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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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

Monday, January 18, 2021

2021 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Teaching And Accessibility)

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2021 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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January 18, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, January 15, 2021

2021 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Career Rating

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2021 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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January 15, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, January 14, 2021

2021 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Accessibility)

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2021 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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January 14, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

2021 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Teaching)

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2021 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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January 13, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

2021 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Academic Experience

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2021 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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January 12, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, January 11, 2021

2021 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Admissions Selectivity

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2021 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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January 11, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, January 4, 2021

Muller: Law Schools With The Best And Worst Debt-To-Income Ratios Among Recent Graduates

Following upon my previous posts (links below):  Derek Muller (Iowa), Which Law Schools Have the Best and Worst Debt-to-Income Ratios Among Recent Graduates?:

Last year, a treasure trove of data from the Department of Education offered incredible insights into debt and earnings of law school graduates. A recent update for 2018-2019 has been made available, and we can look at the data again.

One intriguing figure is the “debt-to-income” ratio (last year, plenty of people hated this term, but I’m still using it), or how much student debt recent graduates have compared to their earnings. ... A good rule of thumb might be that “manageable” debt loads are those where debt is about equal to expected income at graduation—i.e., a ratio of 1.00 or lower. Only 22 schools meet that definition among median debt and earnings. ...

Muller

In contrast,  17 law schools have debt-to-income ratios greater than 3.0.

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January 4, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Saturday, December 26, 2020

October 2020 Tennessee Bar Exam Results: Vanderbilt, Tennessee Tie For #1

Tennessee Bar (2020)Here are the results of the October 2020 Tennessee Bar Exam Results for first-time test-takers by law school, along with each school's U.S. News ranking:

Bar Pass

Rank (Rate)

 

School

US News Rank

GA (Overall)

1 (92.6%)

Vanderbilt

1 (18)

1 (92.6%)

Tennessee

2 (70)

    83.8%

Statewide Avg. (TN Law Schools)

 

3 (82.6%)

Belmont

3 (129)

4 (80.7%)

Memphis

4 (141)

    79.3%

Statewide Avg. (Non-TN Law Schools)

 

5 (75.9%)

Lincoln Memorial

5 (Tier 2)

6 (74.5%)

Nashville

Unranked

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December 26, 2020 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Muller: Non-JD Enrollment Continues To Climb

Derek Muller (Iowa), Law School 1L JD Enrollment Holds Steady For 7th Straight Year as Non-JD Enrollment Climbs to All-Time Highs:

The 2020 law school enrollment figures have been released. They show a slightly worse first-year JD enrollment and continued growth in non-JD enrollment. Almost 16% of law school enrollees, nearly 1 in 6, are not enrolled in a JD program. ... 21,292 were enrolled in non-JD programs, a 1,400-student jump over last year. It’s now about 16% of all law school enrollment. ...

Here I also highlight a handful of schools with the highest non-JD enrollment as a percentage of total law school enrollment. There are a few heavy-hitters that are driving a lot of the non-JD enrollment.

NonJD 2020

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December 23, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, December 21, 2020

October 2020 Georgia Bar Exam Results: Georgia #1 For 7th Consecutive Year

Georgia State BarHere are the results of the October 2020 Georgia Bar Exam Results for first-time test-takers by law school, along with each school's U.S. News ranking:

Bar Pass

Rank (Rate)

 

School

US News Rank

GA (Overall)

1 (96.4%)

Georgia

2 (31)

2 (89.6%)

Georgia State

3 (76)

3 (88.8%)

Emory

1 (24)

    84.6%

Statewide Avg. (GA Law Schools)

 

4 (83.2%)

Mercer

4 (126)

    81.0%

Statewide Avg. (Non-GA Law Schools)

 

5 (56.6%)

John Marshall

5 (Tier 2)

6 (40.0%)

Savannah

Unranked

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December 21, 2020 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Organ: 2020 Legal Ed Data Show Rebound In Transfer Market

This blog posting updates my blog postings over the last several years — 2015, 2016, 2017,  2018, 2019,  regarding what we know about the transfer market. With the ABA’s posting of the 2020 Standard 509 Reports, we now have seven years (2014-2020) of more detailed transfer data from which to glean insights about the transfer market among law schools.

NUMBERS AND PERCENTAGES OF TRANSFERS REBOUND IN 2020

As shown in Table 1 below, the number of transfers in 2020 increased to 1612 (4.2%).  For the last several years, the transfer market had been shrinking, having declined from 5.5% in 2014, to 4.7% in 2016, to 4.0% in 2018, and down to 3.4% in 2019.  Aside from a slight bump in 2017, this is the first meaningful increase in transfers in many years, although the level is still less than in 2015-2017 when there were more than 1700 transfers.

Table 1 – Number of Transfers and Percentage of Transfers from 2014-2020

 

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Number of Transfers

2187

1979

1749

1797

1494

1294

1612

Previous Year First Year Enrollment

39,800

38,000

37,100

37,100

37,300

38,400

38,500

%   of Previous First-Year Total

5.5%

5.2%

4.7%

4.8%

4.0%

3.4%

4.2%

Some of this increase is attributable to the students transferring from Concordia to Idaho.  Idaho doesn't normally show up on the transfer list, but this year it has 105 transfers as a result of Concordia announcing its closure.  But that only explains part of the increase of more than 300 transfers between 2019 and 2020.  I believe the most likely additional explanation for this bump in transfers was the financial uncertainty for law schools associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly uncertainty regarding the number of first-year students who would show up at law schools that had announced during the summer a shift to online instruction for the fall semester.  With uncertainty regarding first-year enrollment and revenue, some law schools may have hedged by looking for more transfers.  For example, Harvard took 65 transfer students — the largest class of transfers it has taken in a number of years.  Its entering class this year was only 501 — when it has consistently welcomed 560 students almost every year for the last several years.  Knowing it might be welcoming a smaller entering class, I suspect Harvard made a conscious decision to welcome more transfers to counterbalance the loss of revenue from a smaller first-year class.  Other law schools on the list that showed an increase between 2019 and 2020 included George Washington (up 22), Berkeley (up 19) and Florida (up 11).  Relatedly, some students might have considered transferring because online learning might have made it possible for them to attend another law school without having to move, such that the transaction costs of transferring might have seemed smaller than in prior years.  And if students were going to be taking online courses anyway at the law school at which they started, why not transfer and take online courses at a law school that is more highly ranked.

