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Saturday, November 19, 2022

With Stanford, Columbia And Georgetown, 6 Of The T14 Refuse To Participate In The U.S. News Law School Rankings

Jenny S. Martinez (Dean, Stanford), Stanford Law School Will Not Participate in US News Law School Ranking:

Stanford Law (2022)Stanford Law School has made the decision to withdraw from the US News law school ranking. US News and other rankings have long been a topic of conversation and internal study by our faculty at SLS. We know that well-formulated rankings, along with other publicly available data, can provide a valuable service to prospective students. In the spirit of providing useful information to prospective students and improving the ability of law schools to do their best for students, we have been one of a number of law schools who have approached US News over time with concrete suggestions to improve its ranking methodology, to no avail.

Stanford Law has stood near the very top of the rankings for many years, and we are lucky to be in a position where the rankings do not significantly affect our decisions.  However, we agree with many of the points that other schools have presented about how the rankings methodology distorts incentives in ways that are harmful to legal education as a whole. For example, the US News ranking methodology inappropriately discourages public service by treating students whose schools provide fellowships to support such work much the same as it treats students who are unemployed. In a world where interdisciplinary expertise is increasingly important, it also treats students pursuing another advanced degree, such as an MBA or PhD, as unemployed. The ways in which it weights per-student expenditures and measures debt, including excluding schools’ public service loan repayment programs, further distorts incentives in ways that act against students’ interests. Stanford Law School is proud to be one of the few law schools that offers exclusively need-based financial aid, and believes more schools across all tiers of legal education would be able to emphasize need-based financial aid, admit students from all walks of life, and keep expenditures down if the rankings methodology were different.

By joining with the other schools that have chosen to withdraw from participation in the US News rankings this year, we hope to increase the chances that the methodology is seriously overhauled, not only to reduce perverse incentives but to provide clearer and more relevant information that prospective students would find genuinely useful in making decisions about which law schools best match their interests and needs. In the meantime, we will be compiling data that we hope will be considerably more transparent and usable than the information that US News provides and will better help applicants determine whether SLS meets their educational and career aspirations. 

Gillian Lester (Dean. Columbia), Columbia Law Will Not Participate in U.S. News Rankings:

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November 19, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, November 17, 2022

UC-Berkeley Is The Third Top 10 Law School To Refuse To Participate In The U.S. News Rankings

Erwin Chemerinsky (UC-Berkeley), Berkeley Law Will Not Participate in the US News Rankings:

UC Berkeley (2016)After careful consideration, Berkeley Law has decided not to continue to participate in the US News ranking of law schools. Although rankings are inevitable and inevitably have some arbitrary features, there are aspects of the US News rankings that are profoundly inconsistent with our values and public mission.

Berkeley Law is a public school, with a deep commitment to increasing access to justice, training attorneys who will work to improve society in a variety of ways, and to empowering the next generation of leaders and thinkers, many of whom will come from communities who historically were not part of the legal profession. We are also committed to excellence: in our programs, scholarship, financial support, research, and certainly among our students. We take pride in producing attorneys who are highly skilled, highly sought after, and dedicated to public service and pro bono. This is who we are.

Rankings have the meaning that we give them as a community. I do not want to pretend they do not. And rankings will exist with or without our participation. The question becomes, then, do we think that there is a benefit to participation in the US News process that outweighs the costs? The answer, we feel, is no.

We want to be specific about the basis for this assertion. It is not about railing against rankings or complaining that they “hurt” us in some way. However, there are specific issues that we have struggled with for years, and raised with leadership at US News to no avail. These are:

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November 17, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Harvard Joins Yale In No Longer Participating In The U.S. News Law School Rankings

John Manning (Dean, Harvard), Decision to Withdraw from the U.S. News & World Report Process:

Harvard Law School Logo (2021)I write today to share with you that Harvard Law School will no longer participate in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, effective this year. (Yale Law School announced a similar decision earlier today). We at HLS have made this decision because it has become impossible to reconcile our principles and commitments with the methodology and incentives the U.S. News rankings reflect. This decision was not made lightly and only after considerable deliberation over the past several months.

Done well, such rankings could convey accurate, relevant information about universities, colleges, and graduate and professional schools that may help students and families make informed choices about which schools best meet their needs. However, rankings can also emphasize characteristics that potentially mislead those who rely on them and can create perverse incentives that influence schools’ decisions in ways that undercut student choice and harm the interests of potential students.

Over several years now, a number of schools — including Harvard Law School — have brought to the attention of U.S. News, either directly or through the U.S. News Law Deans Advisory Board, the concerns that have motivated us to end our participation in the U.S. News process. In particular, we have raised concerns about aspects of the U.S. News ranking methodology (also highlighted by our colleagues at Yale) that work against law schools’ commitments to enhancing the socioeconomic diversity of our classes; to allocating financial aid to students based on need; and, through loan repayment and public interest fellowships, to supporting graduates interested in careers serving the public interest.

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November 16, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Yale Law School Will No Longer Participate In 'Profoundly Flawed' U.S. News Rankings

Yale Law Today, Dean Gerken: Why Yale Law School Is Leaving the U.S. News & World Report Rankings:

Yale Law Logo (2020)For three decades, U.S. News & World Report, a for-profit magazine, has ranked the educational quality of law schools across the country. Since the very beginning, Yale Law School has taken the top spot every year. Yet, that distinction is not one that we advertise or use as a lodestar to chart our course. In fact, in recent years, we have invested significant energy and capital in important initiatives that make our law school a better place but perversely work to lower our scores. That’s because the U.S. News rankings are profoundly flawed — they disincentivize programs that support public interest careers, champion need-based aid, and welcome working-class students into the profession. We have reached a point where the rankings process is undermining the core commitments of the legal profession. As a result, we will no longer participate.

It’s entirely understandable that many schools feel compelled to adhere to a commercial magazine’s preferences, as the rankings are taken seriously by applicants, employers, and alumni. But rankings are useful only when they follow sound methodology and confine their metrics to what the data can reasonably capture — factors I’ve described in my own research on election administration. Over the years, however, U.S. News has refused to meet those conditions despite repeated calls from law school deans to change. Instead, the magazine continues to take data — much of it supplied by the law schools solely to U.S. News — and applies a misguided formula that discourages law schools from doing what is best for legal education. While I sincerely believe that U.S. News operates with the best of intentions, it faces a nearly impossible task, ranking 192 law schools with a small set of one-size-fits-all metrics that cannot provide an accurate picture of such varied institutions. Its approach not only fails to advance the legal profession, but stands squarely in the way of progress.

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November 16, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Leiter: The End Of The LSAT Is Coming — What Will U.S. News Do?

Brian Leiter (Chicago; Google Scholar), The End of the LSAT Is Coming:

It seems like the writing is on the wall. ... If [U.S. News] decide[s] to just increase the weight on GPA, then expect a boom in communications and education majors among prospective law students seeking the highest possible GPA!

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

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

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Law School Premier League And Championship League Rankings

Bill Henderson (Indiana) notes that Jae Um, in her bracketing exercise for The American Lawyer, arrays the 2022 AmLaw 100 based on the structure of the English football league system: the Top 22 firms in the Premier League (Wachtell to Goodwin) and the next 23 firms in the Championship League (Sidley to Shearman), all hoping to be promoted to Premier League. So of course I thought of which law schools would be in the Premier League and which would be in the Championship League, according to U.S. News:   

Law School Premier League:

1. Yale
2. Stanford
3. Chicago
4. Columbia
4. Harvard
6. Penn
7. NYU
8. Virginia
9. UC-Berkeley
10. Michigan
11. Duke
12. Cornell
13. Northwestern
14. Georgetown
15. UCLA
16. Washington University
17. Boston University
17. Texas
17. Vanderbilt
20. USC
21. Florida
21. Minnesota

Law School Championship League:

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

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

July 2022 Ohio Bar Exam Results: Ohio State #1

July Ohio Bar Exam Results Announced:

The Supreme Court of Ohio has released results from the July 2022 Ohio Bar Examination. Among the 847 first-time test takers, 80% earned passing scores. A total of 970 aspiring lawyers sat for the exam, and 703 – or 72% – passed.

Here are the results for first-time test-takers by law school:

Bar Pass

Rank (Rate)

 

School

US News Rank

OH (Overall)

1 (91.2%)

Ohio State

1 (30)

2 (85.5%)

Case Western

2 (78)

3 (80.8%)

Ohio Northern

6 (Tier 2)

4 (79.6%)

Dayton

4 (122)

5 (78.8%)

Cleveland State

5 (127)

6 (78.0%)

Cincinnati

3 (88)

7 (75.5%)

Capital

6 (Tier 2)

8 (75.3%)

Akron

6 (Tier 2)

9 (75.0%)

Toledo

6 (Tier 2)

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November 1, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Leiter: Is U.S. News An 'Authoritative' Ranking Of Law Schools?

Brian Leiter (Chicago; Google Scholar), Is US News an "Authoritative" Ranking of Law Schools?:

US News Logo 2I know this question will make readers of this blog laugh ... No one outside Palo Alto (and maybe not even there), for example, thinks Stanford is the #2 law school in the country, better than Harvard [#4], Chicago [#3], or NYU [#7] (all ranked behind it in USNews.com). Penn is now #6 in USNews.com, but it is clearly not as strong as NYU and Berkeley [#9], ranked behind it. Arizona State's law school [#30] is ranked ahead of the University of Arizona [#45], but it does not have a stronger faculty. The same could be said about the University of Florida [#21] and Florida State [#47]. Many law schools outside the USNews.com top 50 are better (by many metrics) than those inside the top 50. ...

