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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2015 U.S. News College Rankings


US NewsU.S. News & World Report today released its 2015 College Rankings. Here are the Top 25 National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges (along with their 2012-2014 rankings): 

2015

Rank

 

National Universities

2014

Rank

2013

Rank

2012

Rank

1

Princeton

1

1

1

2

Harvard

2

1

1

3

Yale

3

3

3

4

Columbia

4

4

4

4

Stanford

5

6

5

4

Chicago

5

4

9

7

MIT

7

6

5

8

Duke

7

8

10

8

Penn

7

8

5

10

Cal-Tech

10

10

10

11

Dartmouth

10

10

11

12

Johns Hopkins

12

13

13

13

Northwestern

12

12

12

14

Washington (St. Louis)

14

14

14

15

Cornell

16

15

15

16

Brown

14

15

15

16

Vanderbilt

17

17

17

18

Notre Dame

18

17

19

19

Rice

18

17

17

20

UC-Berkeley

20

21

21

21

Emory

20

20

20

21

Georgetown

20

21

22

23

UCLA

23

24

25

23

Virginia

23

24

25

25

Carnegie Mellon

23

23

23

25

USC

23

24

23

27

Wake Forest

23

27

25

2015

Rank

 

Liberal Arts Colleges

2014

Rank

2013

Rank

2012

Rank

1

Williams

1

1

1

2

Amherst

2

2

2

3

Swarthmore

3

3

3

4

Wellesley

7

6

6

5

Pomona

4

4

4

5

Bowdoin

4

6

6

7

Middlebury

4

4

5

8

Carleton

7

8

6

8

Haverford

9

9

10

8

Clermont-McKenna

9

10

9

11

Davidson

9

12

11

11

Vassar

13

10

14

13

U.S. Naval Academy

12

14

14

14

Washington & Lee

14

14

12

15

Hamilton

14

16

17

15

Harvey Mudd

16

12

18

15

Colby

22

18

21

15

Wesleyan

22

22

21

19

Bates

17

17

12

19

Grinnell

17

22

19

19

Smith

20

18

19

22

Colgate

20

18

21

23

Oberlin

25

 

24

24

Macalester

24

24

 

24

Scripps

25 

24

 

24

U.S. Military Academy

17 

18

14

Update:  Washington Post, U.S. News College Rankings Trends, 2010-2015:

These tables show the top 150 drawn from each of two U.S. News lists of national universities and national liberal arts colleges.  

National

Liberal

September 9, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Top 10 Law Schools for Hispanic Students

HispanicHispanic Business Magazine has published its annual ranking of the Top 10 Law Schools for Hispanics:

  1. Florida International
  2. Florida State
  3. Miami
  4. American
  5. Nova
  6. Texas
  7. USC
  8. San Francisco
  9. UCLA
  10. New Mexico

(Hat Tip: Francine Lipman.)

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

Thursday, August 28, 2014

How Northeastern University Gamed the U.S. News Rankings to Rise From #162 to #49

Northeastern UniversityBoston Magazine, How to Game the College Rankings:

[Richard] Freeland swept into Northeastern [in 1996] with a brand-new mantra: recalibrate the school to climb up the ranks [from #162 in U.S. News]. “There’s no question that the system invites gaming,” Freeland tells me. “We made a systematic effort to influence [the outcome].” He directed university researchers to break the U.S. News code and replicate its formulas. He spoke about the rankings all the time—in hallways and at board meetings, illustrating his points with charts. He spent his days trying to figure out how to get the biggest bump up the charts for his buck. He worked the goal into the school’s strategic plan. “We had to get into the top 100,” Freeland says. “That was a life-or-death matter for Northeastern.” ...

For those at Northeastern, breaking into the U.S. News top 100 was like landing a man on the moon, but Freeland was determined to try. Reverse-engineering the formulas took months; perfecting them took years. “We could say, ‘Well, if we could move our graduation rates by X, this is how it would affect our standing,’” Freeland says. “It was very mathematical and very conscious and every year we would sit around and say, ‘Okay, well here’s where we are, here’s where we think we might be able to do next year, where will that place us?’”

