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Friday, January 21, 2022

2020-21 Moot Court Rankings

UC Hastings Takes Moot Court Crown, Nat'l Jurist, Fall 2021, at 18:

According to an annual ranking by University of Houston Law Center’s Blakely Advocacy Institute, UC Hastings racked up 127.5 points in moot court competitions during the 2020-21 academic year. (The score takes into account the quality of the competitions, their size and the school’s performance.) By comparison, second-place University of Georgia School of Law earned 97.5 points. That’s pretty far back in the rear view mirror.

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January 21, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Sunday, January 16, 2022

2021 Religious Law School Rankings

Most Devout Law SchoolsThe Most Devout Law Schools, preLaw (Winter 2021):

Every two years, preLaw magazine spotlights the country’s Most Devout Law Schools [2019 ranking here]. ... Forty-six law schools in the U.S. have ties to faith. ... 28 law schools ... are associated with the Catholic religion. Many others are rooted to other Christian faiths, and two are Jewish institutions — Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York City and Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Central Islip, N.Y.

Most Devout Christian Law Schools

METHODOLOGY
preLaw magazine bases its Most Devout honor roll on information gathered from law schools and other sources, including: percentage and activity of students and faculty who belong to the faith; number of religion-focused courses and other ways the school incorporates faith into its curriculum; religion-related journals, centers and clinics; religious services and clergy at the law school; and mission of the law school.

Most Devout Catholic Law Schools:

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January 16, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed | Permalink

Friday, January 14, 2022

2022 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Overall Ranking

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2022 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts, I highlighted the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Yesterday, I blogged the Top 50 law school professor rankings, giving equal weight (50%) to the Professors: Teaching and Professors: Accessibility rankings.

Today, in my concluding post, I blog the Princeton Review's overall law school rankings, giving equal weight (20%) to each of the Admissions Selectivity, Academic Experience, Professors: Teaching, Professors: Accessibility, and Career Rating rankings:

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January 14, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, January 13, 2022

2022 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Teaching And Accessibility)

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2022 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Here are the Top 50 law school professor rankings, giving equal weight (50%) to the Professors: Teaching and Professors: Accessibility rankings:

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January 13, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

2022 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Career Rating

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2022 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Career Rating:  This rating measures the confidence students have in their school's ability to lead them to fruitful employment opportunities, as well as the school's own record of having done so. This rating takes into account both student survey responses and school-reported statistical data. We ask students about how much the law program encourages practical experience; the opportunities for externships, internships, and clerkships; and how prepared to practice law they expect to feel after graduating. We ask law schools for the median starting salaries of graduating students; the percentage employed in a job that requires bar passage (and not employed by the school); and the percentage of these students who pass the bar exam the first time they take it. This rating is on a scale of 60–99.

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January 12, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Best Law Schools For Practical Training

The Best Law Schools For Practical Training, preLaw (Spring 2021):

Schools have managed to do incredible work, even during a pandemic when face-to-face clinical work and externship opportunities were disrupted. ... This year, we’re honoring 65 schools, but every law school invests in practical training.

Practical Training

PRACTICAL TRAINING METHODOLOGY
We graded schools on a number of data points, focusing on key practical training offerings such as clinics, externships, simulation courses, pro bono hours and moot trial participation.

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January 11, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed | Permalink

2022 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Accessibility)

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2022 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Professors: Accessible:  This rating is based on how law students rate the accessibility of law faculty members at their school. The rating is on a scale of 60 to 99. 

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January 11, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, January 10, 2022

The 50 Most Downloaded U.S. Tax Law Professors Of 2021

  1. SSRN Logo (2018)Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan):  8,299 downloads
  2. Daniel Hemel (Chicago):  5,211 downloads
  3. Lily Batchelder (NYU):  4,417 downloads
  4. Bridget Crawford (Pace):  4.240 downloads
  5. David Kamin (NYU):  3,999 downloads
  6. Kimberley Clausing (UCLA):  3,821 downloads
  7. Kyle Rozema (Washington University):  3,432 downloads
  8. Dhammika Dharmapala (Chicago): 3,279 downloads
  9. Ruth Mason (Virginia):  3,014 downloads
  10. Richard Ainsworth (Boston University):  2,693 downloads
  11. David Gamage (Indiana):  2,661 downloads
  12. Zachary Liscow (Yale):  2,515 downloads
  13. Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indianapolis):  2,469 downloads
  14. Robert Sitkoff (Harvard):  2,427 downloads
  15. Darien Shanske (UC-Davis):  2,305 downloads
  16. Dan Shaviro (NYU):  2,241 downloads
  17. Louis Kaplow (Harvard):  1,970 downloads
  18. Francine Lipman (UNLV):  1,849 downloads
  19. Brad Borden (Brooklyn):  1,831 downloads
  20. Ari Glogower (Ohio State):  1,804 downloads
  21. Yariv Brauner (Florida):  1,735 downloads
  22. Hugh Ault (Boston College):  1,730 downloads
  23. Gregg Polsky (Georgia):  1,586 downloads
  24. Victor Fleischer (UC-Irvine):  1,488 downloads
  25. Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College):  1,381 downloads
  26. Michael Simkovic (USC):  1,357 downloads
  27. Leandra Lederman (Indiana-Bloomington):  1,352 downloads
  28. Omri Marian (UC-Irvine):  1,321 downloads
  29. Paul Caron (Pepperdine):  1,270 downloads
  30. Diane Ring (Boston College):  1,321 downloads
  31. Rebecca Kysar (Fordham):  1,192 downloads
  32. Cliff Fleming (BYU):  1,187 downloads
  33. Brian Galle (Georgetown):  1,136 downloads
  34. Joshua Blank (UC-Irvine):  1,124 downloads
  35. Steven Dean (Brooklyn):  1,123 downloads

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January 10, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Rankings | Permalink

The 50 Most Downloaded U.S. Law Professors Of 2021

  1. SSRN Logo (2018)Cass Sunstein (Harvard):  33,029 downloads
  2. Michael Klausner (Stanford):  29,220 downloads
  3. Michael Ohlrogge (NYU):  28,562 downloads
  4. Daniel Solove (George Washington):  26,998 downloads
  5. Orin Kerr (UC-Berkeley):  17,527 downloads
  6. Mark Lemley (Stanford):  15,871 downloads
  7. Saule Omarova (Cornell):  15,026 downloads
  8. Lucian Bebchuk (Harvard):  14,884 downloads
  9. Danielle Keats Citron (Virginia):  13,550 downloads
  10. Brian Frye (Kentucky):  12,001 downloads
  11. Dan Kahan (Yale):  10,785 downloads
  12. Eric Goldman (Santa Clara):  10,254 downloads
  13. Herbert Hovenkamp (Penn):  9,801 downloads
  14. Brian Leiter (Chicago):  9,781 downloads
  15. Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan):  8,299 downloads
  16. James Duane (Regent):  8,004 downloads
  17. Robert Chesney (Texas):  7,269 downloads
  18. Woodrow Hartzog (Northeastern):  7,244 downloads
  19. Brian Slocum (McGeorge):  7,118 downloads
  20. Jack Balkin (Yale):  7,029 downloads
  21. William McGeveran (Minnesota):  6,787 downloads
  22. Wulf Kaal (St. Thomas-MN):  6,723 downloads
  23. Josh Blackman (South Texas):  6,567 downloads
  24. Jesse Fried (Harvard):  6,347 downloads
  25. Jeremy Waldron (NYU):  6,328 downloads
  26. Richard Albert (Texas):  6,312 downloads
  27. Richard Hasen (UC-Irvine):  6,284 downloads
  28. Andrew Selbst (UCLA):  6,250 downloads
  29. Neil Richards (Washington University):  6,235 downloads
  30. Nancy Levit (UMKC):  6,171 downloads
  31. Jorge Contreras (Utah):  6,134 downloads
  32. Peter Menell (UC-Berkeley):  6,129 downloads
  33. Eric Posner (Chicago):  6,017 downloads
  34. Ian Ayres (Yale):  5,929 downloads
  35. Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA):  5,806 downloads

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January 10, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

2022 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Teaching)

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2022 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Professors: Interesting:  This rating is based on how students rate the quality of teaching at their law school. This rating is on a scale of 60-99.

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January 10, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, January 7, 2022

2022 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Academic Experience

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2022 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Academic Experience:  This rating measures the quality of the school's learning environment on a scale of 60 to 99. Factors taken into consideration include the Admissions Selectivity Rating, as well as how students rate each of the following: the quality of teaching and the accessibility of their professors, the research resources at their school, the range of available courses, the balance of curricular emphasis on legal theory and practical lawyering, the tolerance for diverse opinions in the classroom, and the degree of intellectual challenge that the coursework presents.

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January 7, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, January 6, 2022

2022 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Admissions Selectivity

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2022 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Admissions Selectivity:  This rating measures the competitiveness of admissions at each law school on a scale of 60–99. Factors taken into consideration include the median LSAT score and undergraduate GPA of entering 1L students, the percentage of applicants who are accepted, and the percentage of applicants who are accepted and ultimately enroll. 

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January 6, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Princeton Review's Best 168 Law Schools (2022 Edition)

Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review has published the 2022 edition of The Best 168 Law Schools (press release) (FAQs) (methodology):

The Princeton Review’s lists ... name the top 10 law schools in 14 categories. The company tallied the lists based on data from its surveys of 15,000 students attending 168 law schools [an average of 89 per school] in the U.S., and of administrators at the schools. ... The Princeton Review's student survey for this project asked students to rate their law schools on dozens of topics and report on their experiences at the schools. The administrator survey collected data on everything from admission requirements, academic offerings, and financial aid to facts about enrolled students and information on graduates' employment. Of the 14 categories of ranking lists, The Princeton Review tallied six lists based on student- and administrator-reported data. Five lists were based solely on student data, and three solely on administrator data.

Best Quality of Life:  Based on student answers to survey questions on: whether there is a strong sense of community at the school, whether differing opinions are tolerated in the classroom, the location of the school, the quality of social life at the school, the school's research resources (library, computer and database resources).

  1. Virginia
  2. Vanderbilt
  3. Florida State
  4. Samford
  5. Penn

Best Professors:  Based on student answers to survey questions concerning how good their professors are as teachers and how accessible they are outside the classroom.

  1. Virginia
  2. Chicago
  3. Duke
  4. Washington & Lee
  5. Stanford

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January 4, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, December 20, 2021

Law School Rankings By Fall 2021 Acceptance Rate

Following up on Wednesday's release by the ABA of Fall 2021 admissions data: this is the third of three posts on the impact of that data on the forthcoming 2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings (the 2022 rankings are here). In the current methodology, a law school's acceptance rate counts 1% in the overall ranking. 

