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Friday, May 22, 2015

Yelp Law School Rankings

YelpChicagoInno,  Yelp Launches First TV and Digital Ads, Pointing Out You Can Rate Law Schools:

Would you ever use Yelp to choose a law school?

Whether you would or not, Yelp wants you to know you can.

The San Francisco, Calif.-based reviews company has long been known for its star ratings and customer review features. Mostly it has been used as a tool to find quick info about a local business-- hours, location, BYOB-- and largely restaurant and bar focused. Now Yelp is launching its first round of TV and digital ads, which specifically point out the site can help you choose a university (as well as where to get the best margarita to celebrate your degree).

An ad currently playing on Pandora lays out this new push:

"Let's say you're hungry for justice, want to study to become a lawyer and don't mind paying off hundreds of thousands of dollars of student loans," said a man in the ad. "We know just the place."

A search for "law schools" near "Chicago, IL" showed that all the major law schools in the area have Yelp pages and a handful of reviews. University of Chicago's Law School has a perfect 5 star rating (from three reviews) while John Marshall College of Law averages three stars (with a total of eight reviews).

A search for "law schools" near "Los Angeles, CA"  yields these result:

5Pepperdine (2 reviews), UCLA (6 reviews)

 

4.5UC-Irvine (3 reviews), USC (5 reviews)

 

4Loyola-L.A. (11 reviews)

 

3.5Western State (15 reviews), Whittier (15 reviews)

 

3Southwestern (22 reviews)

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May 22, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Law School Website Rankings

For the fourth year in a row, Roger V. Skalbeck (Associate Law Librarian for Electronic Resources & Services, Georgetown) has ranked law school websites. Top 10 Law School Home Pages of 2012, 3 J.L. (2 J. Legal Metrics) 51 (2013) (with Matthew L. Zimmerman (Electronic Resources Librarian, Georgetown).  Here are the Top 10 and Bottom 10:

1

Thomas Cooley

192

Ave Maria

1

Pennsylvania

193

Mississippi C.

3

Arkansas

194

Cornell

3

Houston

194

Touro

5

Florida Coastal

196

St. Thomas (FL)

5

Illinois

197

Stanford

5

U. Mississippi

198

U. Puerto Rico

8

Arizona State

199

St. John's

9

New England

200

D.C.

10

CUNY

201

Catholic U. P.R.

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May 12, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 4, 2015

The U.S. News Law School Academic Reputation Scores, 1998-2015

2016 U.S. News RankingsRobert L. Jones (Northern Illinois), Academic Reputation Scores for Law Schools Continue Their Decline in 2015:

This essay summarizes the results of the U.S. News & World Report rankings published in 2015 with respect to the academic reputation scores of law schools.  In addition to analyzing the most recent results for the U.S. News rankings, the essay supplements the more extensive longitudinal study published by this author in 2013 [A Longitudinal Analysis of the U.S. News Law School Academic Reputation Scores between 1998 and 2013, 40 Fla. St. L. Rev. 721 (2013)].  The article also includes updated appendices from the prior study that catalog the U.S. News academic reputation scores for every law school between 1998 and 2015.

Chart A

Chart E

Chart F

Biggest Changes in U.S. News Peer Reputation, 1998-2015

Law School

1998

2015

Change

Alabama

2.5

3.2

+0.7

Michigan State

1.8

2.3

+0.5

Pepperdine

2.2

2.6

+0.4

Texas A&M

1.5

1.9

+0.4

Florida State

2.6

2.9

+0.3

Georgia State

2.2

2.5

+0.3

 

 

 

 

Wisconsin

3.8

3.3

-0.5

Illinois

3.6

3.1

-0.5

Catholic

2.6

2.1

-0.5

New York Law School

2.3

1.8

-0.5

Albany

2.2

1.7

-0.5

Case Western

3.1

2.5

-0.6

Wayne State

2.6

1.9

-0.7

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May 4, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Harper: Law School Moral Hazard

Moral HazardSteven J. Harper (Adjunct Professor, Northwestern), Bankruptcy and Bad Behavior — The Real Moral Hazard: Law Schools Exploiting Market Dysfunction, 23 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 347 (2015):

The widespread discussion about the market for law graduates ignores an essential fact: it's not a single market at all. Employment opportunities vary dramatically across schools, yet tuition prices fail to reflect those differences. As a consequence, many schools with the worst placement rates burden their students with the highest levels of educational debt. How is that possible?

The answer is market dysfunction. Current federal student loan and bankruptcy policies encourage all law school deans to maximize tuition and fill classrooms, regardless of their students' job prospects upon graduation. This law school moral hazard combines with prelaw students' unrealistic expectations about their legal careers to produce enormous debt for a JD degree that, for many graduates, does not even lead to a JD-required job.