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 2017 (fall 2016 entering class), Summer 2018 (fall 2017 entering class), Summer 2019 (fall 2018 entering class), and Summer 2020 (fall 2019 entering class).  The nine law schools on the list all four years include Cal. Berkeley, Columbia, Florida, Georgetown, George Washington, Harvard, Loyola Marymount, NYU, UCLA.  Arizona State and Northwestern have been on the list three of the four years.

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December 21, 2020 in Jerry Organ, Law School, Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Princeton Review's Best 164 Law Schools (2021 Edition)

Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review has published the 2021 edition of The Best 164 Law Schools (press release) (FAQs) (methodology):

The ranking lists, reported in 14 categories, each name the top 10 law schools. The education services company tallied the lists based on its surveys of 14,000 students attending 164 law schools [an average of 85 per school] in the U.S., and of administrators at those schools. The Princeton Review's 80-question student survey for this project asked students to rate their law schools on dozens of topics and report on their school experiences. The survey of law school administrators, which numbered more than 200 questions, covered topics from academic offerings and admission requirements to data about currently enrolled students as well as graduates' employment. Six of the 14 ranking lists were tallied using both student and administrator-reported data, five solely from student data, and three solely from administrator data.

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

  1. Virginia
  2. Vanderbilt
  3. Florida State
  4. Samford
  5. Stanford
  6. Colorado
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. St. Thomas (MN)
  9. Duke
  10. Pepperdine

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

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

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December 9, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, December 7, 2020

The Curious Case Of Howard Law School’s Peer Ranking

Michael Conklin (Angelo State University), The Curious Case of Howard Law School’s Peer Ranking:

Howard (2020)The U.S. News & World Report provides law school rankings based on a peer score (hereinafter “peer rank”) and an overall score (hereinafter “overall rank”). A law school’s peer rank is generally closely associated with its overall rank. For example, in the 2021 rankings more than 60% of law schools have peer ranks that are within nine places of their overall ranks. A glaring outlier is Howard University School of Law, whose peer rank is forty-six places higher than its overall rank. Even more peculiar is that this peer–overall disparity has existed every year for the last ten years during which it has experienced a gradual upward trend. This Essay analyzes the significance of the peer rank and considers potential explanations for this divergence.

December 7, 2020 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Online MBA Rankings Scandal Costs Temple $17 Million; After Ranking #1 In 2015-2018 With False Data, Business School Now Ranks #88

Following up on my previous posts (links below): Poets & Quants, MBA Ranking Scandal Costs Temple At Least $17 Million:

Temple University (2018)Temple University’s Fox School of Business says that the rankings scandal over its online MBA program has cost it a minimum of $17 million in “remediation costs.” The school made the disclosure in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education over the school’s misreporting of data to U.S. News & World Report.

Temple’s fraudulent reporting of that data led U.S. News to rank its online MBA program first in the nation for four consecutive years in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Under the settlement, announced yesterday (Dec. 4), Temple agreed to pay a $700,000 civil fine to the government. The payment is in addition to an earlier $4 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed by former online MBA students who claimed the school’s rankings scandal devalued their degrees, nearly $1.5 million to students in other Fox programs impacted and an agreement with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office to award $250,000 in scholarships to students who enroll in business school programs affected by the false data reporting.

The Fox School of Business, which was tossed off the U.S. News ranking last year managed a return to the list of the best earlier this year. But instead of ranking first, Fox managed to do no better than 88th place this year, tied with six other business schools (see U.S. News 2020 Online MBA Ranking: Some Familiar Names & A Few Surprises).

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December 6, 2020 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

October 2020 Ohio Bar Exam Results: Case Western #1

Ohio Bar Exam Results Released:

Ohio State Bar LogoThe Ohio Supreme Court has released results from the October 2020 Ohio Bar Examination. The pass rate for the 958 applicants who sat for the exam was 77.4%, up 4.3 percentage points from last year. Out of 810 first-time test takers, 85% passed, up 3 percentage points from last year).

Here are the October 2020 Ohio Bar Exam results for first-time test-takers by law school:

Bar Pass

Rank (Rate)

 

School

US News Rank

OH (Overall)

1 (93.7%)

Case Western

2 (76)

2 (92.7%)

Ohio State

1 (38)

3 (88.0%)

Capital

8 (Tier 2)

4 (86.4%)

Ohio Northern

8 (Tier 2)

5 (85.16%)

Cincinnati

3 (83)

6 (85.11%)

Dayton

6 (141)

7 (84.4%)

Toledo

5 (136)

8 (82.1%)

Cleveland State

4 (102)

9 (73.9%)

Akron

6 (141)

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December 2, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

2019 Tax Journal Rankings: Tax Notes #1, Florida Tax Review #2

Here are the Washington & Lee tax law review rankings of the six major tax journals:

  • Columbia Journal of Tax Law ("Columbia")
  • Florida Tax Review ("Florida")
  • Tax Law Review ("NYU")
  • Tax Lawyer ("ABA")
  • Tax Notes
  • Virginia Tax Review ("Virginia")

The rankings are based on citations to articles published in 2015-2019 (methodology):

 

Combined

Impact

Journals

Cases

Currency

1. Tax Notes

15.16

0.02

406

5

0.03

2. Florida

14.30

0.75

188

1

1.45

3. NYU

12.29

0.65

161

0

1.16

4. Virginia

8.52

0.46

108

2

0.61

5. Columbia

6.98

0.45

69

0

0.53

6. ABA

5.82

0.16

115

4

0.23

As I have previously noted, Tax Notes fares poorly in the Impact Factor category (citations/number of articles published) because W&L apparently counts as "articles" all of the advance sheet material in Tax Notes. Tax Notes is #1 by a wide margin in the number of citations in law reviews, with more than double the citations of its nearest competitor.

