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Thursday, October 17, 2019

July 2019 Pennsylvania Bar Exam: Pittsburgh #1

Penn BarHere are the results of the July 2019 Pennsylvania Bar Exam 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

PA (Overall)

1 (91.4%)

Pittsburgh

6 (77)

2 (88.5%)

Penn State - Dickinson

4 (71)

3 (88.2%)

Pennsylvania

1 (1)

4 (87.9%)

Duquesne

5 (80)

5 (86.9%)

Villanova

4 (71)

6 (85.4%)

Temple

2 (48)

7 (81.8%)

Penn State - University Park

3 (64)

  80.6%

Statewide Average

 

8 (78.5%)

Drexel

7 (100)

9 (66.7%)

Rutgers

(77)

10 (66.1%)

Widener - Pennsylvania

8 (Tier 2)

11 (63.2%)

Widener - Delaware

(Tier 2)

October 17, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Problems Of Measuring Scholarly Impact (‘Stuff’)

Following up on last week's post, The U.S. News Citation Ranking Is A 'Rigged Metrics Game' That 'Imperils Legal Academia':  LawProfBlawg (Anonymous Professor, Top 100 Law School), The Problems Of Measuring Scholarly Impact (‘Stuff’):

If we’re seeking to adopt some measure to assess scholarly impact, there are serious caveats that need to be addressed before we begin.

Professor Robert Anderson at Pepperdine Law School (place from which I wouldn’t mind a job offer — HINT) [How can we make you an offer (or measure your scholarly impact or teaching effectiveness) if we don't know who you are?] asked me a series of questions on Twitter, all of which are important.

If you don’t know Professor Anderson, you should.  His Twitter feed is a discussion of scholarly impact, and things related to problems of measurement and hierarchies in academia.  I’ve found his tweets cause me to think.  I blame him for this blog post.

His tweet that got me to thinking was this one:  “My pal @lawprofblawg has got some points here, but I think at some point s/he has got to get a little more concrete with an alternative. Is the status quo working? Why would citation-based metrics be worse? Should law schools evaluate scholarship at all? How should hiring work?”

All good questions.  There was some discussion in that thread about the fact that we ought to have some measure of stuff.  In fact, we already do when we hire people to join the faculty, when they go up for tenure, and even (to varying degrees of noneffectiveness) when we review them post-tenure.  They are imperfect, filled with biases, and are often deployed in an arbitrary fashion.  Sometimes they are hardly metrics at all.

Nonetheless, Professor Anderson is correct: I am in favor of having some metrics.  However, the current metrics aren’t working.   My coauthor and I have explained the biases and entry barriers facing certain potential entrants into legal academia.  Eric Segall and Adam Feldman have explained that there is severe concentration in the legal academy, focused on only a handful of schools that produce the bulk of law professors.  While in the academy, barriers block advancement.  And those barriers are reflected, in my opinion, in current citation and scholarly impact measurements seeking to measure stuff.

But if we’re seeking to adopt some measure, whether it is a global standard that could ultimately replace U.S. News or just a standard at one’s own law school, I think there are serious caveats that need to be addressed before we begin to measure stuff.  When I have seen these issues raised before, I have seen them too quickly dismissed.  So let’s try again.

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October 16, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Minnesota Law School Enrolls Largest 1L Class Since 2011 As Part Of Plan To Eliminate Multi-Million Dollar Deficit By 2021 While Defending Its Top 20 Ranking

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Minnesota Daily, UMN Law School Sees Largest First-Year Class in Almost a Decade:

This fall, the University of Minnesota Law School saw its largest entering juris doctorate class in eight years. The school is recovering after a decline in enrollment following the 2008 recession.

Reasons why enrollment is bouncing back at the law school range from a strong economy, the school’s high ranking and the current political climate, according to students and those in the industry.

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October 10, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

The U.S. News Citation Ranking Is A 'Rigged Metrics Game' That 'Imperils Legal Academia'

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  LawProfBlawg (Anonymous Professor, Top 100 Law School), The Taylorism Of Legal Academia: Another Rigged Metrics Game, and It Imperils Legal Academia:

U.S. News Law (2019)The legal academy is on a precipice.  As people seek to figure out exactly the mystery of what academics do, they want to come up with more metrics to determine which academics are good, and which academics are not.  It’s like if Santa Claus were a management consultant with a basic understanding of stats.

To some degree, academia has endured measurement in terms of student evaluations.  The good professors are the ones with good evaluations, and the bad ones are the ones who lack them.  It’s only recently that people have discovered that which many have known for decades: Student evaluations are rigged, and you can pretty much guess the direction of the biases.  Despite that, we still use them, apparently because measuring something poorly is way better than not measuring it at all.

Now, professors and university administrators are becoming more focused on measuring the impact of scholars.  The term “scholarly impact” describes the complicated system of measuring whose work makes a difference, at least according to whatever metrics are used.  In the old days, it was SSRN.  Now, with U.S. News teaming with Heinonline, a new king of the metric is in town.  And you’d be kidding yourself if you think it won’t be used to target some untenured professors and chide some tenured professors who think scholarly impact might be measured in a more meaningful way (or not at all).  My coauthor and I have said our peace about these measures of “quality” here.

But universities are starting to measure faculty productivity.  The alleged goal is quality, but I’m thinking the real goal is to produce “more stuff.” ...

Making the world a better place might mean spending more time working with students, or writing something not counted in the “stuff” measure that targets the general population.  In short, I fear that instead of focusing on making the world a better place, measuring “stuff” will lead to a more conformist academy (if that’s possible) and one whose direction has been handed over to university administrators and external data miners.

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October 10, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Law School Trial Team Rankings: Stetson Is #1

Trial Competition Performance Rankings:

The Trial Competition Performance Ranking (TCPR) is an objective snapshot of achievement in interscholastic law school trial competitions.