This article proposes a way to identify three distinct law school submarkets [24 National Law Schools, 88 Regional Law Schools, 89 Problematic Law Schools]. Using those submarkets, it offers a plan to create a more functional market that enhances law school accountability, encourages meaningful price differences among schools based on outcomes, and spurs innovation.

Here are the 24 National Law Schools:

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April 30, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (6)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A J.D. Is The Sixth Best Graduate Degree For Jobs In 2015

Payscale LogoFortune, Best and Worst Graduate Degrees for Jobs in 2015:

PayScale crunched the numbers for Fortune and identified the grad degrees that lead to lucrative careers — and those that lead to high stress and low pay.

It’s that time of year when college graduates ponder their future plans, and those heading for more higher learning put down deposits for grad school tuition. In a knowledge economy, the pay gap is the widest it’s been in a generation, between those with more education, versus those with less. Which degrees are the best investment?

To determine the best and worst graduate degrees for jobs, Fortune consulted the careers site, PayScale. The site considered the full-range of graduate degrees, including Ph.D.s, master’s degrees, and law degrees.

The ranking is based upon these factors:

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April 29, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (5)

Brookings Value-Added College Rankings

BrookingsBrookings Institution, Beyond College Rankings: A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two- and Four-Year Schools (press release, report, FAQ):

New data and analysis of two - and four - year schools released today by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program provides fresh insight into how well colleges prepare students for high-paying careers.

The report is the first to develop measures of “value added” for a broad array of two- and four-year colleges. To do so, it analyzes data on economic outcomes for graduates of these institutions, adjusting them for the characteristics of their students at the time they are admitted, and other factors. The resulting measures capture the contributions that the colleges themselves make to their graduates’ eventual economic success. ... Compared to popular college rankings, the value-added method focuses on how well colleges contribute to student economic success, rather than simply their ability to attract top students.

Brookings ranked over 7,000 colleges.  The six four-year colleges with the biggest gap between  predicted and actual midcareer earnings for graduates are Cal-Tech, Carleton, Colgate, MIT, Rose-Hulman, and Washington & Lee:

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April 29, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

State Law School Job Placement Rankings: CA, NY, And DC/MD/VA

Job Placement RankingsDerek Muller (Pepperdine) has created state-by-state law school placement rankings by full-time, long-term, bar passage-required and J.D.-advantage positions (with and without school-funded jobs):

For a national ranking of every law school by full-time, long-term, bar passage-required jobs, see here.

April 28, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Class of 2014 Law School Job Placement Rankings

RankingsMatt Leichter, Class of 2014 Employment Report (Leaked Edition):

I’ve been peeking daily at the ABA’s employment summary Web page.  On Friday morning, the class of 2014 data appeared ...  Yet when I returned Friday afternoon, I found it was gone … But not before I downloaded the spreadsheet. ...  I’ve run the numbers, so I just have to leak the results.

58.7 percent of graduates held full-time jobs requiring bar passage, up from 55.9 percent for the class of 2013. However—and this is very important—the actual number of graduates in such jobs fell to 25,292 from 25,762 last year, about a 1.8 percent decline. [43,115 graduated from an ABA-accredited law school outside of Puerto Rico in 2014, compared to 45,824 in 2013, a 4.8% decline.]

Leichter 2

[Here is] the comparison table for each law school, sorted by their 2014 percentage of graduates in full-time bar-passage required jobs less school-funded positions:

Full-Time/Long-Term in Bar-Passage-Required Jobs
(Excluding Law-School-Funded Jobs)

