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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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December 10, 2016 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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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November 23, 2016 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (6)

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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November 12, 2016 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

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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October 24, 2016 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

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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August 16, 2016 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

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

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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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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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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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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Law School Rankings:  Federal Judicial Clerkships

Derek Muller (Pepperdine), Visualizing Law School Federal Judicial Clerkship Placement, 2013-2015:

The release of the latest ABA employment data offers an opportunity to update the three-year federal judicial clerkship placement rates. Here is the clerkship placement rate for the Classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015.

The Top 10 are:

  1. Yale (31.3%)
  2. Stanford (28.6%)
  3. Harvard (16.8%)
  4. Virginia (14.6%)
  5. UC-Irvine (13.6%)
  6. Chicago (13.5%)
  7. UC-Berkeley (11.0%)
  8. Duke (10.2%)
  9. Vanderbilt (10.1%)
  10. Michigan (9.4%)

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

After U.S. News Stopped Giving Full Weight To Law School-Funded Jobs, 52% Of Those Jobs Disappeared

2017 U.S. News LogoDerek Muller (Pepperdine), Law School-Funded Positions Dry Up With U.S. News Methodology Change:

[Previously, U.S. News & World Report made] no distinction between positions funded by law schools and those that weren't. Last year, for the first time, U.S. News & World Report announced a change to the methodology. The rankings now "discounted the value of these types of jobs." This year, the first full year of reporting after the change went into effect, law schools dramatically cut back on such positions. There were 520 law school-funded bar passage-required positions for the Class of 2012, up to 777 for the Class of 2013 and 833 for the Class of 2014. This year, however, the number plunged to 397. ...

Jerry Organ has more thoughts here. He attributes some of the decline to changes in reporting requirements and definitions from the ABA.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Law School Rankings By Employment Outcomes:  Florida, Texas

Following up on my previous posts on Law School Rankings By Employment Outcomes:

Derek Muller (Pepperdine) blogs legal employment outcomes among Florida's 11 law schools and Texas's 9 law schools:

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Law School Rankings:  Graduates Who Made Partner In AmLaw 100 In 2015

Go ToFollowing up on my previous post,   NLJ: Law School Rankings By Graduates In BigLaw Jobs:  National Law Journal, Chart: The Go-To Law Schools' Associates to Partner

The law schools that saw the most alumni promoted to partner in the nation's 100 largest law firms during 2015:

1 (2 in U.S. News) Harvard (34 new partners)
2 (14) Georgetown (32)
3 (8) Michigan (24)
3 (8) Virginia (24)
5 (6) NYU (18)
6 (7) Penn (17)
6 (25) George Washington (17)
8 (12) Northwestern (16)
8 (8) UC-Berkeley (16)
10 (30) Boston College (15)
10 (37) Fordham (15)
12 (4) Columbia (14)
12 (74) Villanova (14)
14 (15) Texas (12)
15 (2) Stanford (11)
15 (17) UCLA (11)
15 (16) Vanderbilt (11)
15 (92) Rutgers (11)
19 (20) Boston University (10)
19 (72) Loyola-Chicago (10)
19 (50) Temple (10)
19 (50) Houston (10)
23 (97) Brooklyn (9)
23 (11) Duke (9)
23 (50) UC-Hastings (9)
23 (4) Chicago (9)
23 (48) Florida (9)
23 (40) Illinois (9)
23 (1) Yale (9)
30 (57) Case (8)
30 (22) Notre Dame (8)

American Lawyer, Law Schools that Feed Big Law Partnerships:

First, what's not a surprise: Harvard, NYU and Georgetown being top generators of partners. This make sense, because they are highly ranked schools with big graduating classes (Harvard had 590 grads, NYU 485 and Georgetown 676). Virtually all the top eight schools for new partners are T-14 schools, with the exception of GW, which ranked 22nd place in last year's U.S. News & World Report. (GW, however, has a big class—461 grads in 2015.)

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Law School Rankings By Employment Outcomes:  California

Following up on Sunday's post, Law School Rankings By Employment Outcomes: New York And D.C./Maryland/Virginia:  Derek Muller (Pepperdine) blogs legal employment outcomes among California's 21 ABA-accredited law schools.  Stanford (92.3%, 8 law school funded jobs (LSF)), UCLA (91.3%, 34 LSF), and UC-Berkeley (91.0%, 11 LSF) are head and shoulders above the other California law schools in "total placement" (per U.S. News).

