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Friday, June 5, 2020

Bob Morse Discusses The U.S. News Law School Rankings Today At Texas A&M Virtual Conference

2020 US News Law SchoolI am delighted to be speaking on a U.S. News law school rankings panel today at Texas A&M University School of Law's virtual Conference for Associate Deans (at 11:30 am - 12:45 pm ET). Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist at U.S. News, will make a presentation on The U.S. News Law School Rankings: All Things Considered. After Bob's presentation, Gary Lucas (Senior Associate Dean, Texas A&M) and I will ask Bob some questions, followed by Q&A with the audience. Among the issues I hope we will discuss are:

  • In light of this current moment in our nation, is US News going to add a diversity component to the rankings (as it does in its college rankings using Pell Grants)?
    • If so, would U.S. News use its existing stand alone Law School Diversity Index?
    • Why does U.S. News use national diversity data rather than data from the state in which a law school is located, like it does for the bar exam component of the rankings?
    • Would U.S. News consider other measures, such as the percentage of students who are first-generation students (law school or college)?
    • UPDATE: Bob said U.S. News is open to perhaps including a diversity component to the rankings. U.S. News is working with LSAC on getting appropriate data (such as Pell Grants received by law students during their undergraduate years).
  • Is U.S. News considering suspending the law school rankings due to COVID-19, as it has been asked to do for the college and business school rankings? 
    • What does U.S. News think about Businessweek's decision to suspend its business school rankings due to COVID-19?
    • UPDATE: Bob Said U.S. News is considering the issue but it is too early to make a determination.
    • If U.S. News does not suspend the law school rankings:
      • How will U.S. News adjust the bar exam component of the rankings in light of the decision by states to permit graduate to practice law prior to passing a bar exam under diploma privilege and supervised practice systems?
      • How will U.S. News adjust the job placement component of the rankings?
        • How will U.S. News define jobs at graduation for schools that have not yet held graduation ceremonies due to COVID-19? Do virtual graduations matter?
        • How will U.S. News define jobs ten months after graduation for law schools located in states that have delayed their July bar exams? Will U.S. News adjust the 10-month period for law schools located in those states?
        • UPDATE: Bob recognized the problem and said U.S. News likely would follow the lead of the ABA and NALP.
  • When will the stand alone U.S. News scholarly impact rankings (FAQ; Update #1; Update #2; Update #3) be published?
  • UPDATE: Bob said 2020. 
    • How does U.S. News respond to the many criticisms of the scholarly impact rankings (e.g., here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here)?
    • Will U.S. News ever include the scholarly impact rankings in the law school rankings?
    • UPDATE: Bob said U.S. News has no current plans to do so.
  • U.S. News ranks universities in several different categories (e.g., national universities, liberal arts colleges), based on Carnegie classifications.
    • Would U.S. News ever consider ranking law schools in different categories rather than in a single ranking?
    • What categories might U.S. News consider?
    • Might law schools opt-in to a category?
  • U.S. News reported that 32 schools (16% the total) reported GRE scores for their Fall 2019 entering class.
    • How does U.S. News weight the three GRE components: quantitative, verbal, analytical writing?
    • UPDATE: Bob said 40%/40%/20%.

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June 5, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Top 100 Law Schools, Based On 5-, 10-, And 15-Year Rolling Average U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News Law (2019)Bradley A. Areheart (Tennessee), The Top 100 Law Reviews: A Reference Guide Based on Historical USNWR Data:

The best proxy for how other law professors react and respond to publishing in main, or flagship, law reviews is the US News and World Report (USNWR) rankings. This paper utilizes historical USNWR data to rank the top 100 law reviews. The USNWR rankings are important in shaping many – if not most – law professors’ perceptions about the relative strength of a law school (and derivatively, the home law review). This document contains a chart that is sorted by the 10-year rolling average for each school, but it also contains the 5-year and 15-year rolling averages. This paper also describes my methodology and responds to a series of frequently asked questions. [Were there any ties? If two law school’s 10-year rolling averages were within 2/10 of a point, I tied them and then attempted to break those ties based on the current year’s peer reputation scores. You’ll see that where there was a tie, I have included the peer rep scores in parentheses for those schools. If the peer rep scores were the same, I allowed the tie to remain.] The document was updated in April 2020.

Here are the Top 75 law schools based on their 10-year rolling average overall U.S. News ranking:

Rank School 10-Year Rank
1 Yale 1.0
2 Stanford 2.3
3 Harvard 2.5
4 Columbia (4.7) 4.3
5 Chicago (4.6) 4.2
6 NYU 6.0
7 Pennsylvania 7.0
8 Virginia 8.0
9 UC-Berkeley (4.5) 8.9
10 Michigan (4.4) 8.9
11 Duke 10.5
12 Northwestern 11.2
13 Cornell 13.1
14 Georgetown 13.9
15 Texas 15.1
16 UCLA 15.8
17 Vanderbilt 16.6
18 Washington Univ. (3.7) 18.5
19 USC (3.6) 18.4
20 Minnesota 20.4
21 Notre Dame 22.5
22 George Washington 22.7
23 Emory 23.1
24 Boston University 23.8
25 Iowa 25.2
26 UC-Irvine 26.2
27 Alabama 26.7
28 Arizona State 28.0
29 Indiana (Maurer) 29.5
30 Boston College 29.8
31 Washington 31.1
32 Georgia 31.5
33 Washington & Lee 32.4
34 Wisconsin 32.7
35 William & Mary 32.9
36 UC-Davis 33.2
37 Ohio State 33.9
38 Fordham 34.3
39 North Carolina 34.7
40 Wake Forest 37.0
41 Illinois 37.7
42 BYU 39.6
43 Arizona 42.0
44 Florida (3.3) 42.2
45 George Mason (2.7) 42.2
46 Colorado 43.1
47 Utah 45.6
48 Maryland 45.9
49 Florida State (3.1) 48.7
50 SMU (2.7) 48.6
51 Tulane 49.6
52 Baylor 52.2
53 UC-Hastings 53.0
54 Temple 54.2
55 Richmond 54.9
56 Houston 55.3
57 Pepperdine 56.1
58 Connecticut 56.4
59 Cardozo 60.3
60 Georgia State 62.3
61 Tennessee (2.7) 62.6
62 Seton Hall (2.5) 62.7
63 Kentucky 63.5
64 Case Western 65.0
65 Loyola-L.A. 65.4
66 Penn State (Dickinson) 66.5
67 Miami 68.2
68 UNLV 68.4
69 Oklahoma (2.5) 68.8
69 Penn State (Univ. Park) (2.5) 68.8
71 Nebraska 69.1
72 American 69.5
73 Denver 69.7
74 Missouri 70.8
75 Kansas 73.0

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2020 World Law School Rankings

QS RankingsQuacquarelli Symonds has released the 2020 World Law School Rankings as part of its World University Rankings. The methodology is 50% academic reputation, 30% employer reputation, 15% h-index per faculty member, and 5% citations per paper.  The rankings consist of 300 law schools, 48 in the United States.  Here are the U.S. law schools, along with each school's position in the latest SSRN Top 750 Law School Faculty Rankings -- Total Downloads):

QS Ranking School SSRN Ranking
1 Harvard 1
4 Yale 5
5 Stanford 2
7 UC-Berkeley 4
8 Columbia 6
9 NYU 3
11 Chicago 7
18 Georgetown 9
26 UCLA 15
29 Michigan 13
31 Penn 11
32 Duke 18
41 Cornell 27
46 Northwestern 14
51-100 American 44
51-100 Boston University 29
51-100 George Washington 8
51-100 Texas 31
51-100 Virginia 24
101-150 Fordham 17
101-150 Notre Dame 55
101-150 UC-Irvine 28
101-150 USC 30
101-150 Washington  66
101-150 Washington Univ. 41
101-150 Wisconsin 102
151-200 Boston College 84
151-200 Florida 53
151-200 Michigan State 76
151-200 North Carolina 68
201-250 Florida State 51
201-250 George Mason 20
201-250 Illinois 33
201-250 Loyola-Chicago 65
201-250 Minnesota 26
201-250 Ohio State 37
201-250 Penn State (Univ. Park) 96
201-250 UC-Davis 32
201-250 Vanderbilt 16
251-300 Arizona State 57
251-300 CUNY 167
251-300 Arizona 46
251-300 Colorado 71
251-300 Emory 56
251-300 Indiana (Maurer) 34
251-300 Iowa 106
251-300 UIC-John Marshall 162

April 30, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Law School Rankings By Debt-To-Income Ratios Of Graduates

What Law Grads Earn

What Law Grads Earn, Nat'l Jurist, Spr. 2020, at 16:

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education has unveiled median salaries earned by first-year graduates [in the Class of 2016].

Here are the Top 50 law schools with the lowest average debt-to-income ratios of their graduates with federal student loan debt:

Rank School Ratio
1 Stanford 0.77
2 Harvard 0.84
3 Duke 0.85
4 Chicago 0.86
4 Penn 0.86
6 Cornell 0.88
7 BYU 0.91
7 Northwestern 0.91
9 Columbia 0.92
10 Yale 0.98
11 Iowa 0.99
12 Connecticut 1.01
13 Washington University 1.02
14 NYU 1.05
14 Virginia 1.05
16 Wisconsin 1.10
17 Georgia State 1.11
18 UC-Berkeley 1.12
19 Boston College 1.14
19 Michigan 1.14
19 Temple 1.14
22 Nebraska 1.16
22 Tennessee 1.16
22 Texas Tech 1.16
22 Wayne State 1.16
26 Texas 1.18
27 Arkansas-Fayetteville 1.19
27 Vanderbilt 1.19
29 Mitchell Hamline 1.21
30 North Dakota 1.26
30 UCLA 1.26
32 Kansas 1.27
33 Kentucky 1.28
34 Mississippi 1.32
35 Alabama 1.33
36 Illinois 1.34
37 Houston 1.36
38 Baylor 1.37
38 Boston University 1.37
40 Utah 1.38
41 Hawaii 1.39
41 Oklahoma 1.39
43 Louisiana State 1.41
44 CUNY 1.43
44 Georgia 1.43
44 UNLV 1.43
47 Missouri 1.45
47 USC 1.45
49 Villanova 1.47
50 Tulsa 1.48

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Law School Rankings By Debt Of Graduates

What Law Grads Earn

What Law Grads Earn, Nat'l Jurist, Spr. 2020, at 16:

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education has unveiled median salaries earned by first-year graduates [in the Class of 2016].