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August 28, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (5)

Law School Rankings by BigLaw Associates' Satisfaction With Their Legal Education

American Lawyer LogoAmerican Lawyer, Which Schools Produce the Most Satisfied Big-Firm Lawyers?:

As part of our Midlevel Associates Survey, we asked respondents to rate their law schools on how well they prepared them for firm life on a five-point scale, with 5 being the highest possible score. Of all the questions on the survey, this is the one that correlated most strongly with overall job satisfaction. Below are the law schools that had 20 or more respondents to the survey, ranked by the average scores their alumni gave them on this question. The 53 schools that qualified had a total of 4,767 respondents, who gave them an average score of 3.74. Differences in score of 0.05 or less between schools are not statistically significant.

AmLaw Rank

School (Respondents)

Score

US News Rank

1

Duke (79)

4.18

10

1

Michigan (117)

4.18

10

3

Loyola-L.A. (46)

4.17

87

4

Stanford (73)

4.15

3

4

Chicago (87)

4.15

4

6

William & Mary (23)

4.13

24

7

Emory (42)

4.12

19

7

Vanderbilt (34)

4.12

16

9

Virginia (133)

4.06

8

10

Northwestern (108)

4.05

12

11

Georgia (23)

4.04

29

12

Houston (20)

4.00

58

12

Illinois (30)

4.00

40

14

Texas (83)

3.98

15

15

Catholic (23)

3.96

107

15

SMU (27)

3.96

42

17

Temple (43)

3.95

61

17

Washington U. (40)

3.95

18

19

Notre Dame (35)

3.94

26

20

Florida (33)

3.91

49

T14 schools that fared poorly in the ranking: Yale (24), Cornell (28), NYU (35), Penn (37), Harvard (42), Columbia (43), Georgetown (44).

August 28, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Visualizing Employment by Law School

Lawyer Metrics:  Visualizing Employment By Law School, Part I, by Christopher Zorn:

We looked at the schools in the top 50 of the U.S. News 2014 rankings, and plotted the percentages of each school’s graduates in each of the ABA’s summary outcome categories. Higher values are indicated by blue, and lower values by orange or red (with grey in the middle). We also included a “dendrogram” at the top; this is a visual representation of how similar each of the categories are to each other, based on the distributions of their values across the different schools.

Visualizing I

Lawyer Metrics: Visualizing Employment By Law School, Part II, by Christopher Zorn:

Returning to the ABA’s employment data for 2014, we can use a shaded area plot to see how the various employment outcomes vary as we move through the U.S. News rankings. Each shaded area represents the proportion of a school’s graduates who achieved a particular type of employment outcome, with the schools ordered by their 2014 U.S. News ranking.

Visualizing II

August 27, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

LinkedIn Law School Rankings?

LinkedInInside Higher Ed, The New Rankings?:

LinkedIn is one of several players in a growing market: the business of aggregating data about career outcomes for prospective college students. Rankings still dominate conversations about which colleges are best, to the chagrin of many college presidents. But a number of companies are developing data-backed search tools to help students decide where to apply, where to attend and what to study.

Students and parents are the consumers most of these companies have in mind. But the services also attract business from colleges and universities that the aggregated data depicts favorably. Tulane now features its LinkedIn page in its promotional materials. ...

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August 20, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Why Law School Rankings Matter More Than College, Business School, and Medical School Rankings

U.S. News (2015)Forbes, Why Law School Rankings Matter More Than Any Other Education Rankings:

[I]s all the hysteria warranted? Does a higher rank really guarantee better job prospects, higher salaries, and ultimately, a better life? The data says no…for the most part. While rankings are certainly helpful in a broad, directional sense, most of the obsession is groundless…with the exception of law school. At FindTheBest, we took a look at each major type of institution—undergraduate, business, medicine, and law—to see which rankings actually matter.

Undergraduate Rankings ... Conclusion: rankings don’t matter much
Business School Rankings ... Conclusion: rankings only matter a little, and can change quickly
Medical School Rankings ... Conclusion: rankings do matter, to a point, but residencies and concentrations should be your primary concern

Law School Rankings And so we finally arrive at law school, where as it turns out, rankings couldn’t be more important. For starters, consider that the top 14 schools in the nation have remained unchanged for 25 years—without a single new contender since US News started publishing law school rankings in 1989. Yes, the exact order among these 14 has changed a bit from year to year, but the top 14 (often abbreviated as the T14), has maintained its elite, unassailable status.