December 1, 2020 in Law Review Rankings, Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Rankings, Tax Scholarship, W&L Tax Journal Rankings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 21, 2020

October 2020 Florida Bar Exam Results: Florida International Is #1 For 6th Year In A Row

Florida Bar 2The October 2020 Florida bar passage rates by school are out. The overall pass rate for first-time takers is 71.7%, down 2.2 percentage points from last year. For the sixth 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 (89.3%)

Florida Int'l

4 (90)

2 (84.4%)

Florida State

2 (50)

3 (83.9%)

Florida 

1 (24)

4 (74.4%)

Stetson 

5 (105)

5 (72.56%)

Miami

3 (67)

6 (67.4%)

Nova

Tier 2

7 (66.9%)

St. Thomas

Tier 2

8 (65.9%)

Ave Maria

Tier 2

9 (61.7%)

Florida A&M

Tier 2

10 (61.2%)

Barry

Tier 2

11 (57.6%)

Florida Coastal

Tier 2

For discussion of how Florida International graduates consistently overperform on the bar exam, see:

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November 21, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (3)

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

2021 U.S. News Global Universities Rankings

U.S. News & World Report, 2021 Best Global Universities Rankings:

U.S. News Global Universities Rankings 2These institutions from the U.S. and more than 80 other countries have been ranked based on 13 indicators that measure their academic research performance and their global and regional reputations. Students can use these rankings to explore the higher education options that exist beyond their own countries' borders and to compare key aspects of schools' research missions. These are the world's nearly 1,500 top universities.

1.   Harvard (100.0)
2.   MIT (97.9)
3.   Stanford (95.3)
4.   UC-Berkeley (89.8)
5.   Oxford (87.0)
6.   Columbia (86.7)
7.   Cal-Tech (86.3)
8.   U. Washington (86.0)
9.   Cambridge (85.8)
10. Johns Hopkins (85.1)
11.  Princeton (85.0)
11.  Yale (85.0)
13.  UCLA (84.3)
14.  Pennsylvania (84.2)
15.  UC-San Francisco (84.1)
15.  Chicago (84.1)
17.  Michigan (83.5)
17.  Toronto (83.5)
19.  University College London (83.4)
20.  Imperial College London (83.3)
21.  UC-San Diego (83.1)
22.  Cornell (81.9)
23.  Duke (81.6)
24.  Northwestern (80.4)
25.  Melbourne (79.7)

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October 21, 2020 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (3)

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Law Firm Climate Change Rankings

Law Students For Climate Accountability,  Law Firm Climate Change Scorecard:

Climate CoverExecutive Summary
When future generations look back at the origins of the climate crisis, they will see that too many law firms were on the wrong side of history. Law firms constitute an indispensable pillar of support for the fossil fuel industry. When fossil fuel companies want to build new pipelines and refineries, law firms write the contracts and advise the project financing. Law firms lobby public officials to roll back environmental regulations and give tax breaks to polluters. And when fossil fuel companies face lawsuits seeking to hold them liable for violating laws and damaging communities, law firms work to get them off the hook in exchange for substantial legal fees.

The 2020 Law Firm Climate Change Scorecard is the first to detail the scale of top law firms’ role in the climate crisis. Using the best data available, the 2020 Law Firm Climate Change Scorecard analyzes litigation, transactional, and lobbying work conducted by the 2020 Vault Law 100 law firms—the 100 most prestigious law firms in the United States—from 2015 to 2019. Each firm receives an overall Climate Score reflecting its contribution to the climate crisis based on the data in these three categories. ...

This report shows that Vault 100 firms lend their services to clients engaged in expanding fossil fuel dependence and exacerbating climate change far more than clients working to mitigate climate change. From 2015 to 2019:

  • Vault 100 firms worked on ten times as many cases exacerbating climate change as cases addressing climate change: 286 cases compared to 27 cases.
  • Vault 100 firms were the legal advisors on five times more transactional work for the fossil fuel industry than the renewable energy industry: $1.3 trillion of transactions compared to $271 billion of transactions.
  • Vault 100 firms lobbied five times more for fossil fuel companies than renewable energy companies: for $36.5 million in compensation compared to $6.8 million in compensation.

Of the Vault 100 firms, only four firms receive an A Climate Score, while 14 receive a B, 15 receive a C, 41 receive a D, and 26 receive an F.

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October 1, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 21, 2020

The Cost Of The University Of Florida's Ascent Up The U.S. News Rankings, From #52 (#17 Among Public Universities) To #30 (#6)

Following up on my previous post, 2021 U.S. News College Rankings:  Chronicle of Higher Education, The Rules of the Game:

Florida US NewsHow the U.S. News rankings helped reshape one state’s public colleges.

For Bernie Machen, it started before he’d been hired. The University of Florida’s Board of Trustees was looking for a president who would commit to moving the institution up the U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings.

“The thing that would bring us all together was to be able to bring the university, that we all went to and loved, to the top 10,” said Manny Fernandez, a tech-company executive who chaired the 2003 presidential search. At the time, the University of Florida ranked No. 52 over all and No. 17 among public universities. The board wanted to see the Gators among the top 10 public institutions.

Fernandez was tired of the reactions he would get when he divulged his alma mater at parties. Either people wouldn’t have really heard of the University of Florida — “or somebody would say, ‘Wasn’t that voted No. 1 party school by Playboy?’” Fernandez was offended. “I believe I am who I am today because I went to this school,” he said. “We needed to change the external perception of the University of Florida.” U.S. News was one very effective way to do that.

Machen, too, believed in the goal. While many people inside and outside of higher education today argue that a high ranking doesn’t necessarily translate to quality, Machen believed in many of U.S. News’s metrics. “I feel that many of them are relevant and worth shooting for,” he said, “and I think improving on those variables made us a better institution.”