Fordham University School of Law
Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center
2018 - 2019 Academic Year Fall 2016 - Present
1 Stetson 21 points 1 Stetson 43 points
2 Loyola Chicago 17 points 2 Drexel 29 points
3 UCLA 15 points 3 Fordham 26 points
4 South Carolina 14 points St. Johns 26 points
5 Akron 12 points Wake Forest 26 points
Campbell 12 points 6 Baylor 25 points
7 American 11 points Campbell 25 points
UC-Berkeley 11 points Cumberland 25 points
9 Emory 10 points Loyola Chicago 25 points
10 Baylor 9 points 10 American 24 points
Brooklyn 9 points South Carolina 24 points
Cumberland 9 points UC-Hastings 24 Points
William & Mary 9 points 13 Georgetown 23 points
14 Catholic 8 points 14 Chicago-Kent 22 points
Loyola-L.A. 8 points Northwestern 22 points
SMU 8 points UCLA 22 points
Temple 8 points 17 Akron 21 points
18 Drexel 7 points Loyola-L.A. 21 points
Harvard 7 points 19 Florida 20 points
John Marshall Chicago 7 points Maryland 20 points
St. Thomas 7 points 21 UC-Berkeley 19 points
22 Faulkner 6 points 22 NYU 18 points
Fordham 6 points 23 Brooklyn 17 points
Georgetown 6 points Harvard 17 points
NYU 6 points Temple 17 points
McGeorge 6 points
Syracuse 6 points

 

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October 9, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

University Of Florida Law School Continues Its Rise In Student Quality And Rankings

The University of Florida Levin College of Law continues its extraordinary rise in student quality and rankings:

 

Median LSAT

Median UGPA

US News Rank

Fall 2015

157

3.50

48

Fall 2016

160

3.60

41

Fall 2017

161

3.69

41

Fall 2018

163

3.72

31

Fall 2019

164

3.80

?

UF Law Celebrates 110th Anniversary With New Culverhouse Challenge:

University of Florida Levin College of Law is pleased to announce its third annual Culverhouse Challenge in honor of the 110th anniversary of UF Law.

Hugh Culverhouse, from the UF Law Class of 1974, has committed to a 10:1 match of 1,000 donations of $110, for a total gift of $1.1 million to fund student scholarships. ...

In addition to his own generous gifts, Culverhouse has spurred several fundraising challenges at UF Law, generating millions of dollars in new student scholarship support.

In 2017, Culverhouse initiated a challenge to the UF Law community to raise $1.5 million to match his $1.5 million commitment. His gift was then matched by the university, resulting in $4.5 million in new scholarship support. In 2018, Culverhouse joined with UF Board of Trustees Chairman Mori Hosseini, who each committed $500,000 to match $1 million in donations from alumni and friends. Once again the university matched their gifts, resulting in $3 million in new scholarship support.

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October 1, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Top Law Schools For Human Rights

Top Law Schools: Human Rights Law, preLaw, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2019, at 40:

Human RightsAssuring the Gift of Humanity
Protecting human rights is one of the world’s most vexing challenges. Name a nation that hasn’t seen struggles in doing so, including the United States, where migrants are enduring harsh conditions in over-crowded detention centers along our southern border. Helping to defend human rights has long been a vital mission of many law schools. A number of those schools have religious ties. ...

American University Washington College of Law is one of only four schools to get [an A+]. Another 14 schools earned A grades, which shows the emphasis that many schools place on this work.

Unfortunately, the need to defend and protect human rights seems unlikely to go away. Think of all the stresses on human rights, from wars to hostile regimes to poverty to discrimination. ... Many schools that focus on human rights work all around the globe. ... Much of the work takes place in Africe. ... But human rights issues occur in our backyard as well.

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September 21, 2019 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Monday, September 16, 2019

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

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

Bar Pass

Rank (Rate)

 

School

US News Rank

FL (Overall)

1 (95.7%)

Florida Int'l

4 (91)

2 (87.9%)

Florida

1 (31)

3 (86.8%)

Florida State

2 (48)

4 (80.8%)

Miami 

3 (67)

5 (77.6%)

Stetson

5 (108)

6 (71.4%)

St. Thomas

Tier 2

7 (71.0%)

Florida Coastal

Tier 2

8 (65.9%)

Nova

Tier 2

9 (61.1%)

Florida A&M

Tier 2

10 (57.8%)

Barry

Tier 2

11 (52.6%)

Ave Maria

Tier 2

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September 16, 2019 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Extending Leiter-Sisk Citation Counts To Interdisciplinary Scholarship

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

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

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September 16, 2019 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Arizona State Business School Abandons Tuition-Free MBAs After Rankings Boost Fades

Wall Street Journal, A ‘Free’ M.B.A. Sometimes Isn’t Enough to Lure Students:

Arizona State University LogoArizona State University’s business school used a $50 million donation to bet on a future where its M.B.A. is free. Four years after slashing tuition costs for full-time students to zero, the dean says the cost is still too high for many people.

Turns out, luring talented graduate students to a two-year degree program in the current hot job market requires even more creative financing, says Amy Hillman, dean of ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. The sticker price of business school, which can add up to six figures, is just one of several factors that keep millennials from pursuing an M.B.A.

“We thought by announcing that everyone would be getting the same deal on a world-class education, we’d get a very different class,” she says. “We didn’t know how much scholarships were being used by our peer schools” to lure the same small pool of talent.

In 2015 when the university launched its novel experiment to draw a more diverse M.B.A. class, the news of free M.B.A.s for everybody accepted was met with a flood of interest. Admissions officers were inundated with a record number of applications for the inaugural class of fully funded business-school candidates.

The scholarship program successfully paved a path for many early-career workers in the nonprofit sector and education, Ms. Hillman says. But school leaders underestimated the fierceness of the competition from other M.B.A. programs.

Many universities have started to heavily subsidize the cost of a degree—which can top $200,000 with living expenses at highly ranked programs such as Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania—by awarding millions of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year. Ms. Hillman says schools like hers, regarded among the nation’s top 50 programs by academic-rankings publishers, attract thousands of candidates eager to pursue an M.B.A. at a fraction of the prices those elite schools charge.