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October 26, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Law School Admissions, U.S. News Rankings, And 'Splitters'

One of the perverse incentives in the U.S. News law school rankings involves "splitters." In a non-U.S. News world, a hypothetical law school with an admissions goal of 164 LSAT|3.85 UGPA medians (which has a 227 index score (based on a hypothetical 60% LSAT|40% UGPA weighting)) would jump at the chance to admit and scholarship an applicant from MIT with a 163|3.84 (226 index) over a "splitter" applicant from a far less selective college with a 164|3.25 (220 index) or a "reverse splitter" applicant from a far less selective college with a 158|3.85 (220 index).

The ABA does not collect this data, but a Reddit user posted an interesting chart on the use of splitters by some top law schools, based on applicant data from LSD.Law for the Fall 2022 admissions season:

Reddit

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October 18, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

2023 U.S. News College Rankings

US NewsU.S. News & World Report has released its 2023 College Rankings. Here are the Top 25 National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges:

Rank

National Universities

1

Princeton

2 MIT
3 Harvard
3 Stanford
3 Yale
6 Chicago
7 Johns Hopkins
7 Penn
9 Cal-Tech
10 Duke
10 Northwestern
12 Dartmouth
13 Brown
13 Vanderbilt
15 Rice
15 Washington Univ.
17 Cornell
18 Columbia
18 Notre Dame
20 UC-Berkeley
20 UCLA
22 Carnegie Mellon
22 Emory
22 Georgetown
25 NYU
25 Michigan
25 USC
25 Virginia

Pepperdine is ranked #55.

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

2023 U.S. News Liberal Arts College Rankings:

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

Columbia's U.S. News Ranking Plummets From #2 To #18, Its Lowest Ranking Since 1988

Columbia US News

Following up on Saturday's post, Columbia Admits Submitting Incorrect Data That Goosed Its U.S. News Ranking To #2:  Chronicle of Higher Education, Columbia U. Gets a Lower ‘U.S. News’ Ranking After Scrutiny of Its Data:

U.S. News & World Report ranked Columbia University No. 18 among national universities for 2023, after having pulled the Ivy League institution’s numerical rank in July because of alleged data-accuracy problems. Before it was unranked, Columbia was No. 2. ...

The university has not ranked as low as No. 18 since 1988, according an analysis posted online by Michael Thaddeus, a math professor at Columbia. It was Thaddeus’s analysis, which he published in February and which questioned the accuracy of Columbia’s ranking, that set in motion the decisions that led to Columbia’s diminished rank today. ...

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

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Top 50 Law Schools: Percentage Of Students Receiving At Least 50% Tuition Scholarships

Monday, August 22, 2022

Law School And Law Professor Twitter Rankings

Jake S. Truscott (Georgia; Google Scholar), Ranking Law Professors In The Twitterverse:

Twitter Logo (2022)I was able to retrieve data through the Twitter API v2 to provide insight into the social media presence of law professors across the United States. The Twitter API serves as a set of programmatic endpoints that allow users with granted developer permissions to access public metadata associated with accounts and their tweets. In essence, it serves as an intermediary tool to retrieve tweet and user-level data. I chose to observe the variation in user engagement among approximately 55,000 tweets posted between January 2021 and July 2022 from a sample of 191 prominent law professors across the United States. ...

While many of the conventional institutional heavyweights litter the top of the ranking (e.g., Harvard, Yale, Virginia, Texas, Michigan, UCLA, NYU, Georgetown, and Berkeley), there are some notable exceptions. Apart from Professor Alene (representing the second-place finisher in the 2022 College Football Playoffs), professors representing George Mason, Georgia State, Minnesota, George Washington (GW), Pepperdine, Yeshiva, and Michigan State (among others) round off the top of the list.

  1. Alabama
  2. Harvard
  3. George Washington
  4. Michigan State
  5. Yale
  6. Georgetown
  7. Texas
  8. Minnesota
  9. NYU
  10. Georgia State
  11. UCLA
  12. UC-Berkeley
  13. Missouri
  14. Pepperdine
  15. Washington University
  16. Iowa
  17. UC-Irvine
  18. George Mason
  19. Michigan
  20. North Carolina
  21. Columbia
  22. Kansas
  23. Duke
  24. Cardozo
  25. South Texas

Only four tax professors of the ninety tax professors on Twitter are among the 191 "prominent law professors" on Twitter:

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August 22, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

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. The document was last updated in August 2022.

Here are the Top 75 law schools based on their 5-year rolling average overall U.S. News ranking:

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August 3, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

2022 World Law School Rankings

QS RankingsQuacquarelli Symonds has released the 2022 World Law School Rankings as part of its World University Rankings. The methodology is 50% academic reputation, 30% employer reputation, 7.5% h-index per faculty member, 7.5% citations per paper, and 5% International Research Network (IRN) Index.  The rankings consist of 342 law schools, 54 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 6
5 Stanford 2
6 NYU 3
8 Columbia 5
9 UC-Berkeley 4
10 Chicago 7
21 Georgetown 9
25 UCLA 16
27 Penn 12
28 Duke 29
35 Michigan 13
36 Cornell 30
50 Virginia 11
54 Northwestern 15
76 George Washington 8
78 Texas 34
101-150 American 52
101-150 Boston University 31
101-150 UC-Irvine 33
101-150 Washington 73
151-200 Fordham 17
151-200 Illinois 40
151-200 Michigan State 87
151-200 Notre Dame 49
151-200 Penn State (Univ. Park) 106
151-200 UC-Davis 36
151-200 USC 27
151-200 Washington Univ. 41
151-200 Wisconsin 92
201-250 Arizona 54
201-250 Arizona State 62
201-250 Emory 61
201-250 Indiana (Maurer) 46
201-250 Minnesota 32
201-250 Vanderbilt 19
251-300 Boston College 85
251-300 Cincinnati 204
251-300 CUNY 183
251-300 Florida 64
251-300 Florida State 63
251-300 George Mason 28
251-300 Loyola-Chicago 58
251-300 Miami 71
251-300 North Carolina 69
251-300 Ohio State 43
251-300 Tulane 198
251-300 Illinois-Chicago 467
301-340 Colorado 70
301-340 Houston 99
301-340 Missouri-Columbia 138
301-340 Northeastern 105
301-340 San Diego 44
301-340 William & Mary 100

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

Monday, May 9, 2022

As Temple Dean Begins Serving 14-Month Sentence For U.S. News Rankings Fraud, Tenured Professor Is Defiant At Sentencing Hearing: 'Every Single University Has People Doing The Same Exact Operations'

Following up on my previous post, Former Temple Dean Sentenced To 14 Months In Federal Prison For Rankings Fraud:  

Temple University (2018)Poets & Quants, Moshe Porat, Denied Bail, Will Begin Prison Sentence On May 9:

Philadlphia Inquirer, Ex-Temple Employees Sentenced to Probation for Fraud Tied to Business School Rankings:

A former administrator and a retired statistics professor at Temple University were sentenced to probation this week for assisting the former dean of its business school in a scheme to inflate its position in national rankings publications.

But standing before a federal judge in Philadelphia, Marjorie O’Neill, a onetime finance manager at the Fox School of Business, and Isaac Gottlieb, who was a tenured professor, struck vastly different tones when it came to accepting responsibility for a scandal that has since cost the university millions in legal settlements.

O’Neill admitted last year that she, under the direction of former dean Moshe Porat, had falsified data on students at the school to help propel it to the top of influential lists like U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of top business school programs. She told U.S. District Judge Gerald A Pappert during a hearing Thursday that she was “thoroughly ashamed.” ...

Meanwhile, Gottlieb — who helped Fox cheat more effectively by reverse engineering the criteria by which U.S. News ranked schools — showed flashes of defiance at his sentencing hearing Wednesday. “Every single university in the United States has people doing the same exact operations,” he said. ...

“It is important for other institutions to realize that this chase for rankings is not worth it,” the judge said Thursday. “There are lines you can’t cross. It’s important for people to see there are going to be criminal consequences and penalties for doing that.” ...

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May 9, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

An Access And Equity Ranking Of America's 63 Public Law Schools

Christopher L. Mathis (Iowa; Google Scholar), An Access and Equity Ranking of Public Law Schools:

Over the past few decades, several comprehensive ranking systems, including the influential U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Schools rankings, have emerged to provide useful information to prospective law students seeking to enroll in law school. These ranking systems have defined what is measured as “quality” and what outcomes law schools focus on to gain a better position in the ranking. These rankings fail to measure what many law schools claim to be one of their longstanding goals— diversity, access, and equity.

One of the problematic and shocking reasons U.S. News cites for not including diversity measures in the ranking is that law schools themselves have no consensus on diversity. I counter this argument, asserting that while there may not be widespread consensus—for certain people—on diversity, there is substantial academic scholarship and agreement on the tenets of diversity that ranking enthusiasts can use to design an effective diversity measure. I maintain that any ranking that does not include diversity, access, and equity measures often leave communities of color and their interests in the margins. Therefore, this Article seeks to center the needs of Black and Latinx prospective law students through a new ranking system

Given that public law schools aim to increase racial/ethnic diversity—that is, the number of racial/ethnic minoritized students—because of their institutional missions, the Article provides the first ranking of public law schools on “Access and Equity” measures. It describes ranking law schools based on measurable outcomes related to diversity, access, and equity. This ranking uses twelve access and equity measures that are significant to Black and Latinx law school fit. This “Access and Equity Ranking” is the only ranking to date that will help Black and Latinx students identify which public law schools centers their needs.

The Top 25 law schools under this measure are:

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

New ABA Bar Data: Ultimate 2-Year Pass Rate Increased 1 Percentage Point; Ten Law Schools Fell Short of 75% Accreditation Threshold

Press Release, ABA Section of Legal Education Releases Comprehensive Report on Bar Passage Data:

The Managing Director’s Office of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar released today a comprehensive set of data on bar passage outcomes for American Bar Association-approved law schools. Spreadsheets are available on the section’s webpage under Legal Education Statistics, which report these outcomes under ABA Required Disclosures on a school-by-school basis and in more detail.