Here are the Top 50 law schools with the lowest average debt loads of their graduates with federal student loan debt:

Rank School Debt
1 BYU $51,250
2 Nebraska $59,124
3 Arkansas-Fayetteville $61,500
3 North Dakota $61,500
3 Tennessee $61,500
3 Wisconsin $61,500
7 Iowa $62,249
8 Mississippi $64,300
9 Mitchell Hamline $64,429
10 Kansas $66,415
11 Wayne State $67,640
12 Alabama $68,992
13 Connecticut $69,085
14 Georgia State $69,200
15 Temple $69,583
16 Kentucky $69,860
17 Texas Tech $70,006
18 Louisiana State $71,422
19 Liberty $71,534
20 Missouri $71,603
21 Akron $73,756
22 Oklahoma $74,250
23 Tulsa $75,326
24 Cincinnati $76,173
25 Memphis $76,622
26 Montana $76,666
27 Arkansas-Little Rock $77,208
28 Hawaii $77,849
29 CUNY $78,224
30 South Dakota $79,143
31 Utah $79,768
32 N. Kentucky $79,951
33 Florida State $81,159
34 Arizona $81,178
35 Washington Univ. $81,500
36 Toledo $81,546
37 Quinnipiac $82,000
37 Rutgers $82,000
39 Washburn $82,194
40 Georgia $82,480
41 Case Western $82,570
42 N. Illinois $83,660
43 Villanova $83,761
44 Cleveland-Marshall $83,868
45 New Mexico $83,999
46 Wyoming $84,032
47 West Virginia $84,227
48 St. Thomas (MN) $84,261
49 Duquesne $84,428
50 Florida $84,508

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Law School Rankings By Salary Of Graduates

What Law Grads Earn

What Law Grads Earn, Nat'l Jurist, Spr. 2020, at 16:

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education has unveiled median salaries earned by first-year graduates [in the Class of 2016].

Here are the Top 50 law schools with the highest average salaries of their graduates:

Rank School Income
1 Columbia $180,300
2 NYU $175,800
3 Cornell $175,200
4 Penn $175,100
5 Northwestern $171,900
6 Chicago $170,500
7 Duke $162,200
8 Harvard $158,200
9 Stanford $156,700
10 Virginia $151,500
11 UC-Berkeley $135,400
12 Yale $128,900
13 Michigan $126,800
14 Vanderbilt $108,800
15 Georgetown $105,000
16 Fordham $99,000
17 UCLA $96,600
18 Texas $90,100
19 USC $89,300
20 Boston College $88,300
21 Boston University $81,200
22 Washington Univ. $79,800
23 SMU $75,600
24 Notre Dame $75,500
25 George Washington $74,300
26 UC-Irvine $68,700
27 Connecticut $68,600
28 Illinois $67,700
29 Houston $67,600
29 UC-Hastings $67,600
31 UC-Davis $67,100
32 George Mason $66,900
33 Baylor $66,800
33 Emory $66,800
35 Santa Clara $66,200
36 Brooklyn $66,100
37 Cardozo $66,000
38 St. John's $65,900
38 UNLV $65,900
40 Loyola-Chicago $64,400
41 Washington & Lee $64,200
42 Loyola-Los Angeles $63,700
43 Washington $63,000
44 Iowa $62,700
45 Georgia State $62,400
46 San Diego $62,100
47 Pepperdine $61,400
48 Temple $61,300
49 Pace $60,700
50 Texas Tech $60,200

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

2021 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings v. Overall Rankings

Following up on yesterday's post, 2021 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 Suffolk 75 136 +61
2 American 18 76 +58
3 Seattle 72 129 +57
4 Pacific 94 148 +54
5 UIC-John Marshall 97 140 +43
6 Brooklyn 47 83 +36
6 Indiana (McKinney) 86 122 +36
6 UC-Hastings 23 59 +36
9 Denver 40 74 +34
9 Pace 102 136 +34
11 New York Law School 98 129 +31
12 Baltimore 96 126 +30
12 Santa Clara 77 107 +30
14 Chicago-Kent 54 83 +29
14 Mitchell Hamline 112 141 +29
16 Case Western 50 76 +26
16 DePaul 92 118 +26
18 Georgia State 51 76 +25
18 Loyola-New Orleans 101 126 +25
20 Loyola-L.A. 38 62 +24
20 Missouri (KC) 109 133 +24
22 Arkansas (Little Rock) 125 148 +23
23 Widener (DE) 126 148 +22
24 San Francisco 127 148 +21
24 Syracuse 90 111 +21
24 Temple 35 56 +21
27 Howard 87 107 +20
28 Rutgers 58 76 +18
29 Hofstra 85 102 +17
30 Ohio State 22 38 +16
30 South Carolina 80 96 +16
30 UC-Irvine 11 27 +16
33 Loyola-Chicago 55 70 +15
33 Miami 52 67 +15
35 Lewis & Clark 79 93 +14
35 Maryland 33 47 +14
35 Oregon 74 88 +14
35 San Diego 69 83 +14
35 Stetson 91 105 +14
40 Georgetown 1 14 +13
40 Golden Gate 135 148 +13
40 Vermont 128 141 +13
43 Houston 45 56 +11
44 George Washington 13 23 +10
44 New Mexico 89 99 +10
46 Drexel 84 93 +9
46 Southwestern 139 148 +9
46 Texas 7 16 +9
46 UNLV 53 62 +9
50 Fordham 19 27 +8
50 UC-Davis 30 38 +8
50 Willamette 133 141 +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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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

2021 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings include the rankings for 13 specialty programs at 194 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 8 1 9 13 5 25 10 7 13 3 12 2 12 9.2
2 NYU 3 2 5 3 1 16 6 48 3 1 76 1 31 15.1
3 Stanford 5 8 3 6 1 18 10 5 2 9 92 7 44 16.2
4 Michigan 12 8 13 8 10 37 37 19 13 7 12 11 59 18.9
5 Northwestern 12 6 13 13 16 6 49 48 21 21 24 3 19 19.3
6 UC-Berkeley 4 8 7 3 3 32 1 29 1 11 127 23 15 20.3
7 Texas 17 32 11 8 17 16 26 19 18 14 44 15 36 21.0
8 Harvard 1 22 2 3 3 1 10 9 18 2 167 7 36 21.6
9 UCLA 8 27 13 11 10 25 4 32 25 17 101 5 23 23.2
10 Duke 12 54 9 15 10 25 19 25 12 9 44 18 78 25.4
11 UC-Irvine 37 8 19 29 17 22 33 40 25 25 11 11 65 26.3
12 Penn 6 27 11 6 6 32 41 22 8 14 101 15 78 28.2
13 George Washington 30 22 25 34 22 44 15 32 5 8 44 42 50 28.7
14 Washington Univ. 26 14 19 21 26 25 73 29 45 17 51 23 12 29.3
15 Virginia 8 82 7 11 6 18 26 46 31 11 76 5 78 31.2
16 Columbia 1 20 5 1 6 37 6 46 13 4 154 10 105 31.4
17 Yale 8 5 1 8 6 37 20 16 62 4 167 11 65 31.5
18 American 68 2 44 51 26 48 37 11 10 4 51 55 4 31.6
19 Fordham 17 17 25 23 17 13 63 93 21 21 101 32 9 34.8
20 Boston University 19 32 19 18 30 56 55 5 10 32 51 21 105 34.8
21 North Carolina 26 44 25 18 22 48 37 22 55 46 7 26 78 34.9
22 Ohio State 37 69 28 23 15 2 55 29 40 43 38 32 44 35.0
23 UC-Hastings 37 27 44 46 33 13 20 13 45 28 114 23 20 35.6
24 Cornell 16 44 13 15 17 22 41 71 40 13 70 42 65 36.1
25 Minnesota 19 32 19 21 22 78 20 19 40 25 76 26 78 36.5
26 Vanderbilt 12 61 17 17 10 32 17 25 25 14 136 48 65 36.8
27 Arizona State 52 61 38 51 33 10 20 22 51 25 7 37 78 37.3
28 Emory 26 69 28 23 33 56 49 40 36 40 44 48 23 39.6
29 Boston College 26 27 31 29 43 48 33 48 31 40 38 18 105 39.8
30 UC-Davis 23 54 19 23 22 25 20 54 36 32 136 26 50 40.0
31 Chicago 7 22 4 1 10 48 63 71 40 17 154 7 78 40.2
32 Indiana (Maurer) 23 82 44 23 43 56 31 40 21 28 51 20 78 41.5
33 Maryland 61 6 44 46 57 13 10 7 79 69 63 63 31 42.2
34 William & Mary 37 61 19 29 17 18 41 48 45 32 101 63 44 42.7
35 Temple 52 86 59 59 53 25 85 17 71 17 12 37 2 44.2
36 Notre Dame 37 44 18 34 43 56 55 102 25 28 76 45 25 45.2
37 Wisconsin 48 44 38 29 33 37 41 40 79 32 51 55 78 46.5
38 Loyola-L.A. 48 69 54 63 33 67 85 48 31 57 44 11 5 47.3
39 Florida 37 82 67 39 33 37 20 61 71 69 76 3 25 47.7
40 Denver 68 8 59 63 43 56 26 93 79 52 7 63 9 48.2
41 Washington 61 44 59 39 43 99 31 32 18 43 51 42 65 48.2
42 Arizona 59 61 38 46 57 86 33 32 55 36 24 68 50 49.6
42 Colorado 30 96 44 51 30 72 10 71 25 52 51 63 50 49.6
42 Georgia 23 32 31 39 33 99 85 40 71 21 101 45 25 49.6
45 Houston 59 69 71 34 64 99 26 3 5 46 101 26 44 49.8
46 Wake Forest 37 86 54 39 29 99 41 17 95 69 6 55 25 50.2
47 Brooklyn 30 32 35 34 26 72 106 90 62 46 32 48 59 51.7
48 Tulane 37 39 54 34 53 37 17 61 62 28 148 63 44 52.1
49 USC 22 82 31 18 33 32 96 48 55 46 114 15 96 52.9
50 Case Western 61 44 59 51 64 67 55 9 40 24 92 98 50 54.9
51 Georgia State 52 27 44 86 57 56 85 2 62 98 92 55 25 57.0
52 Miami 52 32 59 46 53 78 55 93 55 36 101 26 59 57.3
53 UNLV 78 39 69 51 68 6 85 32 62 106 1 48 105 57.7
54 Chicago-Kent 52 86 54 72 74 86 85 54 13 75 32 75 5 58.7
55 Loyola-Chicago 75 54 59 72 82 56 126 3 45 69 76 48 12 59.8
55 Washington & Lee 52 69 44 51 43 44 79 40 90 36 101 32 96 59.8
57 Cardozo 52 61 38 59 30 5 106 114 13 75 114 48 65 60.0
58 Rutgers 83 22 59 81 57 83 63 54 85 52 18 80 59 61.2
59 Florida State 48 96 44 39 53 99 15 54 79 62 136 37 36 61.4
60 Utah 30 106 44 39 33 99 9 32 71 62 136 55 121 64.4
61 Texas A&M 68 54 111 69 119 6 37 102 8 62 29 75 105 65.0
62 Pepperdine 61 39 44 59 91 3 96 114 100 46 114 37 50 65.7
63 Iowa 30 86 38 46 43 99 106 78 62 57 51 68 105 66.8
64 Northeastern 113 22 71 107 57 48 106 11 21 62 38 110 105 67.0
65 Villanova 78 69 83 86 74 90 79 61 45 91 29 37 50 67.1
66 Alabama 61 61 31 29 43 99 63 102 100 98 127 32 31 67.5
67 Illinois 30 117 35 23 33 93 79 90 51 83 101 45 105 68.1
68 SMU 68 61 71 69 43 72 96 61 55 46 136 48 65 68.5
69 San Diego 30 121 28 72 57 99 79 71 31 62 166 21 59 68.9
70 BYU 19 136 54 39 68 67 55 144 55 75 76 32 96 70.5
71 Pittsburgh 75 121 69 69 57 99 85 32 51 43 76 26 131 71.8
72 Seattle 83 20 71 107 91 99 79 78 62 91 3 80 78 72.5
73 Seton Hall 83 69 71 81 82 67 116 13 71 57 92 68 78 72.9
74 Oregon 61 121 71 63 74 10 6 144 100 98 2 68 131 73.0
75 Suffolk 95 14 136 116 111 22 96 61 45 106 5 132 20 73.8
76 Richmond 37 121 35 63 43 99 63 144 25 69 101 55 105 73.8
77 Santa Clara 75 121 93 98 91 44 55 102 4 40 44 68 131 74.3
78 Tennessee 37 17 83 63 74 99 106 78 123 118 32 75 65 74.6
79 Lewis & Clark 95 86 71 107 91 48 1 122 55 69 18 92 121 75.1
80 South Carolina 83 39 93 86 74 99 63 61 114 106 70 55 36 75.3
81 Kansas 78 86 83 51 68 25 63 122 100 91 51 80 121 78.4
82 St. John's 68 117 71 72 74 37 152 102 71 57 32 132 36 78.5
83 Connecticut 61 96 59 59 82 72 63 61 108 57 76 68 160 78.6
84 Drexel 78 54 71 98 100 83 130 32 108 103 18 132 15 78.6
85 Hofstra 92 69 83 90 68 93 130 61 95 62 76 89 36 80.3
86 Indiana (McKinney) 95 86 83 81 111 99 85 15 85 83 24 98 121 82.0
87 Howard 92 44 71 72 64 67 143 122 62 106 63 120 59 83.5
88 Michigan State 68 86 83 63 91 93 96 114 71 75 101 98 65 84.9
89 New Mexico 113 17 111 81 100 99 33 78 137 106 70 92 78 85.8
90 Syracuse 95 96 111 98 100 99 73 78 85 83 76 110 15 86.1
91 Stetson 95 96 111 72 100 72 106 122 137 106 3 110 1 87.0
92 DePaul 95 106 93 98 82 97 152 25 36 91 92 92 78 87.5
93 George Mason 48 155 38 51 74 99 136 114 31 75 148 80 105 88.8
94 Pacific 106 136 146 98 125 56 73 102 114 36 32 126 9 89.2
95 Missouri (Columbia) 88 127 83 72 82 3 136 90 90 91 136 98 65 89.3
96 Baltimore 123 14 93 120 100 78 116 122 95 75 38 75 149 92.2
97 UIC-John Marshall 135 69 136 148 111 90 152 122 36 75 7 98 36 93.5
98 New York Law School 95 54 93 156 100 78 136 78 62 83 38 98 145 93.5
99 St. Louis 88 86 71 90 100 99 159 1 90 98 127 80 131 93.8
100 Marquette 88 127 93 90 91 10 126 144 79 118 12 126 121 94.2