Free tuition alone doesn’t provide a strong enough incentive to return to school for some prospects who might need two years’ worth of living expenses to attend full-time, she says. Other admitted applicants were turning down Carey’s offer for even richer scholarship packages at other business schools, the dean adds, highlighting the value of a more flexible financial-aid strategy.

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September 10, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, September 5, 2019

2020 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings

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

Outcomes (40%):

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

Resources (30%):

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

Engagement (20%):

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

Environment (10%):

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

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

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September 5, 2019 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Top 100 Business Schools For Faculty Research

The University of Texas-Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management has released its annual ranking of the Top 100 business schools based on faculty research published in the Top 24 journals. The current ranking is based on publications in the most recent five-year period (2014-2018). Here are the Top 10 in faculty publications, along with each school's in new SSRN download rankings and overall ranking in Poets & Quants (US News (35%), Forbes (25%), Financial Times (15%), Businessweek (15%), and The Economist (10%)):

Faculty Research

School

Overall

 Publications

Downloads

Poets & Quants (US News, Forbes, Financial Times, Businessweek, The Economist)

1

4

Penn (Wharton)

2

2

1

NYU (Stern)

16

3

3

Harvard

1

4

38

Texas-Dallas (Jindal)

45

5

8

Columbia

7

6

13

USC (Marshall)

22

7

2

Chicago (Booth)

4

8

11

Michigan (Ross)

10

9

5

MIT (Sloan)

6

10

6

Stanford

3

September 4, 2019 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The 30 Most Fun Law Schools

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

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

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

The Top 10 are:

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

Here is the description of #9 Pepperdine:

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

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September 3, 2019 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Self-Citation And 'Citation Farms' Distort Citation Metrics

Science Alert, Some of The World's Most-Cited Scientists Have a Secret That's Just Been Exposed:

A new study has revealed an unsettling truth about the citation metrics that are commonly used to gauge scientists' level of impact and influence in their respective fields of research.

Citation metrics indicate how often a scientist's research output is formally referenced by colleagues in the footnotes of their own papers – but a comprehensive analysis of this web of linkage shows the system is compromised by a hidden pattern of behaviour that often goes unnoticed.

Specifically, among the 100,000 most cited scientists between 1996 to 2017, there's a stealthy pocket of researchers who represent "extreme self-citations and 'citation farms' (relatively small clusters of authors massively citing each other's papers)," explain the authors of the new study, led by physician turned meta-researcher John Ioannidis from Stanford University [A Standardized Citation Metrics Author Database Annotated For Scientific Field]. ...

One of those problems, Ioannidis says, is how self-citations compromise the reliability of citation metrics as a whole, especially at the hands of extreme self-citers and their associated clusters. "I think that self-citation farms are far more common than we believe," Ioannidis told Nature [Hundreds of Extreme Self-Citing Scientists Revealed in New Database]. "Those with greater than 25 percent self-citation are not necessarily engaging in unethical behaviour, but closer scrutiny may be needed." ...

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August 31, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

The 50 Most Impressive Law School Buildings In The World

Best Choice Schools, The 50 Most Impressive Law School Buildings in the World:

DurhamFrom stunning examples of Gothic revival to Brutalism’s giant box-like constructions, the world’s most impressive law school buildings span decades and even centuries. With modern marvels like Frank Gehry’s Loyola Law campus and the new University of Sydney Faculty of Law building, and traditional structures like Yale Law’s Sterling Law Building, these architectural giants were chosen for their ingenuity, aesthetic beauty, and commitment to creating an environment that honors the history and study of law. Many of these buildings house some of the world’s most prestigious and selective law programs, and a number of them set a precedent for green building standards and solutions.

Here are the Top 10:

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August 31, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

Monday, August 26, 2019

Applications Plunge At The Top 25 MBA Programs For Second Year In A Row; Expert Predicts 10%-20% Of Top 100 Will Close In Next Few Years

Poets & Quants, Apps To Major U.S. MBA Programs Plunge Again:

MBA 2According to Poets&Quants’ study of preliminary Class of 2021 profile data, for the second consecutive year even the highest-ranked business schools in the U.S. are seeing significant declines in full-time MBA applications, with many MBA programs experiencing double-digit drops.

Last year, the top 10 business schools combined saw a drop of about 3,400 MBA applicants, a 5.9% falloff to 53,907 candidates for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle versus 57,311 a year earlier. ... This year, data from more than half of the schools in P&Q‘s top 25 (see table on following page) shows year-over-year declines in all but two schools, and declines across the board going back three cycles, to 2016-2017.

“For the second consecutive year, the top ten schools all saw significant declines in applications,” William Boulding, dean of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, tells P&Q. “I have been hearing that some schools in the top ten are in double-digit territory, so I think it is going to be worse than last year when all is said and done.”

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August 26, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

2019 World Law School Rankings

QS RankingsQuacquarelli Symonds has released the 2019 World Law School Rankings as part of its World University Rankings. The methodology is 50% academic reputation, 30% employer reputation, 15% h-index per faculty member, and 5% citations per paper.  The rankings consist of 300 law schools, 150 in the United States.  Here are the U.S. law schools in the Top 50, along with each school's position in the latest SSRN Top 750 Law School Faculty Rankings -- Total Downloads):

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

August 20, 2019 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Anderson: Citation Engagement v. One-Off Citations

Robert Anderson (Pepperdine), Citation Engagement Counts - The Case of Corporate Law Scholars:

Citation counts (and other types of citation-based metrics) are increasing in importance in the legal academy. Some people like the objectivity of these measures and others lament their failure to capture important non-quantifiable aspects of scholarly influence.

One of the most influential citation count rankings in the legal academy is the Sisk-Leiter approach that Greg Sisk updates every three years. Last fall when the new Sisk et al. citation count study came out I proposed a small change to the Sisk-Leiter method that would attempt to measure engagement, defined as citing a particular article more than once. This was designed to address the "throwaway" citation problem that critics of citation counts have raised — that some papers may receive a large number of perfunctory "one off" citations that are less meaningful as a measure of scholarly influence.