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Princeton Review's Best 173 Law Schools (2016 Edition)

Princeton 2The Princeton Review has published the 2016 edition of The Best 173 Law Schools (press release) (FAQs) (methodology):

The Princeton Review surveyed over 19,700 students attending the 173 law schools.  The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their experiences at them. 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. Duke
  2. Boston University
  3. Virginia
  4. Washington & Lee
  5. Chicago
  6. Pepperdine
  7. St. Thomas (Minnesota)
  8. Stanford
  9. Samford
  10. Charleston

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

  1. Virginia
  2. Vanderbilt
  3. St. Thomas (Minnesota)
  4. NYU
  5. Florida State

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

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

Best Career Prospects:  Based on school reported data and student surveys. School data include: the median starting salaries of graduating students, the percent of students employed in a job that requires bar passage (and not employed by the school) 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. Pennsylvania
  2. NYU
  3. Chicago
  4. Stanford
  5. Columbia

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Law School Rankings By Employment Outcomes:  New York And D.C./Maryland/Virginia

Derek Muller (Pepperdine) has two great posts on visualizing legal employment outcomes among New York's 15 law schools and D.C/Maryland/Virginia's 16 law schools

In New York, Columbia (98.8%, goosed by 31 law school funded jobs (LSF)), NYU (96.7%, 39 LSF), and Cornell (95.5%, 11 LSF) again are head and shoulders above the other New York law schools in "total placement" (per U.S. News).  Cardozo (76.8%, 1 LSF) and Fordham (76.1%, 0 LSF) surprisingly trail St. John's (81.9%, 0 LSF) and Albany (80.3%, 0 LSF).

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

2016 Religious Law School Rankings

Firm in the Faith (pre-Law Magazine, Spring 2016):

As gay marriage and other cultural changes sweep the nation, the most devout law schools seek to hold onto their core beliefs.

Religious Law Schools

2014 Religious Law School Rankings:

We compiled a ranking based on the following: percentage and activity of students who belong to the faith; percentage and activity of faculty who belong to the faith; number of religion-focused courses and other ways the school incorporates the faith into the curricula; religion-based journals, centers and clinics; religious services and clergy at the law school; mission of the law school.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

The Most Diverse Law Schools

DiverseFollowing up on my previous posts on two new papers by J.T. Manhire (Texas A&M):

Kevin R. Johnson (Dean, UC-Davis), Measuring Law School Excellence: Diversity Among Law Students, 101 Iowa L. Rev. Online 50 (2015):

Professor J.T. Manhire constructively offers measures of a variety of kinds of diversity among law students that might be worthy of U.S. News consideration. He appears to accept as a starting premise the continued use of the “diversity index” that U.S. News publishes as a supplement to the annual rankings of law schools. As Professor Manhire summarizes his position, “[t]he U.S. News index assumes race/ethnicity to be the sole indicator of diversity. This Essay disagrees and proposes an expansion of a law school diversity index by incorporating, at a minimum, indicators organized across three categories that cause cognitive diversity: identity, experience, and training.” He proposes to improve the index by measuring diversity beyond simply the race and ethnicity of the student body. Professor Manhire ultimately hopes to address the question, “[h]ow do law schools know how diverse their student bodies are?”

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Law School Rankings By Influential Judicial Alumni Measured By H-Index: Michigan Is #1

Ravel, The Law School with the Most Influence Will Surprise You:

Forget Yale and Harvard as the training grounds for future judges. It turns out that Michigan Law has the most concentrated impact on national jurisprudence. Surprised? So were we.

In Ravel’s new power ranking of law schools based on which schools turn out influential judges, Michigan Law tops the list. Instead of looking just at the number of judges a school graduated, we used a new data analysis to rank judges based on both quantity and quality of their work, and then we connected that analysis to where the most influential judges studied.

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More About Our Methodology
We based Ravel’s Influence Score on Hirsch’s index. Originally, the h-index was used to compute the impact of researchers in the scientific community, with the goal being to quantify the impact and relevance of an individual’s scientific output. Studies have shown that the h-index is predictive of career trajectory and that it could be applied to compute the impact of research groups. For more on how an h-index score is calculated, check out this explanation.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Map Of The Top 50 Law Schools:  1/3 Are West Of The Mississippi River

U.S. News & World Report, Map: See the Top 50 Law Schools in the U.S.:

The law schools on the map below placed in the top 50 of the 2017 Best Graduate Schools rankings. The map includes data on each school's acceptance rate, tuition costs and more. Due to ties, there are 54 law schools represented on the map.