The new data shows that in the aggregate, 91.17% of 2019 law graduates who sat for a bar exam passed it within two years of graduation (91.27% with Diploma Privilege). The two-year “ultimate” aggregate success rate is slightly better than the 90.10% comparable figure for 2018 graduates. 

Here are the Top 50 law schools in two-year ultimate bar passage rates:

Rank  Law School % Passers
1.   BELMONT 100.00%
1.   MARQUETTE 100.00%
3.   UC-BERKELEY 99.69%
4.   DUKE 99.54%
5.   CHICAGO 99.49%
6.   GEORGE MASON 99.36%
7.   VIRGINIA 99.30%
8.   BAYLOR 99.29%
9.   HARVARD 99.29%
10. ALABAMA 99.21%
11. YALE 99.04%
12. STANFORD 98.88%
13. MINNESOTA 98.69%
14. NORTHWESTERN 98.69%
15. MICHIGAN 98.34%
16. CAMPBELL 98.13%
17. NYU 98.11%
18. UCLA 98.08%
19. LIBERTY 98.04%
20. PENNSYLVANIA 97.97%
21. CORNELL 97.93%
22. OHIO STATE 97.87%
23. UC-IRVINE 97.86%
24. GEORGIA STATE 97.85%
25. FLORIDA 97.83%
26. BOSTON UNIVERSITY 97.61%
27. NOTRE DAME 97.37%
28. WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY 97.30%
29. TEXAS 97.29%
30. BOSTON COLLEGE 97.20%
31. WASHINGTON & LEE 97.20%
32. FLORIDA INT'L 97.16%
33. OKLAHOMA 97.09%
34. VANDERBILT 97.06%
35. ILLINOIS 96.72%
36. FORDHAM 96.71%
37. TEXAS A&M 96.69%
38. GEORGIA 96.67%
39. GEORGETOWN 96.43%
40. NEW MEXICO 96.30%
41. UTAH 96.20%
42. CARDOZO 96.04%
43. COLORADO 95.95%
44. FLORIDA STATE 95.88%
45. WILLIAM & MARY 95.81%
46. KANSAS 95.74%
47. MONTANA 95.65%
48. SAMFORD 95.59%
49. COLUMBIA 95.58%
50. GEORGE WASHINGTON 95.46%

First-time takers in 2021 achieved an aggregate 79.86% pass rate (80.28% with Diploma Privilege), which is approximately a 3-percentage point decrease over the comparable 83.66% pass rate (with Diploma Privilege) for 2020. Consistent with last year, those admitted to the practice of law solely based on their graduation status are considered bar passers.

Ten law schools fell short of the 75% accreditation threshold:

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April 27, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Saturday, April 23, 2022

The Top 15 Law Schools For Jobs Contain Some Surprises

The ABA recently released data on job placement 10 months after graduation. In These Law Schools Crushed the Job Market in 2021, Reuters uncovered expected and unexpected results.  At the top was Columbia University. Expected. But also among the Top 15 schools were University of Montana and Texas Tech University. Here's the complete list of the Top 15 Schools:

Reuters

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April 23, 2022 in Bryan Camp, Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Kuehn: Law School Specialty Program Ranking Credibility

Kuehn (2019)Tax Prof Blog op-ed:  Law School Specialty Ranking Credibility, by Robert Kuehn (Washington University):

As part of its spring rite of ranking law schools, U.S. News ranks law school specialty programs. The specialty rankings are based solely on reputation. In particular, a faculty member teaching in a specialty area at each school is asked to assess their area at other ABA accredited schools. Yet the most recent rankings demonstrate that the current methodology does not yield credible results for many specialties.

Prior to 2020, the faculty member rating a specialty program was directed to choose the schools with the top 15 programs in the rater’s area. U.S. News would then rank the top up to 20 programs based on how often the school was listed. Beginning with its 2020 rankings, the system changed. The faculty member now was asked to rate the specialty program at every law school on a scale from Marginal (1) to Outstanding (5), mirroring the “peer assessment” method used to assess the academic reputation of schools. If a school’s program receives as few as ten ratings, it is ranked in that specialty. Whereas having an informed opinion on the 15 best programs in one’s field under the old system seemed manageable, the new system is overwhelming, if not impossible — provide an informed opinion, reduced to a number, on the programs at all schools so they can then be credibly ranked, based on their average score, in descending order from supposedly best to worst.

Since I highlighted problems with the new 2020 specialty ranking approach, U.S. News has added four more specialty programs: business/corporate law; constitutional law; contracts/commercial law; and criminal law. Unlike the prior nine categories, these four new programs cover core, not special, areas of a school’s educational program. An examination of the ranking of these core areas illustrates the continuing credibility problem with the specialty program ranking system.

Looking at the recently released 2023 specialty rankings, among the 187 ranked schools there are noticeable clusters of schools ranked highest by U.S. News at the top of the four new programs, and an overpopulation of lowest-ranked schools at the bottom. The top ten ranked constitutional and contracts/commercial law specialty programs are all at schools ranked 1-14 by U.S. News (“T-14” schools). There is a similar pattern for the new business/corporate and criminal law specialties — 9 of the top 10 ranked programs are at T-14 ranked schools (the tenth at the 15th ranked school). Conversely, the programs ranked in the bottom quarter of the constitutional and contracts/commercial law specialties are all at schools ranked over 100.

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

Friday, April 15, 2022

2023 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings v. Overall Rankings

Following up on yesterday's post, 2023 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 16 73 +57
2 Brooklyn 43 98 +55
3 Illinois-Chicago 94 147 +53
4 Santa Clara 81 133 +52
4 Suffolk 70 122 +52
6 Denver 33 78 +45
6 Seattle 71 116 +45
8 Pace 98 142 +44
9 Chicago-Kent 57 94 +37
10 Mitchell | Hamline 111 147 +36
10 Temple 27 63 +36
12 Hofstra 83 118 +35
13 Howard 65 98 +33
13 Rutgers 53 86 +33
15 Baltimore 90 122 +32
15 Loyola-New Orleans 101 133 +32
15 UC-Hastings 19 51 +32
18 Pacific 102 133 +31
19 CUNY 103 133 +30
20 South Texas 118 147 +29
21 Stetson 84 111 +27
21 Widener (DE) 120 147 +27
23 Loyola-L.A. 41 67 +26
23 San Francisco 121 147 +26
25 New York Law School 104 129 +25
26 UC-Irvine 13 37 +24
27 Loyola-Chicago 51 73 +22
27 Quinnipiac 125 147 +22
29 Houston 38 58 +20
30 Miami 54 73 +19
31 Fordham 20 37 +17
32 Case Western 62 78 +16
32 Syracuse 87 103 +16
34 George Washington 10 25 +15
34 Lewis & Clark 73 88 +15
36 DePaul 91 105 +14
36 Georgia State 64 78 +14
36 Univ. of Washington 35 49 +14
39 Georgetown 1 14 +13
39 Ohio State 17 30 +13
41 Southwestern 135 147 +12
41 Vermont 130 142 +12
43 Akron 136 147 +11
43 Michigan State 80 91 +11
43 UNLV 56 67 +11
46 Maryland 37 47 +10
46 Northwestern 3 13 +10
46 Nova SE 137 147 +10
46 Willamette 119 129 +10
50 Golden Gate 138 147 +9
50 UCLA 6 15 +9