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August 6, 2019 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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

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

2017-18 Applicants  LSAT  Race

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

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

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Caron Presents A Dean's Perspective On Diversity, Socioeconomics, The LSAT, And The U.S. News Law School Rankings Today At SEALS

One of the Legal Ed panels today at the 2019 SEALS Annual Conference in Boca Raton, Florida:

SEALs Logo (2013)Building Bridges: Socioeconomics, the LSAT and U.S. News and World Report Rankings
This panel explores methodologies and programs that will help students from low income and diverse backgrounds have opportunities available to them to attend law school. AALS President Wendy Perdue of the University of Richmond has said: “As our society struggles with this problem of deep polarization, lawyers and law schools have an important role to play. Lawyers, are, after all, in the dispute resolution business. Resolving conflict is central to what we do. And today, perhaps more than ever before, the skills that we as lawyers have, and we as law professors teach, are of critical importance.” In order to resolve these conflicts, we need to make sure that all communities have access to engage in these important conversations. The Before the J.D. Study shows that African American and Hispanic students think about going to law school before going to high school and college. In addition, the study highlights that over 60% of students report the most important advice about going to graduate or professional school comes from a family member or relative. Many students from low-income backgrounds do not have family members who are lawyers and are at a disadvantage in getting advice about going to law school because they may not be encouraged by these close family members or friends. There is still a small percentage of African American and Latino/a attorneys Nationwide 5% of lawyers are African American and 5% are of Hispanic origin. These percentages have remained consistent for almost the past ten years. So many students from these racial and ethnic backgrounds also can’t readily turn to family members or friends for inspiration and advice about going to law school. The ABA reports that the entering class for 2017 has an aggregate African American enrollment of 8.6% and 13.2% for Hispanics. Meanwhile, African Americans consist of approximately 13% and Hispanics approximately 18% of the overall U.S. population. These two racial groups, along with Asian Americans, are on target to be a majority of the U.S. population in the next 30 years. Given the growth trends in these demographic groups, there will be an insufficient percent of lawyers from these groups to meet their (and society’s) legal needs in the next few years. Moreover, some scholars have argued that there is a strong tie between socioeconomics and law schools admissions. There has recently been a very passionate Twitter discussion of this issue on Lawprofblawg. Some believe that the LSAT and U.S. News privileges those from middle- and upper middle-class backgrounds. Others point out the LSAT’s strength in providing an accurate assessment of core skills required for success in law school and that an admission process that correctly uses the LSAT as one factor in a multi-factor holistic admission process is fairest to applicants. Recently, U.S. News attempted to reduce economic privilege in its rankings of undergraduate schools by injecting socio economic factors. The formula now includes indicators meant to measure "social mobility" and drops an acceptance rate measure that benefited schools that turned the most students away. A recent Politico article reported that U.S. News will change its methodology at the college level. This panel consists of experts who examine these issues in terms of the LSAT, U.S. News & World Report law school rankings, and socioeconomic and diversity issues.

  • Leonard Baynes (Dean, Houston), Pre-Law Pipeline Program: We’ve Got The Power
  • Paul Caron (Dean, Pepperdine), A Dean's Perspective on Diversity, Socioeconomics, the LSAT, and the U.S. News Law School Rankings
  • Victor Quintanilla (Professor & Co-Director, Center for Law, Society & Culture, Indiana), Initial Results on Relationship Between the LSAT, USNWR, SES, and Demographics From the Productive Mindset Intervention Study
  • Robert Morse (Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News), Building Bridges: Socioeconomics, the LSAT and U.S. News and World Report Rankings  
  • Kellye Testy (President & CEO, LSAC; former Dean, University of Washington), Adversity and Admission: Tackling “Opportunity to Learn”

July 31, 2019 in Conferences, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Ranking Legal Publications

Michael Birnhack (Tel Aviv University, Buchmann Faculty of Law), Oren Perez (Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Law), Ronen Perry (University of Haifa, Faculty of Law) & Doron Teichman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Law), Ranking Legal Publications: The Israeli Inter-University Committee Report:

PressThe Report offers a global ranking of academic legal publications, covering more than 900 outlets, and using a four-tier categorization. The ranking is based on a combined quantitative and qualitative methodology. The Report was composed in the context of the Israeli academic system, but the methodology and the results are not jurisdiction-specific.

Evaluating academic publications is a never-ending challenge. Such evaluation is an integral part of internal hiring, promotion, and tenure procedures, and of external funding decisions and institutional rankings. The proper way to evaluate academic publications has been the subject of fierce debate.

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July 30, 2019 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Maintaining Scholarly Integrity In The Age Of Bibliometrics

Andrew T. Hayashi (Virginia) & Gregory Mitchell (Virginia), Maintaining Scholarly Integrity in the Age of Bibliometrics, 68 J. Legal Educ. ___ (2019):

Journal of Legal Education (2018)As quantitative measures of scholarly impact gain prominence in the legal academy, we should expect institutions and scholars to engage in a variety of tactics designed to inflate the apparent influence of their scholarly output. We identify these tactics and identify countermeasures that should be taken to prevent this manipulation. The rise of bibliometrics poses a significant risk to the scholarly endeavor but, with foresight, we can maintain scholarly integrity in the age of bibliometrics.

July 30, 2019 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, July 29, 2019

U.S. News Pulls Rankings Of UC-Berkeley (#22), Scripps (#30), And 3 Other Colleges For Misreporting Data

U.S. News & World Report, Updates to 5 Schools' 2019 Best Colleges Rankings Data:

U.S. News 2019 College RankingsFive Schools Notified U.S. News that they misreported data used to calculate their rankings for the 2019 edition of Best Colleges. The schools are the University of California-Berkeley, Scripps College, Mars Hill University, the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and Johnson & Wales University.

What Does This Mean?
The misreporting by each school resulted in their numerical ranks being higher than they otherwise would have been. Because of the discrepancies, U.S. News has moved the schools to the "Unranked" category, meaning they do not receive numerical ranks.