The T14’s dominance has created a year-after-year, self-fulfilling prophecy, where students covet these top institutions, the best professors desire to teach at these institutions, and law firms choose to hire from these institutions, essentially ensuring that the same group will remain the T14 for years to come. Employers admit that JDs from the T14 will be welcomed at law firms across the nation, while graduates of even the next best schools (like UCLA or Texas, perennially ranked between 15-20) will be much better off sticking to local markets.

Note how the top 14 schools claim the best employment rates in the nation:

The discrepancy is even more obvious if you look at employment at the largest, most desirable firms:

The T14 phenomenon has been around for decades, but recent trends in the legal market have exacerbated the situation. With an over-saturated pool of lawyers and law firms receiving an unprecedented number of applications, employers can be extremely picky, choosing only candidates guaranteed to be stellar. T14 graduates quickly snap up spots at the best employers, leaving lower-ranked law school graduates the smaller-firm crumbs.

Conclusion: rankings matter tremendously—a spot in a top 14 school is essential

So when it comes to most educational rankings, don’t worry so much about whether you’re attending the #1, #10, or even #50 school: students end up doing just as well, and there are often more important details to keep in mind. Don’t worry, that is, unless you’re going to law school, where it can make all the difference in the world.

Above the Law, Why You Absolutely Should Care About Law School Rankings

August 16, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (7)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Best Value Law Schools

Cover 1Prelaw, Best Value Law Schools:

To be considered for the overall list, a school must have an average debt of less than $106,000 [$115,000 for private schools]; employment greater than 69.5%; and a bar pass rate greater than 75%, and no less than 3% below the state average. ...

After we narrowed down the list based on these parameters, we then ranked the schools using this formula: percent of graduates who pass the bar exam (15%); employment rate (35%); tuition (25%); cost of living (10%); and average indebtedness upon graduation (15%).

National Jurist ranked the 53 Best Value Law Schools.  Here are the Top 20:

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Friday, August 8, 2014

1911 College Rankings (U.S. Government Edition)

Chronicle of Higher Education, How Did the Federal Government Rate Your College a Century Ago?:

1911As Vox’s Libby Nelson notes in a chronicle of the 1911 ratings, the Association of American Universities actually asked the government to devise them. Kendric Charles Babcock, the top higher-education official in the U.S. Bureau of Education, itself a division of the Interior Department, undertook the task. Few were happy with the result. (Anyone surprised?) President William Howard Taft later killed it.

So how did your college stack up more than a century ago? A few things to keep in mind: The four tiers of colleges were based on how prepared their graduates were for graduate school. Also, the asterisks in Class II were used to distinguish its stronger colleges, the equivalent of a “plus” in a paper grade.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

2015 Princeton Review's Best 379 Colleges

PrincetonThe Princeton Review today released The Best 379 Colleges -- 2015 Edition.  According to the press release, the book contains 62 rankings based on surveys completed by 130,000 students at the 379 schools (343 per school) (methodology here), including these categories:

  • Best (Bard) classroom experience
  • Best (Reed), worst (New Jersey Institute of Technology) professors
  • Most (U.S. Military Academy), least (McGill) accessible professors
  • Best (Bowdoin) quality of life
  • Most (Vanderbilt), least (Marywood) happy students
  • Students love (Claremont McKenna) their school
  • Most (Colgate), least (University of Dallas) beautiful campus
  • Best (Elon), worst (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy) run school
  • Most liberal (Sarah Lawrence), most conservative (Texas A&M) students
  • Most (BYU),  least (Vassar) religious
  • Students study the most (Harvey Mudd), least (North Dakota)
  • Most (Pomona), least (Spelman) financial aid
  • Most (Stanford), least (College of the Ozarks) LGBT-Friendly
  • Most (George Mason), least (Furman) race/class interaction
  • Best (Chicago), worst (Clarkson) library
  • Best (Virginia Tech), worst (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy) food
  • Best (Washington University), worst (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy) dorms
  • Biggest (Syracuse), least (BYU) party school
  • Most (Skidmore), least (U.S. Coast Guard Academy) marijuana on campus
  • Most (Iowa), least (BYU) hard liquor on campus
  • Most (Penn State), least (BYU) beer on campus

I am considering demanding a recount: Pepperdine is ranked as only the second most beautiful campus. Really?