RankLaw School’13’14Change
1. Pennsylvania 85.7% 91.4% +5.7%
2. Cornell 81.3% 90.1% +8.8%
3. Duke 85.1% 87.9% +2.8%
4. Columbia 88.3% 87.2% -1.1%
5. Chicago 86.5% 87.1% +0.6%
6. NYU 86.2% 86.0% -0.2%
7. Harvard 84.9% 85.5% +0.6%
8. UC-Berkeley 78.4% 85.4% +7.0%
9. Stanford 85.1% 85.0% -0.1%
10. Virginia 79.7% 84.8% +5.1%
11. Michigan 81.2% 81.8% +0.6%
12. New Mexico 73.7% 80.2% +6.5%
13. Kentucky 74.4% 80.2% +5.8%
14. Northwestern 77.5% 78.4% +0.9%
15. Iowa 76.3% 77.8% +1.5%
16. Boston College 64.0% 74.4% +10.4%
17. Minnesota 68.2% 73.7% +5.5%
18. Nebraska 66.1% 73.5% +7.4%
19. Vanderbilt 78.2% 73.2% -5.0%
20. Washington University 66.0% 72.9% +6.9%
21. Alabama 71.7% 72.5% +0.8%
22. Ohio State 60.4% 72.4% +12.0%
23. LSU 67.4% 72.4% +5.0%
24. Washburn 62.9% 72.3% +9.4%
25. Seton Hall 68.9% 72.3% +3.4%
26. UCLA 66.6% 71.7% +5.1%
27. Texas 75.1% 71.5% -3.6%
28. Georgia State 62.6% 71.2% +8.6%
29. Georgia 68.4% 70.6% +2.2%
30. Arizona State 61.8% 70.2% +8.4%
31. SMU 70.9% 69.7% -1.2%
32. Georgetown 72.4% 69.6% -2.8%
33. Yale 74.4% 69.6% -4.8%
34. Wake Forest 58.5% 69.5% +11.0%
35. Florida 66.4% 69.3% +2.9%
36. Mercer 65.6% 69.2% +3.6%
37. North Carolina 68.1% 68.7% +0.6%
38. Oklahoma 66.3% 68.5% +2.2%
39. Tulsa 58.0% 68.4% +10.4%
40. Idaho 62.4% 68.3% +5.9%
41. Miami 60.7% 68.2% +7.5%
42. BYU 64.6% 68.1% +3.5%
43. Kansas 64.2% 68.1% +3.9%
44. South Dakota 62.0% 67.9% +5.9%
45. Boston University 61.2% 67.9% +6.7%
46. Fordham 63.4% 67.8% +4.4%
47. Baylor 70.5% 67.6% -2.9%
48. Montana 69.1% 67.5% -1.6%
49. Florida State 69.6% 67.2% -2.4%
50. Colorado 67.0% 66.7% -0.3%

The bottom 10 law schools are:

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

California Law School Job Placement Rankings

RankingsDerek Muller (Pepperdine), Visualizing Legal Employment Outcomes in California in 2014:

I thought I'd recreate last year's data on California law school employment outcomes, with a couple of tweaks due to external changes.

A few things jump out from the data. First, there were fewer graduates: there were about 400 fewer graduates from California schools, from 5185 for the Class of 2013 to 4731 for the Class of 2014.

Second, total job placement remained flat. Between 2800-2900 California graduates obtained unfunded positions in the last three years. This year shows that 2849 obtained these unfunded, full-weight positions, good for 60.2% of California graduates--a percentage better than previous years, no doubt, because of the smaller graduating classes.

Third, school-funded positions continue to rise. There were 145 school-funded positions from California schools .Two schools significantly increased school-funded positions: USC went from 12 to 33 (15% of the graduating class), and UC-Irvine went from 0 to 13 (14% of the graduating class). Davis added 9, and Stanford and Loyola each added 5 more school-funded positions, among other more modest changes. (Keep in mind that the Class of 2012 had just 24 such school-funded positions among California schools.)

Below is a graph of the unfunded and funded full-time, long-term, bar passage-required and J.D.-advantage positions.

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April 21, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Law School Rankings And Law Firm Partners

Above the Law, What Your Law School Ranking Says About Your Prospects For Making Partner:

Every year bright-eyed graduates walk from their respective campuses wondering what the future will hold for them. Will I end up at a Biglaw firm? Will I make partner? Where will I live? In many cases, these questions are already answered by looking at statistical trends and correlations. ...

There is a -.54 correlation between law school ranking and “chance of making partner,” meaning the lower (towards 1) your school is ranked, the better “chance” there is of you making partner. 

Here are the stats for the Top 20 Law Schools:

Top 20 LL 4-10

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April 21, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Academic Analytics for Law Schools

Academic AnalyticsCarissa Byrne Hessick (Utah), Contemplating Academic Analytics for Law Schools:

There is a recent trend in higher education to standardize assessment of faculty’s academic achievement across disciplines.  For example, a company called Academic Analytics markets itself as providing university administrators “with objective data that administrators can use . . . as a method for benchmarking in comparison to other institutions.”  As its website explains, it measures productivity and excellence by quantifying:

  1. the publication of scholarly work as books and journal articles
  2. citations to published journal articles
  3. research funding by federal agencies
  4. honorific awards bestowed upon faculty members

Because it is seeking to assess academics generally, the metrics that Academic Analytics uses are not necessarily well suited to assessing law faculty. ... Looking at the academic analytic metrics, I’m contemplating how it is that one might attempt to construct an instrument that would assess law faculty productivity and excellence. ... I’ll share some preliminary thoughts about what those metrics might look like in a future post.

For my perspective, see:

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

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April 6, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

California Law School Job Placement Rankings

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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

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

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

(Click on chart to enlarge.)