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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Thursday, April 2, 2020

2021 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings include the trial advocacy programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 52% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.1 Stetson
2 4.0 Baylor
2 4.0 Temple
4 3.9 American
5 3.8 Chicago-Kent
5 3.8 Loyola-L.A.
7 3.6 Samford
7 3.6 South Texas
9 3.5 Fordham
9 3.5 Denver
9 3.5 Pacific
12 3.4 Georgetown
12 3.4 Loyola-Chicago
12 3.4 Washington University
15 3.3 Campbell
15 3.3 Drexel
15 3.3 Syracuse
15 3.3 UC-Berkeley
19 3.2 Northwestern
20 3.1 St. Mary's 
20 3.1 Suffolk
20 3.1 UC-Hastings
23 3.0 Emory
23 3.0 UCLA
25 2.9 Georgia State
25 2.9 Akron
25 2.9 Florida
25 2.9 Georgia
25 2.9 Notre Dame
25 2.9 Wake Forest
31 2.8 Faulkner
31 2.8 NYU
31 2.8 Texas Tech
31 2.8 Alabama
31 2.8 Maryland
36 2.7 Florida State
36 2.7 Harvard
36 2.7 Hofstra
36 2.7 St. John's
36 2.7 UIC-John Marshall
36 2.7 Missouri (Kansas City)
36 2.7 South Carolina
36 2.7 Texas
44 2.6 Ohio State
44 2.6 Pace
44 2.6 Stanford
44 2.6 Tulane
44 2.6 Houston
44 2.6 William & Mary
50 2.5 Case Western
50 2.5 George Washington
50 2.5 Loyola-New Orleans
50 2.5 Nova
50 2.5 Pepperdine
50 2.5 Arizona
50 2.5 UC-Davis
50 2.5 Colorado
50 2.5 Villanova

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

2021 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings include the legal writing programs at 179 law schools (the faculty survey had a 54% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.3 UNLV
2 4.2 Oregon
3 4.1 Seattle
3 4.1 Stetson
5 4.0 Suffolk
6 3.9 Wake Forest
7 3.8 Arizona State
7 3.8 Denver
7 3.8 UIC-John Marshall
7 3.8 North Carolina
11 3.7 UC-Irvine
12 3.6 Drake
12 3.6 Georgetown
12 3.6 Marquette
12 3.6 Temple
12 3.6 Texas Tech
12 3.6 Michigan
18 3.5 Drexel
18 3.5 Lewis & Clark
18 3.5 Mercer
18 3.5 Nova
18 3.5 Rutgers
18 3.5 Washburn
24 3.4 Indiana (McKinney)
24 3.4 Northwestern
24 3.4 Arizona
24 3.4 Arkansas (Little Rock)
24 3.4 Missouri (Kansas City)
29 3.3 Duquesne
29 3.3 Texas A&M
29 3.3 Villanova
32 3.2 Brooklyn
32 3.2 Chicago-Kent
32 3.2 St. John's
32 3.2 Arkansas (Fayetteville)
32 3.2 Tennessee
32 3.2 Pacific
38 3.1 Boston College
38 3.1 New York Law School
38 3.1 Northeastern
38 3.1 Ohio State
38 3.1 Baltimore
38 3.1 Memphis
44 3.0 Duke
44 3.0 Elon
44 3.0 Emory
44 3.0 George Washington
44 3.0 Loyola-L.A.
44 3.0 Santa Clara
44 3.0 Texas

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

2021 U.S. News International Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News International Law Rankings include the international law programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 52% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 NYU
2 4.4 Harvard
3 4.3 Georgetown
4 4.2 American
4 4.2 Columbia
4 4.2 Yale
7 4.1 Michigan
8 4.0 George Washington
9 3.9 Duke
9 3.9 Stanford
11 3.8 UC-Berkeley
11 3.8 Virginia
13 3.7 Cornell
14 3.6 Penn
14 3.6 Texas
14 3.6 Vanderbilt
17 3.5 Temple
17 3.5 UCLA
17 3.5 Chicago
17 3.5 Washington Univ.
21 3.4 Fordham
21 3.4 Northwestern
21 3.4 Georgia
24 3.3 Case Western
25 3.2 Arizona State
25 3.2 UC-Irvine
25 3.2 Minnesota
28 3.1 Indiana (Maurer)
28 3.1 Tulane
28 3.1 UC-Hastings
28 3.1 Notre Dame
32 3.0 Boston University
32 3.0 UC-Davis
32 3.0 Wisconsin
32 3.0 William & Mary
36 2.9 Arizona
36 2.9 Miami
36 2.9 Pacific
36 2.9 Washington & Lee
40 2.8 Boston College
40 2.8 Emory
40 2.8 Santa Clara
43 2.7 Ohio State
43 2.7 Pittsburgh
43 2.7 Washington
46 2.6 Brooklyn
46 2.6 Pepperdine
46 2.6 SMU
46 2.6 Houston
46 2.6 North Carolina
46 2.6 USC

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Monday, March 30, 2020

2021 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings include the intellectual property law programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 58% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 UC-Berkeley
2 4.6 Stanford
3 4.4 NYU
4 4.0 Santa Clara
5 3.8 George Washington
5 3.8 Houston
5 3.8 New Hampshire
8 3.7 Texas A&M
8 3.7 Penn
10 3.6 American
10 3.6 Boston University
12 3.5 Duke
13 3.4 Columbia
13 3.4 Georgetown
13 3.4 Chicago-Kent
13 3.4 Michigan
13 3.4 Cardozo
18 3.3 Harvard
18 3.3 Texas
18 3.3 Washington
21 3.2 Fordham
21 3.2 Indiana (Maurer)
21 3.2 Northeastern
21 3.2 Northwestern
25 3.1 UC-Irvine
25 3.1 UCLA
25 3.1 Colorado
25 3.1 Notre Dame
25 3.1 Richmond
25 3.1 Vanderbilt
31 3.0 Boston College
31 3.0 George Mason
31 3.0 Loyola-L.A.
31 3.0 San Diego
31 3.0 Virginia
36 2.9 DePaul
36 2.9 Emory
36 2.9 UC-Davis
36 2.9 UIC-John Marshall
40 2.8 Case Western
40 2.8 Cornell
40 2.8 Ohio State
40 2.8 Chicago
40 2.8 Minnesota
45 2.7 Loyola-Chicago
45 2.7 Suffolk
45 2.7 UC-Hastings
45 2.7 Villanova
45 2.7 Washington Univ.
45 2.7 William & Mary

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Friday, March 27, 2020

2021 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings include the health care law programs at 143 law schools (the faculty survey had a 54% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.4 St. Louis
2 4.2 Georgia State
3 4.1 Loyola-Chicago
3 4.1 Houston
5 4.0 Boston University
5 4.0 Stanford
7 3.9 Georgetown
7 3.9 Maryland
9 3.8 Case Western
9 3.8 Harvard
11 3.7 American
11 3.7 Northeastern
13 3.6 Seton Hall
13 3.6 UC-Hastings
15 3.5 Indiana (McKinney)
16 3.4 Yale
17 3.3 Temple
17 3.3 Wake Forest
19 3.2 Michigan
19 3.2 Minnesota
19 3.2 Texas
22 3.1 Arizona State
22 3.1 North Carolina
22 3.1 Penn
25 3.0 DePaul
25 3.0 Duke
25 3.0 Mitchell Hamline
25 3.0 Vanderbilt
29 2.9 Ohio State
29 2.9 UC-Berkeley
29 2.9 Washington University
32 2.8 Drexel
32 2.8 George Washington
32 2.8 Arizona
32 2.8 UCLA
32 2.8 UNLV
32 2.8 Pittsburgh
32 2.8 Utah
32 2.8 Washington
40 2.7 Emory
40 2.7 Indiana (Maurer)
40 2.7 UC-Irvine
40 2.7 Georgia
40 2.7 Wisconsin
40 2.7 Washington & Lee
46 2.6 Columbia
46 2.6 Virginia
48 2.5 Boston College
48 2.5 Loyola-L.A.
48 2.5 NYU
48 2.5 Northwestern
48 2.5 USC
48 2.5 William & Mary