Pepperdine Campus Photo

August 4, 2014 in Book Club, Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Forbes: America's Top Colleges (Return on Investment)

Forbes 2Forbes, Ranking America's Top Colleges 2014:

For the seventh year, Forbes has partnered with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) for America’s Top Colleges. The Forbes list of 650 schools distinguishes itself from competitors by our belief in “output” over “input.” We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college, like our peers who focus heavily on selectivity metrics such as high school class rank, SAT scores and the like. Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college? ...

Methodology:
Student Satisfaction (25%):  Professor ratings (RateMyProfessor) (10%), actual (12.5%) and predicted (2.5%) freshman-to-sophomore retention rates
Post-Graduate Success (32.5%):  Salary of alumni (Payscale.com) (10%), America’s Leaders List (22.5%)
Student Debt (25%):  Average federal student loan debt load (10%), student loan default rates (12.5%) and predicted vs. actual percent of students taking federal loans (2.5%)
Graduation Rate (7.5%):  Actual graduation rate (5%) and the actual vs. predicted rate (2.5%)
Academic Success (10%):  Students who win prestigious scholarships and fellowships (7.5%) or go on to earn a Ph.D. (2.5%)

Here are the Top 25 colleges, with their corresponding U.S. News & World Report ranking:

  1. Williams (1 Liberal Arts "LA")
  2. Stanford (5 National Universities "NU")
  3. Swarthmore (3 LA)
  4. Princeton (1 NU)
  5. MIT (7 NU)
  6. Yale (3 NU)
  7. Harvard (2 NU)
  8. Pomona (4 LA)
  9. U.S. Military Academy (17 LA)
  10. Amherst (2 LA)
  11. Haverford (9 LA)
  12. Pennsylvania (7 NU)
  13. Brown (14 NU)
  14. Bowdoin (4 LA)
  15. Wesleyan (17 LA)
  16. Carleton (7 LA)
  17. Notre Dame (18 NU)
  18. Dartmouth (10 NU)
  19. Northwestern (12 NU)
  20. Columbia (4 NU)
  21. Cal-Tech (10 NU)
  22. Davidson (9 LA)
  23. Duke (7 NU)
  24. Chicago (5 NU)
  25. Tufts (28 NU)

July 31, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Law Schools With the Most Applications (Fall 2013)

Law Schools With Most Applications

Rank

School

Applications

Admit

Yield

Median LSAT

Median GPA

US News

1

Georgetown

7257

31%

23%

168

3.74

13

2

Virginia

6048

18%

31%

169

3.87

8

3

G. Washington

6005

42%

18%

165

3.71

20

4

UC-Berkeley

5885

18%

27%

167

3.78

9

5

William & Mary

5849

30%

13%

164

3.73

24

6

Columbia

5797

21%

28%

171

3.70

4

7

NYU

5730

31

24

170

3.72

6

8

UCLA

5562

28%

19%

167

3.79

16

9

Harvard

5485

16%

66%

173

3.88

2

10

Penn

5283

17%

28%

169

3.89

7

Unranked Law Schools With Most Applications

Rank

School

Applications

Admit

Yield

Median LSAT

Median GPA

1

Charlotte

3342

73%

21%

144

2.91

2

Florida Coastal

3085

75%

19%

144

2.97

3

San Francisco

2762

49%

12%

153

3.28

4

John Marshall

2518

71%

23%

149

3.12

5

Suffolk

2367

78%

24%

149

3.27

6

Southwestern

2260

57%

28%

152

3.17

7

Barry

2082

63%

21%

147

2.90

8

Thomas Cooley

2027

79%

36%

145

2.96

9

New England

2013

87%

14%

149

3.04

10

Nova

1645

48%

39%

149

3.07

July 23, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Brophy: Law School Rankings: Median LSAT, Full-Time J.D. Required Jobs, and Law Review Citations

Alfred L. Brophy (North Carolina), Ranking Law Schools with Lsats, Employment Outcomes, and Law Review Citations:

This paper returns to the perennially favorite topic of ranking law schools. Where U.S. News & World Report includes a wide variety of factors – some of which are criticized as irrelevant to what prospective students care about (or should care about) -- this paper looks to three variables. They are median LSAT score of entering students, which seeks to capture the quality of the student body; the percentage of the graduating students who are employed at 9 months following graduation at full-time, JD required jobs; and the number of citations to each school’s main law review. This paper rank orders each of those variables, then averages those ranks to obtain a new ranking; then it compares those new rankings to the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Brophy