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 14, 2022

2023 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News Specialty Rankings include the rankings for 13 specialty programs at 192 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 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 10 1 10 11 3 20 7 7 18 4 6 2 16 8.8
2 NYU 1 3 5 4 1 20 5 44 3 1 84 1 38 16.2
3 Northwestern 14 17 14 12 17 4 38 44 19 18 31 3 16 19.0
4 UC-Berkeley 1 8 8 7 2 43 1 33 1 7 115 24 10 20.0
5 Michigan 9 8 9 7 12 70 41 17 19 7 10 6 52 20.5
6 UCLA 7 26 11 15 8 15 1 23 15 12 128 6 6 21.0
7 Harvard 1 26 1 2 3 3 7 2 15 2 182 9 38 22.4
8 Stanford 6 15 5 4 3 15 13 7 2 10 149 9 61 23.0
9 Virginia 10 64 5 7 7 22 29 29 25 6 50 5 52 23.9
10 George Washington 27 23 21 34 28 47 13 23 5 10 39 27 31 25.2
11 Duke 14 35 11 16 14 56 17 21 12 12 39 18 67 25.5
12 Penn 5 26 14 7 3 22 44 20 12 14 74 18 89 26.8
13 UC-Irvine 44 5 18 27 24 22 34 29 19 18 10 9 106 28.1
14 Texas 17 35 11 12 14 22 31 33 19 21 104 15 38 28.6
15 Columbia 1 26 3 1 8 22 7 38 15 3 174 9 89 30.5
16 American 56 3 40 45 24 43 44 16 8 7 62 55 3 31.2
17 Ohio State 39 64 21 27 12 1 56 17 36 47 21 34 52 32.8
18 Washington Univ. 20 17 19 16 32 38 68 29 45 21 74 34 20 33.3
19 UC-Hastings 32 20 33 27 32 9 21 12 28 27 160 20 26 34.4
20 Fordham 18 17 30 20 18 13 73 65 25 21 115 28 7 34.6
21 North Carolina 23 26 21 20 18 56 41 23 55 62 10 20 89 35.7
22 Yale 12 5 1 4 8 56 26 11 63 4 180 20 79 36.1
23 Arizona State 56 73 40 45 28 13 17 13 55 32 4 39 61 36.6
24 Vanderbilt 12 35 17 16 14 32 7 33 45 17 128 45 79 36.9
25 Boston Univ. 20 26 21 27 28 84 68 5 11 39 62 15 89 38.1
26 Cornell 14 46 14 12 21 22 56 55 45 14 50 34 120 38.7
27 Temple 44 57 61 45 53 56 89 23 36 18 15 28 1 40.5
28 Minnesota 23 57 26 16 21 84 26 23 55 21 62 24 89 40.5
29 William & Mary 27 73 19 23 18 38 56 75 45 32 31 67 38 41.7
30 Emory 23 104 26 23 39 70 63 23 45 32 39 39 31 42.8
31 Boston College 27 26 33 27 46 56 34 48 32 36 50 13 135 43.3
32 Chicago 7 46 3 2 8 70 63 44 36 14 178 6 89 43.5
33 Denver 69 8 61 64 46 22 21 85 66 47 6 62 10 43.6
34 UC-Davis 23 57 21 27 21 32 17 55 36 29 169 28 67 44.8
35 Univ. of Washington 44 35 61 41 32 47 31 40 28 39 50 34 106 45.2
36 Wake Forest 44 86 54 41 24 47 44 21 79 67 6 67 26 46.6
37 Maryland 56 8 40 59 39 12 13 6 87 67 115 76 31 46.8
38 Houston 44 92 71 59 66 47 21 7 6 57 62 49 31 47.1
39 Indiana (Maurer) 44 92 35 37 32 47 34 55 28 32 31 15 135 47.5
40 Florida 27 104 48 34 46 38 21 60 66 67 84 3 26 48.0
41 Loyola-L.A. 56 57 65 64 32 70 96 48 32 62 31 13 7 48.7
42 Arizona 44 64 40 53 53 77 31 40 66 42 13 70 52 49.6
43 Brooklyn 27 23 48 41 24 56 139 85 79 42 27 28 38 50.5
44 Wisconsin 41 46 35 23 32 56 44 48 72 36 104 55 89 52.4
45 Washington & Lee 32 46 48 37 39 43 89 48 72 36 84 45 67 52.8
46 Georgia 32 46 35 45 60 47 73 40 79 21 149 39 21 52.8
47 USC 18 92 26 23 46 32 38 55 45 42 149 20 120 54.3
48 Tulane 32 35 54 41 46 77 17 60 72 29 115 70 61 54.5
49 Texas A&M 69 23 84 59 111 4 38 75 6 57 50 70 67 54.8
50 Notre Dame 32 80 26 45 46 56 56 85 36 27 128 45 52 54.9
51 Colorado 44 80 40 53 32 84 12 65 45 62 62 62 89 56.2
51 Loyola-Chicago 78 86 65 84 72 38 73 3 36 57 62 55 21 56.2
53 Rutgers 69 8 54 84 39 84 80 48 79 62 13 67 49 56.6
54 Miami 56 26 54 53 53 84 44 75 66 29 104 34 61 56.8
55 Cardozo 56 35 40 53 28 4 144 108 8 47 115 55 79 59.4
56 UNLV 69 35 71 45 72 8 96 40 72 105 1 55 106 59.6
57 Chicago-Kent 69 121 65 64 72 56 80 60 12 67 39 85 7 61.3
58 Iowa 32 92 48 27 39 110 96 65 55 47 39 55 106 62.4
59 San Diego 44 121 30 45 60 96 44 65 19 47 169 24 52 62.8
60 Alabama 44 64 30 53 60 84 80 75 105 81 74 39 38 63.6
60 Utah 41 92 48 53 39 110 16 44 36 47 104 49 148 63.6
62 Case Western 63 64 65 70 80 56 44 13 36 21 84 113 120 63.8
63 Florida State 56 132 35 34 46 77 21 65 72 47 160 45 52 64.8
64 Georgia State 63 35 54 64 60 96 96 3 66 105 128 62 31 66.4
65 Howard 78 35 54 70 53 96 96 85 45 81 50 95 26 66.5
66 Pepperdine Caruso 67 46 54 70 96 1 109 102 94 39 128 28 31 66.5
67 SMU 44 64 73 70 53 47 113 55 55 57 128 49 67 67.3
68 Northeastern 93 20 73 97 60 110 96 7 45 67 27 76 106 67.5
69 BYU 22 121 48 37 80 43 56 108 55 47 128 39 120 69.5
70 Suffolk 103 15 137 97 80 22 96 60 28 128 4 119 21 70.0
71 Seattle 93 26 93 84 72 22 80 108 72 81 6 85 89 70.1
72 Illinois 32 121 35 20 39 84 73 75 55 67 128 49 135 70.2
73 Lewis & Clark 83 73 93 84 90 38 4 102 63 67 27 95 106 71.2
74 Villanova 78 46 73 70 72 110 96 108 63 81 27 39 79 72.5
75 Seton Hall 78 73 65 84 66 110 80 13 94 97 84 62 52 73.7
76 Richmond 63 132 40 59 60 70 63 96 36 91 84 62 106 74.0
77 Oregon 69 121 84 59 80 9 7 185 87 91 1 55 135 75.6
78 South Carolina 69 35 104 80 53 110 68 65 115 101 115 49 38 77.1
79 Pittsburgh 78 92 65 80 80 110 109 38 45 42 128 28 120 78.1
80 Michigan State 67 104 73 70 72 84 96 102 55 62 84 102 49 78.5
81 Santa Clara 69 113 93 92 90 77 80 96 4 42 74 76 120 78.9
82 St. John's 63 86 73 70 66 32 153 124 87 81 39 124 38 79.7
83 Hofstra 83 73 93 97 66 96 139 75 79 81 50 85 21 79.8
84 Stetson 109 73 104 97 111 22 80 108 141 101 3 95 3 80.5
85 Drexel 83 64 84 97 96 110 144 33 94 118 21 119 10 82.5
86 George Mason 41 148 40 37 80 103 122 108 19 67 169 70 89 84.1
87 Syracuse 90 113 104 105 80 110 73 85 87 81 50 102 14 84.2
88 Tennessee 39 20 84 45 96 110 109 102 141 118 74 82 79 84.5
89 Connecticut 69 113 61 64 80 96 96 65 100 57 84 70 148 84.8
90 Baltimore 119 8 104 143 66 70 68 85 94 91 39 102 120 85.3
91 DePaul 103 92 84 113 96 110 139 29 25 81 74 85 89 86.2
91 St. Louis 93 57 73 84 96 110 134 1 87 91 104 70 120 86.2
91 Wayne State 119 35 73 97 72 110 80 60 105 67 128 85 89 86.2
94 John Marshall (IL) 119 80 121 125 96 110 122 75 32 97 15 132 21 88.1
95 Kansas 83 132 73 70 96 47 63 108 105 81 84 85 120 88.2
96 Penn State-Dickinson 90 73 93 92 96 110 89 65 105 67 84 95 106 89.6
97 New Mexico 119 8 104 80 90 110 29 85 121 128 74 113 106 89.8
98 Indiana (McKinney) 93 138 84 84 119 110 96 17 100 67 15 82 170 90.4
98 Pace 109 132 137 113 111 32 1 102 141 67 128 76 26 90.4
100 Penn State-University Park 93 64 73 105 111 56 44 85 121 67 115 85 161 90.8

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 13, 2022

Colin Diver: The Rankings Farce

Chronicle of Higher Education Op-Ed:  The Rankings Farce, by Colin Diver:

Breaking Ranks‘U.S. News’ and its ilk embrace faux-precise formulas riven with statistical misconceptions. ...

On July 1, 2002, I became president of Reed College in Portland, Ore. As I began to fill the shelves in my office with mementos from my previous life as a law-school dean, I could feel the weight already lifting from my shoulders. “I’m no longer subject to the tyranny of college rankings,” I thought. “I don’t need to worry about some news magazine telling me what to do.”

Seven years before my arrival at Reed, my predecessor, Steven S. Koblik, decreed that Reed would no longer cooperate with the annual U.S. News Best Colleges rankings. ...

There is a growing cottage industry of college evaluators, many spurred by the commercial success of U.S. News. I call it the “rankocracy” — a group of self-appointed, mostly profit-seeking journalists who claim for themselves the role of arbiters of educational excellence in our society. It wasn’t just the U.S. News rankings that were incompatible with Reed’s values. Virtually the whole enterprise of listing institutions in an ordinal hierarchy of quality involves faux precision, dubious methodologies, and blaring best-college headlines. To make matters worse, the entire structure rests on mostly unaudited, self-reported information of dubious reliability. In recent months, for example, the data supporting Columbia’s second place U.S. News ranking have been questioned, the University of Southern California’s School of Education has discovered a “history of inaccuracies” in its rankings data, and Bloomberg’s business-school rankings have been examined for perceived anomalies. ...

I came by my rankings aversion honestly. In 1989, I became the dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s law school. The next year, U.S. News began to publish annual rankings of law schools. Over the next nine years of my deanship, its numerical pronouncements hovered over my head like a black cloud. During those years, for reasons that remained a complete mystery to me, Penn Law’s national position would oscillate somewhere between seventh and 12th. Each upward movement would be a cause for momentary exultation; each downward movement, a cause for distress.

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2023 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings include the trial advocacy programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 54% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.1 Temple
2 3.9 Baylor
3 3.8 American
3 3.8 South Texas
3 3.8 Stetson
6 3.7 UCLA
7 3.6 Chicago-Kent
7 3.6 Fordham
7 3.6 Loyola-L.A.
10 3.4 Denver
10 3.4 Drexel
10 3.4 Samford
10 3.4 UC-Berkeley
14 3.3 St. Mary's
14 3.3 Syracuse
16 3.2 Campbell
16 3.2 Georgetown
16 3.2 Northwestern
16 3.2 Pacific
20 3.0 Washington Univ.
21 2.9 Georgia
21 2.9 Hofstra
21 2.9 John Marshall (IL)
21 2.9 Loyola-Chicago
21 2.9 Suffolk
26 2.8 Florida
26 2.8 Howard
26 2.8 Pace
26 2.8 UC-Hastings
26 2.8 Wake Forest
31 2.7 Emory
31 2.7 George Washington
31 2.7 Georgia State
31 2.7 Houston
31 2.7 Maryland
31 2.7 Missouri-Kansas City
31 2.7 Pepperdine Caruso
38 2.6 Akron
38 2.6 Alabama
38 2.6 Brooklyn
38 2.6 Harvard
38 2.6 Nova SE
38 2.6 NYU
38 2.6 Ohio Northern
38 2.6 South Carolina
38 2.6 St. John's
38 2.6 Texas
38 2.6 William & Mary
49 2.5 Catholic
49 2.5 Michigan State
49 2.5 Rutgers

2022 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings

2023 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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

Do The ‘U.S. News’ Rankings Rely On Dubious Data?