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

2021 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings include the environmental law programs at 184 law schools (the faculty survey had a 56% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.5 Lewis & Clark
1 4.5 UC-Berkeley
3 4.4 Pace
4 4.3 UCLA
5 4.2 Vermont
6 4.1 Columbia
6 4.1 NYU
6 4.1 Oregon
9 4.0 Utah
10 3.9 Georgetown
10 3.9 Harvard
10 3.9 Stanford
10 3.9 Colorado
10 3.9 Maryland
15 3.8 Florida State
15 3.8 George Washington
17 3.7 Tulane
17 3.7 Vanderbilt
19 3.6 Duke
20 3.5 Arizona State
20 3.5 UC-Hastings
20 3.5 UC-Davis
20 3.5 Florida
20 3.5 Minnesota
20 3.5 Yale
26 3.4 Denver
26 3.4 Houston
26 3.4 Texas
26 3.4 Virginia
30 3.3 Hawaii
31 3.2 Indiana (Maurer)
31 3.2 Washington
33 3.1 Boston College
33 3.1 Arizona
33 3.1 UC-Irvine
33 3.1 New Mexico
37 3.0 American
37 3.0 Texas A&M
37 3.0 Michigan
37 3.0 North Carolina
41 2.9 Cornell
41 2.9 Penn State (Univ. Park)
41 2.9 Montana
41 2.9 Penn
41 2.9 Wisconsin
41 2.9 Wake Forest
41 2.9 Widener (PA)
41 2.9 William & Mary
49 2.8 Emory
49 2.8 Loyola-New Orleans
49 2.8 Northwestern
49 2.8 Idaho
49 2.8 Wyoming
49 2.8 Widener (DE)

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2021 U.S. News Dispute Resolution Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Dispute Resolution Rankings include the dispute resolution programs at 98 law schools (the faculty survey had a 51% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.5 Harvard
2 4.4 Ohio State
3 4.3 Pepperdine
3 4.3 Missouri (Columbia)
5 4.0 Cardozo
6 3.9 Mitchell Hamline
6 3.9 Northwestern
6 3.9 Texas A&M
6 3.9 UNLV
10 3.8 Arizona State
10 3.8 Marquette
10 3.8 Oregon
13 3.7 Fordham
13 3.7 UC-Hastings
13 3.7 Maryland
16 3.6 NYU
16 3.6 Texas
18 3.5 Quinnipiac
18 3.5 Stanford
18 3.5 Virginia
18 3.5 William & Mary
22 3.4 Cornell
22 3.4 Suffolk
22 3.4 UC-Irvine
25 3.3 Duke
25 3.3 Georgetown
25 3.3 Temple
25 3.3 UC-Davis
25 3.3 UCLA
25 3.3 Kansas
25 3.3 Washington University
32 3.2 Pace
32 3.2 UC-Berkeley
32 3.2 Penn
32 3.2 USC
32 3.2 Vanderbilt
37 3.1 Columbia
37 3.1 St. John's
37 3.1 Tulane
37 3.1 Florida
37 3.1 Michigan
37 3.1 Wisconsin
37 3.1 Yale
44 3.0 George Washington
44 3.0 Santa Clara
44 3.0 South Texas
44 3.0 Washington & Lee
48 2.9 American
48 2.9 Boston College
48 2.9 Creighton
48 2.9 Lewis & Clark
48 2.9 Northeastern
48 2.9 Chicago
48 2.9 North Carolina
48 2.9 St. Thomas (MN)

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

2021 U.S. News Criminal Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Criminal Law Rankings include the criminal law programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 53% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.5 NYU
1 4.5 Stanford
3 4.4 Harvard
3 4.4 UC-Berkeley
5 4.3 Georgetown
6 4.2 Columbia
6 4.2 Penn
6 4.2 Virginia
6 4.2 Yale
10 4.1 Duke
10 4.1 UCLA
10 4.1 Chicago
10 4.1 Michigan
10 4.1 Vanderbilt
15 4.0 Ohio State
16 3.9 Northwestern
17 3.8 Cornell
17 3.8 Fordham
17 3.8 UC-Irvine
17 3.8 Texas
17 3.8 William & Mary
22 3.7 George Washington
22 3.7 UC-Davis
22 3.7 Minnesota
22 3.7 North Carolina
26 3.6 American
26 3.6 Brooklyn
26 3.6 Washington Univ.
29 3.5 Wake Forest
30 3.4 Boston University
30 3.4 Colorado
30 3.4 Cardozo
33 3.3 Arizona State
33 3.3 Emory
33 3.3 Loyola-L.A.
33 3.3 UC-Hastings
33 3.3 Florida
33 3.3 Georgia
33 3.3 Illinois
33 3.3 USC
33 3.3 Utah
33 3.3 Wisconsin
43 3.2 Boston College
43 3.2 Indiana (Maurer)
43 3.2 SMU
43 3.2 Alabama
43 3.2 Denver
43 3.2 Iowa
43 3.2 Notre Dame
43 3.2 Richmond
43 3.2 Washington
43 3.2 Washington & Lee

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Monday, March 23, 2020

2021 U.S. News Contracts/Commercial Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Contracts/Commercial Law Rankings include the contracts/commercial law programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 44% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 Columbia
1 4.7 Chicago
3 4.6 Harvard
3 4.6 NYU
3 4.6 UC-Berkeley
6 4.5 Stanford
6 4.5 Penn
8 4.4 Michigan
8 4.4 Texas
8 4.4 Yale
11 4.3 UCLA
11 4.3 Virginia
13 4.2 Georgetown
13 4.2 Northwestern
15 4.1 Cornell
15 4.1 Duke
17 3.9 Vanderbilt
18 3.8 Boston University
18 3.8 North Carolina
18 3.8 USC
21 3.7 Minnesota
21 3.7 Washington University
23 3.6 Emory
23 3.6 Fordham
23 3.6 Indiana (Maurer)
23 3.6 Ohio State
23 3.6 UC-Davis
23 3.6 Illinois
29 3.5 Boston College
29 3.5 Alabama
29 3.5 UC-Irvine
29 3.5 Wisconsin
29 3.5 William & Mary
34 3.4 Brooklyn
34 3.4 George Washington
34 3.4 Tulane
34 3.4 Houston
34 3.4 Notre Dame
39 3.3 BYU
39 3.3 Florida State
39 3.3 Florida
39 3.3 Georgia
39 3.3 Utah
39 3.3 Washington
39 3.3 Wake Forest
46 3.2 Arizona
46 3.2 UC-Hastings
46 3.2 Iowa
46 3.2 Maryland
46 3.2 Miami

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

2021 U.S. News Constitutional Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Constitutional Law Rankings include the constitutional law programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 57% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.9 Yale
2 4.8 Harvard
3 4.7 Stanford
4 4.6 Chicago
5 4.5 Columbia
5 4.5 NYU
7 4.4 UC-Berkeley
7 4.4 Virginia
9 4.3 Duke
9 4.3 Georgetown
11 4.2 Penn
11 4.2 Texas
13 4.1 Cornell
13 4.1 Northwestern
13 4.1 UCLA
13 4.1 Michigan
17 3.8 Vanderbilt
18 3.6 Notre Dame
19 3.5 Boston University
19 3.5 UC-Davis
19 3.5 UC-Irvine
19 3.5 Minnesota
19 3.5 Washington University
19 3.5 William & Mary
25 3.4 Fordham
25 3.4 George Washington
25 3.4 North Carolina
28 3.3 Emory
28 3.3 Ohio State
28 3.3 San Diego
31 3.2 Boston College
31 3.2 Alabama
31 3.2 Georgia
31 3.2 USC
35 3.1 Brooklyn
35 3.1 Illinois
35 3.1 Richmond
38 3.0 Arizona State
38 3.0 George Mason
38 3.0 Arizona
38 3.0 Iowa
38 3.0 Wisconsin
38 3.0 Cardozo
44 2.9 American
44 2.9 Florida State
44 2.9 Georgia State
44 2.9 Indiana (Maurer)
44 2.9 Pepperdine
44 2.9 UC-Hastings
44 2.9 Colorado
44 2.9 Maryland
44 2.9 Utah
44 2.9 Washington & Lee

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Friday, March 20, 2020

2021 U.S. News Clinical Training Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Clinical Training Rankings include the clinical training law programs at 179 law schools (the faculty survey had a 65% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 Georgetown
2 4.4 American
2 4.4 CUNY
2 4.4 NYU
5 4.3 Yale
6 4.2 Northwestern
6 4.2 Maryland
8 4.1 Stanford
8 4.1 UC-Berkeley
8 4.1 UC-Irvine
8 4.1 Denver
8 4.1 Michigan
8 4.1 District of Columbia
14 4.0 Suffolk
14 4.0 Baltimore
14 4.0 Washington University
17 3.9 Fordham
17 3.9 New Mexico
17 3.9 Tennessee
20 3.8 Columbia
20 3.8 Seattle
22 3.7 George Washington
22 3.7 Harvard
22 3.7 Northeastern
22 3.7 Rutgers
22 3.7 Chicago
27 3.6 Boston College
27 3.6 Georgia State
27 3.6 UC-Hastings
27 3.6 UCLA
27 3.6 Penn
32 3.5 Boston University
32 3.5 Brooklyn
32 3.5 Mitchell Hamline
32 3.5 Georgia
32 3.5 Miami
32 3.5 Minnesota
32 3.5 Texas
39 3.4 Loyola-New Orleans
39 3.4 Pepperdine
39 3.4 Tulane
39 3.4 UNLV
39 3.4 South Carolina
44 3.3 Albany
44 3.3 Case Western
44 3.3 Cornell
44 3.3 Howard
44 3.3 Catholic
44 3.3 North Carolina
44 3.3 Notre Dame
44 3.3 Washington
44 3.3 Wisconsin
44 3.3 Washburn

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

2021 U.S. News Business/Corporate Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Business/Corporate Law Rankings include the business/corporate law programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 52% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.8 Columbia
1 4.8 Harvard
3 4.7 NYU
4 4.6 UC-Berkeley
5 4.5 Stanford
6 4.4 Penn
7 4.3 Chicago
8 4.2 Georgetown
8 4.2 UCLA
8 4.2 Virginia
8 4.2 Yale
12 4.1 Duke
12 4.1 Northwestern
12 4.1 Michigan
12 4.1 Vanderbilt
16 3.9 Cornell
17 3.8 Fordham
17 3.8 Texas
19 3.6 Boston University
19 3.6 BYU
19 3.6 Minnesota
22 3.5 USC
23 3.4 Indiana (Maurer)
23 3.4 UC-Davis
23 3.4 Georgia
26 3.3 Boston College
26 3.3 Emory
26 3.3 North Carolina
26 3.3 Washington University
30 3.2 Brooklyn
30 3.2 George Washington
30 3.2 Colorado
30 3.2 Illinois
30 3.2 Iowa
30 3.2 San Diego
30 3.2 Utah
37 3.1 Ohio State
37 3.1 Tulane
37 3.1 UC-Hastings
37 3.1 UC-Irvine
37 3.1 Florida
37 3.1 Notre Dame
37 3.1 Richmond
37 3.1 Tennessee
37 3.1 Wake Forest
37 3.1 Widener (DE)
37 3.1 William & Mary
48 3.0 Florida State
48 3.0 George Mason
48 3.0 Loyola-L.A.
48 3.0 Wisconsin

