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Thursday, March 21, 2019

2020 U.S. News International Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2020 U.S. News International Law Rankings include the international law programs at 186 law schools (the faculty survey had a 44% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.8 NYU
2 4.5 Harvard
3 4.4 Columbia
4 4.3 Yale
5 4.2 George Washington
5 4.2 Georgetown
5 4.2 Michigan
8 4.1 Duke
9 4.0 American
10 3.9 UC-Berkeley
10 3.9 Virginia
12 3.8 Stanford
13 3.7 Cornell
14 3.6 Pennsylvania
14 3.6 UCLA
16 3.5 Chicago
16 3.5 Texas
16 3.5 Vanderbilt
19 3.4 Case Western
19 3.4 Fordham
19 3.4 Georgia
19 3.4 Temple
19 3.4 Washington Univ.
24 3.3 Minnesota
24 3.3 Northwestern
24 3.3 Notre Dame
27 3.1 Arizona State
27 3.1 Indiana (Maurer)
27 3.1 UC-Davis
27 3.1 Wisconsin
31 3.0 Boston College
31 3.0 Boston University
31 3.0 Emory
31 3.0 Miami
31 3.0 Tulane
31 3.0 UC-Hastings
31 3.0 UC-Irvine
38 2.9 Pacific
38 2.9 Washington & Lee
40 2.8 Denver
40 2.8 Iowa
40 2.8 Santa Clara
40 2.8 Univ. of Washington
40 2.8 William & Mary
45 2.7 Colorado
45 2.7 Illinois
45 2.7 Pittsburgh
48 2.6 Arizona
48 2.6 Cardozo
48 2.6 North Carolina
48 2.6 Ohio State
48 2.6 San Diego
48 2.6 USC

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:

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2019/03/2020-us-news-international-law-rankings.html

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Comments

Just a caution: these ratings reflect size and influence but not always quality of education. You can learn a lot about international law at Rutgers or Pepperdine while learning nothing at Yale. Just saying.

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Mar 21, 2019 4:41:50 AM