Top 3

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

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March 25, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (3)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Best Law Schools For Practical Training

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 20

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March 24, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (5)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WSJ 2

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

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

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

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

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March 18, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March Madness Law School Bracket

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

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

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March 17, 2015 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Friday, March 13, 2015

A California Law Schools Rankings Renaissance?

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

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

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

 

Name

2012

Rank

2014

Rank

2015

Rank

2016

Rank

1 Year

Change

4 Year

Change

Stanford

3

2

3

2

+1

+1

UC-Berkeley

9

9

9

8

+1

+1

UCLA

16

17

16

16

0

0

USC

18

18

20

20

-2

-2

UC-Irvine

30

UC-Davis

23

38

36

31

+5

-8

Pepperdine

54

61

54

52

+2

+2

UC-Hastings

42

48

54

59

-5

-17

Loyola-L.A.

54

68

87

75

+12

-21

San Diego

67

68

79

71

+8

-4

Santa  Clara

84

96

107

94

+13

-10

Chapman

104

126

140

127

+13

-23

McGeorge

100

124

146

Tier 2

n/a

n/a

San Francisco

100

144

Tier 2

138

n/a

-38

Cal Western

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

n/a

n/a

Golden Gate

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

n/a

n/a

Southwestern

121

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

n/a

-25

T. Jefferson

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

n/a

n/a

Western State

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

n/a

n/a

Whittier

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

Tier 2

n/a

n/a

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Law School Rankings by BigLaw Partners

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

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

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

Table 1:  Index Scores Evaluation

Rank

USNWR-Index

School

Index

% Younger than Mean

2025 Score

Value per Partner

Value Added

1

+3.5

Chicago

437

53.8

425.67

2.22

9.70

2

=

Harvard

413

42.7

368.89

2.29

9.46

3

-2

Yale

341

38.9

267.74

2.36

8.05

4

+.5

Columbia

329

45.1

283.61

2.48

8.16

5

+7

Northwestern

315

54.0

322.14

1.93

6.08

6

+2

Virginia

310

47.7

287.68

1.91

5.92

7

=

Penn

293

48.7

265.17

2.08

6.09

8

-2

NYU

273

52.2

256.89

2.39

6.52

9

-6

Stanford

261

46.5

256.82

2.21

5.77

10

+.5

Michigan

235.79

48.5

224.94

1.97

4.65

11

-.5

Duke

235.71

53.5

234.06

1.99

4.70

12

+1.5

Cornell

233

48.8

201.78

2.15

5.01

13

+.5

Georgetown

231

53.6

241.16

2.04

4.71

14

+7

G. Washington

197.0

53.7

188.14

1.87

3.68

15

-6

UC-Berkeley

196.6

45.4

171.61

2.08

4.10

16

+.5

Vanderbilt

176

51.5

183.39

1.66

2.92

17

+23.5

Illinois

164.2

55.4

197.20

1.77

2.90

18

+9.5

Boston U.

164.0

50.1

157.28

2.01

3.30

19

+18.5

Boston College

161

51.7

167.28

1.95

3.14

20

+6

Notre Dame

160

56.0

168.64

1.73

2.77

21

-6

Texas

157

54.0

155.74

1.81

2.84

22

-3

Emory

156

60.7

175.97

1.75

2.73

23

-2

USC

139

62.9

144.28

1.90

2.64

24

+13.5

Fordham

138

58.2

137.31

2.20

3.04

25

-8.5

UCLA

136

54.1

125.8

1.99

2.71

26

+17.5

Wash. & Lee

128.5

57.2

141.09

1.70

2.19

27

+2.5

Indiana–Bloom.

127.6

52.8

121.86

1.52

1.95

28

+41.5

Loyola–Chicago

121

61.3

136.37

1.69

2.04

29

+67

Villanova

120

42.2

103.2

1.59

1.91

30

+3

North Carolina

114

53.8

123.35

1.64

1.87

31

-13

Washington U.

