the traditional way. The key is that people must have some skin in the game. It turns out that it’s not only a pending execution that focuses the mind.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Business Insider:  The 50 Best Law Schools In America

Business InsiderBusiness Insider, The 50 Best Law Schools in America:

Methodology:

  • 32% — Percentage of graduates securing a highly coveted position [BigLaw & federal clerkships]
  • 20% — Percentage of graduates securing full-time, long-term positions requiring bar passage
  • 20% — Percentage of graduates still seeking employment (negatively weighted)
  • 12% — Percentage of graduates who pass the bar on their first try 
  • 8% —  Cost of tuition for full-time, non-resident students
  • 8%—  Median LSAT score for admitted students

Here are the Top 10:

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Monday, July 25, 2016

U.S. News:  Law Schools With The Lowest Debt, Highest Rank—BYU, Georgia State, Nebraska, Tennessee

2017 U.S. News LogoU.S. News & World Report, 10 Law Schools Where Alumni Have the Least Debt:

With tuition and fees often running at $30,000 per year or more, many students take out loans. Among the 183 ranked law schools that submitted debt data to U.S. News, the average debt for 2015 graduates who borrowed was $112,748. ... Of the 10 schools where graduates borrowed the least, the average debt was $62,735. ...

Below are the 10 schools where 2015 graduates who borrowed for law school had the least debt. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

School Average Debt U.S. News Rank
Hawaii $54,988 92 (tie)
South Dakota $57,170 143
North Carolina Central $57,924 RNP*
Nebraska $58,744 57 (tie)
BYU $62,423 38 (tie)
Arkansas (Fayetteville) $64,901 86 (tie)
Georgia State $66,637 57 (tie)
Tennessee $66,939 65 (tie)
Liberty $68,667 RNP
Arkansas (Little Rock) $68,960 136 (tie)

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Law Grad Employment Rose At 158 Law Schools Over Past Five Years

National JuristNational Jurist: Employment on the Rise, by Katie Thisdell:

Five law schools [Pace, BU, Hofstra, St. John's, Drexel] have improved their employment rates by an average of 5 percent or more during the past five years. ... Thirty-four law schools saw upward trends of 3 percent or more over this period. Of the 199 schools with more than three years worth of employment data analyzed, the vast majority had a positive trend line, even if just slight. Fifty-two schools saw less than a 1 percent increase over this time period.

Meanwhile, 41 schools saw an overall drop in their employment rates for the five-year period. Four had a downward trend greater than 4 percent, and three of those were in Texas — St. Mary’s University, South Texas College of Law and Texas Southern University.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Pay To Play Hits Law School 'Rankings'

Newsweek 2Above the Law, Schools Touting Appearance In ‘Best Law Schools’ Sponsored Content Article:

If your school is paying to be hailed as one of the “Best Law Schools [of] 2016,” then it’s probably not one of the actual “Best Law Schools of 2016.” And yet, a few law schools appear to be banking on some less-than-diligent prospective students who might take a passing reference in a sponsored article as genuine praise. Moreover, the schools are actively patting themselves on the back for these accolades that they actually paid for in the first place! ...

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

U.S. News Law School Rankings:  Yield

2017 U.S. News LogoU.S. News & World Report, 10 Law Schools Where the Most Accepted Students Enroll:

Yale University, which ranks No. 1 in the 2017 Best Law Schools, topped the list of ranked ​institutions with the highest yield​—the percentage of accepted students who enrolled—at 74.3 percent in fall 2015. ... Harvard University, which ranked in a tie for No. 2 among top law schools, was third on the list with a yield of 60.4 percent. ...

​​Not all schools on the list were as highly ranked. Brigham Young University, where 68.8 percent of admitted students enrolled and which ranks No. 38, came second after Yale. The school, which is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,​ offers discounted tuition to members of the church.