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NYU B-School Did Not Provide GMAT Scores To U.S. News, Falls From #11 To #20 In Rankings

NYUUSNRobert Morse (Director of Data Research, U.S. News & World Report), Why New York University Fell in the Best Business Schools Rankings:

When U.S. News calculates our annual rankings of the Best Graduate Schools, we get all the statistical data we use from the schools themselves. This means U.S. News depends on those schools to provide accurate and complete data in response to our statistical surveys.

When a school does not provide data that are used in the rankings methodologies, that can have a significant effect on its position in the rankings.

During the statistical data collection process for the newly released 2017 edition of Best Business Schools, New York University's Stern School of Business did not submit its data for the number of new entrants to both its full-time and part-time MBA programs who provided GMAT scores. These data were for the fall 2015 entering class. ...

The data are used as part of the calculation to compute a value for a school's average GMAT and GRE scores. This measure is included in the rankings to determine the strength of a school's entering class relative to other full-time and part-time MBA programs. The average GMAT and GRE scores have a weight of 16.25 percent in the full-time MBA rankings and 15 percent in the part-time MBA rankings.

The Stern School of Business' position in both the full-time and part-time MBA rankings for the 2017 edition were negatively affected as a result of the data omission. The school is ranked at No. 20 in the full-time rankings and No. 10 in the part-time rankings. In the 2016 edition of the rankings, the school tied for No. 11 among full-time programs and ranked fourth among part-time programs.

Stern later provided U.S. News with the omitted data points, which are noted on its profile page on usnews.com. These data points are only visible to U.S. News Grad School Compass users, as is the case for all business schools.

U.S. News will not recalculate NYU’s rankings – or any other school’s rankings – because of nonreporting.

NYU Press Release, Why Stern’s Ranking Fell to 20, and Why You Shouldn’t Take it at Face Value:

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Best Law Schools For Practical Training

National JuristBest Schools for Practical Training, Nat'l Jurist, p. 22, Spring 2016:

Annually, The National Jurist honors those schools that go above and beyond in preparing law students for the real world in our ranking of Best Law Schools for Practical Training. We look at a number of factors, including which schools have the greatest percentage of students in clinics, externships and simulation courses. We also look at the most robust moot court options.  [Methodology (number of positions filled/number of 2Ls & 3Ls):  Clinics (38%), Externships (24%), Simulations (21%), Additional Offerings (0%), Interschool Competitions (5%).]

Jeffrey Baker witnesses the power of practical training on a daily basis. He's the director of clinical education at Pepperdine University School of Law, which finished 10th on our list, with an A+. "Students are hungry for it," he said.

Top 25

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Monday, March 21, 2016

U.S. News Data:  Law School Costs, Starting Salaries For Grads

Texas A&M Law School Shrinks Entering Class By 42% (To 140), Vaults 38 Spots (To 111) In U.S. News Rankings

Texas A&M Law Logo (2016)Texas Lawyer, Which Texas Law School Zoomed Up in Rankings?:

Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth zoomed up in the 2017 Best Law Schools rankings compiled and made public this week by U.S. News & World Report.

Texas A&M ranked 111th on the list this year, up from 149th the previous year.

Andrew Morriss, dean of the Texas A&M law school, wrote in an email that the school's investment in new faculty (12 hired last year) paid off in its reputation scores, used for the magazine's ranking. The dean also credited for the ranking rise the school's decisions to cut class size over two years from 240 to 140, boost scholarships, and slash tuition by more than 15 percent. "That enabled us to be the fifth most selective school in the country," Morriss wrote.

Fort Worth Star Telegram, Our A&M Law School Climbs in Rankings:

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After Topping Florida State Law School Again With #48 U.S. News Ranking, University Of Florida's New Dean Sets Sights On #35 Ranking Within 3-5 Years

Florida Logo (GIF)Daily Business Review, Florida Law School Proves to be King of State:

The University of Florida has done it again.

Its law school, one of the oldest and largest in the state, scored highest overall among Florida's law schools on the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of the nation's law schools.

UF landed in 48th place, two spots ahead of its top rival, Florida State University. This is the second consecutive year UF took the number one spot, stealing it from Florida State two years ago.

UF law dean Laura Ann Rosenbury, who took over this year, was pleased but nowhere near satisfied with the score, which was down one from last year. "I still think we are undervalued as far our overall score, and I'm going to work hard to make sure we move up the national rankings," Rosenbury said, adding she hopes to move to the mid 30s within three to five years. Boosting the school's ranking was one of the goals she listed in her job interview with UF, she said. ...