Alfred L. Brophy (North Carolina):  Ranking Law Schools Based on LSAT, Employment Outcome, and Citations

June 20, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (10)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Leiter's Top Ten Law Faculty (By Area) In Scholarly Impact, 2009-2013

Following up on Friday's post, The 10 Most-Cited Tax Faculty:  Brian Leiter (Chicago) has relased on his Law School Rankings website (a member of our Law Professor Blogs Network) an updated ranking of the 10 Most-Cited U.S. Law Faculty in 11 areas of specialization, as measured by citations during the past five years (2009-2013).

Interestingly, the 14 Tax Profs listed in the 10-Most Cited Tax Faculty and the related Highly Cited Scholars Who Work Partly in Tax lists are younger than their counterparts in the 10 other areas of specializations:  in tax, four are in their 40s, nine are in their 50s, and only one is in his 60s. 

Rank

Tax Prof

Citations

Age

1

Michael Graetz (Columbia)

400

69

 

David Weisbach (Chicago)

400

50

3

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)

350

56

4

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

340

56

5

Leandra Lederman (Indiana)

290

47

 

Larry Zelenak (Duke)

290

58

7

Victor Fleischer (San Diego)

280

42

8

Edward Zelinsky (Cardozo)

270

58

9

Joseph Bankman (Stanford)

250

58

 

Edward McCaffery (USC)

250

55

 

Highly Cited Scholars Who Work Partly in Tax

 

 

 

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1100

57

 

Brian Galle (Boston College)

310

43

 

Kristin Hickman (Minnesota)

310

43

 

Mark Gergen (UC-Berkeley)

270

57

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Law School Rankings: Judicial Clerkships

Robert Morse (Director of Data Research, U.S. News & World Report), Grads of These Law Schools Get the Most Judicial Clerkships:

U.S. News has just published two exclusive clerkship lists of law schools using data from our 2015 Best Law Schools rankings for the 2012 J.D. graduating class. The first list shows which ranked law schools have the largest proportion of their employed 2012 graduates working at judicial clerkships with federal judges. The second list shows which ranked law schools have the largest proportion of their employed 2012 graduates working at clerkships with judges at the state and local levels.

 

School (US News Rank)

Fed. Clerkship %

School (US News Rank)

St. & Local Clerkship %

1

Yale (1)

36.3%

Rutgers-Camden (81)

42.0%

2

Stanford (3)

29.1%

Rutgers-Newark

33.2%

3

Harvard (2)

18.5%

Seton Hall (68)

33.1%

4

Chicago (4)

15.0%

Hawaii (100)

28.0%

5

Duke (10)

14.3%

South Dakota (145)

20.6%

6

Vanderbilt (16)

12.6%

UNLV (83)

19.5%

7

Virginia (8)

12.6%

South Carolina (93)

19.4%

8

Notre Dame (26)

11.0%

Colorado (43)

19.0%

9

Pennsylvania (7)

10.6%

Oregon (100)

17.7%

10

Georgia (29)

10.3%

Howard (135)

17.6%

June 12, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

UC-Irvine Granted Full ABA Accreditation

UC-Irvine (2014)UC-Irvine Granted Full ABA Accreditation:

The University of California, Irvine School of Law has been granted full accreditation by the American Bar Association, effective immediately. “From the outset, our goal has been to build a top law school that emphasizes preparing students for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession,” said Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. “I am very proud that the decision by the ABA is at the earliest possible time under the ABA rules.”

Brian Leiter (Chicago):  "Not a surprise, of course, given all that's been accomplished in a remarkably short time, but this also means that UC Irvine will be subjected to U.S. News.com ranking next year. The lawyer/judge reputation survey results are very hard to predict; it will be interesting to see how the academic reputation survey comes out (UCI ought to get a top 20 score there, but we'll see if that happens)."