113

61.2

134.58

1.57

1.77

32

+77.5

Catholic

107

51.3

92.98

1.84

1.97

33

+9

SMU

104.2

56.2

113.99

1.71

1.78

34

+41

American

103.7

61.7

107.54

1.96

2.04

35

+14.5

Florida

100.3

50.6

95.69

1.60

1.60

36

+26

Temple

99.8

55.4

100.4

1.60

1.60

37

+18.5

UC-Hastings

97.1

49.9

87.2

1.81

1.81

38

-13.5

William & Mary

97.0

62.6

105.34

1.68

1.68

39

-6

Wake Forest

95

58.3

104.5

1.44

1.44

40

+61.5

SUNY

94

36.7

72.57

1.72

1.72

41

-20

Minnesota

93

68.2

105.74

1.64

1.64

42

+54

South Carolina

92

50.7

102.95

1.28

1.28

43

-13.5

Georgia

90

52.1

92.7

1.48

1.48

44

+37.5

Pittsburgh

89

56.5

85.53

1.44

1.44

45

-20.5

Washington

88

58.6

97.77

1.46

1.46

46

+19.5

Case Western

86

45.7

82.216

1.32

1.32

47

+18.5

Missouri

84

56.5

95.26

1.30

1.09

48

-10.5

UC-Davis

82

55.6

85.61

1.89

1.55

49

+13

Miami

79.1

56.3

88.04

1.62

1.28

50

-17

Wisconsin

79.0

50.0

69.52

1.74

1.38

51

-23.5

Iowa

78.3

55.6

86.21

1.62

1.26

52

+17.5

Kansas

78.0

60.9

88.61

1.34

1.05

53

-20

Ohio State

76.5

58.2

78.72

1.62

1.25

54

+71.5

DePaul

75

60.9

83.55

1.69

1.27

55

-8

Tulane

72.1

71.6

83.28

1.82

1.31

56

+53.5

St. John’s

71.4

55.3

64.76

1.93

1.37

57

-10

Maryland

70.8

56.0

67.76

1.81

1.29

58

+79

Hofstra

70.25

56.7

68.96

1.89

1.32

59

+30.5

Loyola-L.A.

70.24

60.2

72.14

1.76

1.23

60

-8

Baylor

70.1

55.4

69.05

1.56

1.09

61

-14

George Mason

69.8

76.1

85.57

1.68

1.18

62

-10

Richmond

68.9

49.1

62.42

1.73

1.19

63

+56

Albany

66.98

46.5

52.11

2.10

1.41

64

+11

Chicago–Kent

66.94

67.8

78.32

1.64

1.10

65

+24.5

Seattle

66

77.0

93.72

1.54

1.02

66

+43.5

Santa Clara

65.1

70.3

79.62

1.77

1.15

67

N/A

San Francisco

64.6

53.0

65.83

1.76

1.14

68

-18.5

Utah

64.5

37.3

50.76

1.69

1.10

69

-10

Houston

64.0

65.2

77.38

1.71

1.09

70

-18

Penn State

63.8

56.1

61.76

1.57

1.00

71

+8.5

San Diego

63.4

68.6

78.05

1.65

1.04

72

-28.5

Colorado

61.4

55.8

68.22

1.57

0.96

73

-17.5

Pepperdine

60.77

76.9

78.27

1.73

1.06

74

+31

UMKC

60.76

56.8

69.78

1.23

0.75

75

+6.5

Rutgers-Camden

60.71

59.1

70.12

1.56

0.95

76

+8.5

Brooklyn

60

52.4

55.32

1.97

1.18

77

+19

Saint Louis

59

55.9

65.02

1.32

0.78

78

+31.5

Syracuse

57

58.5

52.27

1.83

1.04

79

N/A

Widener

56.4

78.5

60.63

1.30

0.73

80

+4.5

Rutgers–Newark

55.8

57.7

52.56

1.96

1.10

81

-43.5

Brigham Young

54

64.0

82.89

1.75

0.95

82

-16.5

Yeshiva

53

73.5

68.16

1.99

1.05

83

-8

Tennessee

50

42.9

41.35

1.49

0.75

84

+12

Northeastern

48

67.9

64.99

1.74

0.84

85

-5.5

Cincinnati

47

46.0

40.42

1.59

0.75

86

-16.5

Denver

44.3

62.4

58.83

1.43

0.63

87

+55

NY Law School

43.8

52.7

40.47

1.87

0.82

88

-43

Florida State

43.669

56.4

49.87

1.54

0.68

89

+35.5

Duquesne

43.666

54.8

41.00

1.44

0.63

90

-24.5

Georgia State

42

89.1

53.72

1.59

0.67

91

+5

Franklin Pierce

40.2

75.6

52.38

1.59

0.64

92

-36.5

Nebraska

39.6

55.6

48.27

1.28

0.51

93

-70

Alabama

38

61.3

34.77

1.70

0.65

94

+22

Creighton

37.3

58.6

41.59

1.41

0.52

95

+47

Pace

37.2

65.8

38.20

1.59

0.59

96

-55.5

Arizona

36.2

62.5

43.04

1.52

0.55

97

-7.5

Indiana-Ind.

36.1

62.6

44.11

1.46

0.53

98

-65

Arizona State

36.0

58.6

38.02

1.53

0.55

99

+10.5

Texas Tech

35.3

59.0

41.8

1.75

0.61

100

+5

Mercer

35.2

65.3

39.67

1.58

0.55

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

New 2016 U.S. News Tax Rankings

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

2016

Rank

 Tax

Program

2015

Rank

1

NYU

1

2

Florida

2

2

Georgetown

3

4

Northwestern

4

5

Virginia

11

6

San Diego

8

7

Boston University

5

8

Columbia

8

8

Harvard

8

10

Loyola-L.A.