All five schools' Unranked status will last until the publication of the next edition of the Best Colleges rankings and until the schools confirm the accuracy of their next data submission in accordance with U.S. News' requirements. All other schools' rankings in the 2019 Best Colleges will remain the same on usnews.com.

University of California—Berkeley: The school originally reported that its two-year average alumni giving rate for fiscal years 2017 and 2016 was 11.6%. UC-Berkeley informed U.S. News that its correct average alumni giving rate for just fiscal year 2016 was 7.9%. The school also told U.S. News that it incorrectly included pledges in the alumni giving data provided to U.S. News since at least 2014. The average alumni giving rate has a weight of 5% in the Best Colleges ranking methodology.

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July 29, 2019 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, July 26, 2019

Hyphens In Paper Titles Harm Citation Counts

IHE 2American Association for the Advancement of Science, Hyphens in Paper Titles Harm Citation Counts and Journal Impact Factors:

According to the latest research results, the presence of simple hyphens in the titles of academic papers adversely affects the citation statistics, regardless of the quality of the articles. The phenomenon applies to all major subject areas. Thus, citation counts and journal impact factors, commonly used for professorial evaluations in universities worldwide, are unreliable.

This breakthrough finding poses a fundamental challenge to the rule of the game in determining the contributions of papers, journals, and professors. It is unveiled in a paper titled Metamorphic Robustness Testing: Exposing Hidden Defects in Citation Statistics and Journal Impact Factors by Zhi Quan Zhou, T.H. Tse, and Matt Witheridge, recently published in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, the top journal in the field. ...

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July 26, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Thursday, July 25, 2019

2019 Meta-Ranking Of Flagship U.S. Law Reviews

Bryce Clayton Newell (Kentucky), 2019 Meta-Ranking of Flagship US Law Reviews:

This is an updated ranking of flagship law reviews at US law schools (updated as of July 23, 2019, including the 2020 US News numbers). ... The ranking table below includes all of the law reviews that ranked in the top 150 in in the MetaRanking, including all journals that ranked in the top 100 at least one of the following rankings: US News Peer Reputation Score Ranking (avg., 2011-2020), US News Overall Ranking (avg., 2011-2020), the Washington & Lee University ranking (current version, 2010-2017; default weighting), the Google Scholar ranking (index as of July 2019), and the W&L Impact Factor Ranking (not included in the MetaRank). ...

prRank = US News Peer Reputation score ranking;
usnRank = 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.

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

July 25, 2019 in Law Review Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Robert Morse Of U.S. News Receives Lifetime Ranker Achievement Award

Robert Morse Honored with Lifetime Ranker Achievement Award:

Morse (Robert)Robert Morse Received the “Lifetime Ranker Achievement Award” from the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence at their 2019 conference in May in Bologna, Italy. Morse has been at the helm of the U.S. News & World Report Education rankings since 1987. Over the last three decades, Morse led the expansion of U.S. News’ flagship Best Colleges rankings from a reputation survey to a data-driven evaluation of 1,800 schools across the country.

Additionally, U.S. News Education rankings now span from high school to graduate programs. These include the Best High Schools rankings, Best Graduate Schools, Best Online Programs and Best Global Universities. U.S. News also offers its millions of users year-round editorial content and advice on topics such as finding the right collegeapplying to graduate degree programs and paying for online education.

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July 24, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

U.S. News Requests University Of Oklahoma President And Board Chair To Certify Accuracy Of Its Rankings Data For Next Three Years

U.S. News Generic RankingsFollowing up on my previous posts:

Robert Morse (Director of Data Research, U.S. News & World Report), U.S. News Requests Data Certification From University of Oklahoma Chairman and President:

U.S. News has asked both of the university’s top officials to certify the data submitted for the next three years of Best Colleges rankings.

U.S. News & World Report was told by the University of Oklahoma that it submitted inflated alumni giving data to U.S. News for many years. Oklahoma University also disclosed to U.S. News that, for many years, Oklahoma University’s Health Sciences Center’s data was incorrectly included with Oklahoma University's data reported to U.S. News for our Best Colleges rankings.

In light of both these misreporting issues, U.S. News has asked Oklahoma University's Chairman of the Board of Regents Leslie Rainbolt and Oklahoma University's president, Joseph Harroz Jr. to provide a letter certifying the accuracy of Oklahoma University's data in its data submissions to U.S. News for the next three Best Colleges rankings.

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July 23, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Blog Must Go On For This Law Dean

Law.com, The Blog Must Go On for This Law Dean:

Caron Headshot Cropped (2019)Pepperdine University Law Dean Paul Caron reflects on his two years of running a law school while also publishing his widely read TaxProf Blog, which chronicles legal education's biggest stories.

Paul Caron—legal education’s so-called Blog Emperor—took the reins at Pepperdine University School of Law in 2017, and his two years as dean have been a remarkable ride.

Things got off to a rough start in the spring of 2018 when the school was removed from the U.S. News & World Report rankings after Pepperdine discovered a mistake in the data it submitted that artificially increased its ranking and reported it to the publication. (Pepperdine returned to the ranking this year, moving up from its previous No. 72 to No. 51).

The challenges didn’t end there. In November, a Pepperdine law student was present at a nearby music venue when an armed man opened fire, killing 12. The law student was unharmed but the massacre, in which a Pepperdine undergraduate died, shook the Malibu, California, campus. A day later, the so-called Woolsey Fire tore through the area and came close to leveling the campus. The law school was spared, but closed for more than two weeks in the aftermath.

Through it all, Caron maintained his role as the town crier of legal education with his TaxProf Blog, which aggregates news about tax law and law schools. The 15-year-old blog is a must-read for legal educators and has become an important tool to raise Pepperdine’s profile and stature in the academy. Caron posts stories about events and initiatives at Pepperdine, not to mention plenty of photos of its seaside campus. Law.com caught up with Caron this week to discuss juggling the blog with his dean duties and why he hasn’t given TaxProf Blog up. His answers have been edited for length and clarity.