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

2021 U.S. News Tax Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Tax Rankings include the tax programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 59% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.8 NYU
2 4.4 Georgetown
3 4.3 Northwestern
3 4.3 Florida
5 4.1 UCLA
5 4.1 Virginia
7 4.0 Harvard
7 4.0 Stanford
7 4.0 Chicago
10 3.9 Columbia
11 3.8 Loyola-L.A.
11 3.8 UC-Irvine
11 3.8 Michigan
11 3.8 Yale
15 3.7 Penn
15 3.7 USC
15 3.7 Texas
18 3.6 Boston College
18 3.6 Duke
20 3.5 Indiana (Maurer)
21 3.4 Boston University
21 3.4 San Diego
23 3.3 UC-Hastings
23 3.3 UC-Berkeley
23 3.3 Washington Univ.
26 3.2 UC-Davis
26 3.2 Houston
26 3.2 Miami
26 3.2 Minnesota
26 3.2 North Carolina
26 3.2 Pittsburgh
32 3.1 BYU
32 3.1 Fordham
32 3.1 Ohio State
32 3.1 Alabama
32 3.1 Washington & Lee
37 3.0 Arizona State
37 3.0 Florida State
37 3.0 Pepperdine
37 3.0 Temple
37 3.0 Villanova
42 2.9 Cornell
42 2.9 George Washington
42 2.9 Washington
45 2.8 Georgia
45 2.8 Illinois
45 2.8 Notre Dame
48 2.7 Brooklyn
48 2.7 Emory
48 2.7 Loyola-Chicago
48 2.7 SMU
48 2.7 UNLV
48 2.7 Vanderbilt
48 2.7 Cardozo

Among the law schools in the tax rankings last year, here are the biggest upward moves:

  • +14: Ohio State (#32), Washington University (#23)
  • +11: Houston (#26)
  • +9: Yale (#11)
  • +6: Arizona State (#37), UC-Davis (#26)

Here are the biggest downward moves:

  • -17: Washington (#42)
  • -12: Temple (#37), Villanova (#37)
  • -10: George Washington (#42)
  • -8: Georgia (#45)
  • -7: Boston University (#21)

Derek Muller (Pepperdine) notes the absurd volatility of USNWR specialty law rankings by pointing out changes in the peer reputation scores of tax programs at these law schools:

South Carolina: 2.6 (+0.6)
Loyola Chicago: 2.7 (+0.4)
Albany: 1.8 (+0.4)
Cornell: 2.9 (+0.4)
Ohio State: 3.1 (+0.4)
Baltimore: 2.3 (+0.4)
Cincinnati: 2.4 (+0.4)
Richmond: 2.6 (+0.4)
Washington University: 3.3 (+0.4)
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Suffolk: 1.5 (-0.4)
Wyoming: 1.5 (-0.4)
Vermont: 1.3 (-0.4)
New England Law: 1.2 (-0.4)
Montana: 2.0 (-0.5)

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

2021 U.S. News Law School Peer Reputation Rankings (And Overall Rankings)

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiContinuing a TaxProf Blog tradition (see links below for 2009-2020), here is the full list of the 194 law schools ranked by academic peer reputation, as well as their overall rank, in the new 2021 U.S. News Law School Rankings (methodology here):

Peer Rank Peer Score School Overall Rank
1 4.8 Yale 1
1 4.8 Stanford 2
1 4.8 Harvard 3
4 4.7 Columbia 4
5 4.6 Chicago 4
5 4.6 NYU 6
7 4.5 UC-Berkeley 9
8 4.4 Penn 7
8 4.4 Virginia 8
8 4.4 Michigan 9
11 4.3 Georgetown 14
12 4.2 Northwestern 9
12 4.2 Duke 12
12 4.2 Cornell 13
15 4.1 UCLA 15
15 4.1 Texas 16
17 4.0 Vanderbilt 18
18 3.7 Washington University 17
18 3.7 Minnesota 21
20 3.6 USC 18
21 3.5 Boston University 20
21 3.5 Notre Dame 22
21 3.5 George Washington 23
21 3.5 Emory 24
21 3.5 UC-Irvine 27
26 3.4 North Carolina 27
26 3.4 Boston College 31
26 3.4 UC-Davis 38
29 3.3 Arizona State 24
29 3.3 Florida 24
29 3.3 Fordham 27
29 3.3 Iowa 27
29 3.3 Alabama 31
29 3.3 Georgia 31
29 3.3 William & Mary 31
29 3.3 Indiana (Maurer) 38
29 3.3 Ohio State 38
29 3.3 Wisconsin 38
39 3.2 Illinois 31
39 3.2 Washington 42
39 3.2 Colorado 46
39 3.2 Arizona 47
43 3.1 Washington & Lee 31
43 3.1 Wake Forest 42
43 3.1 Florida State 50
43 3.1 Tulane 54
43 3.1 UC-Hastings 59
48 3.0 Maryland 47
48 3.0 Connecticut 50
50 2.9 BYU 37
50 2.9 Utah 45
50 2.9 Cardozo 53
50 2.9 Denver 74
50 2.9 American 76
50 2.9 Georgia State 76
56 2.8 Richmond 54
56 2.8 Temple 56
56 2.8 Houston 56
56 2.8 Miami 67
56 2.8 Oregon 88
61 2.7 George Mason 42
61 2.7 Pepperdine 47
61 2.7 SMU 56
61 2.7 Loyola-L.A. 62
61 2.7 Villanova 62
61 2.7 Tennessee 70
61 2.7 Case Western 76
61 2.7 Pittsburgh 76
61 2.7 San Diego 83
61 2.7 Howard 107
71 2.6 Texas A&M 60
71 2.6 UNLV 62
71 2.6 Northeastern 67
71 2.6 Missouri (Columbia) 67
71 2.6 Loyola-Chicago 70
71 2.6 Kansas 70
71 2.6 Kentucky 70
71 2.6 Rutgers 76
71 2.6 Brooklyn 83
71 2.6 Chicago-Kent 83
81 2.5 Baylor 50
81 2.5 Penn State (Univ. Park) 60
81 2.5 Seton Hall 62
81 2.5 Oklahoma 76
81 2.5 Michigan State 93
81 2.5 Hawaii 96
81 2.5 South Carolina 96
81 2.5 Santa Clara 107
81 2.5 Indiana (McKinney) 122
90 2.4 Nebraska 76
90 2.4 Cincinnati 83
90 2.4 St. Louis 90
90 2.4 Lewis & Clark 93
90 2.4 New Mexico 99
90 2.4 Syracuse 111
90 2.4 Seattle 129
97 2.3 Penn State (Dickinson) 62
97 2.3 St. John's 74
97 2.3 Arkansas (Fayetteville) 90
97 2.3 Drexel 93
97 2.3 SUNY-Buffalo 99
97 2.3 Hofstra 102
97 2.3 Marquette 102
97 2.3 CUNY 107
97 2.3 Mississippi 111
97 2.3 DePaul 118
107 2.2 Wayne State 83
107 2.2 Florida Int'l 90
107 2.2 Louisiana State 96
107 2.2 Louisville 99
107 2.2 Stetson 105
107 2.2 West Virginia 111
107 2.2 Loyola-New Orleans 126
107 2.2 Missouri (Kansas City) 133
107 2.2 Arkansas (Little Rock) Tier 2
116 2.1 New Hampshire 88
116 2.1 Catholic 111
116 2.1 Gonzaga 118
116 2.1 Maine 122
116 2.1 Montana 122
116 2.1 Baltimore 126
116 2.1 Suffolk 136
116 2.1 Idaho 136
116 2.1 UIC-John Marshall 140
125 2.0 Drake 105
125 2.0 Washburn 107
125 2.0 Texas Tech 111
125 2.0 Tulsa 111
125 2.0 Albany 118
125 2.0 St. Thomas (MN) 118
125 2.0 Mercer 126
125 2.0 Wyoming 133
125 2.0 Pace 136
125 2.0 Willamette 141
135 1.9 Cleveland 102
135 1.9 Chapman 111
135 1.9 Quinnipiac 122
135 1.9 Duquesne 129
135 1.9 New York Law School 129
135 1.9 Toledo 136
135 1.9 Akron 141
135 1.9 Memphis 141
135 1.9 Vermont 141
135 1.9 Southwestern Tier 2
135 1.9 North Dakota Tier 2
135 1.9 San Francisco Tier 2
135 1.9 Pacific Tier 2
148 1.8 Creighton 133
148 1.8 Mitchell Hamline 141
148 1.8 Dayton 141
148 1.8 South Dakota 141
152 1.7 N. Illinois Tier 2
152 1.7 Roger Williams Tier 2
152 1.7 St. Mary's  Tier 2
152 1.7 Widener (DE) Tier 2
152 1.7 Widener (PA) Tier 2
157 1.6 Campbell Tier 2
157 1.6 Elon Tier 2
157 1.6 Florida A&M Tier 2
157 1.6 N. Kentucky Tier 2
157 1.6 Nova Tier 2
157 1.6 Samford Tier 2
157 1.6 South Texas Tier 2
157 1.6 S. Illinois Tier 2
157 1.6 Detroit Tier 2
157 1.6 Massachusetts Tier 2
157 1.6 District of Columbia Tier 2
168 1.5 California-Western Tier 2
168 1.5 Golden Gate Tier 2
168 1.5 Mississippi College Tier 2
168 1.5 New England  Tier 2
168 1.5 NC Central Tier 2
168 1.5 Ohio Northern Tier 2
168 1.5 Oklahoma City Tier 2
168 1.5 St. Thomas (FL) Tier 2
168 1.5 Touro Tier 2
177 1.4 Belmont 129
177 1.4 Capital Tier 2
177 1.4 Southern Tier 2
177 1.4 Texas Southern Tier 2
177 1.4 W. New England Tier 2
182 1.3 John Marshall (GA) Tier 2
183 1.2 Appalachian Tier 2
183 1.2 Barry Tier 2
183 1.2 Charleston Tier 2
183 1.2 Concordia Tier 2
183 1.2 Faulkner Tier 2
183 1.2 Florida Coastal Tier 2
183 1.2 Liberty Tier 2
183 1.2 Lincoln Memorial Tier 2
183 1.2 Regent Tier 2
192 1.1 Ave Maria Tier 2
192 1.1 W. Michigan Cooley Tier 2
192 1.1 Western State Tier 2

2013 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

Prior Years' U.S. News Peer Reputation And Overall Rankings:

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Pepperdine’s Place In The 2021 U.S. News Law School Rankings

U.S. News Law (2019)By now many of you have seen the news that Pepperdine Caruso Law has risen to #47 in the 2021 U.S. News Law School Rankings. This is the highest ranking in the 50-year history of our law school. 

Our 25-point improvement in three years is the second largest increase of any law school among the Top 100 law schools as ranked by U.S. News (behind only Texas A&M (formerly Texas Wesleyan) from #92 to #60).

We do not chase rankings at Pepperdine Caruso Law. Every decision we make is guided by a single question: what is in the best interest of our students? Often those decisions produce a rankings benefit as well, and we gladly reap those results. I am pleased that our rankings rise is driven by the increasing quality of our students, the improved outcomes achieved by our graduates, the additional resources we have been able to deploy to improve our students’ educational experience, and our growing reputation among legal academics, lawyers, and judges.

Pepperdine Caruso Law also was recognized by U.S. News with Top 50 rankings in six specialty programs (another all-time high) based on our reputation among faculty in those fields:  #3 in dispute resolution, #37 in tax law, #39 in clinical training, #44 in constitutional law, #46 in international law, and #50 in trial advocacy.

We are proud of our past, excited by all we have accomplished thus far, and exhilarated at what we will be able to achieve in the future with the additional resources provided by Rick J. Caruso's $50 million naming gift.