He became the president of the University of Florida in January 2004. He would not see the Gators reach his goal; he retired in 2014, when UF was No. 14 among public universities. But he set the ball for the next administration’s spike. The Gators would break into the top 10 in 2017. On Monday, in U.S. News’ latest rankings, they ranked sixth — on the verge of reaching their latest goal: top five.

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September 21, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 14, 2020

2021 U.S. News College Rankings

US NewsU.S. News & World Report has released its 2021 College Rankings. Here are the Top 25 National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges:

Rank

National Universities

1

Princeton

2

Harvard

3

Columbia

4

MIT

4

Yale

6

Chicago

6

Stanford

8

Penn

9

Cal-Tech

9

Johns Hopkins

9

Northwestern

12

Duke

13

Dartmouth

14

Brown

14

Vanderbilt

16

Rice

16

Washington (St. Louis)

18

Cornell

19

Notre Dame

20

UCLA

21

Emory

22

UC-Berkeley

23

Georgetown

24

Michigan  

24

USC

Pepperdine is ranked #49.

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

2021 U.S. News Liberal Arts College Rankings:

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September 14, 2020 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (5)

Bahadur: Attrition And Bar Performance

TaxProf Blog op-ed:  Attrition and Bar Performance, by Rory Bahadur (Washburn):

Recently I was made aware of an incredibly well researched article by Jeffrey Kinsler [The Best Law Schools for Passing the Bar Exam].  The article predicted bar outcomes based on incoming credentials and listed the 15 schools that overperformed their incoming credentials the most and the fifteen schools that underperformed the most on the bar based on incoming credentials. 

The article identified the 15 top overperforming schools as

Rank

The Top 15 Law Schools for Bar Passage

1

Belmont

2

Florida International

3

Liberty

4

Campbell

5

Texas A&M

6

Duquesne

7

LSU

8

Georgia State

9

Texas Tech

10

New Hampshire

11

Regent

12

South Carolina

13

Seton Hall

14

Cleveland State

15

Oklahoma

And it identified the 15 most underperforming schools as

Rank

The Bottom 15 Law Schools for Bar Passage

173

Touro

174

Minnesota

175

Northwestern

176

John Marshall (Atlanta)

177

New York Law School

178

UC-Hastings

179

Emory

180

Thomas Cooley

181

SUNY-Buffalo

182

American

183

Hofstra

184

Southwestern

185

Golden Gate

186

District of Columbia

187

San Francisco

The article suggests reasons for why these schools fall where they do but I thought it would be interesting based on my current research in this area to compare 1L attrition rates for these schools.  I very quickly used two on-line sources for the comparison.  I used this site to ascertain 1L attrition rates for law schools and this site to ascertain the seven-year average national 1L attrition rates for schools in different LSAT ranges.  The findings are laid out in the following tables that are modified from the article by Kinsler.

For the top 15 schools the data looks like this and it indicates the average 1L attrition rate for these schools is almost twice as high as the national average rate of 1L attrition for schools with similar LSAT entering credentials.

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September 14, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Miami And AALS Host Free Virtual Symposium Today On Power, Privilege, and Transformation: Lessons From The Pandemic For Online Legal Education

Miami JLE Symposium

The University of Miami School of Law, in partnership with the AALS Journal of Legal Education, hosts a free virtual symposium today (noon - 6:00 pm ET) on Power, Privilege, and Transformation: Lessons from the Pandemic for Online Legal Education (registration):

Keynote AddressCass R. Sunstein (Harvard)

Panel #1: Power, Race, Gender, Class, Disability and Family Status

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August 5, 2020 in Conferences, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, July 31, 2020

Phillips: Which Law Schools Will Thrive (46), Survive (65), Struggle (23), Or Perish (18) In The Age Of COVID-19?

Following up on my previous post, Which Of The 436 Universities Ranked BY U.S. News Will Thrive, Survive, Struggle, Or Perish In The Age Of COVID-19?:

James C. Phillips (Chapman), Will My Law School Perish?:

Based on Professor Galloway’s predictions, 18 law schools will perish in the near future (because their university will perish). That is 1 school in the top 50, 5 in the 51-100, 5 in the 101-147, and 7 in the unranked law schools. I have listed them below in order of ranking:

27

Fordham

53

Cardozo

62

Seton Hall

70

Loyola-Chicago

83

Chicago-Kent

93

Drexel

102

Hofstra

111

Chapman

118

DePaul

136

Pace

141

Willamette

148-194

Campbell

148-194

Elon

148-194

New England

148-194

Nova

148-194

Detroit Mercy

148-194

UMass-Dartmouth

148-194

McGeorge

Here are the projections for the U.S. News Top 50 

US News Ranking

Law School

Galloway Categorization

1

Yale

Thrive

2

Stanford

Thrive

3

Harvard

Thrive

4

Columbia

Survive

4

Chicago

Survive

6

NYU

Survive

7

Penn

Thrive

8

Virginia

Thrive

9

Northwestern

Thrive

9

UC-Berkeley

Survive

9

Michigan

Thrive

12

Duke

Thrive

13

Cornell

Thrive

14

Georgetown

Survive

15

UCLA

Survive

16

Texas

Thrive

17

Washington U.

Thrive

18

USC

Survive

18

Vanderbilt

Survive

20

Boston University

Survive

21

Minnesota

Survive

22

Notre Dame

Thrive

23

George Washington

Survive

24

Arizona State

Survive

24

Emory

Survive

24

Florida

Survive

27

Fordham

Perish

27

UC-Irvine

Survive

27

Iowa

Survive

27

North Carolina

Thrive

31

Boston College

Thrive

31

Alabama

Survive

31

Georgia

Thrive

31

Illinois

Survive

31

Washington & Lee

Thrive

31

William & Mary

Survive

37

BYU

Thrive

38

Indiana

Survive

38

Ohio State

Survive

38

UC-Davis

Survive

38

Wisconsin

Survive

42

George Mason

Survive

42

U. Washington

Survive

42

Wake Forest

Survive

45

Utah

Survive

46

Colorado

Survive

47

Pepperdine

Survive

47

Arizona 

Survive

47

Maryland

Survive

50

Baylor

Struggle

50

Florida State

Survive

50

Connecticut

Survive

Here are the totals:

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Monday, July 20, 2020

2020 Meta-Ranking Of Flagship U.S. Law Reviews

Bryce Clayton Newell (Oregon), 2020 Meta-Ranking of Flagship US Law Reviews:

This is an updated ranking of the top flagship law reviews at US law schools (updated as of July 15, 2020). ... The ranking table below includes 191 flagship law reviews from ABA accredited law schools. Even if you ignore the “MetaRank,” the table provides access to the updated rankings from US News (peer reputation and overall rankings, averaged over the 10-year period from 2012 through the 2021 edition) and the current W&L (2015-2019; released on June 1, 2020) and Google Scholar (July 2020) rankings.. ...

prRank = Average 10-year US News Peer Reputation score ranking;
usnRank = Average 10-year overall US News school ranking; 
wluRank = Washington & Lee Law Journal Ranking; 
gRank = Google Scholar Metrics ranking; 
wlu(IF)Rank = Washington & Lee Law Journal Impact Factor Ranking (NOT included in meta-rank).

Journal MetaRank prRank usnRank wluRank gRank wlu(IF)Rank
Yale Law Journal 1 2 1 1 1 2
Harvard Law Review 2 1 3 2 2 20
Stanford Law Review 3 3 2 3 3 1
Columbia Law Review 4 4 5 4 4 19
University of Chicago Law Review 5 5 4 9 6 15
Univ. of Pennsylvania Law Rev. 6 9 7 5 7 4
California Law Review 7 7 9 7 10 6
New York University Law Review 8 6 6 10 12 14
Georgetown Law Journal 9 14 14 6 5 10
Virginia Law Review 10 9 8 16 12 17
Michigan Law Review 11 8 9 15 16 8
Texas Law Review 12 15 15 14 8 20
UCLA Law Review 13 16 16 12 9 3
Duke Law Journal 13 11 11 17 14 5
Vanderbilt Law Review 15 17 17 19 15 13
Notre Dame Law Review 16 24 21 8 16 6
Cornell Law Review 17 12 13 23 22 12
Minnesota Law Review 18 20 20 13 18 15
Iowa Law Review 19 28 25 11 10 23
Northwestern Univ. Law Review 20 13 12 24 26 27
Washington Univ. Law Review 21 18 18 26 28 18
Boston University Law Review 22 25 24 22 20 22
Southern California Law Review 23 19 19 27 30 11
George Washington Law Review 24 23 22 29 22 42
Emory Law Journal 24 21 23 30 22 29
Boston College Law Review 26 29 30 21 19 27
William & Mary Law Review 27 33 35 18 21 8
UC Davis Law Review 28 26 36 28 22 26
Fordham Law Review 29 34 38 20 27 46
Indiana Law Journal 30 32 29 35 34 33
Washington Law Review 30 35 31 34 30 32
Wisconsin Law Review 32 26 34 39 37 38
Ohio State Law Journal 33 31 37 33 36 25
Univ. of Illinois Law Review 34 36 41 32 29 39
North Carolina Law Review 35 22 39 36 45 37
Florida Law Review 36 38 44 31 30 34
Washington & Lee Law Review 37 39 33 43 40 43
Alabama Law Review 38 40 27 40 52 35
Arizona Law Review 39 43 43 42 34 36
Hastings Law Journal 40 41 53 37 37 40
Arizona State Law Journal 41 44 28 55 42 61
UC Irvine Law Review 42 30 26 66 51 58
Cardozo Law Review 43 53 59 25 37 24
Wake Forest Law Review 44 45 40 47 47 49
Maryland Law Review 45 47 48 44 42 43
American Univ. Law Review 46 49 71 38 30 40
Colorado Law Review 47 42 45 50 55 52
Georgia Law Review 48 37 32 58 66 52
BYU Law Review 49 50 42 60 49 66
Utah Law Review 50 51 47 53 52 54
Houston Law Review 51 64 56 46 48 43
Connecticut Law Review 52 52 57 41 66 29
George Mason Law Review 53 56 46 49 66 51
Case Western Reserve Law Rev. 54 63 64 52 42 66
Univ. of Richmond Law Review 55 73 55 54 52 49
Tulane Law Review 56 46 51 69 85 83
Univ. of Miami Law Review 57 54 67 68 63 62
Temple Law Review 57 58 54 61 79 47
Brooklyn Law Review 59 70 82 48 58 66
SMU Law Review 59 66 49 64 79 77
Pepperdine Law Review 61 67 58 71 63 66
Lewis & Clark Law Review 61 81 87 51 40 56
Florida State Univ. Law Review 63 48 50 89 75 74
Seton Hall Law Review 64 85 62 62 55 58
Missouri Law Review 64 68 73 65 58 65
Nevada Law Journal 66 84 68 45 75 48
Chicago-Kent Law Review 67 72 80 63 58 74
San Diego Law Review 68 58 77 80 61 72
Michigan State Law Review 69 95 90 59 45 63
Univ. of Kansas Law Review 70 62 74 85 70 88
Nebraska Law Review 71 80 70 83 61 80
Loyola Univ. Chicago Law Journal 72 75 76 72 72 66
Oklahoma Law Review 73 78 69 76 75 87
Denver University Law Review 74 57 72 88 85 88
Penn State Law Review 75 93 66 57 90 31
Tennessee Law Review 76 61 61 96 94 110
Seattle University Law Review 77 91 108 56 63 71
Indiana Law Review 78 76 98 77 79 83
Georgia State Univ. Law Review 78 69 60 109 92 147
Univ. of Cincinnati Law Review 80 83 75 82 96 81
Villanova Law Review 80 86 85 86 79 88
South Carolina Law Review 82 89 95 87 70 83
DePaul Law Review 83 98 112 67 66 56
Kentucky Law Journal 84 71 63 108 107 125
Hofstra Law Review 85 99 109 74 72 81
West Virginia Law Review 86 109 99 70 79 58
Buffalo Law Review 87 100 96 84 79 74
Saint Louis Univ. Law Journal 88 97 92 102 72 114
Marquette Law Review 89 92 100 78 94 79
Rutgers Univ. Law Review 90 74 83 123 85 142
Baylor Law Review 90 87 52 113 1000 103
Albany Law Review 92 127 119 73 49 83
Arkansas Law Review 93 96 84 105 85 129
Santa Clara Law Review 94 77 106 99 96 77
UMKC Law Review 95 106 118 81 75 108
Louisiana Law Review 96 102 89 98 96 125
St. John’s Law Review 97 104 86 112 99 136
Howard Law Journal 98 90 116 100 99 103