14

11

UCLA

12

12

USC

12

13

Miami

5

13

Michigan

15

15

U. Washington

10

16

Indiana

n/r

17

Pennsylvania

n/r

18

Villanova

n/r

19

Boston College

n/r

19

Chicago

n/r

19

Texas

n/r

22

Duke

n/r

22

Washington U.

n/r

24

Denver

n/r

24

Yale

n/r

The biggest upward moves:

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

The biggest downward moves:

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

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

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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

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

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

Here are the biggest ranking declines:

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Monday, March 9, 2015

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

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

Peer Rank

Peer Score

School

Overall Rank

1

4.8

Yale

1

1

4.8

Harvard

2

1

4.8

Stanford

2

4

4.6

Columbia

4

4

4.6

Chicago

4

6

4.5

NYU

6

7

4.4

Penn

7

7

4.4

UC-Berkeley

8

7

4.4

Michigan

11

10

4.3

Virginia

8

11

4.2

Duke

8

11

4.2

Cornell

13

13

4.1

Northwestern

12

13

4.1

Georgetown

14

15

4.0

Texas

15

16

3.9

UCLA

16

17

3.8

Vanderbilt

17

18

3.5

Washington U.

18

18

3.5

Emory

19

18

3.5

USC

20

21

3.4

Minnesota

20

21

3.4

G. Washington

22

21

3.4

Notre Dame

22

21

3.4

North Carolina

34

25

3.3

Boston University

26

25

3.3

UC-Davis

31

25

3.3

Wisconsin

31

28

3.2

Alabama

22

28

3.2

Iowa

22

28

3.2

William & Mary

29

28

3.2

Boston College

34

28

3.2

Fordham

34

28

3.2

Indiana

34

28

3.2

Ohio State

34

35

3.1

U. Washington

28

35

3.1

Georgia

31

35

3.1

Colorado

40

35

3.1

Illinois

41

35

3.1

Wash. & Lee

42

35

3.1

Florida

47

35

3.1

UC-Hastings

59

42

3.0

Arizona State

26

42

3.0

UC-Irvine

30

42

3.0

Arizona

42

42

3.0

Wake Forest

47

42

3.0

Tulane

50

47

2.9

BYU

34

47

2.9

Maryland

47

47

2.9

Florida State

50

50

2.8

Utah

42

50

2.8

Connecticut

63

50

2.8

American

71

53

2.7

George Mason

42

53

2.7

Miami

63

53

2.7

Denver

67

53

2.7

Cardozo

75

57

2.6

SMU

46

57

2.6

Pepperdine

52

57

2.6

Temple

52

57

2.6

Tennessee

52

57

2.6

Missouri

59

57

2.6

Kansas

67

57

2.6

San Diego

71

57

2.6

Pittsburgh

78

57

2.6

Oregon

82

66

2.5

Richmond

52

66

2.5

Georgia State

56

66

2.5

Case Western

59

66

2.5

Houston

59

66

2.5

Kentucky

63

66

2.5

Loyola-L.A.