Rank School 2021 Acceptance Rate 2020 Acceptance Rate
1 Yale 4.12 7.40 (1)
2 Stanford 6.28 10.48 (2)
3 Harvard 6.90 13.00 (3)
4 Penn 9.39 14.30 (5)
5 Virginia 9.66 14.05 (4)
6 Michigan 10.65 16.36 (6)
7 Columbia 11.42 16.69 (7)
8 Chicago 11.91 17.86 (9)
9 Georgetown 12.88 20.10 (16)
10 USC 12.96 17.18 (8)
11 UC-Berkeley 13.66 21.53 (20)
12 Northwestern 13.91 19.2 (13)
13 Vanderbilt 14.25 22.57 (25)
14 Duke 14.45 22.34 (23)
15 NYU 14.52 21.58 (21)
16 Texas 15.24 18.43 (11)
17 Cornell 15.41 19.03 (12)
18 UCLA 15.43 22.75 (26)
19 North Carolina 15.46 21.62 (22)
20 Washington University 15.88 20.31 (19)
21 UC-Irvine 16.83 20.30 (18)
22 Florida 17.43 19.77 (15)
23 Notre Dame 17.51 20.28 (17)
24 Fordham 17.69 27.37 (31)
25 Villanova 17.80 29.75 (36)
26 Boston University 18.33 24.93 (28)
27 Texas A&M 18.41 22.43 (24)
28 Georgia 18.48 19.35 (14)
29 Florida Int'l 20.56 27.33 (30)
30 Arizona State 20.61 26.19 (29)
31 George Washington 21.57 34.15 (49)
32 Florida State 22.47 29.70 (35)
33 Boston College 23.49 31.84 (39)
34 Northeastern 24.40 35.56 (55)
35 Howard 24.53 34.22 (50)
36 University of Arizona 24.73 27.74 (32)
37 Pepperdine 24.97 28.20 (33)
38 Utah 25.52 33.45 (45)
39 University of Washington 25.57 34.51 (52)
40 Dayton 25.76 36.21 (59)
41 Georgia State 26.96 28.57 (34)
42 George Mason 27.07 22.80 (27)
43 Emory 27.31 32.21 (40)
44 Minnesota 27.57 36.45 (62)
45 Colorado 27.69 36.50 (63)
46 American 27.94 36.35 (60)
47 UC-Hastings 28.04 38.66 (72)
48 Texas Southern 28.18 30.43 (37)
49 UC-Davis 28.26 33.06 (43)
50 Chapman 28.26 32.55 (41)

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December 20, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, December 17, 2021

Law School Rankings By Fall 2021 Median UGPAs

Following up on Wednesday's release by the ABA of Fall 2021 admissions data: this is the second of three posts on the impact of that data on the forthcoming 2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings (the 2022 rankings are here). In the current methodology, a law school's median UGPA counts 8.75% in the overall ranking. 

Rank School 2021 UGPA 2020 UGPA
1 Alabama 3.94 3.94 (1)
1 Yale 3.94 3.94 (1)
3 Washington University 3.93 3.88 (7)
4 Harvard 3.92 3.88 (7)
5 Chicago 3.91 3.89 (4)
5 Stanford 3.91 3.89 (4)
5 Virginia 3.91 3.90 (3)
8 Penn 3.90 3.89 (4)
9 Vanderbilt 3.89 3.82 (14)
10 Cornell 3.86 3.86 (9)
10 Florida 3.86 3.84 (11)
10 Northwestern 3.86 3.85 (10)
10 NYU 3.86 3.82 (14)
14 Arizona State 3.85 3.83 (12)
14 BYU 3.85 3.82 (14)
14 Georgetown 3.85 3.78 (24)
17 Columbia 3.84 3.82 (14)
17 Michigan 3.84 3.76 (30)
17 Texas A&M 3.84 3.76 (30)
20 George Washington 3.83 3.76 (30)
20 UC-Berkeley 3.83 3.81 (18)
22 Duke 3.82 3.80 (19)
22 Florida State 3.82 3.72 (37)
22 Georgia 3.82 3.78 (24)
22 UCLA 3.82 3.79 (22)
22 USC 3.82 3.83 (12)
22 Utah 3.82 3.77 (27)
28 George Mason 3.81 3.77 (27)
29 Emory 3.80 3.80 (19)
29 Minnesota 3.80 3.77 (27)
29 Pepperdine 3.80 3.68 (41)
29 Texas 3.80 3.76 (30)
33 Ohio State 3.79 3.79 (22)
34 William & Mary 3.78 3.60 (71)
35 Boston University 3.77 3.80 (19)
35 Indiana (Maurer) 3.77 3.78 (24)
35 Notre Dame 3.77 3.75 (34)
38 Penn State-University Park 3.76 3.72 (37)
38 SMU 3.76 3.73 (34)
40 Puerto Rico 3.75 3.61 (67)
40 Wayne State 3.75 3.65 (48)
42 Cardozo 3.74 3.65 (48)
43 North Carolina 3.73 3.68 (41)
44 Belmont 3.71 3.60 (71)
45 Cincinnati 3.70 3.65 (48)
45 Fordham 3.70 3.64 (55)
45 Maryland 3.70 3.66 (45)
45 Richmond 3.70 3.62 (65)
45 San Diego 3.70 3.65 (48)
45 UC-Davis 3.70 3.72 (37)
45 UNLV 3.70 3.67 (44)
45 Villanova 3.70 3.63 (58)

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December 17, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Law School Rankings By Fall 2021 Median LSAT Scores

Following up on yesterday's release by the ABA of Fall 2021 admissions data: this is the first of three posts on the impact of that data on the forthcoming 2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings (the 2022 rankings are here). In the current methodology, a law school's median LSAT and GRE scores count 11.25% in the overall ranking. Because the ABA only reports GRE scores for law schools with 10 or more admitted students with GRE scores, the rankings below are based solely on median LSAT scores:

Rank School 2021 LSAT 2020 LSAT
1 Columbia 174 172 (3)
1 Harvard 174 173 (1)
1 Yale 174 173 (1)
4 Chicago 172 171 (4)
4 NYU 172 170 (6)
4 Stanford 172 171 (4)
7 Cornell 171 168 (14)
7 Georgetown 171 168 (14)
7 Michigan 171 169 (9)
7 Northwestern 171 169 (9)
7 Penn 171 170 (6)
7 Virginia 171 170 (6)
13 Duke 170 169 (9)
13 UCLA 170 169 (9)
13 Washington University 170 169 (9)
16 Boston University 169 167 (18)
16 Texas 169 168 (14)
16 UC-Berkeley 169 168 (14)
16 Vanderbilt 169 167 (18)
20 Notre Dame 168 167 (18)
20 USC 168 167 (18)
22 BYU 167 166 (22)
22 Emory 167 166 (22)
22 Florida 167 165 (26)
22 George Washington 167 166 (22)
22 UC-Irvine 167 166 (22)
27 Arizona State 166 165 (26)
27 Fordham 166 164 (30)
27 Georgia 166 165 (26)
27 Minnesota 166 165 (26)
31 Alabama 165 164 (30)
31 Boston College 165 164 (30)
31 UC-Davis 165 163 (34)
34 Cardozo 164 162 (42)
34 Colorado 164 163 (34)
34 George Mason 164 164 (30)
34 Illinois 164 162 (42)
34 Indiana (Maurer) 164 162 (42)
34 North Carolina 164 163 (34)
34 Pepperdine 164 162 (42)
34 University of Washington 164 162 (42)
34 Washington & Lee 164 163 (34)
34 William & Mary 164 163 (34)
34 Wisconsin 164 163 (34)
45 University of Arizona 163 163 (34)
45 Florida State 163 161 (49)
45 Iowa 163 161 (49)
45 Ohio State 163 161 (49)
45 SMU 163 162 (42)
45 Temple 163 161 (49)
45 Texas A&M 163 160 (55)
45 Utah 163 161 (49)
45 Wake Forest 163 163 (34)

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December 16, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

July 2021 California Bar Exam Results For Out-Of-State Law Schools

CA state bar logo PNGFollowing up on yesterday's post on the July 2021 California Bar Exam results for in-state law schools: the state bar has released comparable data for out-of-state law schools. Overall, 52.6% of all applicants passed the California bar exam. Among graduates of ABA-accredited law schools, first-time takers from in-state law schools passed at a higher rate (80.1%) than students from out-of state law schools (75.1%).

Out-of-state law schools with the highest pass rates:
Harvard: 98.6% (70 students took the exam)
Michigan: 97.7% (44)
Chicago: 93.9% (33)
BYU: 93.8% (16)
Notre Dame: 93.8% (16)
NYU: 93.3% (30)
Columbia: 93.0% (43)
Yale: 92.9% (28)
Virginia: 92.6% (27)
Duke: 91.7% (24)
Northwestern: 91.4% (35)
Penn: 87.5% (24)
Georgetown: 86.4% (44)

Out-of-state law schools with the lowest pass rates:

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December 15, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

July 2021 California Bar Exam Results

California State BarThe California State Bar has released school-by-school data on the July 2021 California Bar Exam.  Here are the results for first time test takers for the 18 California ABA-accredited law schools, along with each school's U.S. News ranking (California and overall):

Bar Pass

Rank (Rate)

 

School

US News Rank

CA (Overall)

1 (95.4%)

UC-Berkeley

2 (9)

2 (94.4%)

Stanford

1 (2)

3 (94.3%)

USC

4 (19)

4 (93.1%)

UCLA.

3 (14)

5 (88.9%)

UC-Irvine

5 (35)

6 (86.2%)

Loyola-L.A.

 9 (72)

7 (84.9%)

Pepperdine

7 (46)

8 (82.6%)

UC-Hastings

8 (50)

9 (80.8%)

UC-Davis

5 (35)

10 (80.4%)

San Diego

10 (86)

      80.1%

Statewide Ave. (CA ABA-accredited)

11 (78.8%)

Chapman

12 (134)

12 (77.2%)

Southwestern

Rank Not Published

13 (70.1%)

McGeorge

13 (141)

14 (66.9%)

Santa Clara

11 (126)

15 (64.9%)

San Francisco

Rank Not Published

16 (64.3%)

Cal-Western

Rank Not Published

17 (49.2%)

Western State

Rank Not Published

18 (36.3%)

Golden Gate

Rank Not Published

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December 14, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Former Temple Dean Convicted In U.S. News Rankings Scandal Fraud; AUSA Hopes Case Send A Message To Administrators At Other Schools

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Philadelphia Inquirer, Former Temple Business School Dean Guilty in Rankings Scandal Fraud Case:

Temple University (2018)The rankings scandal cost Porat his job as dean and the university hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal settlements.

The former dean of Temple University’s Fox School of Business was convicted Monday of orchestrating a complex fraud scheme to propel his college to the top of national rankings and defraud its students and donors based on that unearned reputation.

Moshe Porat — who led the school for more than two decades until he was fired for the misrepresentations in 2018 — shook his head quietly as the jury announced it had found him guilty of federal conspiracy and wire fraud charges now likely to send him to prison.

It took the panel of eight women and four men less than an hour to conclude that he, along with two of his subordinates, had for years knowingly embellished the data they were sending on Fox’s students to the magazine U.S. News & World Report, allowing its online MBA program to achieve its No. 1 ranking for four straight years.

The distinction helped Fox more than double its enrollment for the program between 2014 and 2017, raking in millions in tuition payments from students and donor dollars.

“The hope is that this case sends a message to other college and university administrators that there are real consequences to making representations that students and applicants rely on,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark B. Dubnoff said. “So many people turn to these rankings … to help them make informed decisions of where to go to college, graduate school, and it’s important that people are honest and fully truthful with the representations they make.”

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November 30, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Yale Dean Finds 'Something Fishy' In B-School Rankings, Highlights Need For Greater Transparency

Chronicle of Higher Education, Is This College Ranking Faulty?:

Bloomberg Business School Rankings (2021-22)A dean found something fishy in a magazine’s list of business schools. The editors say he’s off base.

There was a lot that Anjani Jain liked about Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of business schools. It was only when the deputy dean at the Yale School of Management dug deeper that it stopped making sense to him.

Like most publications that rate institutions of higher education, this one chose certain categories to evaluate, such as how much money graduates make, and weighted each category based on its importance. But unlike with many other rankings, Businessweek asked students, recent alumni, and recruiters what was important to them, and used their responses to determine how much weight to give to each of the five categories it used to evaluate schools: compensation, learning, networking, entrepreneurship, and diversity. To Jain, this seemed like a good idea.

The dean, who has a background in mathematics, physics, and operations research, began poking around at the numbers, trying to replicate the ranking using the information that was public. He has tinkered with other rankings too; digging into the calculations can be a way for him to procrastinate when he has other work. But when following Businessweek’s published methodology, Jain’s ranking of the business schools did not come out in the same order.

“I noticed that somehow there were numerical anomalies,” he said. The crowdsourced weights that the magazine said it gave to each of its five categories didn’t seem to yield the ranking order the magazine had published.

Perplexed, Jain wrote to Businessweek. An editor wrote back, explaining that the weights had been applied to raw scores, rather than the scores published.