Chronicle of Higher Education, Do the ‘U.S. News’ Rankings Rely on Dubious Data?:

U.S. News Generic (2020)Researchers who submit to the publication say survey answers are subject to errors, ambiguity, and pressure to look good. ...

[There is a] complicated relationship between colleges’ data submitters and U.S. News, the best-known college-ranking system in the United States. Many resent the time and oxygen the ranking takes up. After The Chronicle asked to interview her, Christine M. Keller, executive director of the Association for Institutional Research, conducted an informal poll of the group’s members about their views of U.S. News. One major theme: Answering the magazine’s survey requires too many resources, a situation they see as taking away from internal data projects that contribute more to student success than rankings do. Yet they know that responding to the survey is an important part of their jobs, and often campus leaders are paying close attention.

Recently that relationship has undergone renewed scrutiny, as rankings-data controversies have piled up. First, a former dean of Temple University’s business school was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for leading an effort to inflate statistics his school had sent to U.S. News. Then a Columbia University mathematics professor publicized his belief that his institution is sending inaccurate data to Morse and his colleagues, a contention Columbia has denied. Finally, the University of Southern California pulled out of the rankings for its graduate program in education because it discovered it had submitted wrong data for at least five years.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

2023 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings include the legal writing programs at 186 law schools (the faculty survey had a 64% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.3 Oregon
1 4.3 UNLV
3 4.2 Stetson
4 4.1 Arizona State
4 4.1 Suffolk
6 3.9 Denver
6 3.9 Georgetown
6 3.9 Seattle
6 3.9 Wake Forest
10 3.8 Michigan
10 3.8 North Carolina
10 3.8 UC-Irvine
13 3.7 Arizona
13 3.7 Rutgers
15 3.6 Indiana (McKinney)
15 3.6 John Marshall (IL)
15 3.6 Mercer
15 3.6 Nova SE
15 3.6 Temple
15 3.6 Washburn
21 3.5 Drake
21 3.5 Drexel
21 3.5 Marquette
21 3.5 Missouri-Kansas City
21 3.5 Ohio State
21 3.5 Texas Tech
27 3.4 Brooklyn
27 3.4 Lewis & Clark
27 3.4 Northeastern
27 3.4 Villanova
31 3.3 Arkansas-Little Rock
31 3.3 Elon
31 3.3 Indiana (Maurer)
31 3.3 Loyola-L.A.
31 3.3 Northwestern
31 3.3 Pacific
31 3.3 South Texas
31 3.3 William & Mary
39 3.2 Arkansas-Fayetteville
39 3.2 Baltimore
39 3.2 Chicago-Kent
39 3.2 Duke
39 3.2 Duquesne
39 3.2 Emory
39 3.2 George Washington
39 3.2 Iowa
39 3.2 Loyola-New Orleans
39 3.2 Mitchell | Hamline
39 3.2 St. John's
50 3.1 Boston College
50 3.1 Cornell
50 3.1 Florida Int'l
50 3.1 Hofstra
50 3.1 Howard
50 3.1 Louisville
50 3.1 Syracuse
50 3.1 Texas A&M
50 3.1 Univ. of Washington
50 3.1 Virginia
50 3.1 Widener (DE)
50 3.1 Wyoming

2022 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings

2023 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Monday, April 11, 2022

2023 U.S. News International Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News International Law Rankings include the international law programs at 185 law schools (the faculty survey had a 52% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 NYU
2 4.5 Harvard
3 4.4 Columbia
4 4.3 Georgetown
4 4.3 Yale
6 4.1 Virginia
7 4.0 American
7 4.0 Michigan
7 4.0 UC-Berkeley
10 3.9 George Washington
10 3.9 Stanford
12 3.8 Duke
12 3.8 UCLA
14 3.7 Chicago
14 3.7 Cornell
14 3.7 Penn
17 3.6 Vanderbilt
18 3.5 Northwestern
18 3.5 Temple
18 3.5 UC-Irvine
21 3.4 Case Western
21 3.4 Fordham
21 3.4 Georgia
21 3.4 Minnesota
21 3.4 Texas
21 3.4 Washington Univ.
27 3.3 Notre Dame
27 3.3 UC-Hastings
29 3.2 Miami
29 3.2 Tulane
29 3.2 UC-Davis
32 3.1 Arizona State
32 3.1 Emory
32 3.1 Indiana (Maurer)
32 3.1 William & Mary
36 3.0 Boston College
36 3.0 Washington & Lee
36 3.0 Wisconsin
39 2.9 Boston Univ.
39 2.9 Pepperdine Caruso
39 2.9 Univ. of Washington
42 2.8 Arizona
42 2.8 Brooklyn
42 2.8 Pittsburgh
42 2.8 Santa Clara
42 2.8 USC
47 2.7 BYU
47 2.7 Cardozo
47 2.7 Denver
47 2.7 Florida Int'l
47 2.7 Florida State
47 2.7 Iowa
47 2.7 Ohio State
47 2.7 Pacific
47 2.7 San Diego
47 2.7 Utah

2022 U.S. News International Law Rankings

2023 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

2023 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings include the intellectual property law programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 56% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 UC-Berkeley
2 4.6 Stanford
3 4.3 NYU
4 4.1 Santa Clara
5 4.0 George Washington
6 3.9 Houston
6 3.9 Texas A&M
8 3.7 American
8 3.7 Cardozo
8 3.7 New Hampshire
11 3.6 Boston Univ.
12 3.5 Chicago-Kent
12 3.5 Duke
12 3.5 Penn
15 3.4 Columbia
15 3.4 Harvard
15 3.4 UCLA
18 3.3 Georgetown
19 3.2 George Mason
19 3.2 Michigan
19 3.2 Northwestern
19 3.2 San Diego
19 3.2 Texas
19 3.2 UC-Irvine
25 3.1 DePaul
25 3.1 Fordham
25 3.1 Virginia
28 3.0 Indiana (Maurer)
28 3.0 Suffolk
28 3.0 UC-Hastings
28 3.0 Univ. of Washington
32 2.9 Akron
32 2.9 Boston College
32 2.9 John Marshall (IL)
32 2.9 Loyola-L.A.
36 2.8 Case Western
36 2.8 Chicago
36 2.8 Loyola-Chicago
36 2.8 Notre Dame
36 2.8 Ohio State
36 2.8 Richmond
36 2.8 Temple
36 2.8 UC-Davis
36 2.8 Utah
45 2.7 Colorado
45 2.7 Cornell
45 2.7 Emory
45 2.7 Howard
45 2.7 Northeastern
45 2.7 Pittsburgh
45 2.7 USC
45 2.7 Vanderbilt
45 2.7 Washington Univ.
45 2.7 William & Mary

2022 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings

2023 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Friday, April 8, 2022

2023 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings include the health care law programs at 184 law schools (the faculty survey had a 56% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.2 St. Louis
2 4.1 Harvard
3 4.0 Georgia State
3 4.0 Loyola-Chicago
5 3.9 Boston Univ.
6 3.8 Maryland
7 3.7 Georgetown
7 3.7 Houston
7 3.7 Northeastern
7 3.7 Stanford
11 3.6 Yale
12 3.5 UC-Hastings
13 3.4 Arizona State
13 3.4 Case Western
13 3.4 Seton Hall
16 3.3 American
17 3.2 Indiana (McKinney)
17 3.2 Michigan
17 3.2 Ohio State
20 3.1 Penn
21 3.0 Duke
21 3.0 Wake Forest
23 2.9 Emory
23 2.9 George Washington
23 2.9 Minnesota
23 2.9 North Carolina
23 2.9 Temple
23 2.9 UCLA
29 2.8 DePaul
29 2.8 UC-Irvine
29 2.8 Virginia
29 2.8 Washington Univ.
33 2.7 Drexel
33 2.7 Mitchell | Hamline
33 2.7 Texas
33 2.7 UC-Berkeley
33 2.7 Vanderbilt
38 2.6 Columbia
38 2.6 Pittsburgh
40 2.5 Arizona
40 2.5 Georgia
40 2.5 Univ. of Washington
40 2.5 UNLV
44 2.4 Chicago
44 2.4 Northwestern
44 2.4 NYU
44 2.4 Utah
48 2.3 Boston College
48 2.3 Loyola-L.A.
48 2.3 Nova SE
48 2.3 Quinnipiac
48 2.3 Rutgers
48 2.3 Washington & Lee
48 2.3 Wisconsin

