Paul L. Caron

Monday, August 19, 2013

The 71 Most-Cited Law Faculties

Gregory Sisk, Valerie Aggerbeck, Debby Hackerson & Mary Wells (all of the University of St. Thomas), Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties in 2012:  Applying Leiter Scores to Rank the Top Third, 9 U. St. Thomas L.J. 838 (2012):

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

1.   Yale
2.   Harvard
3.   Chicago
4.   Stanford
5.   NYU
6.   Columbia
7.   UC-Irvine
8.   Vanderbilt
9.   Cornell
10.  UC-Berkeley
11.  Pennsylvania, Duke
13.  Northwestern
14.  UCLA
15.  Michigan
16.  Virginia, George Washington
18.  Georgetown
19.  Minnesota, Texas
21.  Boston University, George Mason
23.  UC-Davis
24.  USC, Cardozo
26.  Emory, Washington University
28.  Illinois, Colorado
30.  Ohio State, University of St. Thomas, Washington & Lee
33.  Hofstra, Arizona, Indiana, North Carolina, Florida State
38.  UC-Hastings, Notre Dame, Case Western
41.  Brooklyn, William & Mary
43.  Fordham, Maryland
45.  Houston, UNLV
47.  Utah, American, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Iowa
52.  Hawaii, San Diego, Chicago-Kent, Arizona State, Boston College
57.  New York Law School, BYU, Georgia, Tulane, Florida, Missouri, Temple
64.  Seattle, Wake Forest, Seton Hall, Penn State, Rutgers-Camden, Chapman, Wisconsin, Cincinnati

Here are the 19 Tax Profs among the 10-most cited faculty at the Top 71 law schools:
2.   Harvard:  Louis Kaplow
3.   Chicago:  David Weisbach
19.  Minnesota:  Kristin Hickman
23.  UC-Davis:  Dennis Ventry
24.  USC:  Elizabeth Garrett, Ed McCaffery, Nancy Staudt
24.  Cardozo:  Ed Zelinsky
28.  Colorado: Vic Fleischer
33.  Florida State:  Joseph Dodge
33.  Indiana:  Leandra Lederman
33.  North Carolina:  Greg Polsky
47.  Alabama:  Susan Pace Hamill
52.  Chicago-Kent:  Evelyn Brody
57.  BYU:  Cliff Fleming
57.  Georgia:  Walter Hellerstein
57.  Tulane:  Marjorie Kornhauser
57.  Florida:  Marty McMahon
64.  Cincinnati:  Paul Caron

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As a law professor myself, I look at publishing as nothing more than a necessary evil left over from a dark, ancient era. I see publishing as being particularly unimportant in professional schools. I am much more interested in how well a professor teaches and to what extent such professor is in touch with the profession he or she is helping prepare students to join.

Posted by: TC | Aug 20, 2013 8:50:20 AM

Useless. How much academics are cited by academics tells us nothing about how influential they are on the actual development of the law. How about a ranking based on how often a school's academics are cited by courts and in briefs?

Posted by: GoodDayToYouSir | Aug 19, 2013 1:38:41 PM

It makes no sense to me to rank a professor's performance based upon how much he writes rather than his class-room effectiveness.

Posted by: Woody | Aug 19, 2013 9:23:18 AM