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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

2020 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2020 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings include the intellectual property law programs at 190 law schools (the faculty survey had a 55% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 Stanford
1 4.7 UC-Berkeley
3 4.2 NYU
4 4.1 Santa Clara
5 3.9 George Washington
5 3.9 New Hampshire
7 3.8 Houston
8 3.6 American
8 3.6 Boston University
8 3.6 Duke
8 3.6 Pennsylvania
8 3.6 Texas A&M
13 3.5 Cardozo
13 3.5 Chicago-Kent
13 3.5 Georgetown
13 3.5 Michigan
13 3.5 Univ. of Washington
18 3.4 Northwestern
19 3.3 Columbia
19 3.3 Harvard
19 3.3 San Diego
19 3.3 Texas
19 3.3 UC-Irvine
19 3.3 UCLA
25 3.2 Indiana (Maurer)
25 3.2 Notre Dame
27 3.1 Emory
27 3.1 Fordham
27 3.1 Loyola-L.A.
27 3.1 Vanderbilt
27 3.1 Virginia
32 3.0 Chicago
32 3.0 Colorado
32 3.0 DePaul
32 3.0 George Mason
32 3.0 Richmond
32 3.0 UC-Davis
38 2.9 Boston College
38 2.9 Minnesota
38 2.9 William & Mary
41 2.8 Akron
41 2.8 Case Western
41 2.8 John Marshall (IL)
41 2.8 North Carolina
41 2.8 Northeastern
41 2.8 Ohio State
41 2.8 Washington Univ.
48 2.7 Cornell
48 2.7 Illinois
48 2.7 Loyola-Chicago
48 2.7 Suffolk
48 2.7 UC-Hastings

As I blogged last fall, U.S. News has dramatically changed their ranking of nine law school specialty programs:

Law school specialty rankings ... are based solely on peer assessments by law school faculty who teach in that specialty area. The peer assessment surveys for the specialty law school area rankings were conducted in fall 2018 and early 2019 by U.S. News.

This year for the first time, law school faculty members who teach in each specialty area rated the other law schools in that specialty area on a 5-point scale. Those schools with the highest average scores among those raters who rated them appear in the rankings and are ranked in descending order based on their average peer score they received in that specialty area. In all the previous law school specialty rankings, the law school raters chose their top 15 in a specialty area. This new methodology produced a significantly larger number of schools that were ranked in each specialty area – in some cases five or six times more. ... [A]ll programs that received 10 or more ratings are numerically ranked in that specialty. Schools with less than 10 ratings in a specialty aren't listed.

Other 2020 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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