Catholic Univ. Law Review 99 101 100 107 102 114
Loyola of L.A. Law Review 100 64 65 150 133 150
Oregon Law Review 101 55 88 136 1000 142
Texas A&M Law Review 101 123 115 75 102 63
Syracuse Law Review 103 94 96 101 126 99
Drake Law Review 103 132 110 90 85 91
Idaho Law Review 105 117 129 119 55 106
Univ. of Pittsburgh Law Review 106 60 81 141 112 136
New Mexico Law Review 107 88 79 131 1000 119
Chapman Law Review 108 141 131 79 1000 54
Texas Tech Law Review 109 135 113 91 92 99
Mississippi Law Journal 110 103 107 110 119 114
Cleveland State Law Review 111 140 117 94 90 91
Vermont Law Review 112 112 133 95 102 103
Univ. of Louisville Law Review 113 108 93 122 1000 97
Univ. of San Francisco Law Rev. 114 119 142 93 1000 73
Washburn Law Journal 115 136 128 97 1000 96
Northeastern Univ. Law Journal 116 82 77 150 1000 150
Maine Law Review 117 105 124 130 102 110
Mercer Law Review 118 121 121 111 115 136
Akron Law Review 119 144 135 92 102 91
Univ. of Hawai'i Law Review 119 79 94 150 1000 150
CUNY Law Review 121 114 120 121 1000 112
Tulsa Law Review 122 125 91 150 112 150
Montana Law Review 122 120 126 116 1000 95
Creighton Law Review 124 134 122 106 119 119
Stetson Law Review 125 110 104 134 1000 149
Quinnipiac Law Review 126 131 130 114 1000 99
Wayne Law Review 127 116 100 150 131 150
Univ. of Memphis Law Review 128 143 147 103 107 133
Univ. of St. Thomas Law Journal 129 139 125 139 99 125
Pace Law Review 130 132 136 128 109 136
Wyoming Law Review 131 118 126 132 1000 122
Duquesne Law Review 132 148 134 115 1000 99
Drexel Law Review 132 115 111 143 1000 130
Univ. of Baltimore Law Review 134 122 123 134 1000 112
Loyola Law Review 135 113 140 137 126 128
Suffolk Univ. Law Review 135 130 151 120 115 136
FIU Law Review 137 147 105 146 119 136
Gonzaga Law Review 138 111 114 147 1000 148
New York Law School Law Rev. 139 129 132 142 119 130
Southwestern Law Review 140 138 150 129 109 114
Univ. of Toledo Law Review 141 142 141 125 119 142
Univ. of Arkansas LR Law Rev. 142 107 137 150 134 150
Univ. of the Pacific Law Review 143 128 139 150 112 150
Univ. of New Hampshire Law Rev. 143 126 103 150 1000 150
Ohio Northern Univ. Law Review 145 169 153 104 1000 122
St. Mary's Law Journal 146 157 158 117 119 119
Mitchell Hamline Law Review 147 145 144 150 115 150
South Dakota Law Review 147 146 147 133 128 133
Capital University Law Review 149 170 161 117 109 107
Willamette Law Review 150 124 138 150 1000 150
Touro Law Review 151 167 161 127 115 130
Northern Kentucky Law Review 152 162 161 124 1000 91
Campbell Law Review 153 170 146 140 119 122
John Marshall Law Review 154 149 152 149 131 145
North Dakota Law Review 155 137 149 150 1000 150
Univ. of Detroit Mercy Law Rev. 155 173 161 126 1000 97
South Texas Law Review 157 157 156 148 128 145
Roger Williams Univ. Law Rev. 158 155 161 150 128 150
Southern Illinois Univ. L.J. 159 154 156 150 135 150
Cumberland Law Review 160 153 145 150 1000 150
Widener Law Review 161 150 161 144 1000 114
Univ. of Dayton Law Review 162 151 154 150 1000 150
Northern Illinois Univ. Law Rev. 163 156 155 150 1000 150
Widener Commonwealth Law Rev. 163 152 159 150 1000 150
New England Law Review 165 168 161 145 1000 133
Nova Law Review 166 159 161 150 1000 150
Regent Univ. Law Review 167 184 161 138 1000 108
Elon Law Review 167 160 161 150 1000 150
Golden Gate Univ. Law Review 169 161 161 150 1000 150
California Western Law Review 170 163 161 150 1000 150
Belmont Law Review 170 181 143 150 1000 150
Oklahoma City Univ. Law Review 170 165 159 150 1000 150
Mississippi College Law Review 173 164 161 150 1000 150
University of Mass. Law Review 174 166 161 150 1000 150
N. Carolina Central Law Review 175 172 161 150 1000 150
Univ. of the D.C. Law Review 176 174 161 150 1000 150
Florida A&M Univ. Law Review 177 175 161 150 1000 150
W. New England Law Review 178 176 161 150 1000 150
St. Thomas Law Review 179 177 161 150 1000 150
Thurgood Marshall Law Review 179 177 161 150 1000 150
John Marshall Law Journal 181 179 161 150 1000 150
Southern Univ. Law Review 182 180 161 150 1000 150
Charleston Law Review 183 182 161 150 1000 150
Faulkner Law Review 184 183 161 150 1000 150
Florida Coastal Law Review 185 184 161 150 1000 150
Appalachian Journal of Law 186 186 161 150 1000 150
Liberty University Law Review 187 187 161 150 1000 150
Barry Law Review 188 188 161 150 1000 150
Western State Univ. Law Review 189 189 161 150 1000 150
Thomas M. Cooley Law Review 189 189 161 150 1000 150
Ave Maria Law Review 191 191 161 150 1000 150

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Monday, June 29, 2020

College Fall 2020 Plans And U.S. News Rankings: Higher Ranked Schools Are More Likely Online, Lower Ranked Schools Are More Likely On-Ground

Andy Thomason (Chronicle of Higher Education), U.S. News Rankings and Fall Plans:

Green: plans that don't (yet) imagine on-campus instruction ("planning for online," "waiting to decide," "considering a range of scenarios")
Orange: some in-person and some online ("proposing a hybrid model")
Red: "Planning for in-person" ...