March 17, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

2021 U.S. News Law School Rankings

Robert Morse (Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News & World Report) announced yesterday that the new 2021 law school rankings will be released on Tuesday, March 17.  For the first time, they will include specialty rankings in business/corporate law, criminal law, constitutional law, and contracts/commercial law (in addition to Clinical Training, Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law, Health Care, Intellectual Property, International Law, Legal Writing, Tax, and Trial Advocacy).  Here is my coverage of the current 2020 law school rankings:

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

2020 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Overall Ranking

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. Last week, 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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Monday, February 10, 2020

2020 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Teaching And Accessibility)

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. Last week, I highlighted 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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Friday, February 7, 2020

2020 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Career Rating

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts this week, 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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Thursday, February 6, 2020

2020 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Accessibility)

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts this week, 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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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

2020 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Teaching)

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts this week, 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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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

2020 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Academic Experience

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts this week, 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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Monday, February 3, 2020

2020 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Admissions Selectivity

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts this week, 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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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Fifty Hardest Law Schools To Get Into

24/7 Wall St., 50 Hardest Law Schools to Get Into:

Using data from the ABA, 24/7 Wall St. created an index of three measures of selectivity to identify the 50 hardest law schools to get into. The first index measure is the acceptance rate, or the number of offer letters a school sent in 2019 as a share of the number of applications. The second is the median LSAT score of newly enrolled students in fall 2019, and the third measure is the median undergraduate GPA of newly enrolled students. We also reviewed the share of students in the class of 2018 who took the bar exam and passed on their first attempt.

  1. Yale (#1 in U.S. News)
  2. Stanford (#2)
  3. Harvard(#3)
  4. Penn Carey (#7)
  5. Virginia (#8)
  6. Columbia (#5)
  7. Michigan (#9)
  8. Chicago (#4)
  9. Northwestern Pritzker (#10)
  10. USC Gould (#17)
  11. Duke (#10)
  12. Texas (#16)
  13. UC-Berkeley (#10)
  14. Georgetown (#14)
  15. NYU (#6)
  16. Cornell (#14)
  17. Florida Levin (#31)
  18. Vanderbilt (#18)
  19. UCLA (#15)
  20. George Mason Scalia (#45)
  21. Georgia (#27)
  22. Washington University (#18)
  23. Boston University (#23)
  24. UC-Irvine (#23)
  25. Notre Dame (#21)
  26. Arizona State O'Connor (#27)
  27. Arizona Rogers (#39)
  28. Fordham (#39)
  29. University of Washington (#44)
  30. Emory (#26)
  31. Alabama (#25)
  32. UNLV Boyd (#58)
  33. George Washington (#22)
  34. William & Mary (#39)
  35. Pepperdine Caruso (#51)
  36. UC-Davis (#31)
  37. Texas A&M (#83)
  38. Boston College (#27)
  39. Florida International (#91)
  40. Florida State (#48)
  41. Washington & Lee (#34)
  42. Georgia State (#67)
  43. North Carolina (#34)
  44. Colorado (#45)
  45. Loyola-L.A. (#62)
  46. Tennessee (#59)
  47. Indiana-Maurer (#34)
  48. Illinois (#39)
  49. Villanova Widger (#71)
  50. Minnesota (#20)

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Changes To U.S. News Law School Rankings Met With Skepticism

Karen Sloan (Law.com), Changes to US News Law School Rankings Met With Skepticism:

2020 US News Law SchoolU.S. News & World Report is adding as many as five new categories to its suite of law school specialty rankings this year, an expansion that’s getting a cold reception from legal academics. ...

[U.S. News Chief Data Strategist Bob Morse] revealed that the latest rankings survey, which is now out in the field, for the first time asks reviewers to rank law schools on their constitutional law, criminal law, business corporations, and contracts programs. That joins nine existing specialty rankings, including intellectual property, clinical training, and tax law. U.S. News sends the survey to four people at each law school and for the specialty rankings, respondents are asked to rate each school’s programs on a scale of 1 to 5. ...

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Benefits Of Greater Transparency In Reporting Of Law Graduate Employment Outcomes

Ten years ago, there was no standardized reporting format law schools had to follow for reporting graduate employment outcomes.  As a result, it was very difficult to make comparisons across law schools because the data were presented by law schools in a way that did not facilitate apples to apples comparisons.  At that time, many law schools presented employment outcomes data in a manner that reflected as favorably as possible on the institution.

Following the Great Recession, the ABA mandated greater transparency in the way law schools report employment outcomes, requiring each law school to report disaggregated results for all law school graduates using a common template — the Employment Summary Report.  This mandated reporting format has fostered much greater transparency with respect to graduate employment outcomes by increasing both the amount and detail of employment outcomes data and by fostering comparisons across law schools due to a consistent reporting framework. 

Interestingly, however, throughout this period of time, there has been some variability in how entities compiling employment outcomes data report such data, particularly as it relates to the "top line" statistic — what proportion of each class of new law graduates is working nine (now ten) months after graduation — an interval long enough to take and get results on a bar exam.  While NALP has reported its results on a consistent basis throughout this period of time, US News and World Report has significantly changed its methodology for reporting employment outcomes, largely in response to the ABA’s requirement of increased transparency with respect to employment outcomes data.

To understand the extent to which the ABA’s mandate for increased transparency in reporting of employment outcomes data has mattered, one need only compare aggregated employment outcomes data as reported by NALP and USNews for the Class of 2004 and the Class of 2014 (five years before and five years after the Great Recession).  As shown below, the ABA’s requirement for greater transparency in reporting of employment outcomes data has resulted in public dissemination of much more realistic understandings of employment outcomes of law graduates. 

Table 1 shows the comparison of reported employment outcomes for the class of 2004 and for the class of 2014 as presented by NALP (reporting data on all graduates with reported employment outcomes) and by USNews (reporting the average of employment outcomes for the top 100 law schools in each year).

TABLE 1 – Class of 2004 and Class of 2014 Employment Outcomes Percentages as Reported by NALP (All Graduates with Reported Employment Outcomes) and USNews (Avg. of Top-100 Law Schools)

 

Class of 2004

Class of 2014

Change 2004 to 2014

NALP

88.9

86.7

-2.2

USNews (Avg. of Top-100 Law Schools)

95.8

74.7

-21.1

Difference

+6.9

-12

 

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December 19, 2019 in Jerry Organ, Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Monday, December 16, 2019

2019 Transfer Data Show Continued Decline In Number And Percentage Of Transfers

This blog posting updates my blog postings of December 2014December 2015March 2017, December 2017 and December 2018 regarding what we know about the transfer market. With the ABA’s posting of the 2019 Standard 509 Reports, we now have six years (2014-2019) of more detailed transfer data from which to glean insights about the transfer market among law schools.

NUMBERS AND PERCENTAGES OF TRANSFERS SHOW CONTINUING DECLINE SINCE 2013

As shown in Table 1 below, the number of transfers decreased to 1294 (3.3%), continuing a steady decline since a peak of 2,501 (5.8%) in 2013. It is also the lowest number and percentage of transfers we have seen since at least 2011.

For the last several years, the transfer market has been shrinking, having declined from 5.8% in 2013, to 5.2% in 2015, to 4.8% in 2017, to 4.0% in 2018, and now down to 3.4% in 2019.

Table 1 – Number of Transfers and Percentage of Transfers from 2011-2019

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Number of Transfers

2495

2438

2501

2187

1979

1749

1797

1494

1294

Previous Year First Year Enrollment

52,000

47,600

43,200

39,800

38,000

37,100

37,100

37,300

38,390

% of Previous First-Year Total

4.8%

5.1%

5.8%

5.5%

5.2%

4.7%

4.8%

4.0%

3.4%

While it is hard to know for sure what might be causing this decline in transfers over the last several years, I believe the most likely explanation for the continuing decline in transfers over the last several years is the corresponding decline in law schools with conditional scholarship programs.  As I noted in a blog posting on conditional scholarship programs in January 2018, the number of law schools with conditional scholarship programs declined from 140 to 89 between 2011-12 and 2016-17.  As of the 2017-2018 academic year, there were only 77 law schools with conditional scholarships that were reduced or eliminated.  This decline in the number of law schools with conditional scholarship programs likely has reduced the number of rising second-year law students considering transferring.  In past years, it is likely that a reduced or eliminated conditional scholarship was a catalyst for some law students to consider transferring.  If they were going to have to pay more to continue their legal education because of a reduced or eliminated scholarship, they might as well consider transferring to a more highly ranked law school.  With the reduction in the number of law schools with conditional scholarship programs, however, this financial incentive to consider transferring has been diminished.

SOME LAW SCHOOLS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE TRANSFER MARKET

Table 2 lists the top 15 law schools participating in the transfer market in descending order in Summer 2016 (fall 2015 entering class), Summer 2017 (fall 2016 entering class), Summer 2018 (fall 2017 entering class), and Summer 2019 (fall 2018 entering class).

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December 16, 2019 in Jerry Organ, Law School, Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, December 15, 2019

July 2019 California Bar Exam Results For Out-Of-State Law Schools

CA state bar logo PNGFollowing up on yesterday's post on the July 2019 California Bar Exam results for in-state law schools: the state bar has <released comparable data for out-of-state law schools. Overall, 50.1% 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 lower rate (71.3%) than students from out-of state law schools (73.0%).

Out-of-state law schools with the highest pass rates:
Chicago: 100% (25 students took the exam)
Duke: 100% (16)
Michigan: 97.1% (34)
Harvard: 96.6% (88)
Penn: 96.5% (22)
NYU: 96.2% (26)
Virginia: 95.2% (21)
Columbia: 93.2% (44)
Yale: 91.2% (34)
Cornell: 86.7% (15)
Northwestern: 85.0% (20)
Georgetown: 80.9% (47)

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

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

July 2019 California Bar Exam Results

California State BarThe California State Bar has released school-by-school data on the July 2019 California Bar Exam.  Here are the results for first time test takers for the 21 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 (94%)

Stanford

1 (2)

2 (89%)

UC-Berkeley

2 (10)

3 (88%)

UCLA

3 (15)

4 (86%)

USC

4 (17)

5 (84%)

UC-Davis

6 (31)

6 (82%)

Pepperdine

7 (51)

7 (80.3%)

UC-Irvine

5 (23)

8 (79.9%)

Loyola-L.A.

8 (62)

9 (79%)

UC-Hastings

8 (62)

10 (75%)

San Diego

10 (86)

      71%

Statewide Ave. (CA ABA-accredited)

11 (64%)

Santa Clara

11 (104)

12 (63%)

McGeorge

Rank Not Published

13 (60%)

Southwestern

Rank No Published

14 (59%)

Chapman

12 (132)

15 (58%)

Western State

Rank Not Published

16 (51%)

Cal-Western

Rank Not Published

17 (42%)

Golden Gate

Rank Not Published

18 (39.7%)

La Verne

Rank Not Published

19 (39.6%)

San Francisco

Rank Not Published

20 (22%)

Thomas Jefferson

Rank Not Published

21 (11%)

Whitier

Rank Not Published

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

July 2019 New York Bar Exam Results: Columbia #1

NYSBA (2017)The July 2019 New York bar passage rates by law school are out. Here are the results for first time test takers for the 15 New York ABA-approved law schools, along with each school's U.S. News ranking (New York and overall).