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July 18, 2019 in About This Blog, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed, Pepperdine Tax, Tax, Tax News | Permalink | Comments (6)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Journal Prestige And Journal Impact In Law

Ignacio Cofone (McGill) & Pierre-Jean G. Malé (Harvard), Journal Prestige and Journal Impact in Law:

While much has been said about the curiosity of the American law review submissions system, something even more curious has been overlooked: American legal scholars ignore the impact-factor of journals, and choose in which journal to publish based on publishing school’s ranking. To investigate whether ranking translates into impact, we collect and analyze historical data from American law journal’s impact-factor and the ranking of their publishing law schools. We first show that there is a correlation between prestige ranking and impact-factor over the years. However, the correlation is not perfect and it varies substantially over time. Second, journal impact-factor shows a larger inter-annual variation than school ranking. This means that impact-factor is a worse predictor of future journal impact than school ranking is of future school prestige. Third, we show that journals published by better law schools have higher inter-annual variation in impact-factor but lower variation in impact-factor based ranking. This result is surprising. We hypothesize that journals from high-ranked schools belong to a less homogeneous pool: few journals make most of the impact due to an exposure bias. We then move to consider authors’ utility from publishing in one journal or another. The optimal strategy for authors will depend on whether they prefer to maximize their prestige among their peers or their impact on the discipline, and how risk averse they are. Conditional on desiring impact, risk-averse scholars should look at school ranking and risk-neutral scholars should look at impact-factor.

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July 15, 2019 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, June 20, 2019

February 2019 California Bar Exam Results

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

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

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

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

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

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June 20, 2019 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 7, 2019

'Adversity' In Law School Admissions?

LSAT (2017)Law.com, 'Adversity' In Law School Admissions?:

The College Board made headlines last month when it unveiled plans for a new “adversity score” it would calculate for each SAT taker—a metric intended to help colleges gauge the challenges their applicants have encountered in their lives. Officials haven’t unveiled exactly how the score will be calculated, but it will take into account factors such as the percentage of students in the applicant’s high school who qualify for free and reduced lunch, and the average income in the test taker’s zip code. (It won’t factor in race). The adversity scores will be reported separately from SAT scores, and college and university admissions offices will be free to use or not use them in their decision making.

The announcement caused a stir and touched off quite a bit of criticism. This got me wondering whether a similar score could be created for the LSAT, as law schools have long struggled to improve the racial and socio-economic diversity of their student bodies. So I called up Aaron Taylor, the executive director of AccessLex Center for Legal Education Access. Taylor has spent years researching issues of diversity and access within legal education, so I was particularly interested in his thoughts on whether an “adversity score” could work in the law school context. ...

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June 7, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (3)

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Former Student Files Class Action Against University Of Oklahoma For Submitting False Data To Inflate Its U.S. News Ranking For 20 Years

U.S. News Generic RankingsFollowing up on my previous post, University Of Oklahoma Inflated Its Alumni Giving Data For 20 Years, U.S. News Strips Its #127 Ranking:

OU Daily, Former Student Files Lawsuit Against OU For Providing False Data to US News & World Report, Inflating University's Ranking:

A former OU student has filed a class action lawsuit against the University of Oklahoma as a result of the university being stripped of its U.S. News & World Report ranking. [Gretzer v. Oklahoma, No. 19-490 (W.D. OK May 28, 2019]

The lawsuit, which was filed May 28 on behalf of former OU student Elani Gretzer and all OU undergraduate students since 1999, alleges the university broke contract by providing false alumni giving data to U.S. News & World Report, inflating its ranking in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" ranking as a result.

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June 1, 2019 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 31, 2019

Alabama Donor Doesn't Want His $21 Million Back; He Wants Law School To Increase Enrollment And 'Tell U.S. News, F*** You.’

Alabama Logo (2018)Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Law.com, Culverhouse's Rift with Law School—Fomented by Abortion Law—Puts $27M Gift in Peril

The University of Alabama is poised to return more than $21 million given to the law school after a dispute seemingly touched off by the state’s new abortion law—a move that would strip the name Hugh Culverhouse from its law school. ...

Culverhouse on Wednesday called for students to boycott the University of Alabama in a bid to pressure state lawmakers to roll back the law, which bans abortion. But university officials responded that tensions between the law school and its namesake donor predate the abortion law and that they would not stand for donor meddling.

Culverhouse said in an interview Thursday that he has pushed law school dean Mark Brandon to increase the size of the student body and offer more scholarships to bring in students, but that the school has instead opted to maintain it class size in a bid to preserve its U.S. News & World Report ranking. (The school is currently ranked No. 25, up two spots from the previous year.) ...

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Alabama Donor Doesn't Want His $21 Million Back; He Wants Law School To Increase Enrollment And 'Tell U.S. News, F*** You.’

Alabama Logo (2018)Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Law.com, Culverhouse's Rift with Law School—Fomented by Abortion Law—Puts $27M Gift in Peril

The University of Alabama is poised to return more than $21 million given to the law school after a dispute seemingly touched off by the state’s new abortion law—a move that would strip the name Hugh Culverhouse from its law school. ...

Culverhouse on Wednesday called for students to boycott the University of Alabama in a bid to pressure state lawmakers to roll back the law, which bans abortion. But university officials responded that tensions between the law school and its namesake donor predate the abortion law and that they would not stand for donor meddling.

Culverhouse said in an interview Thursday that he has pushed law school dean Mark Brandon to increase the size of the student body and offer more scholarships to bring in students, but that the school has instead opted to maintain it class size in a bid to preserve its U.S. News & World Report ranking. (The school is currently ranked No. 25, up two spots from the previous year.) ...