The top 20 were much more reticent to pledge a return to campus, as compared to institutions 81-100:

USN Fall 2020

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Friday, June 19, 2020

After 7 Of 8 Ivy League Schools Drop SAT/ACT For Class of 2025, U.S. News Will Start Ranking Test-Blind Colleges

Robert Morse (Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News) & Eric Brook (Senior Data Analyst), U.S. News to Start Ranking Test-Blind Schools:

US News College (2020)Starting with the upcoming 2021 Best Colleges rankings – to be published in September 2020 – U.S. News will rank schools that report not using the SAT or ACT at all in admissions decisions. In the past, beginning with the 2008 edition of Best Colleges, these test-blind schools were automatically excluded from the overall rankings and categorized as "Unranked."

In contrast, schools that have test-optional or text-flexible admissions policies have always been ranked and will continue to be ranked.

Why is U.S. News making this change? Because prospective students and their families want to know the academic quality of all schools, including ones that do not make use of standardized test scores. Also, in recent years a large number of colleges have changed their application requirements regarding the SAT and ACT. ...

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

The 20 Law Schools With The Most Improved Bar Passage Rates

Bar Exam Results Improve as Law Schools Push Prep, preLaw (Spring 2020):

In 2019, first-time test-takers nationwide passed at a rate of nearly 80%, up 5% from the year before, according to recently released ABA figures. ...

PreLaw Bar Results

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Law School Rankings By Class Of 2019 Job Placement

Following up on Monday's post, Class Of 2020 Legal Employment Outcomes In California, DC-Maryland-Virginia, Florida, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, And Texas:

Karen Sloan (Law.com), Law Grads Hiring Report: Job Stats for the Class of 2019:

Among the J.D. class of 2019, four out of five graduates landed jobs that either require bar passage or for which a law degree offers an advantage within 10 months of leaving campus. That’s the strongest entry-level employment record in more than a decade, according to new data from the American Bar Association. ...

Law

But not every law school had such robust employment outcomes last year. Law.com has dug through a wealth of jobs data released by the ABA this month to spotlight how law schools performed in 10 different areas:

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Best Law Schools For Practical Training

Best Schools For Practical Training, preLaw (Spring 2020):

These schools focus on giving students real-world experience before they step into the real world. It’s growing more vital, since employers want grads who don’t need hand-holding.

Practical Training

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

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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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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Use Of Google Scholar And Hein Author Profiles Boosts Citations

Caroline Osborne (West Virginia) & Stephanie Miller (West Virginia), The Scholarly Impact Matrix: An Empirical Study of How Multiple Metrics Create an Informed Story of a Scholar's Work:

Google HeinonlineThis article analyzes data collected in an empirical study of citation metrics. Between February 1, 2019 and April 30, 2019, the authors collected citation data from Google Scholar, HeinOnline, Westlaw, Lexis, SSRN, and Digital Commons repositories on randomly selected faculty members at U.S. law schools for the purpose of answering questions regarding fit and utility of citation metrics. Analysis of the citation data examines the impact of adoption of scholarly profiles, gender, and stage in the profession, and discipline, on exposure on citation with the conclusion that exposure results in increased citations.

Conclusion
This examination of metrics measuring exposure and citation demonstrates that greater exposure leads to greater citations. This suggests that robust promotion and scholarly communication efforts that lead to downloads have cascading effects that lead to increased citation. Scholars with Google Scholar profiles enjoy a greater likelihood of citation and exposure across all platforms in the study with the exception of HeinOnline. This suggests scholars should adopt Google Scholar profiles. In contrast, the Hein Author profile while having no apparent benefit for exposure does positively impact citation. This finding suggests scholars should adopt the Hein Author profile. ORCiD has no measurable impact on either exposure or citation but may have other benefits not explored in the underlying study or this paper.

Gender impacts citation with men more likely to be frequently cited or significantly cited when compared to women. ...

The results centered on the scholar’s state of career are as anticipated. The mature scholar, one with twenty plus years in the profession, enjoys a greater likelihood of being significantly cited than those with less years in the profession. This reflects the long tail of scholarship. In contrast, scholars, with between eight and nineteen years in the profession, receive the benefit of exposure being more likely to be in the significantly downloaded interval than either those with greater or fewer years in the profession. Analysis from this study supports a generational difference and the development of institutional use of IR’s and SSRN.

Institution rank produces a benefit at the frequently cited interval for those at a T-14 institution, but rank is irreverent at the significantly cited level, except on HeinOnline where scholars at T-50 schools are more likely to be significantly cited than scholars at a T-14 institution. Scholars at T14 institutions enjoy a benefit at the frequently cited level.

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Movement Builds To Suspend U.S. News Rankings During COVID-19 Pandemic

Following up on my previous posts:

Chronicle of Higher Education, Why One Former Campus Leader Thinks College Rankings Should Stop During the Pandemic:

The coronavirus has underscored inequities in American society, including among college students. ... Now, in the next phase of the pandemic, new inequities are poised to arise, this time among both who gets into college, and among who completes their degrees. So argues H. Holden Thorp in the latest issue of the journal Science, of which he’s editor in chief. He has two ideas for leveling the playing field: Suspend both the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, and the use of standardized tests in admissions.