Jain was skeptical. He believed that he had deduced what the weights would have to be in order to recreate the list that Businessweek published. Those weights, he said, were not the same as what the magazine had gotten from its surveys.

The way Jain sees it, one of two things happened. Either the weights were applied to the data before it was normalized — a mathematical process that can be used to ensure that data sets are being compared on the same numerical scale — which would be a statistical error, he said. Or the ranking was calculated accurately, but after the fact some sort of “mysterious manipulation,” as Jain put it, took place.

Businessweek editor did not respond to The Chronicle’s request for comment. The magazine stands by its ranking. ... The spokesperson said that the magazine’s methodology was vetted by multiple data scientists and that disclosing raw data “would create the possibility that the rankings could be reverse-engineered or gamed by a school for an unfair advantage.” ... 

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November 24, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, November 12, 2021

Only 2 Of The 50 Most-Cited Legal Scholars Are Women

Fred R. Shapiro (Yale), The Most-Cited Legal Scholars Revisited, 88 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1595 (2021):

Shapiro 3This Essay presents a list of the fifty most-cited legal scholars of all time, intending to spotlight individuals who have had a very notable impact on legal thought and institutions. Because citation counting favors scholars who have had long careers, I supplement the main listing with a ranking of the most-cited younger legal scholars. In addition, I include five specialized lists: most-cited international law scholars, most-cited corporate law scholars, most-cited scholars of critical race theory and feminist jurisprudence, most-cited public law scholars, and most-cited scholars of law and social science. (For those readers who cannot wait to see the actual lists, Tables 1–7 are on pages 8–11.)

The utility of citation totals as indicators of scholarly quality or even of scholarly influence is controversial, but they have been shown to correlate positively with informed subjective assessments. The danger in relying on such counts is that, because they are so convenient, they will be disproportionately relied upon relative to their actual probative value. There are a number of significant biases in citation statistics, and there are a variety of pitfalls that should be avoided in attempting to compile meaningful citation data. I will describe these biases and pitfalls when I explain the derivation and methodology of my study. It is my hope that I have produced tabulations that, although they clearly have imperfections, can serve as examples of careful analysis. Such examples are sorely needed after flawed proposed “scholarly impact rankings” by the U.S. News and World Report threatened to have a harmful effect on legal education.

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November 12, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

U.S. News Crime Spree: Florida Students Steal 40 Of 75 Banners Celebrating Top 5 Public University Ranking

The Independent Florida Alligator, Forty UF Top-Five Banners Stolen From Campus:

UF Top 5Seventy-five banners that read “Top 5” hung at UF. Now, only 35 remain.

Forty banners celebrating the school’s new national ranking have been stolen across the UF campus.

Since the week of Sept. 13, the missing banners amount to a loss of almost $3,000, UF spokesperson Steve Orlando said. The double-sided, vinyl hangings are 24 inches wide and 72 inches tall. They cost about $73 each. ...

In less than one month, the banners have disappeared just as quickly as they were put up. Within six days of the U.S. News and World Report ranking announcement, banners were hung around campus including the Reitz Lawn, Plaza of the Americas and along Union Road. ...

Orlando attributes these thefts to excitement about the university’s new ranking. “We were glad that people are excited about the number five ranking,” he said. “We would prefer it if they would find another way to express their excitement.” ...

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October 19, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, October 18, 2021

U.S. News Releases Elementary School (!) Rankings

U.S. News & World Report, New Elementary and Middle Schools Rankings Launched:

U.S. News Elementary School RankingsToday, for the first time, U.S. News published rankings of public elementary and middle schools [methodology here]. Like our annual Best High Schools rankings, we hope these statistical assessments are a useful resource for parents in conjunction with the accompanying data we publish on school characteristics.

All public schools were ranked for which source data and history allowed. In other words, whether a school was ranked or unranked was independent of academic quality. About 81% of public schools with elementary and middle school grades received a ranking.

Including ranked and unranked schools, U.S. News now lists 118,332 public and private grade schools in its directory; among which U.S. News ranked 79,941 unique public grade schools in 2021. These include 47,325 schools newly ranked as elementary schools and 23,255 as middle schools — some of which are in both rankings.

Unlike the high school rankings, there are no national rankings of elementary and middle schools. There are overall state rankings and state rankings broken out by school district. We also published statewide rankings specific to charter schools and magnet schools.

Drexel Dean Dan Filler's 2008 tongue in cheek announcement of a U.S. News Preschool Rankings has nearly come true:  U.S. News lists, but does not rank, over 1,500 preschools.

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October 18, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Law & Society Association Statement On Rejection Of 'Scholarly Impact' Ranking Of Law Faculty

Following up on my previous post, U.S. News Abandons Plan To Issue Citations Ranking Of Law Faculty:  Law & Society Association, Statement on Recent Rejection of “Scholarly Impact” Metric:

Hein US NewsThe U.S. News and World Report Decided to Reject a Proposed Law School Rankings Metric that Would Have Impacted LSA Scholars

The Law and Society Association is pleased to report that the U.S. News and World Report has decided not to proceed with its proposal to add a measure of “scholarly impact” to its law school rankings. This report summarizes the Association’s concerns and actions taken while the metric was under consideration.

The proposed metric for measuring scholarly impact was to be drawn from citations in the Hein database which is comprised primarily of law review articles. The Law & Society Association was concerned with the implications for our members, many of whom write books, book chapters and peer-reviewed articles that appear in and are frequently cited in publications other than law reviews. For that reason, the scholarly impact of our members’ scholarship would not have been accurately represented in the proposed metric. In addition, non-doctrinal and data-driven socio-legal scholarship ordinarily does not amass as many citations as constitutional or purely doctrinal articles do. Moreover, if law schools attempted to game the system to improve their rankings, as has happened with other U.S. News metrics, the intellectual, interdisciplinary, and racial diversity of law school faculties and the range of topics they choose to write on might have been negatively affected.

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October 12, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Admissions Data At 75% Of The U.S. News Top 50: Higher LSATs, UGPAs, And Enrollment

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  with Spivey Consulting reporting the admissions statistics for 75% of the U.S. News Top 50 law schools, LSAT (+1.4) and UGPA (+0.4) medians are up, as well as enrollment (+29.0). (Yellow shading indicates law schools added since my August 30 post): 

Top 50

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Monday, September 13, 2021

2022 U.S. News College Rankings

US NewsU.S. News & World Report has released its 2022 College Rankings. Here are the Top 25 National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges:

Rank

National Universities

1

Princeton

2

Columbia

2

Harvard

2

MIT

5 Yale
6 Stanford
6 Chicago 
8 Penn 
9 Cal-Tech
9 Duke 
9 Johns Hopkins 
9 Northwestern 
13 Dartmouth 
14 Brown 
14 Vanderbilt 
14 Washington (St. Louis) 
17 Cornell 
17 Rice 
19 Notre Dame 
20 UCLA 
21 Emory 
22 UC-Berkeley 
23 Georgetown 
23 Michigan 
25 Carnegie Mellon 
25 Virginia

Pepperdine is ranked #49.

Prior Years' U.S. News National University Rankings:

2022 U.S. News Liberal Arts College Rankings:

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September 13, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, September 9, 2021

U.S. News Law School Rankings: Bar Exam Performance

U.S. News & World Report, How to Assess Law School Bar Passage Rates:

Here is a list of the 10 ranked law schools in the 2022 U.S. News Best Law Schools rankings whose first-time bar exam pass rates exceeded the average by the greatest margin within the jurisdiction where their graduates most frequently took the bar.

Law School 

2019 Bar Rank

2020 Median LSAT

2019 State Bar Pass Rate 1st-Time Test-Takers

2019 Overall State Bar Pass Rate

2019 Over-performance

U.S. News Overall Rank

Stanford 1 171 92.4% (CA) 59.5% 55.3% 2
UC-Berkeley 2 168 88.7% (CA) 59.5% 49.1% 9
UCLA 3 169 87.5% (CA) 59.5% 47.1% 14
USC 4 167 86.6% (CA) 59.5% 45.5% 19
UC-Davis 5 163 85.3% (CA) 59.5% 43.4% 35
Pepperdine 6 162 81.0% (CA) 59.5% 36.13% 46
Virginia 7 170 100% (NY) 73.5% 36.05% 8
UC-Irvine 8 166 80.6% (CA) 59.5% 35.5% 35
Pennsylvania 9 170 99.2% (NY) 73.5% 35.0% 6
Harvard 10 173 98.9% (NY) 73.5% 34.6% 3

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September 9, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Bahadur: The U.S. News Law School Rankings Are Racist

Rory D. Bahadur (Washburn; HeinOnline), Law School Rankings and The Impossibility of Anti-Racism, 53 St. Mary's L.J. ___ (2022):

U.S. News Law (2019)The U.S. News and World Report Law School Rankings invoke ideas about excellence and high achievement in the legal academy, but under the surface, they also operate as a catalyst for systemic racism. They do this by capitalizing on system justification, a palliative evolutionary mechanism that forces all members of society, from privileged high socioeconomic groups to the disenfranchised, to buttress the societal status quo pervasively and unconsciously.

These responsive desires to keep the status quo invoked by the rankings are the same ones responsible for the perpetuation of the caste system in India, and every other division of human societies into dominant and disenfranchised groups. This system justification is not subject to introspection because it operates through powerful unconscious mechanisms. As a result, consciously antiracist people do not experience dissonance when making institutional decisions based on the rankings, even though those decisions perpetuate deeply rooted structural racism.

The only schools enrolling black students at the same level as their representation in the general population are the schools U.S. News ranks so poorly that they are not even assigned a numerical ranking, listed only as Tier 2 schools.

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August 31, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, August 30, 2021

Admissions Data At Nearly Half Of The U.S. News Top 50: Higher LSATs, UGPAs, And Enrollment

Following up on last week's post:  with Spivey Consulting reporting the admissions statistics for nearly half of the U.S. News Top 50 law schools, LSAT (+1.3) and UGPA (+0.4) medians are up, as well as enrollment (+17.0):

1L Class Updated (090321)

Ten law schools increased enrollment by 15% or more:

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August 30, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, August 26, 2021

The Most-Cited Deans At The 68 Most-Cited Law Schools

Following up on yesterday's post, The 68 Most-Cited Law Faculties: here are the 30 deans among the 10-most cited faculty at the Top 68 law schools:

3.  Harvard:  John Manning
6.  UC-Berkeley:  Erwin Chemerinsky
9.  Vanderbilt:  Chris Guthrie
15. Cornell:  Jens David Ohlin 
22. UC-Davis:  Kevin Johnson
23. Boston University:  Angela Onwuachi-Willig; St. Thomas (MN):  Robert Vischer 
27. Arizona:  Marc Miller; William & Mary:  A. Benjamin Spencer 
29. USC:  Andrew Guzman 
30. San Diego:  Robert Schapiro
31. Illinois:  Vikram Amar
36. Utah:  Elizabeth Kronk Warner; Case Western:  Jessica Berg
40. UC-Hastings:  David Faigman
43. Ohio State:  Lincoln Davies; Georgia:  Peter Rutledge
46. American:  Roger A. Fairfax, Jr.; Florida State:  Erin O'Hara O'Connor
49. BYU:  Gordon Smith; Wake Forest:  Jane Aiken 
52. Florida:  Laura  Rosenbury; Iowa:  Kevin Washburn; Richmond: Wendy Collins Perdue
57. Missouri:  Lyrissa Lidsky; San Francisco: Susan Freiwald
59. Boston College:  Diane Ring; Wisconsin:  Daniel Tokaji; Pittsburgh: Amy Wildermuth
63. Pepperdine:  Paul Caron 

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The Most-Cited Tax Faculty At The 68 Most-Cited Law Schools

Following up on this morning's post, The 68 Most-Cited Law Faculties:  here are the 23 Tax Profs among the 10-most cited faculty at the Top 68 law schools:

2.  Chicago:  Daniel Hemel
3.  Harvard:  Louis Kaplow
13.  Michigan:  Reuven Avi-Yonah 
14.  UC-Irvine:  Vic Fleischer
18.  Minnesota:  Kristin Hickman
22.  UC-Davis:  Darien Shanske
29.  USC:  Ed McCaffery, Mike Simkovic
33.  Cardozo:  Ed Zelinsky
43.  Alabama:  Susan Pace Hamill; Georgia:  Gregg Polsky
49.  BYU:  Cliff Fleming
52.  Indiana:  David Gamage, Leandra Lederman; Iowa:  Andy Grewal
59.  Boston College:  Ray Madoff, Shu-Yi Oei, Jim Repetti, Diane Ring; Pittsburgh:  Tony Infanti
63.  Loyola-L.A.:  Ellen Aprill; Pepperdine:  Paul Caron; Santa Clara:  Pat Cain

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August 25, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Rankings, Tax Rankings | Permalink

The 68 Most-Cited Law Faculties

Gregory C. Sisk (St. Thomas) & Nicole Catlin (St. Thomas), Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties in 2021: Updating the Leiter Score Ranking for the Top Third:

This updated 2021 study explores the scholarly impact of law faculties, ranking the top third of ABA-accredited law schools. Refined by 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 faculty members. In addition to a school-by-school ranking, we report the mean, median, and weighted score, along with a list of the tenured law faculty members at each school with the ten highest individual citation counts. ...