2022 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings

2023 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

2023 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings include the environmental law programs at 180 law schools (the faculty survey had a 61% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.4 Pace
1 4.4 UC-Berkeley
1 4.4 UCLA
4 4.3 Lewis & Clark
5 4.1 NYU
5 4.1 Vermont
7 4.0 Columbia
7 4.0 Georgetown
7 4.0 Harvard
7 4.0 Oregon
7 4.0 Vanderbilt
12 3.9 Colorado
13 3.8 George Washington
13 3.8 Maryland
13 3.8 Stanford
16 3.7 Utah
17 3.6 Arizona State
17 3.6 Duke
17 3.6 Tulane
17 3.6 UC-Davis
21 3.5 Denver
21 3.5 Florida
21 3.5 Florida State
21 3.5 Houston
21 3.5 UC-Hastings
26 3.4 Hawaii
26 3.4 Minnesota
26 3.4 Yale
29 3.3 New Mexico
29 3.3 Virginia
31 3.2 Arizona
31 3.2 Texas
31 3.2 Univ. of Washington
34 3.1 Boston College
34 3.1 Indiana (Maurer)
34 3.1 Montana
34 3.1 UC-Irvine
38 3.0 Northwestern
38 3.0 Texas A&M
38 3.0 USC
41 2.9 Michigan
41 2.9 North Carolina
41 2.9 Widener (DE)
44 2.8 American
44 2.8 Case Western
44 2.8 CUNY
44 2.8 Loyola-New Orleans
44 2.8 Maine
44 2.8 Miami
44 2.8 Penn
44 2.8 Penn State-University Park
44 2.8 San Diego
44 2.8 Wake Forest
44 2.8 Wisconsin
44 2.8 Wyoming

2022 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings

2023 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

2023 U.S. News Dispute Resolution Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News Dispute Resolution Rankings include the dispute resolution programs at 109 law schools (the faculty survey had a 56% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.5 Pepperdine Caruso
1 4.5 Ohio State
3 4.4 Harvard
4 4.0 Cardozo
4 4.0 Missouri (Columbia)
4 4.0 Northwestern
4 4.0 Texas A&M
8 3.9 UNLV
9 3.8 Mitchell | Hamline
9 3.8 Oregon
9 3.8 UC-Hastings
12 3.7 Maryland
13 3.6 Arizona State
13 3.6 Fordham
15 3.5 Marquette
15 3.5 Quinnipiac
15 3.5 South Texas
15 3.5 Stanford
15 3.5 UCLA
20 3.4 Georgetown
20 3.4 NYU
22 3.3 Columbia
22 3.3 Cornell
22 3.3 Denver
22 3.3 Penn
22 3.3 Seattle
22 3.3 Stetson
22 3.3 Suffolk
22 3.3 Texas
22 3.3 UC-Irvine
22 3.3 Virginia
32 3.2 Creighton
32 3.2 Pace
32 3.2 St. John's
32 3.2 UC-Davis
32 3.2 USC
32 3.2 Vanderbilt
38 3.1 Florida
38 3.1 Lewis & Clark
38 3.1 Loyola-Chicago
38 3.1 Washington Univ.
38 3.1 William & Mary
43 3.0 American
43 3.0 BYU
43 3.0 UC-Berkeley
43 3.0 Washington & Lee
47 2.9 Baylor
47 2.9 George Washington
47 2.9 Georgia
47 2.9 Houston
47 2.9 Indiana (Maurer)
47 2.9 Kansas
47 2.9 SMU
47 2.9 Wake Forest
47 2.9 Univ. of Washington

2022 U.S. News Dispute Resolution Rankings

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

2023 U.S. News Criminal Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News Criminal Law Rankings include the criminal law programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 51% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.6 NYU
2 4.4 UC-Berkeley
3 4.3 Georgetown
3 4.3 Harvard
3 4.3 Penn
3 4.3 Stanford
7 4.2 Virginia
8 4.1 Chicago
8 4.1 Columbia
8 4.1 UCLA
8 4.1 Yale
12 4.0 Michigan
12 4.0 Ohio State
14 3.9 Duke
14 3.9 Texas
14 3.9 Vanderbilt
17 3.8 Northwestern
18 3.7 Fordham
18 3.7 North Carolina
18 3.7 William & Mary
21 3.6 Cornell
21 3.6 Minnesota
21 3.6 UC-Davis
24 3.5 American
24 3.5 Brooklyn
24 3.5 UC-Irvine
24 3.5 Wake Forest
28 3.4 Arizona State
28 3.4 Boston Univ.
28 3.4 Cardozo
28 3.4 George Washington
32 3.3 Colorado
32 3.3 Indiana (Maurer)
32 3.3 Loyola-L.A.
32 3.3 UC-Hastings
32 3.3 Univ. of Washington
32 3.3 Washington Univ.
32 3.3 Wisconsin
39 3.2 Emory
39 3.2 Illinois
39 3.2 Iowa
39 3.2 Maryland
39 3.2 Rutgers
39 3.2 Utah
39 3.2 Washington & Lee
46 3.1 Boston College
46 3.1 Denver
46 3.1 Florida
46 3.1 Florida State
46 3.1 Notre Dame
46 3.1 Tulane
46 3.1 USC

2022 U.S. News Criminal Law Rankings

2023 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Monday, April 4, 2022

2023 U.S. News Contracts/Commercial Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News Contracts/Commercial Law Rankings include the contracts/commercial law programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 45% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.6 Columbia
2 4.5 Chicago
2 4.5 Harvard
4 4.4 NYU
4 4.4 Stanford
4 4.4 Yale
7 4.3 Michigan
7 4.3 Penn
7 4.3 UC-Berkeley
7 4.3 Virginia
11 4.2 Georgetown
12 4.1 Cornell
12 4.1 Northwestern
12 4.1 Texas
15 4.0 UCLA
16 3.9 Duke
16 3.9 Minnesota
16 3.9 Vanderbilt
16 3.9 Washington Univ.
20 3.7 Fordham
20 3.7 Illinois
20 3.7 North Carolina
23 3.6 Emory
23 3.6 USC
23 3.6 William & Mary
23 3.6 Wisconsin
27 3.5 Boston College
27 3.5 Boston Univ.
27 3.5 Iowa
27 3.5 Ohio State
27 3.5 UC-Davis
27 3.5 UC-Hastings
27 3.5 UC-Irvine
34 3.4 Florida
34 3.4 Florida State
34 3.4 George Washington
37 3.3 BYU
37 3.3 George Mason
37 3.3 Indiana (Maurer)
37 3.3 Washington & Lee
41 3.2 Brooklyn
41 3.2 Tulane
41 3.2 Wake Forest
41 3.2 Univ. of Washington
45 3.1 American
45 3.1 Arizona State
45 3.1 Georgia
45 3.1 Notre Dame
45 3.1 San Diego
45 3.1 Temple
45 3.1 Tennessee
45 3.1 UNLV

2022 U.S. News Contracts/Commercial Law Rankings

2023 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Saturday, April 2, 2022

2023 U.S. News Constitutional Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News Constitutional Law Rankings include the constitutional law programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 47% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.8 Harvard
1 4.8 Yale
3 4.7 Chicago
3 4.7 Columbia
5 4.6 NYU
5 4.6 Stanford
5 4.6 Virginia
8 4.5 UC-Berkeley
9 4.4 Michigan
10 4.3 Georgetown
11 4.2 Duke
11 4.2 Texas
11 4.2 UCLA
14 4.1 Cornell
14 4.1 Northwestern
14 4.1 Penn
17 3.8 Vanderbilt
18 3.7 UC-Irvine
19 3.6 Washington Univ.
19 3.6 William & Mary
21 3.5 Boston Univ.
21 3.5 George Washington
21 3.5 North Carolina
21 3.5 Ohio State
21 3.5 UC-Davis
26 3.4 Emory
26 3.4 Minnesota
26 3.4 Notre Dame
26 3.4 USC
30 3.3 Alabama
30 3.3 Fordham
30 3.3 San Diego
33 3.2 Boston College
33 3.2 UC-Hastings
35 3.1 Florida State
35 3.1 Georgia
35 3.1 Illinois
35 3.1 Indiana (Maurer)
35 3.1 Wisconsin
40 3.0 American
40 3.0 Arizona
40 3.0 Arizona State
40 3.0 Cardozo
40 3.0 Colorado
40 3.0 George Mason
40 3.0 Maryland
40 3.0 Richmond
48 2.9 Brooklyn
48 2.9 BYU
48 2.9 Florida
48 2.9 Iowa
48 2.9 Utah
48 2.9 Washington & Lee

2022 U.S. News Constitutional Law Rankings

2023 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Friday, April 1, 2022

2023 U.S. News Clinical Training Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News Clinical Training Rankings include the clinical training law programs at 173 law schools (the faculty survey had a 60% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.6 CUNY
1 4.6 Georgetown
3 4.4 American
3 4.4 NYU
5 4.2 District of Columbia
5 4.2 UC-Irvine
5 4.2 Yale
8 4.1 Baltimore
8 4.1 Denver
8 4.1 Maryland
8 4.1 Michigan
8 4.1 New Mexico
8 4.1 Rutgers
8 4.1 UC-Berkeley
15 4.0 Stanford
15 4.0 Suffolk
17 3.9 Fordham
17 3.9 Northwestern
17 3.9 Washington Univ.
20 3.8 Northeastern
20 3.8 Tennessee
20 3.8 UC-Hastings
23 3.7 Brooklyn
23 3.7 George Washington
23 3.7 Texas A&M
26 3.6 Boston College
26 3.6 Boston Univ.
26 3.6 Columbia
26 3.6 Harvard
26 3.6 Miami
26 3.6 North Carolina
26 3.6 Penn
26 3.6 Seattle
26 3.6 UCLA
35 3.5 Cardozo
35 3.5 Duke
35 3.5 Georgia State
35 3.5 Howard
35 3.5 South Carolina
35 3.5 Texas
35 3.5 Tulane
35 3.5 Univ. of Washington
35 3.5 UNLV
35 3.5 Vanderbilt
35 3.5 Wayne State
46 3.4 Chicago
46 3.4 Cornell
46 3.4 Georgia
46 3.4 Loyola-New Orleans
46 3.4 Memphis
46 3.4 Mitchell | Hamline
46 3.4 Pepperdine Caruso
46 3.4 St. Thomas (MN)
46 3.4 Villanova
46 3.4 Washington & Lee
46 3.4 Wisconsin