Thorp draws from his past experiences as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then provost of Washington University in St. Louis.

"The best thing would be for U.S. News to do the right thing and say, 'We’re just not going to do this until this is over.'”

[Reached for comment, Robert Morse, chief data strategist for U.S. News & World Report, sent along the following statement, via a spokeswoman:

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Monday, May 25, 2020

The Ten Law Schools With The Most Discounted Tuition

U.S. News & World Report, 10 Law Schools That Offer the Most Tuition Help:

Here are 10 schools where students received enough grants to cover more than half of their tuition:

  Law School     Students With Grants > 50% Tuition Median Grant US News Rank
1 Penn State - Carlisle 93.2% $49,896 62
2 Penn State - Univ. Park 90.0% $49,896 60
3 Belmont 88.2% $32,572 129
4 UNLV 85.6% $25,900 62
5 George Mason 84.7% $30,000 42
6 Nebraska 81.3% $15,800 76
7 Illinois 80.6% $35,000 31
8 Washington Univ. 79.3% $40,000 17
9 Villanova 78.0% $40,000 62
10 Liberty 77.8% $20,075 Tier 2

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Businessweek Suspends MBA Rankings Due To COVID-19; Will US News Follow Suit? What About Law School Rankings?

Following up on my previous post, GMAC, Accreditors Seek To Postpone Business School Rankings During COVID-19:

COVID-19 US NewsPoets&Quants, Businessweek Agrees To Suspend Its MBA Ranking This Year:

Bloomberg Businessweek, which annually publishes one of the five most influential rankings of MBA programs, today (May 7) announced that it would suspend its 2020 ranking due to the disruptions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Poets&Quants, Wimps: Will U.S. News Chicken Out & Pause Its MBA Ranking?:

The wimpy decision to pause one of the five most influential MBA rankings comes less than two weeks after the Graduate Management Admission Council, which administers the GMAT exam, and two business school accreditation agencies asked ranking organizations, including Businessweek, to halt their work and postpone the publication of their lists.

Sad to say, Businessweek‘s ranking has waned in importance over the years after a series of abrupt methodology changes and highly inconsistent an less-than-credible results. ... It is one thing, however, for Businessweek to pause its ranking–part of which is based on employment statistics that are more than a year old. It is an entirely another thing for U.S. News & World Report, the most followed MBA ranking in North America, or the Financial Times, the most influential ranking in Europe and Asia, to halt publication of their rankings. Both of these media organizations gather freshly issued metrics that help inform the applicant market, allowing candidates to compare and contrast these schools far beyond any numerical rank they are given.

In fact, the release of those metrics, made uniform by the reporting requirements imposed on schools by U.S. News and the FT, is especially critical in this year made turbulent by the coronavirus outbreak and the global recession. Transparency is more critical today than ever before. Applicants should have access to timely metrics that will likely show which schools have best weathered the storm at hand. ...

Bob Morse, chief data strategist for U.S. News, has told Poets&Quants that “the team at U.S. News continues to monitor the unprecedented disruptions to business schools themselves, their current students and prospective students caused by COVID 19.  As a result, we’re still reviewing our strategies for both our next U.S. News Full-time and Part-time Best Business Schools rankings and fall 2020 data collection.”

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

U.S. News Law School Academic Reputation Scores, 1998-2020

Robert L. Jones (Northern Illinois), Academic Reputation Scores for Law Schools Rise Significantly in 2020:

This Article summarizes the results of the U.S. News & World Report rankings published in 2020 with respect to the academic reputation scores of law schools. In addition to analyzing the most recent results for the U.S. News rankings, the Article supplements the more extensive longitudinal study published by this author in 2013. The Article also includes updated appendices from the prior study that catalog the U.S. News academic reputation scores for every law school between 1998 and 2020.

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

U.S. News Law School Rankings And College Football

Noah Chauvin (J.D. 2019, William & Mary), Finally, a Use for the U.S. News Law School Rankings, 11 Cal. L. Rev. Online 1 (2020):

USNCFThe U.S. News & World Report law school rankings are highly influential among people applying to law school. Nonetheless, they are widely panned among the legal community for the often-arbitrary criteria they use to distinguish between law schools. In this essay, I seek to rescue the rankings from this derision by proposing a novel use for them: picking the winner of college football games against the spread.

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Friday, May 1, 2020

The 250 Most-Cited Legal Scholars

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

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Monday, April 27, 2020

GMAC, Accreditors Seek To Postpone Business School Rankings During COVID-19

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This has been an unprecedented few months for our world. As we all continue to navigate the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, our first thought is for the safety and well-being of our frontline healthcare professionals and everyone who continues to be impacted by these difficult circumstances. 

The reach of COVID-19 knows no boundaries:

  • Business schools and students are dealing with questions of when and how upcoming classes will begin, as all formats shift online.
  • MBA and business master’s graduates, poised to join a historically strong job market with record-high salaries for MBA’s, now find themselves dealing with uncertainty. 
  • While mobility has become a significant issue over the past few years, the current environment has effectively halted cross-border travel, a reality that will not resolve itself quickly. Accepted students face uncertainty about obtaining visas and getting to campus for the start of their chosen program. 
  • Governments around the world are grappling with how to manage their respective economies; commerce has come to a halt. 

Business school deans and administrators have always understood the impact outside forces have on their mission to develop diverse, high-level talent in their classrooms. Traditionally, such forces have included economic fluctuations, trade wars, advances in technology, and political factors. 

The forces we face today are extraordinary. 

As industry leaders representing business schools and candidates, AACSB [Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business], EFMD [European Foundation for Management Development] and GMAC [Graduate Management Admission Council] understand and appreciate the impact COVID-19 has had and will continue to have on the admissions process, coupled with the economic uncertainty for graduates and potential employers. Given this new normal, we need to work together to mitigate the negative impact of the crisis for schools and students around the world. Therefore, we strongly advocate that all rankings institutions postpone their work and publication on business school rankings, to provide business schools worldwide the opportunity to rebound in these tumultuous circumstances. 

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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

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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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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