To rank law faculties by scholarly impact in 2021, we examined the tenured faculties of 99 law schools. Based on the results of our prior studies of scholarly impact, we included all law schools that previously scored in or near the top 70 for Scholarly Impact Ranking.

Rank  School  Most Cited Scholars
(* indicates 70 or older in 2021)
U.S. News
Peer Rank
U.S. News Overall Rank
1 Yale  *Ackerman, B.; Amar, A.; Ayres, I.; Balkin, J.; *Eskridge, W.; Koh, H.; Macey, J.; *Post, R.; Siegel, R.; Tyler, T. 1 1
2 Chicago  Baude, W.; Ben-Shahar, O.; Bradley, C.; Ginsburg, T.; Hemel, D.; Huq, A.; * Nussbaum, M.; Posner, E.; * Stone, G.; Strauss, D. 5 4
3 Harvard Bebchuk, L.; Fallon, R.; Goldsmith, J.; Kaplow, L.; Klarman, M.; *Kraakman, R.; Lessig, L.; Manning, J.;  *Shavell, S.; Vermeule, A.; 1 3
4 NYU  Barkow, R.; Choi, S.; *Epstein, R.; Friedman, B.; Issacharoff, S.; *Miller, A.; *Miller, G.; Pildes, R.; Revesz, R.; Waldron, J.  5 6
5 Columbia  Briffault, R.; *Coffee, J.; Crenshaw, K.; Fagan, J.; Gilson, R.; *Gordon, J.; Hamburger, P.; *Merrill, T.; Metzger, G.; Pozen, D.  4 4
6 UC-Berkeley  Chemerinsky, E.; *Cooter, R.; *Farber, D.; Kerr, O.; Menell, P.; Merges, R.; *Samuelson, P.; Schwartz, P.; Solomon, S.; Yoo, J.  7 9
6 Stanford  *Friedman, L.; *Hensler, D.; Lemley, M.; McConnell, M.; O'Connell, A.; Ouellette, L.; Persily, N.; *Polinsky, A.; Sklansky, D.; Sykes, A. 1 2
8 Penn Baker, T.; *Burbank, S.; Coglianese, C.; Fisch, J.; Hoffman, D.; *Hovenkamp, H.; Parchomovsky, G.; Roberts, D.; *Robinson, P.; Skeel, D. 8 6
9 Virginia  Cahn, N.; Citron, D.; Duffy, J.; Gulati, G.; *Laycock, D.; Nelson, C.; Prakash, S.; * Schauer, F.; Solum, L.; * White, G. 8 8
9 Vanderbilt  Bressman, L.; Guthrie, C.; King, N.; Rossi, J.; *Rubin, E.; Ruhl, J.B.; Sherry, S.; * Slobogin, C.; Thomas, R.; * Viscusi, W. 17 16
11 UCLA  Bainbridge, S.; Carbado, D.; Crenshaw, K.; Eagly, I.; Kang, J.; Korobkin, R.; Motomura, H.; Raustiala, K.; Volokh, E.; Winkler, A.  15 14
12 Duke Adler, M.; Blocher, J.; *Cox, J.; Garrett, B.; Helfer, L.; Lemos, M.; Rai, A.; *Schwarcz, S.; Siegel, N.; Young, E.  12 10
13 Michigan Avi-Yonah, R.; Bagenstos, S.; Crane, D.; Eisenberg, R.; Litman, J.; *MacKinnon, C.; Primus, R.; Pritchard, A.; Schlanger, M.; *Schneider, C.  8 10
14 UC-Irvine  Burk, D.; Fleischer, V.; Goodwin, M.; Hasen, R.; Leslie, C.; *Menkel-Meadow, C.; Moran, R.; Reese, R.; Shaffer, G.; Simons, K.  19 35
15 Northwestern  * Allen, R.; Black, B.; Calabresi, S.; Dana, D.; * Diamond, S.; Kang, M.; Koppelman, A.; McGinnis, J.; Pfander, J.; *Redish, M.; Schwartz, D. 12 12
15 Cornell Blume, J.; *Clermont, K.; Dorf, M.; Grimmelmann, J.; *Hans, V.; Heise, M.; Johnson, S.; Ohlin, J.; Rachlinski, J.; Sherwin, E.; Tebbe, N.  11 13
17 Georgetown Barnett, R.; Butler, P.; Cohen, J.; *Gostin, L.; Katyal, N.; * Langevoort, D.; Levitin, A.; * Luban, D.; Ohm, P.; * Thompson, R.; West, R. 12 15
18 George Washington  Abramowicz, M.; Braman, D.; Colby, T.; Glicksman, R.; Kovacic, W.; Lee, C.; Murphy, S.; *Pierce, R.; Rosen, J.; Solove, D.  23 27
18 Texas * Bone, R.; Chesney, R.; Forbath, W.; Golden, J.; * Levinson, S.; *McGarity, T.; * Sager, L.; Spence, D.; Vladeck, S.; Wagner, W. 15 16
18 Minnesota Carbone, J.; Cotter, T.; Hickman, K.; Hill, C.; Klass, A.; *Kritzer, H.; McDonnell, B.; Painter, R.; Schwarcz, D.; *Tonry, M. 19 22
21 Washington University *Appleton, S.; Epstein, L.; Inazu, J.; *Joy, P.; Kim, P.; Kuehn, R.; *Levin, R.; Richards, N.; *Seligman, J.; Tamanaha, B. 18 16
22 UC-Davis Bhagwat, A.; Chin, G.; Dodge, W.; Horton, D.; Joh, E.; Johnson, K.; Joslin, C.; Lee, P.; Pruitt, L.; Shanske, D.  23 35
23 George Mason  Bernstein, D.; Butler, H.; Garoupa, N.; Kobayashi, B.; Kontorovich, E.; Mossoff, A.; *Muris, T.; Somin, I.; Wright, J.; Zywicki, T. 64 41
23 Fordham  *Brudney, J.; Capers, B.; Davidson, N.; Green, B.; Griffith, S.; Huntington, C.; Leib, E.; Pearce, R.; Pfaff, J.; Zipursky, B. 28 35
23 Boston University *Annas, G.; Beermann, J.; Fleming, J.; Gordon, W.; Hylton, K.; Lawson, G.; Maclin, T.; McClain, L.; Meurer, M.; Onwuachi-Willig, A.; 23 20
23 St. Thomas (MN) Berg, T.; *Hamilton, N.; *Johnson, L.; Kaal, W.; Nichols, J.; Organ, J.; Osler, M.; Paulsen, M.; Sisk, G.; Vischer, R. 141 126
27 Arizona Bambauer, D.; Bambauer, J.; Bublick, E.; Coan, A.; Engel, K.; Massaro, T.; Miller, M.; Orbach, B.; Puig, S.; Tsosie, R.; *Williams, R. 40 46
27 William & Mary Bellin, J.; Bruhl, A.; Criddle, E.; Devins, N.; Gershowitz, A.; Ibrahim, D.; Larsen, A.; *Marcus, P.; Oman, N.; Spencer, A.; Zick, T. 28 35
29 USC Barnett, J.; Barry, J.; Craig, R.; Estrich, S.; Guzman, A.; Klerman, D.; McCaffery, E.; Rasmussen, R.; Roithmayr, D.; Simkovic, M.; Simon, D.; Sokol, D.  19 19
30 San Diego *Alexander, L.; Bell, A.; Dripps, D.; Hirsch, A.; Lobel, O.; Ramsey, M.; Rappaport, M.; Schapiro, R.; Sichelman, T.; Smith, S.; 56 86
31 Notre Dame  Alford, R.; Bellia, A.; Bray, S.; Cushman, B.; Garnett, R.; Kozel, R.; Miller, P.; *Newton, N.; O'Connell, M.; Pojanowski, J.; Tidmarsh, J.  23 22
31 Illinois  Amar, V.; *Finkin, M.; Heald, P.; Kesan, J.; Lawless, R.; Mazzone, J.; *Moore, M.; Robbennolt, J.; Thomas, S.; Wilson, R.  40 29
33 Cardozo Buccafusco, C.; Gilles, M.; Herz, M.; Markowitz, P.; Reinert, A.; *Rosenfeld, M.; *Scheck, B.; Sebok, A.; Sterk, S.; *Zelinsky, E. 52 53
33 Brooklyn  Araiza, W.; Baer, M.; Bernstein, A.; Gold, A.; Janger, E.; *Karmel, R.; Pasquale, F.; Ristroph, A.; *Schneider, E.; Simonson, J.; Solan, L.  64 81
33 Colorado  Anaya, S.; Carpenter, K.; Gerding, E.; Gruber, A.; Huang, P.; Kaminski, M.; Krakoff, S.; *Mueller, C.; Norton, H.; Peppet, S.; Schlag, P.; Schwartz, A.; Surden, H.  40 48
36 Utah Adler, R.; Anghie, A.; Baughman, S.; Cassell, P.; Contreras, J.; *Francis, L.; Jones, R.; *Keiter, R.; Peterson, C.; Tokson, M.; Warner, E.  48 43
36 Case Western  Adler, J.; Berg, J.; Hill, B.; Hoffman, S.; Korsmo, C.; Ku, R.; Nard, C.; Perzanowski, A.; Robertson, C.; Scharf, M.  73 72
36 North Carolina  Ardia, D.; *Conley, J.; Coyle, J.; Gerhardt, M.; *Hazen, T.; Hessick, C.; Hessick, F.; Jacoby, M.; *Marshall, W.; Nichol, G.; Papandrea, M.  23 24
36 Emory Dudziak, M.; *Fineman, M.; Freer, R.; Holbrook, T.; Hutchinson, D.; Nash, J.; *Perry, M.; Shepherd, J.; Volokh, A.; Witte, J. 19 29
40 Kansas Bhala, R.; Drahozal, C.; Harper Ho, V.; Hoeflich, M.; Levy, R.; Mulligan, L.; Outka, U.; Stacy, T.; Torrance, A.; Ware, S.; Yung, C.  64 70
40 UC-Hastings Depoorter, B.; Dodson, S.; Faigman, D.; Feldman, R.; *Marcus, R.; Mattei, U.; Owen, D.; Price, Z.; Schiller, R.; Williams, J. 40 50
40 Chicago-Kent  Baker, K.; Dinwoodie, G.; Katz, D.; Kim, N.; Krent, H.; Lee, E.; Marder, N.; Reilly, G.; Rosen, M.; Schmidt, C.  73 91
43 Ohio State  Akbar, A.; Berman, D.; Chow, D.; Cole, S.; Colker, R.; Davies, L.; Foley, E.; Hernández, C.; Simmons, R.; Walker, C.  32 40
43 Alabama Andreen, W.; Carroll, J.; * Delgado, R.; Elliott, H.; Grove, T.; Hamill, S.; Hill, J.; Horwitz, P.; Krotoszynski, R.; * Stefancic, J.; Steinman, A. 32 25
43 Georgia Barnett, K.; Bruner, C.; Burch, E.; Cade, J.; Chapman, N.; Coenen, D.; Cohen, H.; Leonard, E.; Polsky, G.; Rodrigues, U.; Rutledge, P.; *Wells, M.; West, S. 32 27
46 American  Anderson, J.; Daskal, J.; Davis, A.; Fairfax, R.; Ferguson, A.; Franck, S.; Frost, A.; *Robbins, I.; Roberts, J.; Wiley, L.  48 81
46 Florida State  Abbott, F.; Bayern, S.; Hsu, S.; Landau, D.; Logan, W.; O’Hara O’Connor, E.; Ryan, E.; Seidenfeld, M.; Stern, N.; Ziegler, M.  45 48
46 Maryland  *Colbert, D.; Ertman, M.; Gifford, D.; Goodmark, L.; Graber, M.; Gray, D.; Percival, R.; Pinard, M.; Ram, N.; Stearns, M.; Steinzor, R.; Tu, K. 48 50
49 Temple  Arewa, O.; Burris, S.; Dunoff, J.; Gugliuzza, P.; Hollis, D.; Lin, T.; Lipson, J.; Mandel, G.; Ramji-Nogales, J.; Rogers, B.; Spiro, P.  56 53
49 BYU  Asay, C.; Fee, J.; *Fleming, J.; Gedicks, F.; Hurt, C.; Jensen, E.; Nielson, A.; Scharffs, B.; Smith, D.; Sun, L.  52 29
49 Wake Forest  Aiken, J.; Chavis, K.; *Green, M.; Hall, M.; Knox, J.; Palmiter, A.; Parks, G.; *Shapiro, S.; Taylor, M.; Wright, R. 45 41
52 Florida  Arnow-Richman, R.; Bornstein, S.; Calvert, C.; *Dowd, N.; Fenster, M.; Nance, J.; Noah, L.; *Page, W.; Rhee, R.; Rosenbury, L.; Stinneford, J.; Wolf, M. 32 21
52 Arizona State Bodansky, D.; Fellmeth, A.; Hodge, J.; Luna, E.; Marchant, G.; Miller, R.; Rule, T.; *Saks, M.; Selmi, M.; Weinstein, J.  32 25
52 Iowa Bohannan, C.; Estin, A.; Gallanis, T.; Grewal, A.; Muller, D.; Pettys, T.; Rantanen, J.; Steinitz, M.; VanderVelde, L.; Washburn, K.; Wing, A.; Yockey, J.  32 29
52 Indiana-Maurer Dau-Schmidt, K.; Fischman, R.; Fuentes-Rohwer, L.; Gamage, D.; Geyh, C.; Henderson, W.; Janis, M.; Johnsen, D.; Lederman, L.; Nagy, D.; Widiss, D.  32 43
52 Richmond Cotropia, C.; Eisen, J.; Erickson, J.; Gibson, J.; Lain, C.; Lash, K.; Osenga, K.; Perdue, W.; *Tobias, C.; Walsh, K.  56 53
57 Missouri  Bowman, F.; Crouch, D.; English, D.; Gely, R.; Lambert, T.; Lidsky, L.; Lietzan, E.; Oliveri, R.; Reuben, R.; Schmitz, A.; Wells, C.  83 60
57 San Francisco  Bazelon, L.; Davis, J.; Freiwald, S.; Green, T.; *Hing, B.; Iglesias, T.; Kaswan, A.; Leo, R.; Ontiveros, M.; Travis, M.  127 147-193
59 Boston College  Bilder, M.; Cassidy, R.; Greenfield, K.; Kanstroom, D.; Liu, J.; Madoff, R.; McCoy, P.; Oei, S.; Olson, D.; Repetti, J.; Ring, D.; Yen, A.  28 29
59 UNLV  Cooper, F.; Griffin, L.; Kagan, M.; Main, T.; McGinley, A.; Orentlicher, D.; Rapoport, N.; Stanchi, K.; Stempel, J.; Sternlight, J.  64 60
59 Wisconsin Brito, T.; Findley, K.; Huneeus, A.; Klingele, C.; Klug, H.; Rogers, J.; Schwartz, D.; Seifter, M.; Tokaji, D.; Yackee, J.  28 29
59 Pittsburgh  Brake, D.; Brand, R.; Carter, W.; *Chew, P.; Crossley, M.; Harris, D.; Infanti, A.; *Lobel, J.; Madison, M.; Wildermuth, A. 64 67
63 Santa Clara  *Cain, P.; Chien, C.; *Glancy, D.; Goldman, E.; Gulasekaram, P.; Kloppenberg, L.; Love, B.; Oberman, M.; Ochoa, T.; Sloss, D.; Spitko, E.; Yosifon, D. 73 126
63 SMU  Carpenter, D.; Colangelo, A.; Coleman, J.; Cortez, N.; Grossman, J.; Hayden, G.; Ryan, M.; *Steinberg, M.; Taylor, D.; Thornburg, E.; Turner, J.  64 52
63 Hofstra Baruch Bush, R.; Burke, A.; Colombo, R.; *Dolgin, J.; Freedman, E.; Greenwood, D.; Ku, J.; Manta, I.; Neumann, R.; *Yaroshefsky, E.  107 119
63 Northeastern * Baker, B.; Davis, M.; Dyal-Chand, R.; Hartzog, W.; * Klare, K.; Medwed, D.; Parmet, W.; Rosenbloom, R.; Waldman, A.; *Williams, P. 73 67
63 Loyola-LA  Aprill, E.; Hayden, P.; Hughes, J.; Levenson, L.; Levitt, J.; Miller, E.; Petherbridge, L.; Romano, C.; Willis, L.; Zimmerman, A.  56 72
63 Pepperdine  Anderson, R.; Caldwell, H.; Caron, P.; Childress, D.; Han, D.; Helfand, M.; McDonald, B.; McNeal, G.; Pushaw, R.; Stipanowich, T.; Weston, M.  64 46