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May 30, 2019 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 24, 2019

University Of Oklahoma Inflated Its Alumni Giving Data For 20 Years, U.S. News Strips Its #127 Ranking

U.S. News Generic RankingsU.S. News Rankings Updates:

University of Oklahoma: The school told U.S. News that it had inflated its alumni giving data since 1999, which affects its placement in the National Universities, Best Value Schools, Top Public Schools, Best Colleges for Veterans and A-Plus Schools for B Students rankings and lists. For the 2019 Best Colleges rankings, the University of Oklahoma originally reported its two-year alumni giving rate at 14 percent. The school informed U.S. News the correct value is 9.7 percent. The average alumni giving rate has a weight of 5 percent in the Best Colleges ranking methodology.

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May 24, 2019 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Best LL.M. Programs

International JuristThe Best LL.M. Programs, The International Jurist (2019):

To identify the best LL.M. programs, we looked to see which schools place a premium on four key areas: the law school experience; career assistance; value; and academics. We asked the more than 150 schools with LL.M. programs for foreign attorneys to respond to a survey to offer insight into their offerings. ...

The Law School Experience.  This category looks at several factors, including whether students can work on law journals and participate in clinics, whether the school provides mentors, the number of extracurricular offerings, the level of involvement with U.S. students, networking opportunities, organized excursions and what the law school does to help LL.M. students adjust to the U.S. and the school. ...

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Value. We assessed net cost, which is tuition and housing minus scholarships, and weighed that against the school’s performance in the Law School Experience category.

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May 15, 2019 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Best Law Schools For Practical Training

Practical TrainingBest Schools For Practical Training (preLaw Spring 2019):

[W]e honor the Best Schools for Practical Training and outline what they are doing to make a difference in key, lifechanging areas. ... We used information from the schools’ ABA 509 Reports as part of our analysis. We looked at which schools provided the most clinical opportunities, externships and simulation classes. We also looked at their pro bono requirements and other offerings. ... While the 509 Reports are the bedrock of our rankings, we also ask schools to provide more information about pro bono programs and other offerings. ...

As we’ve done in the past, we gave the most weight — 38 percent — to clinical experience because of its effectiveness as a practical- training tool. Externships counted for 24 percent, while simulations counted for 21 percent. Both are considered valuable practical- training experiences, but they don’t quite rise to the level of clinical work. For clinics and simulations, we calculated the percentage of seats offered per enrollment. For externships, we looked at the number filled per enrollment. Responses from individual schools helped us determine the final 17 percent of the calculation.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

U.S. News Law School Academic Reputation Scores, 1998-2019

Robert L. Jones (Northern Illinois), Academic Reputation Scores for Law Schools Stagnate in 2018 and Rise Modestly in 2019:

This essay summarizes the results of the U.S. News & World Report rankings published in 2018 and 2019 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 essay 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 2019. 

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School 2019 Peer Assessment Score 1998 Peer Assessment Score Change Between 1998 & 2019
Texas A&M 2.4 1.5 0.9
Alabama 3.2 2.5 0.7
Michigan State 2.4 1.8 0.6
Pepperdine 2.7 2.2 0.5
Florida State 3.1 2.6 0.5
Georgia State 2.7 2.2 0.5
Howard 2.6 2.1 0.5
CUNY 2.2 1.8 0.4
Arizona State 3.2 2.9 0.3
Fordham 3.3 3.0 0.3
Seattle 2.3 2.0 0.3
Denver 2.8 2.5 0.3
Georgia 3.3 3.0 0.3
Washington Univ. 3.7 3.4 0.3

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Monday, March 25, 2019

2020 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2020 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings include the trial advocacy programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 53% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.0 Stetson
2 3.9 Baylor
3 3.8 Temple
4 3.7 Loyola-L.A.
5 3.6 American
5 3.6 Chicago-Kent
7 3.5 Denver
7 3.5 Pacific
9 3.4 Fordham
9 3.4 South Texas
11 3.3 Drexel
11 3.3 Georgetown
11 3.3 Northwestern
11 3.3 NYU
15 3.2 Houston
15 3.2 Loyola-Chicago
15 3.2 Notre Dame
15 3.2 Samford
15 3.2 Suffolk
15 3.2 UC-Berkeley
21 3.1 Georgia
21 3.1 Georgia State
21 3.1 John Marshall (IL)
21 3.1 UC-Hastings
21 3.1 Wake Forest
21 3.1 Washington Univ.
27 3.0 Campbell
27 3.0 Emory
27 3.0 Missouri (Kansas City)
27 3.0 Syracuse
27 3.0 Texas
27 3.0 UC-Davis
27 3.0 Virginia
34 2.9 Akron
34 2.9 Florida
34 2.9 George Washington
34 2.9 Harvard
34 2.9 Hofstra
34 2.9 Howard
34 2.9 Michigan
34 2.9 North Carolina
34 2.9 South Carolina
43 2.8 Alabama
43 2.8 Arizona
43 2.8 Faulkner
43 2.8 Maryland
43 2.8 St. Mary's
43 2.8 Tennessee
43 2.8 Tulane
43 2.8 UCLA
43 2.8 Univ. of Washington
43 2.8 Utah
43 2.8 Vanderbilt
43 2.8 Wisconsin

As I blogged last fall, U.S. News has dramatically changed their ranking of nine law school specialty programs:

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Friday, March 22, 2019

2020 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2020 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings include the legal writing programs at 163 law schools (the faculty survey had a 43% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.5 UNLV
2 4.1 Seattle
3 4.0 Stetson
3 4.0 Suffolk
5 3.9 Arizona State
5 3.9 Oregon
5 3.9 Wake Forest
8 3.8 Denver
8 3.8 John Marshall (IL)
8 3.8 North Carolina
11 3.7 Temple
12 3.6 Arkansas (Little Rock)
12 3.6 Georgetown
14 3.5 Drexel
14 3.5 Duquesne
14 3.5 Marquette
14 3.5 Mercer
14 3.5 Michigan
14 3.5 UC-Irvine
20 3.4 Drake 
20 3.4 Indiana (McKinney)
20 3.4 Missouri (Kansas City)
20 3.4 Northwestern
20 3.4 Nova
20 3.4 Pacific
20 3.4 Rutgers
20 3.4 Texas Tech
20 3.4 Washburn
29 3.3 Arizona
29 3.3 Baltimore
29 3.3 Boston College
29 3.3 Brooklyn
29 3.3 Lewis & Clark
29 3.3 Memphis
29 3.3 Texas
29 3.3 Villanova
37 3.2 Chicago-Kent
37 3.2 Iowa
37 3.2 Ohio State
37 3.2 Tennessee
37 3.2 Texas A&M
42 3.1 Arkansas (Fayetteville)
42 3.1 DePaul
42 3.1 Duke
42 3.1 Loyola-Chicago
42 3.1 Loyola-New Orleans
42 3.1 Northeastern
42 3.1 South Carolina
42 3.1 Syracuse
42 3.1 Univ. of Washington
42 3.1 Wyoming