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Friday, March 18, 2016

2017 U.S News Law School Rankings:  Average Student Debt

2017 U.S. News LogoFollowing up on my posts (links below) on the 2017 U.S. News Law School Rankings:  Matt Leichter, Record 16 Law Schools Didn’t Report 2015 Graduate Debt to U.S. News:

[F]or some reason U.S. News didn’t rank law schools by debt, generously offering me an opportunity to do so in its stead. Each year U.S. News lists the amount of debt law schools’ recent graduates took out. Importantly, the figure excludes accrued interest, which can be quite considerable. However, these figures 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).

# SCHOOL 2014 DEBT 2015 DEBT PCT. CHANGE
1. Thomas Jefferson 172,445 172,726 0.2%
2. Columbia 154,076 168,627 9.4%
3. New York University 147,744 166,022 12.4%
4. San Francisco 154,321 162,434 5.3%
5. John Marshall (Chicago) 143,518 162,264 13.1%
6. California Western 151,197 162,260 7.3%
7. New York Law School 166,622 161,910 -2.8%
8. Florida Coastal 162,785 160,942 -1.1%
9. Georgetown 150,529 160,606 6.7%
10. American 159,316 160,274 0.6%
11. Vermont 156,713 156,710 0.0%
12. Miami 143,845 155,796 8.3%
13. Northwestern 163,065 155,796 -4.5%
14. Tulane 140,965 153,606 9.0%
15. Harvard 137,599 149,754 8.8%
16. Pacific, McGeorge 140,517 149,470 6.4%
17. Fordham 140,577 149,058 6.0%
18. Pepperdine 145,525 148,959 2.4%
19. Widener (Commonwealth)   148,496  
20. Whittier 151,602 148,316 -2.2%
21. Loyola (CA) 147,701 148,035 0.2%
22. Virginia 132,182 146,907 11.1%
23. Charleston 147,031 146,230 -0.5%
24. California-Berkeley 143,546 144,981 1.0%
25. Pennsylvania 130,002 144,153 10.9%

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

2017 U.S. News Tax Rankings

2017 U.S. News LogoHere are the new 2017 U.S. News Tax Rankings, along with last year's rankings:

2017

Rank

 Tax

Program

2016

Rank

1

NYU

1

2

Georgetown

2

3

Florida

2

4

Northwestern

4

5

Loyola-L.A.

10

6

Virginia

5

7

Harvard

8

8

Boston University

7

9

Columbia

8

9

UCLA.

11

9

Michigan

14

12

Miami

13

12

San Diego

6

12

USC

12

15

Texas

19

16

U. Washington

15

17

Boston College

19

18

Duke

22

18

Pennsylvania

17

20

Indiana

16

20

Yale

24

22

Chicago

19

23

Florida State

n/r

23

Villanova

18

25

Stanford

n/r

The biggest upward moves:

  • +5:  Michigan (#9), Loyola-L.A. (#5)
  • +4   Texas (#15), Duke (#18), Yale (#20)
  • +2:  UCLA (#9), Boston College (#17)
  • Florida State (#23) and Stanford (#25) were unranked last year

The biggest downward moves:

  • -6:  San Diego (#12)
  • -5:  Villanova (#23)
  • -4:  Indiana (#20)
  • -3:  Chicago (#22)
  • Washington University (#22 last year) and Denver (#24 last year) are unranked this year

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

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March Madness Law School Bracket

March MadnessHere is the March Madness Law School Bracket, with outcomes determined by the 2017 U.S. News Law School Rankings (using academic peer reputation as a tiebreaker). The Final Four are Yale (1 in U.S. News), Michigan (8), UC-Berkeley (8), and Virginia (8), with Yale beating Michigan in the championship game.   The closest match ups are:

  • First Round:  Michigan (8) over Notre Dame
  • Second Round:  Yale (1) over Duke (11)
  • Sweet 16:  USC (19) over Indiana (25)
  • Elite 8:  Michigan (8) over USC (19)
  • Final Four:  Michigan (8, 4.4 peer) over Virginia (8, 4.3 peer)
  • Championship:  Yale (1) over Michigan (8) 

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

2017 U.S. News Peer Reputation Rankings (v. Overall Rankings)

2017 U.S. News LogoContinuing a TaxProf Blog tradition (see links below for 2009-2016), here is the full list of the 196 law schools ranked by academic peer reputation, as well as their overall rank, in the new 2017 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

6

4.5

UC-Berkeley

8

8

4.4

Penn

7

8

4.4

Michigan

8

10

4.3

Virginia

8

11

4.2

Duke

11

11

4.2

Cornell

13

11

4.2

Northwestern

12

14

4.1

Georgetown

14

15

4.0

Texas

15

16

3.9

UCLA

17

16

3.9

Vanderbilt

16

18

3.6

Emory

22

19

3.5

Washington U.