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August 25, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, August 23, 2021

U.S. News Abandons Plan To Issue Citations Ranking Of Law Faculty

Hein US NewsIn February 2019, U.S. News announced it would publish a law faculty scholarly impact ranking in 2019 based on 5-year citation data from HeinOnline (FAQ; Updated FAQ; Additional Guidance). In November 2020, U.S. News announced it would be publishing the ranking in 2021. In June 2021, U.S. News abandoned its effort to rank law faculty scholarly impact:

Bloomberg Law op-ed:  Rankings Shift Could Force Big Changes at U.S. Law Schools, by Joshua Fischman (Virginia) & Michael A. Livermore (Virginia):

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are a powerful force in the world of law schools. Deans’ careers can rise or fall on their schools’ rankings, which affect everything from student recruitment to alumni giving to faculty retention. So when U.S. News announced in 2019 that it was considering creating a new ranking for law schools, heads turned across the legal academy.

Bloomberg Law received an email Aug. 19 from U.S. News stating that in June 2021 it decided that it would not proceed with its previously proposed law school scholarly impact ranking [more here]. However, we feel it is important to discuss concerns legal academics have about such proposals.

The crux of the U.S. News proposal was to develop a new measure of a law school’s prestige based on the “impact” of the scholarship produced by its faculty. This impact score would be calculated by counting the number of times a professor’s work was cited by other professors, and perhaps by courts.

Skeptics immediately raised objections. The most general challenge is that judgments of scholarly merit are inevitably subjective and cannot be quantified. Others expressed concern about biases against women, scholars of color, interdisciplinary scholars, and those in less-cited research areas.

But the citation-based rankings have supporters as well. They argue that the new approach will bring some needed objectivity to a system that is biased in favor of the old-school powerhouses and leaves little room for entrepreneurial upstarts to improve their standing.

As with many debates in academia, this might sound like a tempest in a teapot. But if U.S. News changes its ranking system, law schools will be pressured to alter how they recruit and promote faculty.

In particular, law schools will likely focus on professors with the most citations, instead of interdisciplinary credentials, peer-reviewed publications, or diversity. Ultimately, this affects who trains the next generation of lawyers and which ideas are circulated to courts and other legal decision-makers.

In a recent study of the law school lateral hiring market, we show that a focus on citations would result in dramatic changes in law school hiring. We find that the professors recruited into the top law schools are not necessarily the ones with the most citations. The citation counts of law professors who move to the most elite schools in the country—places like Harvard and Yale—are barely distinguishable from the rest of the field.

Joshua Fischman (Virginia) & Michael A. Livermore (Virginia), Empirically Validating Citation Metrics for Legal Scholars: A Market Approach:

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August 23, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Leiter: Citation Counts Vary By Field—Tax Is 19th Among 21 Subject Areas

Brian Leiter (Chicago), Citation Counts Vary By Field:

Since Professor Sisk and colleagues at the University of St. Thomas are putting the finishing touches on their study of scholarly impact for the period 2016-2020, I thought I'd call attention to an important fact about interpreting citation data:  namely, that citation rates vary quite a bit by field.  One can see all the subject-specific citation lists for the last Sisk study (2013-2017) here.  Of the ten most-cited faculty in the U.S. in the last Sisk study, only one did not work at least in part in a public law area.  Indeed, constitutional and public law are the most high-citation fields, although corporate, law & economics, criminal law & procedure, and intellectual property also get cited a lot.  By contrast, tax, evidence, and legal ethics, among others, are low-citation fields.  300 cites in a five-year period will get you into the top five in tax, but not anywhere close to the top 20 in constitutional law (maybe the top 50?).

Here's the fields ranked from highest to lowest citations based on the sum of the cites for the scholar ranked #5 and #10 on the lists in the various specialties (those totals follow in parentheses):

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August 17, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Prof Rankings, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Monday, August 16, 2021

A (Better) Measure Of The Top Ten U.S. Law Schools By Faculty Impact: NYU Is #1

J.B. Heaton (JD, MBA & Ph.D., University of Chicago; Google Scholar), Who Fields the Best Team?: A (Better) Measure of the Top Ten U.S. Law Schools by Faculty Impact:

I rank the Top 10 U.S. Law Schools by examining the ability of schools to field their highest-ranked specialist in both a broad set of areas (including, in addition to “core” areas tested in multistate bar exams fields like legal philosophy, antitrust, election law, etc.) and, separately in only the core areas. In both analyses, NYU places first, an improvement over two widely-watched rankings.

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August 16, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

2020 Tax Journal Rankings: Florida Tax Review Is #1, Virginia Tax Review Is #2

Washington & Lee has just released the 2020 tax law review rankings of six major tax journals:

  • W&L Law Journal RankingsColumbia Journal of Tax Law ("Columbia")
  • Florida Tax Review ("Florida")
  • Tax Law Review ("NYU")
  • Tax Lawyer ("ABA")
  • Tax Notes Federal ("Tax Notes")
  • Virginia Tax Review ("Virginia")

The rankings are based on citations to articles published in 2016-2020 (methodology):

 

Combined

Impact

Journals

Cases

Currency

1. Florida

11.12

0.69

161

1

1.43

2. Virginia

10.90

0.75

135

1

1.19

3. NYU

10.64

0.62

166

0

1.11

4. Tax Notes

8.92

0.01

290

1

0.02

5. Columbia

8.10

0.58

93

0

1.18

ABA

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

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July 7, 2021 in Law Review Rankings, Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Rankings, Tax Scholarship, W&L Tax Journal Rankings | Permalink

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

U.S. News Law School Rankings By Elevation

I was inspired by this item in yesterday's Chronicle of Higher Education Daily briefing:

U.S. News Generic RankingsIn the status-conscious world of higher ed, rankings — however methodologically flawed — exercise a profound and dubious influence on campus and off. Who’s in, and who’s out? Who’s up, and who’s down? So it was not surprising recently to see a question on Quora about where Emory University stands in the academic pecking order. Is it “on the same level as UChicago, UPenn, Cornell, Columbia, and Northeastern, or is it on the same level as UC Berkeley, UCLA, Michigan, CMU, and USC?”