Bar Pass

Rank (Rate)

 

School

US News Rank

NY (Overall)

1 (96.9%)

Columbia

1 (5)

2 (95.8%)

NYU

2 (6)

3 (93.8%)

Cornell

3 (13)

4 (91.0%)

Fordham

4 (39)

5 (88.9%)

St. John's

7 (77)

6 (87.7%)

Syracuse

8 (91)

7 (86.4%)

Cardozo

5 (52)

86.0%

Statewide Average

8 (81.5%)

Brooklyn

6 (71)

9 (78.5%)

New York Law School

13 (117)

10 (75.5%)

Albany

12 (115)

11 (74.8%)

CUNY

11 (108)

12 (73.4%)

Pace

14 (122)

13 (72.5%)

SUNY-Buffalo

10 (104)

14 (65.3%)

Hofstra

9 (100)

15 (63.4%)

Touro

15 (Tier 2)

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Sisk: Citations — 'A Valid, If Imperfect, Proxy For Faculty Scholarly Impact On A National Scale'

Gregory C. Sisk (St. Thomas-Minnesota), Measuring Law Faculty Scholarly Impact by Citations: Reliable and Valid for Collective Faculty Ranking, 60 Jurimetrics J. ___ (2019) (reviewing Paul J. Heald (Illinois) & Ted M. Sichelman (San Diego), Ranking the Academic Impact of 100 American Law Schools, 60 Jurimetrics J. ___ (2019)):

No single metric of faculty scholarly activity can fully capture every individual contribution. For that reason, evaluating a single professor’s scholarly work requires a nuanced, multifaceted, and individually focused assessment. However, for a contemporary sketch of the collective scholarly impact of a law school faculty, citation measurements in the legal literature are both reliable and valid.

The new Heald-Sichelman study of citations in the HeinOnline database confirms the reliability of the multiyear results of the Leiter-Sisk Scholarly Impact Ranking based on the Westlaw journals database. Despite using a different law journal database, counting citations differently, including pre-tenure faculty, and even adding download statistics into the mix, the Heald-Sichelman ranking correlates powerfully at 0.88 with the most recent Leiter-Sisk ranking. An objective citation measurement is time-sensitive and corresponds to informed awareness of law school faculty developments around the country. A citation-based ranking thus is a valid, if imperfect, proxy for faculty scholarly impact on a national scale.

With appropriate qualifications and necessary adjustments, a citation-based ranking should be considered in any evaluation of the overall quality of a law school faculty. For the U.S. News ranking of American law schools, an up-to-date, citation-based ranking would have considerable merit as an objective forward-directed control to the subjective past-looking academic reputation survey. ...

In an ideal world of infinitely elastic resources, the eternity of time, and omniscient observers, every individual law professor and every law school’s faculty would be fully known, sensitively understood, and thoroughly evaluated based on complete, detailed, and nuanced information. A dean or faculty committee conducting an annual evaluation of an individual faculty member may conduct a more focused individualized assessment. Similarly, a candidate for a faculty position at a particular law school may have the opportunity for a more targeted exploration of the scholarly culture and activity and arrive at a more specified assessment of that school’s progress as a scholarly community.

When comparing large numbers of law faculties across the country, however, a generalized assessment approach has considerable merit and the imperfections of a robust proxy for scholarly accomplishment will wash out at the macro level. That is no reason to be insensitive to flaws in a particular method or to resist adjustments that improve the accuracy and meaning of the results, even if at the margins. And honesty demands acknowledging the limitations of any single approach, allowing the reader to avoid ascribing perfect confidence.

With those qualifications in mind, a citation-based measurement of law faculty scholarly impact has proven to be a reliable method and should be recognized as a valid if imperfect proxy for faculty scholarly achievement. Citation ranking has established itself as a worthwhile factor in comparative assessment of law faculty scholarly impact.

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Heald & Sichelman: The Top 100 Law School Faculties In Citations (Hein) And Impact (SSRN Downloads)

Paul J. Heald (Illinois) & Ted M. Sichelman (San Diego), Ranking the Academic Impact of 100 American Law Schools, 60 Jurimetrics J. ___ (2019):

U.S. News & World Report and rankings-minded scholars have constructed several measures of faculty impact at U.S. law schools, but each has been limited in a variety of ways. For instance, the U.S. News “peer assessment” rankings rely on the qualitative opinions of a small group of professors and administrators and largely mirror the overall rankings (correlations of 0.96 in 2016). While the scholarly rankings improve upon U.S. News by using the quantitative measure of citation counts, they have relied on the Westlaw database, which has notable limitations. Additionally, these rankings have failed to capture the component of scholarly impact on the broader legal community. We overcome these limitations by offering citation-based rankings using the more comprehensive Hein database and impact rankings based on Social Science Research Network (SSRN) download counts, as well as a combination of the two metrics.

Notably, we find a high correlation with the previous scholarly rankings (about 0.88), but a significantly lower correlation with the U.S. News peer assessment rankings (about 0.63). Specifically, we find that many law schools in dense urban areas with large numbers of other law schools that are highly ranked in the U.S. News survey are underrated in the U.S. News peer assessment rankings relative to our faculty impact metrics. Given the relatively low correlation between our rankings and the U.S. News peer assessment rankings—and the fact the U.S. News peer assessment rankings largely track its overall rankings—we strongly support U.S. News’s plans to rank schools on the basis of citation counts and recommend that U.S. News adopt a quantitative-based metric as a faculty reputation component of its overall rankings. ...

Here, pursuant to our suggested weighting discussed earlier, we combine the SSRN and Hein scores equally. Because SSRN download counts are substantially higher than Hein citation counts, we determine the number of standard deviations (z-score) from each school’s score from the mean for that metric, then average the SSRN and Hein z-scores together for a final score.

Table 3. Ranking by SSRN Download and Hein Citation Metrics

Combined Ranking

School

Total SSRN Score

Hein Total Score

SSRN Z-score

Hein
Z-score

Average
Z-score

1

Yale

18,753

 5223

2.56

5.25

3.91

2

Harvard

23,608

 3856

3.60

3.53

3.56

3

Columbia

17,820

 3075

2.36

2.55

2.45

4

Chicago

19,103

 2414

2.64

1.71

2.17

5

Vanderbilt

21,124

 1995

3.07

1.19

2.13

6

Penn

18,340

 2364

2.47

1.65

2.06

7

NYU

12,569

 3114

1.24

2.60

1.92

8

Stanford

11,336

 2837

0.97

2.25

1.61

9

UC-Irvine

15,786

 2027

1.93

1.23

1.58

10

Duke

12,194

 2029

1.16

1.23

1.19

11

GW

14,037

 1617

1.55

0.71

1.13

12

Northwestern

11,648

 1939

1.04

1.12

1.08

13

Cornell

10,942

 1970

0.89

1.15

1.02

14

UCLA

11,956

 1782

1.11

0.92

1.01

15

G. Mason

15,120

 1150

1.78

0.12

0.95

16

Georgetown

9906

 1758

0.67

0.89

0.78

17

Virginia

9325

 1702

0.54

0.82

0.68

18

UC-Berkeley

9781

 1609

0.64

0.70

0.67

19

Michigan

10,305

 1519

0.75

0.59

0.67

20

Minnesota

10,315

 1462

0.75

0.52

0.63

21

St. Thomas

11,487

 1155

1.00

0.13

0.57

22

Illinois

10,927

 1159

0.88

0.13

0.51

23

Texas

6611

 1873

-0.04

1.03

0.50

24

UC-Davis

10,805

 1098

0.86

0.06

0.46

25

Arizona

9696

 1058

0.62

0.01

0.31

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Society For Empirical Legal Studies Urges U.S. News To Use Google Scholar Rather Than HeinOnline In Scholarly Impact Rankings

SELS

Following up on my recent posts on the U.S. News Faculty Scholarly Impact Rankings (links below): Kevin Cope (Virginia) passed along this five page letter to Robert C. Morse (Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News & Woirld Report) from the Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS) Board of Directors (David S. Abrams (Pennsylvania), David Bjerk (Claremont McKenna College), Dawn Chutkow (Cornell), Christoph Engel (Max Planck), Michael Frakes (Duke), Andrew Green (Toronto), James Greiner (Harvard), Eric Helland (Claremont McKenna), James Hines (Michigan), Daniel Ho (Stanford), William Hubbard (Chicago), Daniel Krauss (Claremont McKenna College), Anthony Niblett (Toronto), J.J. Prescott (Michigan), Paige Skiba (Vanderbilt), Sonja Starr (Michigan), Eric Talley (Columbia), Albert Yoon (Toronto) & Kathryn Zeiler (Boston University)):

2020 US News Law SchoolWe write on behalf of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS) to express our concern about U.S. News’ plan to create a law school “scholarly impact” ranking based on HeinOnline data. We appreciate your willingness to consider input from the legal academic community, and particularly your May 2, 2019, statement that “neither the methodology nor the metrics for the proposed new rankings have been finalized.” We were further reassured to read that — contrary to other recent reports — you “do not have any current plans to incorporate scholarly impact rankings . . . in [your] Best Law Schools rankings.” We hope those plans do not change; for the reasons explained below, incorporating the HeinOnline data into Best Law Schools would introduce statistical biases that could do serious damage to U.S. legal education.

Although no ranking system is perfect, one strength of the existing ranking approach — as U.S. News officials themselves have argued — is that it provides several accurate metrics for consumers to evaluate for themselves. Unlike other indicators like graduation rate and bar-passage rate, however, HeinOnline’s current citation system does not appear to accurately capture what it represents to. HeinOnline’s metric would purportedly measure a faculty member’s “scholarly impact.” But the method suffers from a variety of systemic measurement flaws so significant that they undermine its validity as a measure of scholarly impact — and with it, the validity of any metric incorporating it. Making the HeinOnline data part of the Best Law Schools ranking would therefore deviate from your longstanding practice of offering readers accurate information.

HeinOnline’s present citation-measurement system has three principal problems: (1) it is biased against interdisciplinary legal scholarship; (2) it omits all book manuscripts and chapters; and (3) it systematically undervalues the academic contributions of junior scholars, which would inhibit law schools from recruiting diverse faculties. We elaborate on each of these problems below and suggest an alternative for measuring scholarly influence. ...