18

19

3.5

Minnesota

22

21

3.4

USC

19

21

3.4

Boston University

20

21

3.4

Notre Dame

22

21

3.4

Wisconsin

33

21

3.4

North Carolina

38

26

3.3

Iowa

20

26

3.3

Geo. Washington

25

26

3.3

Indiana-Bloom.

25

26

3.3

Ohio State

30

26

3.3

UC-Davis

30

31

3.2

Alabama

28

31

3.2

UC-Irvine

28

31

3.2

Boston College

30

31

3.2

William & Mary

33

31

3.2

Georgia

33

31

3.2

U. Washington

33

37

3.1

Arizona State

25

37

3.1

Fordham

37

37

3.1

Arizona

40

37

3.1

Colorado

40

37

3.1

Illinois

40

37

3.1

Florida

48

37

3.1

UC-Hastings

50

44

3.0

Wake Forest

40

44

3.0

Wash. & Lee

40

44

3.0

Maryland

48

44

3.0

Tulane

50

48

2.9

Florida State

50

49

2.8

BYU

38

49

2.8

Utah

45

51

2.7

George Mason

45

51

2.7

Miami

60

51

2.7

Connecticut

65

51

2.7

Kansas

65

51

2.7

Tennessee

65

51

2.7

Denver

72

51

2.7

Cardozo

74

51

2.7

American

78

51

2.7

Oregon

78

60

2.6

SMU

45

60

2.6

Temple

50

60

2.6

Houston

50

60

2.6

Case Western

57

60

2.6

Georgia State

57

60

2.6

Kentucky

60

60

2.6

Loyola-L.A.

65

60

2.6

Pepperdine

65

60

2.6

Missouri

65

60

2.6

San Diego

74

60

2.6

Pittsburgh

78

71

2.5

Nebraska

57

71

2.5

Loyola-Chicago

72

71

2.5

Chicago-Kent

86

71

2.5

Hawaii

92

75

2.4

Baylor

55

75

2.4

Richmond

55

75

2.4

Cincinnati

60

75

2.4

Oklahoma

60

75

2.4

UNLV

78

75

2.4

Northeastern

82

75

2.4

Lewis & Clark

92

75

2.4

Rutgers

92

75

2.4

South Carolina

92

75

2.4

Brooklyn

97

75

2.4

Indiana-Indy

100

75

2.4

Santa Clara

129

87

2.3

New Mexico

60

87

2.3

Seton Hall

65

87

2.3

Villanova

74

87

2.3

St. Louis

82

87

2.3

Syracuse

86

87

2.3

Arkansas-Fay.

86

87

2.3

Michigan State

100

87

2.3

Howard

106

87

2.3

Seattle

111

87

2.3

Marquette

123

97

2.2

LSU

82

97

2.2

Louisville

92

97

2.2

West Virginia

97

97

2.2

SUNY-Buffalo

100

97

2.2

Mississippi

106

97

2.2

DePaul

111

97

2.2

Hofstra

111

97

2.2

Maine

111

97

2.2

UMKC

123

97

2.2

Arkansas-LR

136

107

2.1

St. John's

74

107

2.1

Penn State-Dick.

86

107

2.1

Penn State-Univ.

86

107

2.1

Catholic

103

107

2.1

Stetson

103

107

2.1

Texas A&M

111

107

2.1

Idaho

111

107

2.1

Wyoming

123

107

2.1

CUNY

131

107

2.1

Vermont

132

117

2.0

Tulsa

86

117

2.0

Wayne State

97

117

2.0

Drexel

111

117

2.0

Baltimore

111

117

2.0

Mercer

123

117

2.0

Montana

123

117

2.0

Gonzaga

132

117

2.0

Willamette

132

117

2.0

Loyola-NO

140

117

2.0

San Francisco

Tier 2

127

1.9

New Hampshire

82

127

1.9

Creighton

106

127

1.9

Washburn

106

127

1.9

Drake

111

127

1.9

New York Law S.