Several dreary replies indulged the questioner’s horse-race view of higher ed. Then Jeff Erickson, a computer-science professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, weighed in. Emory, he wrote, topped Chicago but was below Cornell — in terms of their elevation above mean sea level. He then provided a topographical ranking of all those universities, led by Carnegie Mellon, at 971 feet. At the bottom was Northeastern, at just 13 feet. Erickson’s refreshing view of what really counts in academic stature prompted us to apply it more widely. For example, under his vision, the University of Colorado at Boulder, at over a mile high, might well be the acme of American higher ed, towering over that puny college in Cambridge, Mass., a mere 10 feet above sea level.

Here are the U.S. News Top 50 law schools, re-sorted by their elevation above sea level:

Elevation Rank School Elevation (Feet) Overall Rank
1 Colorado 5,387 48
2 Utah 4,682 43
3 BYU 4,649 29
4 Arizona 2,431 46
5 Arizona State 1,093 25
6 Washington & Lee 1,043 35
7 Wake Forest 935 41
8 Emory 925 29
9 Wisconsin 883 29
10 Michigan 876 10
11 Minnesota 840 22
12 Cornell 817 13
13 Indiana (Maurer) 764 43
14 Notre Dame 735 22
15 Illinois 728 29
16 Ohio State 725 40
17 Iowa 692 29
18 Georgia 659 27
19 Texas 600 16
20 Chicago 591 4
21 Northwestern 587 12
22 Virginia 568 8
23 Vanderbilt 551 16
24 Washington Univ. 541 16
25 North Carolina 469 24
26 George Mason 430 41
27 Pepperdine Caruso 427 46
28 UCLA 397 14
29 Duke 384 10
30 UC-Berkeley 282 9
31 Boston College 213 29
32 Alabama 207 25
33 Maryland 200 50
34 USC 184 19
35 Florida State 174 48
36 Florida 151 21
37 Univ. of Washington 148 45
38 Columbia 128 4
39 Fordham 89 35
40 Yale 79 1
41 Stanford 72 2
41 William & Mary 72 35
43 UC-Irvine 69 35
44 UC-Hastings 62 50
45 George Washington 59 27
46 Penn 56 6
47 UC-Davis 52 35
48 Georgetown 43 15
49 NYU 36 6
50 Harvard 20 3
51 Boston Univ. 16 20

May 11, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, April 26, 2021

Law School Rankings By Ultimate Bar Passage Rates

The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has released comprehensive data on bar passage outcomes for ABA-accredited law schools:

The new data shows that in the aggregate, 89.99% of 2018 law graduates who sat for a bar exam passed it within two years of graduation (90.10% with Diploma Privilege). The two-year “ultimate” aggregate success rate is slightly better than the 89.47% comparable figure for 2017 graduates. The 2018 ultimate bar pass data also reveals that 94.98% of all graduates sat for a bar exam within two years of graduation, and that schools were able to obtain bar passage information from 98.84% of 2018 graduates.

First-time takers in 2020 achieved an aggregate 82.83% pass rate (83.66% with Diploma Privilege), which is a 3-percentage point increase over the comparable 79.64% pass rate for 2019. Diploma Privilege considers those waived into the practice of law without taking the bar because of special rules during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three law schools have a perfect 100% 2-year ultimate bar passage rate: Belmont, University of Chicago, and University of Washington. Here are the 107 law schools with ultimate bar passage rates of 90% or more (not including diploma privilege) (the full data for all 197 law schools is here):

1 Belmont 100.00%
1 Chicago 100.00%
1 Univ. of Washington 100.00%
4 Boston Univ. 99.55%
5 Cornell 99.49%
6 Pennsylvania 99.16%
7 Yale 99.04%
8 Virginia 98.99%
9 Stanford 98.91%
10 NYU 98.89%
11 Vanderbilt 98.86%
12 Florida Int'l 98.47%
13 UC-Berkeley 98.34%
14 Duke 98.14%
15 Harvard 97.86%
16 William & Mary 97.80%
17 Liberty 97.62%
18 Pittsburgh 97.56%
19 St. Louis 97.44%
20 Michigan 97.27%
21 North Carolina 97.24%
22 Minnesota 97.21%
23 George Washington 97.19%
24 Kentucky 97.12%
25 Columbia 97.07%
26 Texas 97.06%
27 Florida State 97.04%
28 Cardozo 97.03%
29 Georgia State 97.01%
30 St. John's 96.88%
31 Seton Hall 96.82%
32 BYU 96.72%
33 Toledo 96.49%
34 Oregon 96.46%
35 Oklahoma 96.32%
36 Fordham 96.29%
37 UCLA 96.25%
38 Samford 96.06%
39 Notre Dame 96.02%
40 Hawaii 96.00%
41 Texas Tech 95.92%
42 St. Thomas (MN) 95.88%
43 Utah 95.79%
44 SMU 95.73%
45 Washington Univ. 95.52%
46 Boston College 95.50%
47 Georgetown 95.47%
48 UC-Davis 95.35%
49 Colorado 95.29%
50 Georgia 95.24%
51 Illinois 95.17%
52 Ohio State 94.94%
53 Louisiana State 94.90%
53 New Mexico 94.90%
55 Texas A&M 94.78%
56 Alabama 94.74%
57 San Diego 94.59%
57 Washington & Lee 94.59%
59 Arizona State 94.55%
60 Campbell 94.53%
61 Missouri-Columbia 94.38%
61 South Texas 94.38%
63 New Hampshire 94.37%
64 Villanova 94.27%
65 Northeastern 94.16%
66 Syracuse 94.08%
67 Penn State-Univ. Park 94.07%
68 Cleveland State 93.90%
69 Nebraska 93.81%
70 Temple 93.63%
71 Oklahoma City 93.62%
72 South Carolina 93.58%
73 Penn State-Dickinson 93.55%
74 Duquesne 93.33%
75 Loyola-L.A. 93.26%
76 Regent 93.22%
77 Pepperdine 93.21%
78 Miami 93.13%
79 Tulsa 93.10%
80 George Mason 93.06%
81 USC 92.82%
82 Tennessee 92.79%
83 Houston 92.76%
84 Northwestern 92.56%
85 Maryland 92.46%
86 Florida 92.45%
87 Kansas 92.31%
88 UC-Irvine 92.04%
89 Massachusetts 91.84%
90 Richmond 91.76%
90 Loyola-Chicago 91.76%
92 Gonzaga 91.67%
93 Connecticut 91.46%
94 Baylor 91.23%
95 Washburn 91.21%
96 Lincoln Memorial 91.07%
97 Chapman 91.04%
98 Chicago-Kent 90.82%
99 Quinnipiac 90.59%
100 Indiana-Bloom. 90.54%
101 Louisville 90.38%
102 Santa Clara 90.32%
103 Case Western 90.27%
104 Brooklyn 90.22%
105 Maine 90.00%
105 Wake Forest 90.00%
105 Widener (PA) 90.00%

Ten law schools have pass rates below the 75% rate (including diploma privilege) in ABA accreditation standard 316, which requires a bar passage rate of at least 75% within two years of graduation:

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Friday, April 9, 2021

2022 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings v. Overall Rankings

Following up on yesterday's post, 2022 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings:

Here are the law schools whose U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Ranking most exceeds their overall U.S. News Ranking:

  School Specialty Rank Overall Rank Difference
1 American 22 81 +59
2 Suffolk 75 129 +54
2 UIC-John Marshall 93 147 +54
4 Seattle 74 126 +52
5 Rutgers 46 91 +45
6 Denver 34 78 +44
7 Pace 97 139 +42
8 Pacific 100 141 +41
8 Santa Clara 85 126 +41
10 Mitchell-Hamline 107 147 +40
11 Loyola-New Orleans 105 144 +39
12 Hofstra 81 119 +38
13 Baltimore 94 129 +35
14 Brooklyn 49 81 +32
14 UC-Hastings 18 50 +32
16 San Diego 57 86 +29
17 Loyola-Chicago 50 78 +28
18 Houston 33 60 +27
18 Loyola-L.A. 45 72 +27
20 Chicago-Kent 66 91 +25
20 Miami 47 72 +25
22 New York Law School 95 119 +24
22 San Francisco 123 147 +24
24 Georgia State 55 78 +23
24 Howard 68 91 +23
24 Indiana (McKinney) 88 111 +23
27 Syracuse 80 102 +22
28 DePaul 90 111 +21
28 Ohio State 19 40 +21
28 South Texas 126 147 +21
28 UC-Irvine 14 35 +21
32 Widener (DE) 127 147 +20
33 Stetson 92 111 +19
33 Tulane 41 60 +19
33 Vermont 128 147 +19
33 Univ. of Washington 26 45 +19
37 George Washington 9 27 +18
38 Temple 36 53 +17
39 Southwestern 131 147 +16
40 Case Western 58 72 +14
40 Fordham 21 35 +14
40 Georgetown 1 15 +14
40 South Carolina 82 96 +14
44 Willamette 135 147 +12
45 Golden Gate 136 147 +11
45 Gonzaga 118 129 +11
45 Maryland 39 50 +11
48 Quinnipiac 119 129 +10
49 Widener (PA) 138 147 +9
50 UNLV 52 60 +8

Here are the law schools whose U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Ranking most trails their overall U.S. News Ranking:

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

2022 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2022 U.S. News Specialty Rankings include the rankings for 13 specialty programs at 193 law schools. Here are the Top 100 law schools, determined by giving equal weight to each of the 13 separate specialty rankings:

  1. Business/Corporate Law
  2. Clinical Law
  3. Constitutional Law
  4. Contracts/Commercial Law
  5. Criminal Law
  6. Dispute Resolution 
  7. Environmental Law
  8. Health Care Law
  9. Intellectual Property Law
  10. International Law
  11. Legal Writing
  12. Tax Law
  13. Trial Advocacy