June 7, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Law School Rankings by Social Life of Students

GraduatePrograms.com, The 2014 Top Law Schools For Social Life:

Graduate Programs is pleased to announce the Top 25 Law Schools for Social Life. With votes from more than 60,000 students, Graduate Programs ranked the most social law schools in the nation:

  1. Florida (9.65 stars)
  2. Colorado (9.49 stars)
  3. Texas (9.46 stars)
  4. Georgia (9.33 stars)
  5. Alabama (9.24 stars)
  6. Washington (St. Louis) (9.23 stars)
  7. Virginia (9.19 stars)
  8. Northwestern (9.17 stars)
  9. Miami (9.15 stars)
  10. San Francisco (9.14 stars)

California has five law schools in the Top 25 (San Francisco (#10), Stanford (#13), UC-Berkeley (#18), USC (#20), UCLA (#23), the most by far of any state (Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas each has two law schools in the Top 25).

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Most Overrated and Underrated Law Schools: U.S. News v. SSRN

US News SSRNIn Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance, 81 Ind. L.J. 83 (2006), Bernie Black (Northwestern) and I compared the ranking of law schools using U.S. News and SSRN downloads.  In three prior posts, I  updated the chart on pages 98-102, showing the ranking of law schools under U.S. News (overall and peer reputation) and SSRN (recent and all-time downloads).

On page 124 of the article, we listed the most "undervalued" and "overvalued" law schools, based on the spread between their U.S. News peer reputation and SSRN all-time downloads. In three prior posts, I listed the most "undervalued" and "overvalued" law schools by U.S. News quartile.  Here are the 50 most "undervalued" and "overvalued" law schools:

Schools Undervalued by US News

Schools Overvalued by US News

School

US News

SSRN

Spread

School

US News

SSRN

Spread

T. Jefferson

181

73

-108

Baylor

76

203

+127

Suffolk

116

29

-87

CUNY

116

211

+95

Chapman

139

63

-76

Howard

99

191

+92

NY Law School

128

53

-75

Oregon

53

141

+88

St Thomas(MN)

139

65

-74

Oklahoma

67

154

+87

Widener

139

67

-72

Arkansas (LR)

99

183

+84

Baltimore

116

50

-66

Tulane

43

125

+82

Pace

128

70

-58

Nebraska

67

149

+82

J. Marshall (IL)

152

104

-48

Montana

116

196

+80

Seton Hall

87

42

-45

Gonzaga

99

174

+75

Drake

128

83

-45

St. Mary's

158

223

+65

South Texas

152

107

-45

Richmond

67

129

+62

Touro

158

115

-43

Wyoming

116

177

+61

Florida Int’l

152

111

-41

Hawaii

76

135

+59

UMKC

99

58

-41

Arkansas (FAY)

87

145

+58

William Mitchell

139

99

-40

Kentucky

67

124

+57

Michigan State

87

49

-38

N. Carolina Cent.

168

224

+56

George Mason

53

16

-37

West Virginia

109

163

+54

Ohio Northern

168

134

-34

SMU

53

106

+53

San Diego

53

21

-32

Maine

99

152

+53

Tennessee

59

28

-31

Wake Forest

35

87

+52

Penn State

76

46

-30

Duquesne

139

190

+51

Valparaiso

152

122

-30

Catholic

87

137

+50

San Francisco

109

81

-28

South Dakota

139

187

+48

Temple

53

26

-27

Connecticut

49

96

+47

American

49

23

-26

North Dakota

128

175

+47

Albany

116

91

-25

William & Mary

28

74

+46

Florida Coastal

186

161

-25

South Carolina

87

132

+45

Loyola (CA)

59

35

-24

Appalachian

181

226

+45

Texas Tech

116

92

-24

UC-Hastings

35

79

+44

Hamline

139

116

-23

Georgia State

67

110

+43

Southwestern

128

105

-23

Kansas

59

102

+43

St Thomas (FL)

173

150

-23

Wisconsin

26

68

+42

Illinois

35

13

-22

Tulsa

116

158

+42

Case Western

59

38

-21

Rutgers-Newark

76

118

+42

G. Washington

22

2

-20

LSU

99

140

+41

Rutgers-Cam.

76

56

-20

Mississippi Col.