111

127

1.9

St. Thomas (MN)

111

127

1.9

Texas Tech

123

127

1.9

Albany

129

127

1.9

Quinnipiac

132

127

1.9

Pace

136

127

1.9

North Dakota

144

127

1.9

Memphis

Tier 2

139

1.8

Cleveland State

106

139

1.8

Duquesne

111

139

1.8

Chapman

136

139

1.8

Akron

136

139

1.8

South Dakota

143

139

1.8

McGeorge

144

139

1.8

Toledo

144

139

1.8

Southwestern

Tier 2

139

1.8

Suffolk

Tier 2

148

1.7

William Mitchell

140

148

1.7

John Marshall (IL)

Tier 2

148

1.7

Samford

Tier 2

148

1.7

S. Illinois

Tier 2

148

1.7

Dayton

Tier 2

148

1.7

Valparaiso

Tier 2

148

1.7

Widener (DE)

Tier 2

155

1.6

Florida Int'l

103

155

1.6

Hamline

140

155

1.6

N. Illinois

144

155

1.6

Oklahoma City

144

155

1.6

Elon

Tier 2

155

1.6

Golden Gate

Tier 2

155

1.6

Mississippi C.

Tier 2

155

1.6

N. Kentucky

Tier 2

155

1.6

Nova

Tier 2

155

1.6

Roger Williams

Tier 2

155

1.6

S. Texas

Tier 2

155

1.6

St. Mary's

Tier 2

155

1.6

Widener (PA)

Tier 2

168

1.5

Campbell

144

168

1.5

Cal-Western

Tier 2

168

1.5

Capital

Tier 2

168

1.5

NC Central

Tier 2

168

1.5

Ohio Northern

Tier 2

168

1.5

Touro

Tier 2

168

1.5

Detroit Mercy

Tier 2

175

1.4

John Marshall (GA)

Tier 2

175

1.4

Florida A&M

Tier 2

175

1.4

New England

Tier 2

175

1.4

Southern

Tier 2

175

1.4

Texas Southern

Tier 2

175

1.4

Dist. of Columbia

Tier 2

175

1.4

W. New England

Tier 2

182

1.3

Faulkner

Tier 2

182

1.3

Regent

Tier 2

182

1.3

St. Thomas (FL)

Tier 2

182

1.3

Whittier

Tier 2

186

1.2

Appalachian

Tier 2

186

1.2

Ariz. Summit

Tier 2

186

1.2

Charleston

Tier 2

186

1.2

Liberty

Tier 2

186

1.2

Thomas Jefferson

Tier 2

191

1.1

Ave Maria

Tier 2

191

1.1

Barry

Tier 2

191

1.1

Charlotte

Tier 2

191

1.1

Florida Coastal

Tier 2

191

1.1

W. Mich. Cooley

Tier 2

191

1.1

Western State

Tier 2

Press Release, Kaplan Test Prep Survey: Pre-Law Students Put Heavy Emphasis on U.S. News & World Report’s Rankings, but Most Law School Admissions Officers Want Them Gone:

According to a Kaplan survey of over 1,000 pre-law students, 73% say U.S. News & World Report’s law school rankings will be an important factor in their decision of where to apply and enroll.* But most law school admissions officers think rankings should play a less important role. A separate Kaplan survey of 120 law schools across the United States shows that only 40% think U.S. News & World Report’s rankings should be an important factor in future applicants’ decision making processes.** In fact, over half (52%) of admissions officers agree with the statement, “I think it would be in everyone's interests - prospective students, current students, alumni and school administrators - if there were no rankings lists at all.” In contrast, only 31% of pre-law students share the view that the rankings should be done away with.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

2017 U.S. News Law School Rankings Leak: The Top 50 100

2017 U.S. NewsAlthough the new 2017 law school rankings will be released online on Wednesday, March 16, the Top 50 has been leaked online

The biggest winners are Houston (+9), Indiana (+9), UC-Hastings (+9), Wake Forest (+7), Boston University (+6), Boston College (+4), Ohio State (+4), Michigan (+3), Arizona (+2), Iowa (+2), Temple (+2), UC-Irvine (+2), Washington & Lee (+2)

The biggest losers are Alabama (-6), University of Washington (-5), BYU (-4), North Carolina (-4), William & Mary (-4), Duke (-3), Emory (-3), Fordham (-3), George Mason (-3), George Washington (-3), Utah (-3), Georgia (-2), Minnesota (-2), Wisconsin (-2)

Update: The Top 100 is now available here and here.

March 10, 2016 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (15)