Paul L. Caron

Thursday, February 21, 2019

U.S. News Updates FAQ On Law School Scholarly Impact Rankings To Address Inclusion Of Non-Doctrinal Faculty

U.S. News Law (2019)Following up on my previous post, U.S. News FAQ: Law School Scholarly Impact Rankings:  U.S. News has updated the FAQ with this new paragraph:

Which faculty will be included in the scholarly impact rankings?
US News is requesting from each law school a list of all fall 2018 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty. US News is also requesting that each law school identify each of these faculty members as doctrinal faculty, clinicians, librarians, legal writing faculty, or externship instructors. US News is still evaluating whether and how non-doctrinal faculty will be included in the rankings. At the time the rankings are published U.S. News will publish a methodology (see below), including a description of which faculty were included in the scholarly impact analysis.

Prior coverage of the U.S. News Faculty Scholarly Impact Rankings:

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What's the sense of ranking the scholarship by people who don't write scholarship?

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Feb 22, 2019 2:22:41 AM

Good to see that U.S. News is following the debate on this and is open to input about methodology.

Posted by: Gary Lucas | Feb 21, 2019 11:40:26 AM

Yes, but non-tenure-track (i.e., contract) faculty are still excluded, even if they publish scholarship. The legal academy's obsession with hierarchy is tiresome. Rankings only fuel this behavior.

Posted by: Larry Cunningham | Feb 21, 2019 10:56:28 AM