School Accepted Enrolled Yield U.S. News Rank
1.  Yale 269 200 74.3% 1
2.  BYU 186 128 68.8% 38 (tie)
3.  Harvard 931 562 60.4% 2 (tie)
4.  Southern 408 210 51.5% RNP*
5.  UNLV 224 104 46.4% 78 (tie)
6.  Indiana—Indianapolis 562 254 45.2% 100 (tie)
7.  Liberty​  113 51 45.1% RNP
8.  UMKC 314 140 44.6% 123 (tie)
9.  Arkansas—Little Rock 266 115 43.2% 136 (tie)
10.  N. Carolina Central 473 199 42.1% RNP

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The 69 Most-Cited Law Faculties (And The Most-Cited Tax Faculty At Those Schools)

Gregory C. Sisk (University of St. Thomas) et al.,  Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties in 2015: Updating the Leiter Score Ranking for the Top Third, 12 U. St. Thomas L.J. 100 (2015):

This study explores the scholarly impact of law faculties, ranking the top third of ABA-accredited law schools. Refined by Professor Brian Leiter, the “Scholarly Impact Score” for a law faculty is calculated from the mean and the median of total law journal citations over the past five years to the work of tenured members of that law faculty. In addition to a school-by-school ranking, we report the mean, median, and weighted score, along with a listing of the tenured law faculty members at each ranked law school with the ten highest individual citation counts.

1.   Yale
2.   Harvard
3.   Chicago
4.   NYU
5.   Stanford
6.   UC-Irvine
7.   Columbia
8.   Duke
9.   Vanderbilt, UC-Berkeley
11.  Pennsylvania
12.  Northwestern
13.  Cornell, UCLA
15.  Michigan, Georgetown
17.  Virginia, George Washington
19.  Minnesota
20.  Texas
21.  George Mason, Washington University, Boston University
24.  UC-Davis
25.  Case Western, Notre Dame
27.  Illinois, Emory
29.  Cardozo, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio State
33.  North Carolina, Brooklyn
35.  Indiana, Utah, Fordham, San Diego
39.  Florida State, Arizona State, USC, St. Thomas, Iowa
44.  UC-Hastings, William & Mary, Maryland
47.  BYU, Hofstra, Washington & Lee
50.  UNLV, Pittsburgh
52.  Temple, Wake Forest, Florida, Chicago-Kent, Alabama
57.  Georgia, Houston, Loyola-L.A., American, Boston College
62.  Missouri, Toledo
64.  DePaul, Rutgers-Camden, Kansas, Tulane, Hawaii, San Francisco

Here are the 17 Tax Profs among the 10-most cited faculty at the Top 69 law schools:

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June 1, 2016 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Penn State Law Faculty 'Discontent' Amidst Failed Dean Search, Two Year 'Downward Descent (From #51) Into Rankings Oblivion (#86)'

Penn State Logo (2016)Kimberly Krawiec (Duke), Rumblings of Discontent at Penn State Law:

Penn State Law’s dean search has been unsuccessful (announced to the faculty by the provost) and that at least some faculty have been unhappy with the search process and a perceived lack of faculty input. ... [T]he complaints apparently include search committee composition, a lack of openness and communication during the search process, the way in which candidates were vetted, and whether (or the extent to which?) faculty are polled on their views of candidates. Some of the discontent may also stem from the law school’s recent rankings drop. As Above the Law reported in March:

Penn State, fresh off separating its campuses into two separate law schools, continues its downward descent into oblivion by losing another 15 spots in the rankings, following up on a 20-spot drop just last year. To think, Penn State was once so close to being ranked as a Top 50 school.

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May 27, 2016 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Above The Law Top 50 Law School Rankings

ATLAbove the Law, 2016 Top 50 Law School Rankings:

We welcome you to the fourth annual installment of the Above the Law Top 50 Law School Rankings. These are the only rankings to incorporate the latest ABA employment data concerning the class of 2015. The premise underlying our approach to ranking schools remains the same: that given the steep cost of law school and the new normal of the legal job market, potential students should prioritize their future employment prospects over all other factors in deciding whether and where to attend law school. The relative quality of schools is a function of how they deliver on the promise of gainful legal employment. 

The Top 10:

  1. Yale
  2. Stanford
  3. Chicago
  4. Penn
  5. Harvard
  6. Virginia
  7. Duke
  8. Northwestern
  9. Cornell
  10. UC-Berkeley

Methodology:

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May 24, 2016 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (6)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

2015-16 Moot Court Rankings

Moot Court2015-16 Moot Court Rankings:

1.   Texas Tech
2.   Chicago-Kent
2.   Stetson
4.   Georgetown
5.   Regent
5.   SMU
7.   South Texas
7.   UC-Hastings
9.   Liberty
10. St. Mary's

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May 10, 2016 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)