75

66

2.5

Brooklyn

78

66

2.5

Chicago-Kent

78

74

2.4

Baylor

56

74

2.4

Nebraska

56

74

2.4

Oklahoma

67

74

2.4

New Mexico

71

74

2.4

Loyola-Chicago

78

74

2.4

Hawaii

82

74

2.4

Rutgers-Newark

87

74

2.4

Lewis & Clark

94

74

2.4

Santa Clara

94

74

2.4

Indiana-Indy

102

74

2.4

Rutgers-Camden

102

85

2.3

Seton Hall

63

85

2.3

UNLV

67

85

2.3

Arkansas

75

85

2.3

Cincinnati

82

85

2.3

Northeastern

87

85

2.3

Villanova

87

85

2.3

Michigan State

94

85

2.3

Mississippi

94

85

2.3

South Carolina

94

85

2.3

Marquette

105

85

2.3

Howard

110

96

2.2

Penn State

71

96

2.2

St. John's

82

96

2.2

St. Louis

87

96

2.2

SUNY-Buffalo

87

96

2.2

Syracuse

87

96

2.2

LSU

94

96

2.2

Maine

110

96

2.2

Seattle

113

96

2.2

DePaul

122

96

2.2

UMKC

127

106

2.1

Louisville

94

106

2.1

West Virginia

94

106

2.1

Stetson

105

106

2.1

Catholic

108

106

2.1

Hofstra

122

106

2.1

Loyola-NO

135

106

2.1

Arkansas-LR

135

106

2.1

San Francisco

138

114

2.0

Wyoming

108

114

2.0

Gonzaga

110

114

2.0

CUNY

113

114

2.0

Mercer

118

114

2.0

Willamette

118

114

2.0

Baltimore

122

114

2.0

Vermont

122

114

2.0

Drexel

127

114

2.0

Idaho

127

123

1.9

Tulsa

82

123

1.9

New Hampshire

87

123

1.9

Wayne State

105

123

1.9

Creighton

113

123

1.9

Drake

113

123

1.9

Montana

113

123

1.9

Quinnipiac

127

123

1.9

Pace

138

123

1.9

North Dakota

138

123

1.9

Texas A&M

149

123

1.9

Southwestern

Tier 2

123

1.9

McGeorge

Tier 2

135

1.8

Texas Tech

118

135

1.8

Washburn

122

135

1.8

Chapman

127

135

1.8

New York L.S.

127

135

1.8

St. Thomas (MN)

135

135

1.8

Memphis

142

135

1.8

William Mitchell

142

135

1.8

South Dakota

145

135

1.8

Suffolk

Tier 2

144

1.7

Florida Int'l

102

144

1.7

Duquesne

118

144

1.7

Cleveland State

127

144

1.7

Akron

127

144

1.7

Albany

138

144

1.7

Toledo

142

144

1.7

Hamline

145

144

1.7

Dayton

145

144

1.7

Cumberland

149

144

1.7

S. Illinois

149

144

1.7

J. Marshall (CHI)

Tier 2

144

1.7

Widener

Tier 2

156

1.6

South Texas

149

156

1.6

Elon

Tier 2

156

1.6

Golden Gate

Tier 2

156

1.6

Mississippi C.

Tier 2

156

1.6

N. Illinois

Tier 2

156

1.6

Roger Williams

Tier 2

156

1.6

St. Mary's

Tier 2

156

1.6

Valparaiso

Tier 2

164

1.5

Ohio Northern

145

164

1.5

Oklahoma City

149

164

1.5

Cal-Western

Tier 2

164

1.5

Campbell

Tier 2

164

1.5

New England

Tier 2

164

1.5

N. Kentucky

Tier 2

164

1.5

Nova

Tier 2

164

1.5

Touro

Tier 2

164

1.5

Puerto Rico

Tier 2

173

1.4

Capital

Tier 2

173

1.4

N.C. Central

Tier 2

173

1.4

Southern

Tier 2

173

1.4

St. Thomas (FL)

Tier 2

173

1.4

Texas Southern

Tier 2

173

1.4

Detroit Mercy

Tier 2

173

1.4

Dist. of Columbia

Tier 2

173

1.4

W. New England

Tier 2

173

1.4

Whittier

Tier 2

182

1.3

J. Marshall (ATL)

Tier 2

182

1.3

Faulkner

Tier 2

182

1.3

Florida A&M

Tier 2

182

1.3

Inter-Americana

Tier 2

182

1.3

Pontifical Catholic

Tier 2

182

1.3

Regent

Tier 2

182

1.3

Thomas Jefferson

Tier 2

189

1.2

Appalachian

Tier 2

189

1.2

Barry

Tier 2

189

1.2

Charleston

Tier 2

189

1.2

Charlotte

Tier 2

189

1.2

Florida Coastal

Tier 2

189

1.2

Liberty

Tier 2

195

1.1

Arizona Summit

Tier 2

195

1.1

Ave Maria

Tier 2

195

1.1

W. Mich. Cooley

Tier 2

195

1.1

Western State

Tier 2

Prior years' rankings:

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

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

Law School

# Employed    Bar Passage Required FTLT

# Funded Bar Passage Required FTLT

% Funded Bar Passage Required FTLT

1.   WILLIAM & MARY

166

43

25.90%

2.   EMORY

244

62

25.41%

3.   GEORGE WASHINGTON

469

88

18.76%

4.   VIRGINIA

348

58

16.67%

5.   AMERICAN

231

37

16.02%

6.   GEORGETOWN

540

73

13.52%

7.   UCLA

252

31

12.30%

8.   ILLINOIS

168

20

11.90%

9.   LEWIS & CLARK

144

15

10.42%

10. UMASS

29

3

10.34%

11. UC-BERKELEY

261

25

9.58%

12. VANDERBILT

178

17

9.55%

13. CORNELL

173

16

9.25%

14. BOSTON UNIVERSITY

187

17

9.09%

15. NYU

505

42

8.32%

16. MARYLAND

152

12

7.89%

17. UC-DAVIS

138

10

7.25%

18. COLUMBIA

415

29

6.99%

19. CHICAGO

199

13

6.53%

20. USC

154

10

6.49%

21. CHARLOTTE

129

8

6.20%

22. YALE

160

9

5.63%

23. PENNSYLVANIA

235

13

5.53%

24. PACE

122

6

4.92%

25. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

21

1

4.76%

26. COLORADO

123

5

4.07%

27. TEXAS

296

12

4.05%

28. HAWAII

53

2

3.77%

29. RUTGERS-NEWARK

151

5

3.31%

30. GEORGE MASON

129

4

3.10%

31. LIBERTY

33

1

3.03%

32. TULSA

67

2

2.99%

33. STANFORD

170

5

2.94%

34. MINNESOTA

192

5

2.60%

35. ARIZONA SUMMIT

126

3

2.38%

36. NORTHWESTERN

225

5

2.22%

37. PITTSBURGH

135

3

2.22%

38. HARVARD

505

11

2.18%

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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

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

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

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

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Monday, February 23, 2015

NLJ: Law School Rankings by Graduates in BigLaw Jobs

National Law Journal, The Go-To Law Schools:

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Princeton Review: The 200 Best Value Colleges

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

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

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

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2016 U.S. News Law School Rankings

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

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Law School Pedigree and Law Firm Success

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

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

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

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Friday, February 13, 2015

The 50 Law Schools Whose Students Outperform on the Bar Exam

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

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

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

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

Top 25

Here is the methodology:

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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

UMKCInside Higher Education, Fibbing for Rankings:

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

College Endowment Rankings

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

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

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

Top 25

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Monday, January 26, 2015

U.S. News College Efficiency Rankings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Law Prof Twitter Rankings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Law School Diversity Rankings

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Law School Rankings by Alumni Members of Congress

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education

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

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

I am honored to be #6:

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

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

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

Here are the 10 Most Influential People in Legal Education:

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

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

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

School (Rank)

2011

2013

2014

2014 v. 2013

2014 v. 2011

Albany (118)

248

184

121

(34.2%)

(51.2%

Brooklyn (83)

386

368

399

8.4%

3.4%

Buffalo (100)

176

198

143

(27.8%)

(18.8%)

Cardozo (64)

349

322

320

(0.6%)

(8.3%)

CUNY (113)

176

110

105

(4.5%)

(40.3%)

Columbia (4)

406

356

383

7.5%

(5.7%)

Cornell (13)

202

193

203

5.2%

0.4%

Fordham (36)

476

398

367

(7.8%)

(22.9%)

Hofstra (135)

362

228

288

26.3%

(20.4%)

NYLS (140)

504

322

245

(23.9%)

(51.4%)

NYU (6)

450

439

452

2.9%

0.4%

Pace (140)

212

181

174

(3.8%)

(17.9%)

St. John’s (107)

295

261

216

(17.2%)

(26.8%)

Syracuse (107)

253

196

169

(13.7%)

(33.2%)

Touro (Tier 2)

266

206

187

(9.2%)

(29.7%)

 

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3962

3772

(4.7%)

(20.8%)

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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

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

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

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

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

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

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

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

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Law School Rankings Churn

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ranking of School Does Not Affect Quality of Teaching

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014 Moot Court Rankings

Moot Court2014 Moot Court Rankings:

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

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Friday, November 21, 2014

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

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

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

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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

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

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

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Law School Tuition v. Bar Exam Success

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

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

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

2014 Businessweek Business School Rankings

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

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

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

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

U.S. News Global University Rankings

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

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

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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

U.S. NewsI received in the mail my ballot for the 2016 U.S. News Tax Rankings (2015 U.S. News tax rankings). As in prior years, the survey is intended "to identify the law schools having the top programs in tax law."  The survey is sent "to a selection  of faculty members involved in and who are knowledgeable about the area of tax law. Law schools supplied names of these faculty members to U.S. News in summer 2014."  Recipients are asked "to [i]dentify up to fifteen (15) schools that have the highest-quality tax law courses or programs. In making your choices consider all elements that contribute to a program's excellence, for example, the depth and breadth of the program, faculty research and publication record, etc."

As Donald Tobin (Dean, Maryland) has noted, it is more than strange that NYU has finished ahead of Florida and Georgetown each year that U.S. News has conducted the survey.  Because the survey ranks the schools by how often they appear on the respondents' "Top 15" lists, this means that some folks list NYU, but not Florida and Georgetown, among the Top 15 tax programs.

In filling out your survey, you may want to consult our forthcoming book, Pursuing a Tax LLM Degree, which compiles information about 13 highly ranked tax LLM programs: (1) NYU; (2) Florida; (3) Georgetown; (4) Northwestern; (5) Miami; (6) Boston University; (7) San Diego; (8) Loyola-L.A./LMU; (9) SMU; (10) Denver; (11) University of Washington; (12) Villanova; and (13) Chapman. The topics on which information is reported in the book include:

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October 23, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (1)