158

199

+41

Regent

186

166

-20

Detroit

173

213

+40

N. Kentucky

158

139

-19

BYU

46

85

+39

Cardozo

49

31

-18

New Mexico

76

115

+39

Samford

139

121

-18

Northeastern

87

126

+39

Santa Clara

76

60

-16

Loyola (LA)

109

147

+38

New Hampshire

128

114

-14

Alabama

35

72

+37

Roger Williams

152

138

-14

Cincinnati

76

113

+37

New England

168

154

-14

Washington & Lee

28

64

+36

Brooklyn

67

54

-13

Washington (WA)

35

66

+31

Hofstra

99

86

-13

Quinnipiac

128

159

+31

Seattle

87

76

-11

Faulkner

181

209

+28

Washburn

128

117

-11

Mercer

116

143

+27

S. Illinois

139

128

-11

Campbell

168

195

+27

Louisville

99

89

-10

Georgia

35

61

+26

 

 

 

 

North Carolina

19

45

+26

 

 

 

 

Idaho

116

142

+26

May 22, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (8)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Law School Rankings: U.S. News (3rd & 4th Quartile) v. SSRN

US News SSRNIn Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance, 81 Ind. L.J. 83 (2006), Bernie Black (Northwestern) and I compared the ranking of law schools using U.S. News and SSRN downloads.  In prior posts, I  updated the chart on pages 98-102, showing the ranking of law schools under U.S. News (overall and peer reputation) and SSRN (recent and all-time downloads) of the Top 99 law schools (according to the U.S. News overall ranking).  Here is the chart for law schools ranked 100-194):

School

US News Overall

US News Peer

SSRN Recent

SSRN All-Time

Oregon

100

53

143

141

Hawaii

100

76

123

135

SUNY-Buffalo

100

87

72

90

Florida International

100

152

105

111

Mississippi

104

99

126

123

UMKC

104

99

53

58

Mercer

104

116

156

143

Santa Clara

107

76

50

60

Catholic

107

87

148

137

Syracuse

107

87

118

95

Gonzaga

107

99

162

174

St. John's

107

99

91

93

Texas Tech

107

116

74

92

CUNY

113

116

261

211

Drake

113

128

95

83

Cleveland State

115

128

122

120

Creighton

115

128

92

119

Washburn

115

128

124

117

Albany

118

116

87

91

Idaho

118

116

140

142

Quinnipiac

118

128

164

159

DePaul

121

87

86

98

Arkansas-Little Rock

121

99

166

183

Montana

121

116

170

196

Willamette

121

116

110

108

Duquesne

121

139

190

190

Hamline

121

139

94

116

Akron

121

139

129

133

Campbell

121

168

203

195

Maine

129

99

154

152

Vermont

129

109

88

109

Drexel

129

116

146

131

Wyoming

129

116

188

177

North Dakota

129

128

185

175

St. Thomas (MN)

129

139

61

65

Hofstra

135

99

102

86

Howard

135

99

197

191

Baltimore

135

116

44

50

Samford

135

139

97

121

William Mitchell

135

139

116

99

NY Law School

140

128

78

53

Pace

140

128

81

70

Chapman

140

139

101

63

Memphis

140

139

153

155

Toledo

140

139

130

130

South Dakota

145

139

194

187

South Texas

146

152

96

107

McGeorge

147

128

155

136

Loyola-New Orleans

Tier 2

109

136

147

San Francisco

Tier 2

109

70

81

Suffolk

Tier 2

116

26

29

Southwestern

Tier 2

128

107

105

Southern Illinois

Tier 2

139

117

128

Dayton

Tier 2

139

167

156

Widener

Tier 2

139

75

67

J. Marshall (Chicago)

Tier 2

152

113

104

Roger Williams

Tier 2

152

133

138

Texas A&M

Tier 2

152

131

146

Valparaiso

Tier 2

152

120

122

California Western

Tier 2

158

181

168

Elon

Tier 2

158

171

169

Golden Gate

Tier 2

158

174

172

Mississippi College

Tier 2

158

195

199

Northern Illinois

Tier 2

158

169

178

Northern Kentucky

Tier 2

158

158

139

Nova Southeastern

Tier 2

158

193

162

Oklahoma City

Tier 2

158

152

160

St. Mary's

Tier 2

158

218

223

Touro

Tier 2

158

119

115

Capital

Tier 2

168

183

188

New England

Tier 2

168

150

154

N. Carolina Central

Tier 2

168

230

224

Ohio Northern

Tier 2

168

137

134

J. Marshall (Atlanta)

Tier 2

173

168

173

Southern Illinois

Tier 2

173

117

128

St. Thomas (FL)