  School 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Avg.
1 Georgetown 12 1 9 11 7 24 7 7 13 5 9 3 15 9.5
2 Stanford 3 15 3 5 4 13 10 7 1 10 114 11 42 18.3
3 NYU 3 4 3 7 1 32 4 45 3 1 68 1 67 18.4
4 Michigan 9 6 13 7 10 32 37 23 15 6 9 8 67 18.6
5 Northwestern 12 9 15 13 13 7 44 37 19 26 25 4 21 18.8
6 Harvard 1 24 1 2 2 1 7 7 19 2 159 8 30 20.2
7 UC-Berkeley 3 9 6 7 2 32 1 45 1 6 121 23 17 21.0
8 UCLA 8 24 9 13 10 32 4 32 19 14 100 8 7 21.5
9 George Washington 22 24 27 26 27 24 10 20 4 6 34 28 54 23.5
10 Duke 12 50 9 13 13 52 16 23 15 10 34 16 67 25.4
11 Virginia 9 56 8 7 4 32 30 41 19 10 80 4 61 27.8
12 Texas 17 40 9 11 17 19 30 29 26 18 68 16 67 28.2
13 Penn 3 32 15 5 7 32 48 20 13 14 68 21 105 29.5
14 UC-Irvine 44 6 20 34 27 24 32 37 19 22 9 6 105 29.6
15 Washington Univ. 25 9 20 23 30 19 48 29 44 22 80 28 19 30.5
16 Columbia 2 22 6 1 7 15 7 45 15 3 159 11 105 30.6
17 Yale 9 4 1 4 4 32 20 15 52 3 154 14 90 30.9
18 UC-Hastings 28 19 33 34 30 8 24 13 30 26 121 16 21 31.0
19 Ohio State 44 56 27 18 13 2 65 18 44 49 25 34 54 34.5
20 Boston Univ. 19 40 24 26 23 63 57 4 12 32 68 16 67 34.7
21 Fordham 18 19 33 23 18 17 65 77 19 18 100 39 8 34.9
22 American 70 3 52 56 23 63 37 11 8 6 61 53 12 35.0
23 Arizona State 48 56 35 45 30 13 20 16 71 32 3 28 67 35.7
24 Minnesota 19 32 27 18 18 48 24 20 38 29 46 25 124 36.0
25 Vanderbilt 12 40 17 17 13 32 15 32 26 22 121 39 105 37.8
26 Univ. of Washington 48 32 46 26 36 19 34 41 15 39 41 34 105 39.7
27 Boston College 36 24 35 34 50 41 24 41 33 35 46 14 105 39.8
28 North Carolina 28 50 20 18 18 77 37 37 52 58 9 25 90 39.9
29 Chicago 7 40 3 2 10 63 73 45 38 18 159 6 79 41.8
30 Cornell 16 50 13 13 22 45 65 77 38 13 61 28 105 42.0
31 William & Mary 36 74 18 26 18 52 57 66 52 29 46 53 42 43.8
32 UC-Davis 22 90 18 26 23 24 24 57 44 26 132 27 61 44.2
33 Houston 52 90 67 45 61 52 20 5 8 43 46 53 42 44.9
34 Denver 64 9 71 56 36 41 24 83 63 58 9 60 12 45.1
35 Emory 22 107 24 22 40 112 48 23 38 32 46 34 42 45.4
36 Temple 52 74 60 53 61 63 90 18 63 16 7 39 1 45.9
37 Georgia 28 24 35 41 40 87 82 41 75 18 68 39 30 46.8
38 Florida 28 90 46 34 50 24 20 57 52 49 121 2 42 47.3
39 Maryland 52 9 41 56 50 15 16 7 97 68 114 73 30 48.3
40 USC 19 79 27 23 40 24 65 45 63 49 68 23 105 48.5
41 Tulane 36 32 46 34 50 52 18 71 63 39 80 47 67 48.8
42 Arizona 52 64 35 56 40 77 32 45 75 35 21 60 67 50.7
43 Indiana (Maurer) 25 79 52 26 40 77 37 57 26 35 68 16 124 50.9
44 Wisconsin 36 56 27 26 30 41 42 45 85 35 100 53 90 51.2
45 Loyola-L.A. 52 99 60 62 36 48 90 57 30 92 46 11 4 52.8
46 Rutgers 64 15 52 68 60 52 73 37 85 49 9 85 42 53.2
47 Miami 48 24 46 56 50 102 48 77 63 29 80 28 42 53.3
48 Colorado 44 79 46 45 36 77 10 66 33 62 80 39 79 53.5
49 Brooklyn 36 24 41 34 27 87 121 71 75 49 34 60 42 53.9
50 Loyola-Chicago 60 74 67 79 81 45 111 3 44 68 25 47 15 55.3
51 Notre Dame 28 74 24 41 66 112 48 83 33 22 100 47 42 55.4
52 UNLV 73 40 67 45 66 5 73 32 71 110 1 60 79 55.5
53 Texas A&M 64 32 76 62 97 8 34 83 7 68 25 73 124 57.9
54 Wake Forest 52 107 52 41 30 112 48 27 102 86 5 68 28 58.3
55 Georgia State 60 40 46 68 66 95 82 1 63 92 100 39 24 59.7
56 Utah 44 64 60 53 30 112 10 32 33 58 80 60 142 59.8
57 San Diego 28 135 20 45 40 112 65 57 19 43 144 21 54 60.2
58 Case Western 78 56 52 74 77 77 57 11 52 16 80 95 67 60.9
59 Cardozo 64 40 41 45 23 8 127 83 10 49 132 68 105 61.2
60 Northeastern 89 22 83 109 50 63 90 5 38 78 25 114 42 62.2
61 Washington & Lee 36 64 60 34 50 52 90 45 85 39 100 34 124 62.5
62 Illinois 28 107 35 18 40 95 82 71 38 62 100 53 90 63.0
63 Alabama 60 50 27 26 40 87 65 71 114 78 132 39 36 63.5
64 Florida State 52 135 41 45 40 77 18 83 75 43 132 28 61 63.8
65 Iowa 28 90 35 41 40 112 121 66 52 43 46 47 124 65.0
66 Chicago-Kent 78 120 52 68 81 63 90 57 10 92 46 85 4 65.1
67 SMU 60 64 76 68 50 102 90 45 44 49 138 53 42 67.8
68 Howard 73 32 52 62 50 95 104 110 52 86 41 95 30 67.8
69 BYU 36 120 60 56 72 95 57 108 44 62 80 47 67 69.5
70 Seton Hall 78 56 71 79 77 87 82 13 90 78 61 60 90 70.9
71 Pittsburgh 78 99 71 62 61 112 90 29 44 43 68 47 124 71.4
72 Richmond 52 129 52 68 50 77 57 77 44 68 68 68 124 71.8
73 St. John's 78 90 67 87 61 24 136 71 75 68 46 114 30 72.8
74 Seattle 73 24 89 87 97 112 48 110 63 86 7 95 90 75.5
75 Suffolk 125 15 121 109 108 32 104 45 52 104 4 141 24 75.7
76 Villanova 70 64 76 68 91 112 90 110 52 92 41 34 90 76.2
77 Connecticut 64 90 60 62 66 102 73 45 90 58 80 68 142 76.9
78 Pepperdine Caruso 64 64 60 74 113 3 136 136 97 49 132 39 36 77.2
79 Tennessee 25 19 83 53 72 112 111 83 114 110 41 77 105 77.3
80 Syracuse 96 90 76 94 81 102 90 83 75 68 61 95 11 78.6
81 Hofstra 89 74 83 101 72 63 127 96 90 86 46 82 21 79.2
82 South Carolina 78 50 110 87 72 112 44 71 121 104 100 53 30 79.4
83 Oregon 78 120 76 62 81 12 10 182 121 68 1 60 162 79.5
84 Drexel 78 64 89 94 108 52 147 32 97 110 21 129 12 79.5
85 Santa Clara 89 107 89 79 81 77 111 123 4 39 100 68 90 81.3
86 Lewis & Clark 111 90 89 101 97 52 1 123 75 68 21 114 124 82.0
87 Michigan State 70 79 71 79 81 87 100 123 52 78 121 82 54 82.8
88 Indiana (McKinney) 89 129 89 79 97 112 82 16 102 68 16 77 124 83.1
89 St. Louis 96 56 83 74 97 112 136 2 90 100 80 77 90 84.1
90 DePaul 89 107 103 109 91 110 151 23 30 100 41 82 61 84.4
91 George Mason 36 129 41 45 81 100 136 108 26 78 159 73 90 84.8
92 Stetson 117 107 103 94 81 24 73 143 151 121 5 95 2 85.8
93 UIC-John Marshall 135 50 143 109 127 41 147 96 33 78 16 129 24 86.8
94 Baltimore 125 15 83 131 66 48 104 123 97 78 46 85 162 89.5
95 New York Law School 105 64 89 131 81 63 127 123 85 68 46 108 79 89.9
96 CUNY 117 1 103 109 61 77 57 104 137 104 46 187 67 90.0
97 Pace 125 79 121 131 113 63 1 83 137 78 144 77 24 90.5
97 SUNY-Buffalo 89 79 89 101 72 112 82 96 102 92 100 108 54 90.5
99 Penn State-Dickinson 96 79 103 94 97 87 82 66 109 62 80 108 124 91.3
100 Pacific 117 135 131 109 127 48 57 143 109 43 21 141 8 91.5

If anyone at a law school outside the Top 100 would like the data for their school's rank, email me.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

2022 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2022 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings include the trial advocacy programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 56% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.4 Temple
2 4.2 Baylor
2 4.2 Stetson
4 3.9 Chicago-Kent
4 3.9 Loyola-L.A.
4 3.9 South Texas
7 3.8 UCLA
8 3.7 Fordham
8 3.7 Pacific
8 3.7 Samford
11 3.6 Syracuse
12 3.5 American
12 3.5 Denver
12 3.5 Drexel
15 3.4 Georgetown
15 3.4 Loyola-Chicago
17 3.3 St. Mary's
17 3.3 UC-Berkeley
19 3.2 Campbell
19 3.2 Washington Univ.
21 3.1 Hofstra
21 3.1 Northwestern
21 3.1 UC-Hastings
24 3.0 Georgia State
24 3.0 Pace
24 3.0 Suffolk
24 3.0 UIC-John Marshall
28 2.9 Akron
28 2.9 Wake Forest
30 2.8 Georgia
30 2.8 Harvard
30 2.8 Howard
30 2.8 Maryland
30 2.8 South Carolina
30 2.8 St. John's
36 2.7 Alabama
36 2.7 Golden Gate
36 2.7 Mitchell-Hamline
36 2.7 Nova SE
36 2.7 Ohio Northern
36 2.7 Pepperdine Caruso
42 2.6 Brooklyn
42 2.6 Emory
42 2.6 Florida
42 2.6 Houston
42 2.6 Miami
42 2.6 Northeastern
42 2.6 Notre Dame
42 2.6 Quinnipiac
42 2.6 Rutgers
42 2.6 SMU
42 2.6 Stanford
42 2.6 William & Mary

2021 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings

2022 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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2022 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2022 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings include the legal writing programs at 176 law schools (the faculty survey had a 60% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.3 Oregon
1 4.3 UNLV
3 4.1 Arizona State
4 4.0 Suffolk
5 3.9 Stetson
5 3.9 Wake Forest
7 3.8 Seattle
7 3.8 Temple
9 3.7 Denver
9 3.7 Drake
9 3.7 Georgetown
9 3.7 Michigan
9 3.7 North Carolina
9 3.7 Rutgers
9 3.7 UC-Irvine
16 3.6 Indiana (McKinney)
16 3.6 Marquette
16 3.6 Nova SE
16 3.6 UIC-John Marshall
16 3.6 Washburn
21 3.5 Arizona
21 3.5 Drexel
21 3.5 Lewis & Clark
21 3.5 Pacific
25 3.4 Arkansas-Little Rock
25 3.4 Duquesne
25 3.4 Loyola-Chicago
25 3.4 Northeastern
25 3.4 Northwestern
25 3.4 Ohio State
25 3.4 South Texas
25 3.4 Texas A&M
25 3.4 Texas Tech
34 3.3 Arkansas-Fayetteville
34 3.3 Brooklyn
34 3.3 Duke
34 3.3 Elon
34 3.3 George Washington
34 3.3 Mercer
34 3.3 Missouri-Kansas City
41 3.2 DePaul
41 3.2 Howard
41 3.2 Tennessee
41 3.2 Univ. of Washington
41 3.2 Villanova
46 3.1 Boston College
46 3.1 CUNY
46 3.1 Baltimore
46 3.1 Chicago-Kent
46 3.1 Emory
46 3.1 Hofstra
46 3.1 Houston
46 3.1 Iowa
46 3.1 Loyola-L.A.
46 3.1 Minnesota
46 3.1 New York Law School
46 3.1 St. John's
46 3.1 Touro
46 3.1 William & Mary
46 3.1 Wyoming