2022 U.S. News Clinical Law Rankings 

2023 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

2023 U.S. News Business/Corporate Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News Business/Corporate Law Rankings include the business/corporate law programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 52% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.6 Columbia
1 4.6 Harvard
1 4.6 NYU
1 4.6 UC-Berkeley
5 4.5 Penn
6 4.4 Stanford
7 4.3 Chicago
7 4.3 UCLA
9 4.2 Michigan
10 4.1 Georgetown
10 4.1 Virginia
12 4.0 Vanderbilt
12 4.0 Yale
14 3.9 Cornell
14 3.9 Duke
14 3.9 Northwestern
17 3.8 Texas
18 3.7 Fordham
18 3.7 USC
20 3.6 Boston Univ.
20 3.6 Washington Univ.
22 3.5 BYU
23 3.4 Emory
23 3.4 Minnesota
23 3.4 North Carolina
23 3.4 UC-Davis
27 3.3 Boston College
27 3.3 Brooklyn
27 3.3 Florida
27 3.3 George Washington
27 3.3 William & Mary
32 3.2 Georgia
32 3.2 Illinois
32 3.2 Iowa
32 3.2 Notre Dame
32 3.2 Tulane
32 3.2 UC-Hastings
32 3.2 Washington & Lee
39 3.1 Ohio State
39 3.1 Tennessee
41 3.0 George Mason
41 3.0 Utah
41 3.0 Wisconsin
44 2.9 Alabama
44 2.9 Arizona
44 2.9 Colorado
44 2.9 Houston
44 2.9 Indiana (Maurer)
44 2.9 San Diego
44 2.9 SMU
44 2.9 Temple
44 2.9 UC-Irvine
44 2.9 Univ. of Washington
44 2.9 Wake Forest
44 2.9 Widener (DE)

2022 U.S. News Business/Corporate Law Rankings 

2023 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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March 31, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

U.S. News Rankings Get it Right On Law Libraries

TaxProf Blog op-ed:  U.S. News Rankings Get it Right on Law Libraries, by Amanda Runyon (Pennsylvania; Google Scholar), Leslie A. Street (William & Mary), & Amanda Watson (Houston):

Runyon-street-watsonUS News has released the 2023 Best Law School rankings, and for the second consecutive year altered the methodology for law library data. After the 2022 rankings were released, we expressed our deep concern that the methodology for law library data was overly rigid and incentivized conformity to the detriment of law libraries and law schools. In part, we said “[l]aw libraries should be seen through their contributions within … larger US News measures, rather than perpetuating outdated views that we are separate from our broader institutions.” The new metrics focus on the types of inputs that every school has available: librarians and budget. Law libraries and law schools are now freed to assess their needs and missions and use those resources in the best way for their particular circumstances.

The 2022 US News methodology weighted multiple library metrics at 1.75% of the overall ranking (including library hours, reference hours, databases, titles, number of professional and paraprofessional staff, seats, and presentations). After considerable discussion within the academic law library community, a new task force of librarians submitted recommendations for revised data collection from law libraries to US News.[1] Based on these recommendations, US News altered the methodology for the 2023 rankings, dropping the seven previously used indicators in place of one metric: the ratio of full-time equivalent professional librarians[2] to the full-time equivalent of students, accounting for 1% of the total score. Although this is now the only scoring metric that is solely composed of library data, it is worth noting that total library expenditures also contribute to the law school’s total instructional expenditures calculation, which counts as 9% of the law school’s overall score. 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

2023 U.S. News Tax Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2023 U.S. News Tax Rankings include the tax programs at 186 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 4.2 Florida
3 4.2 Northwestern
5 4.0 Virginia
6 3.9 Chicago
6 3.9 Michigan
6 3.9 UCLA
9 3.8 Columbia
9 3.8 Harvard
9 3.8 Stanford
9 3.8 UC-Irvine
13 3.7 Boston College
13 3.7 Loyola-L.A.
15 3.6 Boston Univ.
15 3.6 Indiana (Maurer)
15 3.6 Texas
18 3.5 Duke
18 3.5 Penn
20 3.4 North Carolina
20 3.4 UC-Hastings
20 3.4 USC
20 3.4 Yale
24 3.3 Minnesota
24 3.3 San Diego
24 3.3 UC-Berkeley
27 3.2 George Washington
28 3.1 Brooklyn
28 3.1 Fordham
28 3.1 Pepperdine Caruso
28 3.1 Pittsburgh
28 3.1 Temple
28 3.1 UC-Davis
34 3.0 Cornell
34 3.0 Miami
34 3.0 Ohio State
34 3.0 Univ. of Washington
34 3.0 Washington Univ.
39 2.9 Alabama
39 2.9 Arizona State
39 2.9 BYU
39 2.9 Emory
39 2.9 Georgia
39 2.9 Villanova
45 2.8 Florida State
45 2.8 Notre Dame
45 2.8 Vanderbilt
45 2.8 Washington & Lee
49 2.7 Houston
49 2.7 Illinois
49 2.7 Kentucky
49 2.7 SMU
49 2.7 South Carolina
49 2.7 Utah

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

  • +19: Pittsburgh (#28)
  • +11: Fordham (#28), Pepperdine Caruso (#28), Temple (#28)
  • +8: BYU (#39)
  • +5: North Carolina (#20)

Here are the biggest downward moves:

  • -17: Florida State (#45)
  • -11: Arizona State (#39), Washington & Lee (#45)
  • -6: Yale (#20), Cornell (#34), Miami (#34), Washington University (#34), Vanderbilt (#45)
  • -5: Emory (#39), Villanova (#39)
  • -4: UC-Hastings (#20)

Here are the rankings of law schools with graduate tax programs:

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March 30, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Rankings | Permalink

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Pepperdine’s Place In The 2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings

USN Logo (2023)By now many of you have seen the news that Pepperdine Caruso Law ranks #52 in the 2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings. This is the fourth year in a row that Pepperdine Caruso Law has been ranked between #46-#52, an increase of at least 20 spots from its #72 ranking in 2018.

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 we received the highest ranking in our history in several components of the 2023 rankings, including academic peer reputation, student selectivity (median LSAT scores, median undergraduate GPAs, and admissions acceptance rate), and average student loan debt.

Pepperdine Caruso Law also was recognized by U.S. News with Top 50 rankings in five specialty programs based on our reputation among faculty in those fields:  #1 in dispute resolution, #28 in tax law, #31 in trial advocacy, #39 in international law, and #46 in clinical training, as well as a #54 ranking in constitutional lawThis is the 14th time in the past 18 years that the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has been recognized as the top ADR program in the country. 

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 29, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed | Permalink

2023 U.S. News Law School Peer Reputation Rankings (And Overall Rankings)

USN Logo (2023)Continuing a TaxProf Blog tradition (see links below for 2009-2022), here is the full list of the 192 law schools ranked by academic peer reputation, as well as their overall rank, in the new 2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings (methodology):