Tier 2

173

147

150

Texas Southern

Tier 2

173

163

167

Detroit

Tier 2

173

214

213

District of Columbia

Tier 2

173

179

192

W. New England

Tier 2

173

145

164

Whittier

Tier 2

173

176

179

Appalachian

Tier 2

181

224

226

Charleston

Tier 2

181

191

197

Faulkner

Tier 2

181

219

209

Florida A&M

Tier 2

181

198

201

Thomas Jefferson

Tier 2

181

85

73

Arizona Summit

Tier 2

186

186

182

Barry

Tier 2

186

178

194

Charlotte

Tier 2

186

200

185

Florida Coastal

Tier 2

186

175

161

Liberty

Tier 2

186

202

210

Regent

Tier 2

186

141

166

Thomas M. Cooley

Tier 2

186

172

181

Western State

Tier 2

186

177

198

Ave Maria

Tier 2

194

173

189

On page 124 of the article, we listed the most "undervalued" and "overvalued" law schools, based on the spread between their U.S. News peer reputation and SSRN all-time downloads. Here are the updated figures for the law schools ranked 99-194:

Schools Undervalued by US News

Schools Overvalued by US News

School

US News

SSRN

Spread

School

US News

SSRN

Spread

T. Jefferson

181

73

-108

CUNY

116

211

+95

Suffolk

116

29

-87

Howard

99

191

+92

Chapman

139

63

-76

Oregon

53

141

+88

NY Law School

128

53

-75

Arkansas-LR

99

183

+84

St Thomas (MN)

139

65

-74

Montana

116

196

+80

Widener

139

67

-72

Gonzaga

99

174

+75

Baltimore

116

50

-66

St. Mary's

158

223

+65

Pace

128

70

-58

Wyoming

116

177

+61

J. Marshall (IL)

152

104

-48

Hawaii

76

135

+59

Drake

128

83

-45

N. Carolina Cent.

168

224

+56

South Texas

152

107

-45

Maine

99

152

+53

S. Illinois

173

128

-45

Duquesne

139

190

+51

Touro

158

115

-43

Catholic

87

137

+50

Florida Int’l

152

111

-41

South Dakota

139

187

+48

UMKC

99

58

-41

North Dakota

128

175

+47

William Mitchell

139

99

-40

Appalachian

181

226

+45

Ohio Northern

168

134

-34

Mississippi Col.

158

199

+41

Valparaiso

152

122

-30

Detroit

173

213

+40

San Francisco

109

81

-28

Loyola (NO)

109

147

+38

Albany

116

91

-25

Quinnipiac

128

159

+31

Florida Coastal

186

161

-25

Faulkner

181

209

+28

Texas Tech

116

92

-24

Mercer

116

143

+27

Hamline

139

116

-23

Campbell

168

195

+27

Southwestern

128

105

-23

Idaho

116

142

+26

St. Thomas (FL)

173

150

-23

Mississippi

99

123

+24

Regent

186

166

-20

Liberty

186

210

+24

May 21, 2014 in Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Law School Rankings: U.S. News (2d Quartile) v. SSRN

US News SSRNIn Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance, 81 Ind. L.J. 83 (2006), Bernie Black (Northwestern) and I compared the ranking of law schools using U.S. News and SSRN downloads.  Last week, I updated the chart on pages 98-102, showing the ranking of law schools under U.S. News (overall and peer reputation) and SSRN (recent and all-time downloads) of the Top 50 law schools (according to the U.S. News overall ranking).  Here is the chart for law schools ranked in the second quartile (51-99):

School

US News Overall

US News Peer

SSRN Recent

SSRN All-Time

Richmond

51

67

121

129

Baylor

51

76

206

203

Penn State

51

76

54

46

UC-Hastings

54

35

59

79

Connecticut

54

49

80

96

Pepperdine

54

59

69

75

Nebraska

54

67

138

149

Houston

58

59

62

62

Kentucky

58

67

135

124

Oklahoma

58

67

165

154

Temple

61

53

23

26

Miami

61

53

64

71

Arkansas-Fay.

61

87

139

145

Cardozo

64

49

52

31

Case Western

64

59

47

38

Georgia State

64

67

112

110

Missouri

64

67

90

78

Denver

68

59

39

57

Kansas

68

59

89

102

Loyola-Chicago

68

67

51

59

Seton Hall

68

87

33

21

American

72

49

25

23

Tennessee