2021 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings

2022 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

2022 U.S. News International Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2022 U.S. News International Law Rankings include the international law programs at 185 law schools (the faculty survey had a 56% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 NYU
2 4.5 Harvard
3 4.4 Columbia
3 4.4 Yale
5 4.3 Georgetown
6 4.1 American
6 4.1 George Washington
6 4.1 Michigan
6 4.1 UC-Berkeley
10 4.0 Duke
10 4.0 Stanford
10 4.0 Virginia
13 3.9 Cornell
14 3.8 Penn
14 3.8 UCLA
16 3.6 Case Western
16 3.6 Temple
18 3.5 Chicago
18 3.5 Fordham
18 3.5 Georgia
18 3.5 Texas
22 3.4 Notre Dame
22 3.4 UC-Irvine
22 3.4 Vanderbilt
22 3.4 Washington Univ.
26 3.3 Northwestern
26 3.3 UC-Davis
26 3.3 UC-Hastings
29 3.2 Miami
29 3.2 Minnesota
29 3.2 William & Mary
32 3.1 Arizona State
32 3.1 Boston Univ.
32 3.1 Emory
35 3.0 Arizona
35 3.0 Boston College
35 3.0 Indiana (Maurer)
35 3.0 Wisconsin
39 2.9 Santa Clara
39 2.9 Tulane
39 2.9 Univ. of Washington
39 2.9 Washington & Lee
43 2.8 Florida State
43 2.8 Houston
43 2.8 Iowa
43 2.8 Pacific
43 2.8 Pittsburgh
43 2.8 San Diego
49 2.7 Brooklyn
49 2.7 Cardozo
49 2.7 Florida
49 2.7 Florida Int'l
49 2.7 Ohio State
49 2.7 Pepperdine Caruso
49 2.7 Rutgers
49 2.7 SMU
49 2.7 USC

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2022 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2022 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings include the intellectual property law programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 65% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.6 Stanford
1 4.6 UC-Berkeley
3 4.3 NYU
4 4.0 George Washington
4 4.0 New Hampshire
4 4.0 Santa Clara
7 3.9 Texas A&M
8 3.8 American
8 3.8 Houston
10 3.7 Cardozo
10 3.7 Chicago-Kent
12 3.6 Boston Univ.
13 3.5 Georgetown
13 3.5 Penn
15 3.4 Columbia
15 3.4 Duke
15 3.4 Michigan
15 3.4 Univ. of Washington
19 3.3 Fordham
19 3.3 Harvard
19 3.3 Northwestern
19 3.3 San Diego
19 3.3 UC-Irvine
19 3.3 UCLA
19 3.3 Virginia
26 3.2 George Mason
26 3.2 Indiana (Maurer)
26 3.2 Texas
26 3.2 Vanderbilt
30 3.1 DePaul
30 3.1 Loyola-L.A.
30 3.1 UC-Hastings
33 3.0 Boston College
33 3.0 Colorado
33 3.0 UIC-John Marshall
33 3.0 Notre Dame
33 3.0 Utah
38 2.9 Chicago
38 2.9 Cornell
38 2.9 Emory
38 2.9 Illinois
38 2.9 Minnesota
38 2.9 Northeastern
44 2.8 BYU
44 2.8 Loyola-Chicago
44 2.8 Ohio State
44 2.8 Pittsburgh
44 2.8 Richmond
44 2.8 SMU
44 2.8 UC-Davis
44 2.8 Washington Univ.

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Monday, April 5, 2021

2022 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2022 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings include the health care law programs at 181 law schools (the faculty survey had a 54% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.3 Georgia State
2 4.2 St. Louis
3 4.1 Loyola-Chicago
4 4.0 Boston Univ.
5 3.9 Houston
5 3.9 Northeastern
7 3.8 Georgetown
7 3.8 Harvard
7 3.8 Maryland
7 3.8 Stanford
11 3.7 American
11 3.7 Case Western
13 3.6 Seton Hall
13 3.6 UC-Hastings
15 3.5 Yale
16 3.4 Arizona State
16 3.4 Indiana (McKinney)
18 3.3 Ohio State
18 3.3 Temple
20 3.2 George Washington
20 3.2 Minnesota
20 3.2 Penn
23 3.1 DePaul
23 3.1 Duke
23 3.1 Emory
23 3.1 Michigan
27 3.0 Mitchell-Hamline
27 3.0 Wake Forest
29 2.9 Pittsburgh
29 2.9 Texas
29 2.9 Washington Univ.
32 2.8 Drexel
32 2.8 UCLA
32 2.8 UNLV
32 2.8 Utah
32 2.8 Vanderbilt
37 2.7 North Carolina
37 2.7 Northwestern
37 2.7 Rutgers
37 2.7 UC-Irvine
41 2.6 Boston College
41 2.6 Georgia
41 2.6 Virginia
41 2.6 Univ. of Washington
45 2.5 Arizona
45 2.5 Chicago
45 2.5 Columbia
45 2.5 Connecticut
45 2.5 NYU
45 2.5 SMU
45 2.5 Suffolk
45 2.5 UC-Berkeley
45 2.5 USC
45 2.5 Washington & Lee
45 2.5 Wayne State
45 2.5 Wisconsin

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2022 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2022 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings include the environmental law programs at 181 law schools (the faculty survey had a 59% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.5 Lewis & Clark
1 4.5 Pace
1 4.5 UC-Berkeley
4 4.3 NYU
4 4.3 UCLA
4 4.3 Vermont
7 4.1 Columbia
7 4.1 Georgetown
7 4.1 Harvard
10 4.0 Colorado
10 4.0 George Washington
10 4.0 Oregon
10 4.0 Stanford
10 4.0 Utah
15 3.9 Vanderbilt
16 3.8 Duke
16 3.8 Maryland
18 3.7 Florida State
18 3.7 Tulane
20 3.6 Arizona State
20 3.6 Florida
20 3.6 Houston
20 3.6 Yale
24 3.5 Boston College
24 3.5 Denver
24 3.5 Hawaii
24 3.5 Minnesota
24 3.5 UC-Davis
24 3.5 UC-Hastings
30 3.4 Texas
30 3.4 Virginia
32 3.3 Arizona
32 3.3 UC-Irvine
34 3.2 Texas A&M
34 3.2 New Mexico
34 3.2 Univ. of Washington
37 3.1 American
37 3.1 Indiana (Maurer)
37 3.1 Michigan
37 3.1 North Carolina
37 3.1 Widener (DE)
42 3.0 Montana
42 3.0 Wisconsin
44 2.9 Northwestern
44 2.9 Penn State-Univ. Park
44 2.9 South Carolina
44 2.9 Widener (PA)
48 2.8 Emory
48 2.8 Loyola-New Orleans
48 2.8 Miami
48 2.8 Notre Dame
48 2.8 Penn
48 2.8 Seattle
48 2.8 Wake Forest
48 2.8 Washington Univ.
48 2.8 Wyoming

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Friday, April 2, 2021

2022 U.S. News Dispute Resolution Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2022 U.S. News Dispute Resolution Rankings include the dispute resolution programs at 111 law schools (the faculty survey had a 49% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.4 Harvard
2 4.3 Ohio State
3 4.2 Pepperdine Caruso
4 4.0 Missouri (Columbia)
5 3.9 Mitchell-Hamline
5 3.9 UNLV
7 3.8 Northwestern
8 3.7 Cardozo
8 3.7 Marquette
8 3.7 Texas A&M
8 3.7 UC-Hastings
12 3.6 Oregon
13 3.5 Arizona State
13 3.5 Stanford
15 3.4 Columbia
15 3.4 Maryland
17 3.3 Fordham
18 3.2 Creighton
19 3.1 Quinnipiac
19 3.1 South Texas
19 3.1 Texas
19 3.1 Univ. of Washington
19 3.1 Washington Univ.
24 3.0 Florida
24 3.0 George Washington
24 3.0 Georgetown
24 3.0 St. John's
24 3.0 Stetson
24 3.0 UC-Davis
24 3.0 UC-Irvine
24 3.0 USC
32 2.9 Michigan
32 2.9 NYU
32 2.9 Penn
32 2.9 Suffolk
32 2.9 UC-Berkeley
32 2.9 UCLA
32 2.9 Vanderbilt
32 2.9 Virginia
32 2.9 Yale
41 2.8 Boston College
41 2.8 Denver
41 2.8 UIC-John Marshall
41 2.8 Wisconsin
45 2.7 Cornell
45 2.7 Loyola-Chicago
45 2.7 Kansas
48 2.6 Baltimore
48 2.6 Loyola-L.A.
48 2.6 Minnesota
48 2.6 Pacific

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April 2, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

2022 U.S. News Criminal Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2022 U.S. News Criminal Law Rankings include the criminal law programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 57% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.5 NYU
2 4.3 Harvard
2 4.3 UC-Berkeley
4 4.2 Stanford
4 4.2 Virginia
4 4.2 Yale
7 4.1 Columbia
7 4.1 Georgetown
7 4.1 Penn
10 4.0 Chicago
10 4.0 Michigan
10 4.0 UCLA
13 3.9 Duke
13 3.9 Northwestern
13 3.9 Ohio State
13 3.9 Vanderbilt
17 3.8 Texas
18 3.7 Fordham
18 3.7 Minnesota
18 3.7 North Carolina
18 3.7 William & Mary
22 3.6 Cornell
23 3.5 American
23 3.5 Boston Univ.
23 3.5 UC-Davis
23 3.5 Cardozo
27 3.4 Brooklyn
27 3.4 George Washington
27 3.4 UC-Irvine
30 3.3 Arizona State
30 3.3 UC-Hastings
30 3.3 Utah
30 3.3 Wisconsin
30 3.3 Wake Forest
30 3.3 Washington Univ.
36 3.2 Colorado
36 3.2 Denver
36 3.2 Loyola-L.A.
36 3.2 Univ. of Washington
40 3.1 Alabama
40 3.1 Arizona
40 3.1 Emory
40 3.1 Florida State
40 3.1 Georgia
40 3.1 Illinois
40 3.1 Indiana (Maurer)
40 3.1 Iowa
40 3.1 San Diego
40 3.1 USC
50 3.0 Boston College
50 3.0 Florida
50 3.0 Howard
50 3.0 Maryland
50 3.0 Miami
50 3.0 Northeastern
50 3.0 Richmond
50 3.0 SMU
50 3.0 Tulane
50 3.0 Washington & Lee

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Leiter: U.S. News Issues 4th 'Corrected' Law School Rankings

US News Logo 2Brian Leiter (Chicago), US News Releases Yet a 4th "Corrected" Ranking, Retracting the One Issued on Tuesday!:

According to a statement from US News.com editor Bob Morse: ... 

These revisions changed the rank of every law school, excerpt Mercer (which remained at #127). Yale even dropped from #1 to #14. The full revised rankings are here.

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2022 U.S. News Contracts/Commercial Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2022 U.S. News Contracts/Commercial Law Rankings include the contracts/commercial law programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 48% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 Columbia
2 4.6 Chicago
2 4.6 Harvard
4 4.5 Yale
5 4.4 Penn
5 4.4 Stanford
7 4.3 Michigan
7 4.3 NYU
7 4.3 UC-Berkeley
7 4.3 Virginia
11 4.2 Georgetown
11 4.2 Texas
13 4.1 Cornell
13 4.1 Duke
13 4.1 Northwestern
13 4.1 UCLA
17 3.8 Vanderbilt
18 3.7 Illinois
18 3.7 Minnesota
18 3.7 North Carolina
18 3.7 Ohio State
22 3.6 Emory
23 3.5 Fordham
23 3.5 USC
23 3.5 Washington Univ.
26 3.4 Alabama
26 3.4 Boston Univ.
26 3.4 George Washington
26 3.4 Indiana (Maurer)
26 3.4 UC-Davis
26 3.4 Univ. of Washington
26 3.4 William & Mary
26 3.4 Wisconsin
34 3.3 Boston College
34 3.3 Brooklyn
34 3.3 Florida
34 3.3 Tulane
34 3.3 UC-Hastings
34 3.3 UC-Irvine
34 3.3 Washington & Lee
41 3.2 Georgia
41 3.2 Iowa
41 3.2 Notre Dame
41 3.2 Wake Forest
45 3.1 Arizona State
45 3.1 Cardozo
45 3.1 Colorado
45 3.1 Florida State
45 3.1 George Mason
45 3.1 Houston
45 3.1 San Diego
45 3.1 UNLV

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