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Monday, September 16, 2019

July 2019 Florida Bar Exam Results: Florida International Is #1 For 5th Year In A Row

Florida Bar 2The July 2019 Florida bar passage rates by school are out. The overall pass rate for first-time takers is 73.9%, up 6.7 percentage points from last year. For the fifth year in a row, Florida International is #1. Here are the results for the 11 Florida law schools, along with each school's U.S. News ranking (Florida and overall):

Bar Pass

Rank (Rate)

 

School

US News Rank

FL (Overall)

1 (95.7%)

Florida Int'l

4 (91)

2 (87.9%)

Florida

1 (31)

3 (86.8%)

Florida State

2 (48)

4 (80.8%)

Miami 

3 (67)

5 (77.6%)

Stetson

5 (108)

6 (71.4%)

St. Thomas

Tier 2

7 (71.0%)

Florida Coastal

Tier 2

8 (65.9%)

Nova

Tier 2

9 (61.1%)

Florida A&M

Tier 2

10 (57.8%)

Barry

Tier 2

11 (52.6%)

Ave Maria

Tier 2

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Extending Leiter-Sisk Citation Counts To Interdisciplinary Scholarship

J. B. Ruhl, Michael P. Vandenbergh & Sarah Dunaway (Vanderbilt), Total Scholarly Impact: Law Professor Citations in Non-Law Journals:

This Article provides the first ranking of legal scholars and law faculties based on citations in non-law journals. Applying the methods, as much as possible, of the widely used Leiter-Sisk “Scholarly Impact Score,” which includes only citations in law publications, we calculate a “Interdisciplinary Scholarly Impact Score” from the non-law citations over a five-year period (2012-2018) to the work of tenured law faculty published in that period in non-law journals. We also provide the weighted scores for law faculty at the top 25 law schools as ranked by the US News rankings, a school-by-school ranking, and lists of the top five faculty by non-law citations at each school and of the top fifty scholars overall.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

2020 U.S. News College Rankings

US NewsU.S. News & World Report has released its 2020 College Rankings. Here are the Top 25 National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges (along with their 2017-2019 rankings):

2020

Rank

 

National Universities

2019

Rank

2018

Rank

2017

Rank

1

Princeton

1

1

1

2

Harvard

2

2

2

3

Columbia

3

5

5

3

MIT

3

5

7

3

Yale

3

3

3

6

Chicago

3

3

3

6

Stanford

7

5

5

6

Penn

8

8

8

9

Northwestern

10

11

12

10

Duke

8

9

8

10

Johns Hopkins

10

11

10

12

Cal-Tech

12

10

12

12

Dartmouth

12

11

11

14

Brown

14

14

14

15

Vanderbilt

14

14

15

15

Notre Dame

18

18

15

17

Cornell

16

14

15

17

Rice

16

14

15

19

Washington (St. Louis)

19

18

19

20

UCLA

19

21

24

21

Emory

21

21

20

22

UC-Berkeley

22

21

20

22

USC

22

21

23

24

Georgetown  

22

20

20

25

Carnegie Mellon

25

25

24

25

Michigan

27

28

27

Pepperdine is ranked #50 (tied with Georgia, Lehigh, and RPI).

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

2020 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings

WSJ THE2020 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings (methodology):

Outcomes (40%):

  • Graduation rate (11%)
  • Value added to graduate salary (12%)
  • Debt after graduation (7%)
  • Academic reputation (10%)

Resources (30%):

  • Finance per student (11%)
  • Faculty per student (11%)
  • Research papers per faculty (8%)

Engagement (20%):

  • Student engagement (7%)
  • Student recommendation (6%)
  • Interaction with teachers and students (4%)
  • Number of accredited programs (3%)

Environment (10%):

  • Proportion of international students (2%)
  • Student diversity (3%) 
  • Student inclusion (2%)
  • Staff diversity (3%)

The fourth annual WSJ/THE rankings list 801 schools. Here are the Top 10:

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The 30 Most Fun Law Schools

Online Paralegal Programs, 30 Law Schools With The Most To Do For Fun:

Law schools in the United States have long been considered among the world’s finest – and perhaps most well situated – offering top-class training amid exciting cities and stunning scenery. What’s more, although the 21st century has undoubtedly brought a wealth of online opportunities in legal and paralegal training, a more in-person experience that caters to students’ educational needs and personal interests can be especially rewarding. Finding the right school, however, may be a challenge.

Here are 30 law schools that meet all tastes, opening doors to everything from vibrant metropolises and college towns known for live music, sports and cuisine, to picturesque campuses within easy reach of the great outdoors. [See methodology here.] ...

The Top 10 are:

  1. Colorado
  2. San Diego
  3. UC-Berkeley
  4. Cornell
  5. Georgia
  6. Florida
  7. Chicago
  8. Northwestern
  9. Pepperdine
  10. Hawaii

Here is the description of #9 Pepperdine:

Located in an area that has what A Luxury Travel Blog calls “the most perfect weather on the planet,” Pepperdine University School of Law ought to appeal to those looking to complete their studies in one of California’s most spectacular beach communities. The school’s position on the university’s main Malibu campus affords tantalizing views of legendary surf spot First Point, while Pepperdine students also have easy access to the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Meanwhile, fine dining and hip nightlife can be found amid Malibu’s affluent, celebrity-infused community of around 12,600 residents; the various beach bars and restaurants lining the Pacific Coast Highway are great starting points. According to U.S. News & World Report, the school itself boasts the top-ranked dispute resolution program in the country, and in addition it offers notable entertainment law teaching.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Impact Of The U.S. News Rankings On The Cost Of Law School

Following up on my previous post, Symposium: Uncomfortable Conversations About Legal Education — Student Debt, Diversity, And More:  Law.com, Cracking the Case of Law School Cost:

2020 US News Law SchoolHere’s the million-dollar question on my mind today: How do you make a law degree more affordable?

That was the focus on a day-long session I attended last week on bringing down the cost of a legal education held at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco. It was an interesting—and at times frustrating—discussion, so I’m going to devote this newsletter to parsing some of the ideas that emerged. ...

The U.S. News rankings loomed large in the day’s conversation, and Law School Transparency Executive Director Kyle McEntee tackled it head on with a talk about how the rankings can be improved and their influence curbed. He proposed a change to the rankings formula that would do away with the expenditure-per-student metric, which rewards schools for spending money. In its place, he proposed an alternative measure that would divide the total amount of J.D. revenue a school receives annually by the number of long-term, fulltime bar passage required or J.D. advantage jobs its graduates land. This would essentially reward schools for keeping tuition low while also sending graduates on to good legal jobs.

McEntee also made news when he announced that in 2020 Law School Transparency will launch its own law school certification system, which is intended to create some competition for U.S. News in terms of evaluating the quality of law schools. It will award badges to law schools that meet its criteria in different areas, such as affordability and diversity and inclusion. The badges will offer schools alternative benchmarks that don’t hinge solely on the U.S. News formula, McEntee said. Law schools can then use the LST badges in their marketing materials and websites as a signifier of quality, along the lines of LEED certification for energy efficient construction. He said law deans are hungry for alternatives to the U.S. News rankings because they feel very constrained by those rankings’ narrow definition of what makes a good law school and the perverse incentives they create, such as the need to devote funds to merit scholarships at the expense of need-based ones. ...

[Q]uite a few legal educators associate efforts to reduce student costs with also reducing the quality of legal education. That’s a pretty serious obstacle to overcome. The way I see it, faculty and the various stakeholders involved in legal education need to buy into the idea that law school can cost less while also serving as the gatekeeper into the profession if there is ever to be progress made.

August 21, 2019 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (3)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

2019 World Law School Rankings

QS RankingsQuacquarelli Symonds has released the 2019 World Law School Rankings as part of its World University Rankings. The methodology is 50% academic reputation, 30% employer reputation, 15% h-index per faculty member, and 5% citations per paper.  The rankings consist of 300 law schools, 48 in the United States.  Here are the U.S. law schools in the Top 50, along with each school's position in the latest SSRN Top 750 Law School Faculty Rankings -- Total Downloads):

1. Harvard (#1 in SSRN)
4. Yale (#6)
5. Stanford (#2)
8. UC-Berkeley (#4)
9. Columbia (#5)
10. NYU (#3)
11. Chicago (#7)
17. Georgetown (#9)
23. UCLA (#15)
27. Michigan (#12)
30. Pennsylvania (#11)
33. Duke (#18)
35. Cornell (#27)
50. Northwestern (#14)

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

More On A Dean's Perspective On Diversity, Socioeconomics, The LSAT, And The U.S. News Law School Rankings

My talk last week at SEALS on A Dean's Perspective On Diversity, Socioeconomics, The LSAT, And The U.S. News Law School Rankings focused on the tension faced by deans and faculty as they try to increase the diversity of their student bodies in the light of the great weight U.S. News places on median LSATs and UGPAs in its law school rankings methodology — 22.5% of the total ranking. Several folks asked for copies of this chart of the racial and ethnic composition of the 2017-2018 law school applicant pool from LSAC data:

2017-18 Applicants  LSAT  Race

The chart shows that Caucasian and Asian applicants are over-represented (compared to their share of the applicant pool) in the top 160-180 LSAT band (Caucasians comprise 57% of total applicants, and 68% of the top LSAT band; Asians: 10%, 15%), and African-Americans and Hispanic/Latinos are under-represented in the top LSAT band (African-Americans: 13%, 3%; Hispanic/Latinos: 12%, 7%). In terms of raw numbers, only 590 African-Americans in the applicant pool scored at least 160 on the LSAT. African-Americans and Hispanic/Latinos are over-represented in the bottom 120-149 LSAT band (African-American: 13%, 27%; Hispanic/Latinos: 12%, 17%).

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August 6, 2019 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 20, 2019

February 2019 California Bar Exam Results

California State Bar (2014)Following up on my previous post, 31% Passed February 2019 California Bar Exam, Up 4% From Last Year: the California State Bar has released school-by-school data on the February 2019 California Bar Exam. The pass rate for first-time test-takers from California ABA-approved law schools was 45.2%, down 0.1% from last year. Here are the results for the California ABA-approved law schools with ten or more test-takers released by the bar (as well as Pepperdine's data) and each school's U.S. News ranking (California and overall):

Bar Pass Rank (Rate) School US News Rank CA (Overall)
1 (66.7%) Pepperdine 7 (51)
1 (66.7%) Santa Clara 11 (104)
3 (64.3%) San Diego 10 (86)
4 (63.6%) USC 4 (17)
5 (45.8%) Cal-Western Tier 2
45.2% Statewide Avg. (CA ABA-Approved)
6 (43.8%) McGeorge Tier 2
7 (42.9%) Western State Tier 2
8 (42.1%) Loyola-L.A. 8 (62)
9 (38.5%) Golden Gate Tier 2
10 (29.5%) Thomas Jefferson Tier 2
11 (28.6%) Southwestern Tier 2
12 (25.0%) Chapman 12 (132)
12 (25.0%) Whittier Tier 2

The pass rate for repeat test-takers from California ABA-approved law schools was 37.9%, up 6.6% from last year. Here are the results for the California ABA-approved law schools with ten or more test-takers released by the bar and each school's U.S. News ranking (California and overall):

Bar Pass Rank (Rate) School US News Rank CA (Overall)
1 (64.3%) UCLA 3 (15)
2 (59.3%) UC-Irvine 5 (23)
3 (58.7%) UC-Davis 6 (31)
4 (53.1%) San Diego 10 (86)
5 (52.5%) Pepperdine 7 (51)
6 (50.0%) UC-Berkeley 2 (10)
6 (50.0%) USC 4 (17)
8 (48.3%) UC-Hastings 8 (62)
9 (46.8%) Loyola-L.A. 8 (62)
10 (40.9%) Southwestern Tier 2
11 (40.7%) Cal-Western Tier 2
37.9% Statewide Avg. (CA ABA-Approved)
12 (37.1%) Santa Clara 11 (104)
13 (35.6%) Chapman 12 (132)
14 (34.9%) McGeorge Tier 2
15 (27.0%) Western State Tier 2
16 (26.8%) San Francisco Tier 2
17 (25.4%) Golden Gate Tier 2
18 (21.3%) Whittier Tier 2
19 (19.4%) Thomas Jefferson Tier 2
20 (12.2%) La Verne Tier 2

The Recorder, How Law Schools Fared on California's February 2019 Bar Exam:

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