Peer Rank Peer Score School Overall Rank
1 4.7 Harvard 4
1 4.7 Stanford 2
3 4.6 Chicago 3
3 4.6 Columbia 4
3 4.6 NYU 7
3 4.6 Yale 1
7 4.5 UC-Berkeley 9
8 4.4 Michigan 10
8 4.4 Penn 6
8 4.4 Virginia 8
11 4.2 Cornell 12
11 4.2 Duke 11
11 4.2 Georgetown 14
11 4.2 Northwestern 13
11 4.2 UCLA 15
16 4.1 Texas 17
17 4.0 Vanderbilt 17
18 3.8 Washington Univ. 16
19 3.7 USC 20
20 3.6 Boston Univ. 17
20 3.6 Emory 30
20 3.6 Minnesota 21
20 3.6 UC-Irvine 37
24 3.5 George Washington 25
24 3.5 North Carolina 23
24 3.5 UC-Davis 37
27 3.4 Boston College 37
27 3.4 Iowa 28
27 3.4 Notre Dame 25
27 3.4 William & Mary 30
31 3.3 Arizona State 30
31 3.3 Florida 21
31 3.3 Fordham 37
31 3.3 Ohio State 30
31 3.3 Wisconsin 43
36 3.2 Alabama 25
36 3.2 Arizona 45
36 3.2 Colorado 49
36 3.2 Georgia 29
36 3.2 Illinois 35
36 3.2 Indiana (Maurer) 43
36 3.2 UC-Hastings 51
36 3.2 Univ. of Washington 49
36 3.2 Washington & Lee 35
45 3.1 Maryland 47
45 3.1 Tulane 55
47 3.0 American 73
47 3.0 Cardozo 52
47 3.0 Florida State 47
47 3.0 Utah 37
47 3.0 Wake Forest 37
52 2.9 BYU 23
52 2.9 Connecticut 64
52 2.9 Howard 98
52 2.9 San Diego 64
56 2.8 Denver 78
56 2.8 Georgia State 78
56 2.8 Houston 58
56 2.8 Loyola-L.A. 67
56 2.8 Oregon 67
56 2.8 Pepperdine Caruso 52
56 2.8 Richmond 52
56 2.8 Temple 63
56 2.8 Texas A&M 46
65 2.7 Brooklyn 98
65 2.7 Case Western 78
65 2.7 George Mason 30
65 2.7 Loyola-Chicago 73
65 2.7 Miami 73
65 2.7 Rutgers 86
65 2.7 SMU 58
65 2.7 Villanova 56
73 2.6 Chicago-Kent 94
73 2.6 Hawaii 91
73 2.6 Kansas 67
73 2.6 Northeastern 73
73 2.6 Pittsburgh 78
73 2.6 South Carolina 84
73 2.6 Tennessee 56
73 2.6 UNLV 67
81 2.5 Baylor 58
81 2.5 Indiana (McKinney) 98
81 2.5 Kentucky 67
81 2.5 Michigan State 91
81 2.5 Missouri (Columbia) 67
81 2.5 Oklahoma 88
81 2.5 Penn State-Dickinson 58
81 2.5 Penn State-University Park 64
81 2.5 Santa Clara 133
81 2.5 Seton Hall 73
91 2.4 Arkansas-Fayetteville 86
91 2.4 Cincinnati 88
91 2.4 Lewis & Clark 88
91 2.4 Nebraska 78
91 2.4 New Mexico 91
91 2.4 Seattle 116
91 2.4 St. Louis 98
91 2.4 Syracuse 103
91 2.4 Wayne State 58
100 2.3 CUNY 133
100 2.3 DePaul 105
100 2.3 Drexel 78
100 2.3 Hofstra 118
100 2.3 Marquette 105
100 2.3 St. John's 84
106 2.2 Arkansas-Little Rock Tier 2
106 2.2 Catholic 94
106 2.2 Louisiana State 105
106 2.2 Louisville 94
106 2.2 Loyola-New Orleans 133
106 2.2 Mississippi 111
106 2.2 Missouri-Kansas City 114
106 2.2 New Hampshire 105
106 2.2 Stetson 111
106 2.2 SUNY-Buffalo 94
116 2.1 Baltimore 122
116 2.1 Florida Int'l 98
116 2.1 Gonzaga 116
116 2.1 Idaho 142
116 2.1 John Marshall (IL) Tier 2
116 2.1 Maine 114
116 2.1 Pace 142
116 2.1 Suffolk 122
116 2.1 Washburn 105
116 2.1 West Virginia 118
126 2.0 Albany 122
126 2.0 Drake 111
126 2.0 Montana 103
126 2.0 New York Law School 129
126 2.0 Pacific 133
126 2.0 St. Thomas (MN) 127
126 2.0 Texas Tech 105
126 2.0 Tulsa 118
126 2.0 Vermont 142
126 2.0 Willamette 129
136 1.9 Cleveland-Marshall 127
136 1.9 Creighton 139
136 1.9 Duquesne 129
136 1.9 Memphis 142
136 1.9 Mercer 122
136 1.9 Mitchell | Hamline Tier 2
136 1.9 Quinnipiac Tier 2
136 1.9 San Francisco Tier 2
136 1.9 Southwestern Tier 2
136 1.9 Toledo Tier 2
136 1.9 Widener (DE) Tier 2
136 1.9 Wyoming 129
148 1.8 Akron Tier 2
148 1.8 Chapman 118
148 1.8 Dayton 122
148 1.8 Detroit Mercy 139
148 1.8 District of Columbia Tier 2
148 1.8 Florida A&M Tier 2
148 1.8 North Dakota Tier 2
148 1.8 Northern Illinois Tier 2
148 1.8 South Dakota 133
148 1.8 St. Mary's Tier 2
158 1.7 Cal-Western Tier 2
158 1.7 Elon Tier 2
158 1.7 North Carolina Central Tier 2
158 1.7 Roger Williams Tier 2
158 1.7 Samford 139
158 1.7 South Texas Tier 2
158 1.7 Southern Tier 2
158 1.7 Southern Illinois Tier 2
158 1.7 Widener (PA) Tier 2
167 1.6 Massachusetts Tier 2
167 1.6 Mississippi College Tier 2
167 1.6 Nova SE Tier 2
167 1.6 Oklahoma City Tier 2
167 1.6 St. Thomas (FL) Tier 2
167 1.6 Texas Southern Tier 2
167 1.6 Touro Tier 2
174 1.5 Belmont 133
174 1.5 Campbell Tier 2
174 1.5 Golden Gate Tier 2
174 1.5 New England Tier 2
174 1.5 Northern Kentucky Tier 2
174 1.5 Ohio Northern Tier 2
174 1.5 Western New England Tier 2
181 1.4 Capital Tier 2
181 1.4 Charleston Tier 2
181 1.4 John Marshall (GA) Tier 2
184 1.3 Appalachian Tier 2
184 1.3 Faulkner Tier 2
184 1.3 Lincoln Memorial Tier 2
184 1.3 Regent 142
184 1.3 Western Michigan Tier 2
189 1.2 Ave Maria Tier 2
189 1.2 Barry Tier 2
189 1.2 Liberty Tier 2
189 1.2 Western Tier 2

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

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March 29, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, March 17, 2022

March Madness Law School Bracket: Duke, Michigan, USC, Yale in Final Four

Here is the March Madness Law School Bracket, with outcomes determined by the 2022 U.S. News Law School Rankings (using academic peer reputation as the tiebreaker). The Final Four are Yale (1), Duke (10), Michigan (10), and USC (19), with Yale beating Michigan in the championship game.

2022 March Madness

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March 17, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Spivey: Changes In U.S. News Methodology Will Lead To Volatility In The 2023 Law School Rankings To Be Released March 29

Mike Spivey, 2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings Methodology:

U.S. News Law (2019)U.S. News & World Report recently released the embargoed version of their 2023 (2022 release) rankings, and we can confirm that there have been changes to the methodology used to calculate schools' overall ranking.

First, U.S. News has increased the weight allocated to its bar passage metric. Previously the bar passage score was assigned a 2.25% weight; that has been increased to 3%.

Second, U.S. News has changed how the bar passage metric is scored. ...

The third change U.S. News made was to the library metrics that were introduced in last year's 2022 edition of the rankings. Previously there had been 7 such metrics, each weighted at 0.25%. Now, U.S. News has consolidated those 7 into a single metric, the ratio of full-time equivalent professional librarian positions to students. That single metric is weighted at 1%. ...

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

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

2022 Law School Rankings By Graduates In BigLaw Jobs

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Law.com, The Top 50 Go-To Law Schools:

We have ranked the 50 law schools that sent the highest percentage of their 2021 juris doctor graduates into associate positions at the largest 100 law firms in the country.  Columbia Law School tops the list for the ninth straight year, with 64% of its recent graduate class now working in Big Law. The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School comes in at No. 2, followed by Cornell Law School at No. 3. 

  1. Columbia
  2. Penn
  3. Cornell
  4. Northwestern
  5. Duke
  6. NYU
  7. Virginia
  8. UC-Berkeley
  9. Chicago
  10. Harvard
  11. Georgetown
  12. USC
  13. Vanderbilt
  14. Michigan
  15. Boston College
  16. UCLA
  17. Boston University
  18. Texas
  19. Fordham
  20. Stanford

Columbia Tops List for 9th Straight Year, But There's Some Reshuffling Near the Top
Law.com ranked the 50 law schools that sent the highest percentage of their 2021 juris doctor graduates into associate positions at the largest 100 law firms in the country.

Go-To Law Schools: All Schools Data
See hiring stats for every law school that sent a 2021 graduate to one of the largest 100 firms.

Go-To Law Schools: Search By School
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Go-To Law Schools: Search By Firm
Search our Go-To Law Schools hiring data by firm to see the schools from which they hired new associates.

Explore the Data Behind The Go-To Law Schools
Our interactive database allows you to delve into all the Go-To Law Schools School associate hiring and alumni partner promotion data.

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March 15, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, February 24, 2022

2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings

U.S. News & World Report has announced that the new 2023 law school rankings will be released on Tuesday, March 29. Here is my coverage of the current 2022 law school rankings:

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February 24, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Preview Of The 2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings: Admissions

US News Logo 2The 2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings (based in part on 2021 admissions data) will be released in March (the 2022 rankings are here). In the current methodology, law school admissions count 21% in the overall ranking. I previously blogged the ABA data comprising the three components of the admissions ranking:

Below are two admissions rankings. The first is a simple ranking using the above weights. The second uses Z-scores with the above weights to better approximate the U.S. News methodology.

 

Law

School

Acceptance Rate Rank UPGA Rank LSAT Rank

Weighted Ranks

1 Yale 1 1 1 1.0
2 Harvard 3 4 1 2.3
3 Stanford 2 5 4 4.3
4 Chicago 8 5 4 4.6
5 Virginia 5 5 7 6.1
6 NYU 15 10 4 7.0
7 Penn 4 8 7 7.3
8 Columbia 7 17 1 8.0
9 Northwestern 12 10 7 8.5
10 Cornell 17 10 7 8.7
11 Washington Univ. 20 3 13 9.2
12 Georgetown 9 14 7 10.0
13 Michigan 6 17 7 11.1
14 Vanderbilt 13 9 16 12.9
15 Duke 14 22 13 16.8
16 UCLA 18 22 13 17.0
16 Florida 22 10 22 17.0
18 UC-Berkeley 11 20 16 17.4
19 Alabama 60 1 31 19.9
20 USC 10 22 20 20.4
21 Texas 16 29 16 21.4
22 George Washington 31 20 22 21.6
23 Arizona State 30 14 27 21.7
24 BYU 94 14 22 22.1
25 Boston Univ. 26 35 16 24.4
26 Georgia 28 22 27 25.0
27 Emory 43 29 22 25.9
28 Notre Dame 23 35 20 26.4
29 Minnesota 44 29 27 28.6
30 George Mason 42 28 34 31.9
31 Pepperdine 37 29 34 32.1
32 Texas A&M 27 17 45 32.5
33 Fordham 24 45 27 34.4
34 Florida State 32 22 45 34.8
35 UC-Irvine 21 53 22 34.9
36 Utah 38 22 45 35.1
36 William & Mary 57 34 34 35.1
38 Indiana (Maurer) 79 35 34 36.6
39 North Carolina 19 43 34 37.0
40 UC-Davis 49 45 31 37.7
41 Cardozo 59 42 34 38.5
42 Boston College 33 53 31 40.3
43 Ohio State 66 33 45 41.0
44 SMU 72 38 45 43.4
45 Washington 39 60 34 45.1
46 Illinois 55 62 34 46.7
47 Penn State-Univ. Park 77 38 54 48.4
48 Villanova 25 45 54 48.9
49 Wisconsin 80 65 34 49.1
50 Iowa 105 53 45 51.2

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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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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)

Update2022 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 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

Update2022 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 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