As I blogged last fall, U.S. News has dramatically changed their ranking of nine law school specialty programs:

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

2020 U.S. News International Law Rankings

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

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

As I blogged last fall, U.S. News has dramatically changed their ranking of nine law school specialty programs:

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sichelman: A Defense And Explanation Of The U.S. News 'Citation' Ranking

SichelmanTaxProf Blog op-ed: A Defense and Explanation of the U.S. News “Citation” Ranking, by Ted Sichelman (San Diego):

Since U.S. News & World Report released its plans to rank law schools on the basis of citation counts, the blogosphere has been agog in criticism of the proposed ranking (e.g., here, here, here, and here). Unfortunately, much of the consternation is based on pure speculation as to how the ranking will be constructed, resulting in an echo chamber of misinformation that has now led some law school deans to consider a “boycott” of the rankings. At the same time, other critics bemoan yet another quantitative metric to “rank” law schools, buttressed by concerns that a ranking based on faculty citations will do little to aid would-be law students focused on teaching quality and jobs.

Here, I attempt to clear the air by dispelling this misinformation and by offering a brief defense of the proposed ranking. As background, I have been constructing a similar ranking with Paul Heald (at Illinois), using in part much of the same HeinOnline data that will be used for the U.S. News ranking. Additionally, I have been providing substantial input to Hein on its citation metrics. As such, I am intimately familiar not only with the limitations (and substantial benefits) of the HeinOnline database, but also of constructing such a ranking more generally. With that background, I address the major arguments lodged against U.S. News’s proposal in turn.

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2020 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2020 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings include the intellectual property law programs at 190 law schools (the faculty survey had a 55% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 Stanford
1 4.7 UC-Berkeley
3 4.2 NYU
4 4.1 Santa Clara
5 3.9 George Washington
5 3.9 New Hampshire
7 3.8 Houston
8 3.6 American
8 3.6 Boston University
8 3.6 Duke
8 3.6 Pennsylvania
8 3.6 Texas A&M
13 3.5 Cardozo
13 3.5 Chicago-Kent
13 3.5 Georgetown
13 3.5 Michigan
13 3.5 Univ. of Washington
18 3.4 Northwestern
19 3.3 Columbia
19 3.3 Harvard
19 3.3 San Diego
19 3.3 Texas
19 3.3 UC-Irvine
19 3.3 UCLA
25 3.2 Indiana (Maurer)
25 3.2 Notre Dame
27 3.1 Emory
27 3.1 Fordham
27 3.1 Loyola-L.A.
27 3.1 Vanderbilt
27 3.1 Virginia
32 3.0 Chicago
32 3.0 Colorado
32 3.0 DePaul
32 3.0 George Mason
32 3.0 Richmond
32 3.0 UC-Davis
38 2.9 Boston College
38 2.9 Minnesota
38 2.9 William & Mary
41 2.8 Akron
41 2.8 Case Western
41 2.8 John Marshall (IL)
41 2.8 North Carolina
41 2.8 Northeastern
41 2.8 Ohio State
41 2.8 Washington Univ.
48 2.7 Cornell
48 2.7 Illinois
48 2.7 Loyola-Chicago
48 2.7 Suffolk
48 2.7 UC-Hastings

As I blogged last fall, U.S. News has dramatically changed their ranking of nine law school specialty programs:

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Law School Rankings: Incentives, Culture, And Change In Legal Education

U.S. News Law (2019)Caleb N. Griffin (Regent), Incentives, Culture, and Change in American Legal Education, 87 U. Cin. L. Rev. 325 (2018):

In theory, law school rankings merely describe law schools as they are, providing basic details about each school that may be relevant to prospective law students. In practice, however, law school rankings have a tremendous influence on law students and the legal profession. For better or for worse, the rank of a given student’s school will often have a substantial impact on the arc of his or her legal career.

Rankings also have a tremendous influence on law schools themselves. One source of this influence is that a high ranking draws strong candidates, and strong candidates reinforce the high ranking. This phenomenon of self-reinforcement has the effect of cementing law schools in a relatively static position and obscuring important changes relevant to prospective students and legal employers.

But is this a problem? The status quo might be acceptable if law school rankings were based solely on objective data that measured factors in a way that was truly reflective of the needs of students, legal employers, and society at large. Such an ideal ranking would provide a useful service for prospective students, and it would incentivize law schools to engage in socially beneficial behavior.

This Article sets out to explore what factors ought to be used in an ideal ranking system.

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2020 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2020 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings include the health care law programs at 129 law schools (the faculty survey had a 52% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.5 St. Louis
2 4.3 Georgia State
2 4.3 Loyola-Chicago
4 4.2 Boston University
5 4.1 Harvard
6 4.0 Georgetown
6 4.0 Houston
6 4.0 Maryland
9 3.9 Case Western
9 3.9 Northeastern
11 3.7 Indiana (McKinney)
11 3.7 Seton Hall
11 3.7 Stanford
11 3.7 UC-Hastings
15 3.5 American
16 3.4 Arizona State
16 3.4 Duke
16 3.4 Temple
16 3.4 Yale
20 3.3 Pennsylvania
21 3.2 Mitchell Hamline
21 3.2 Wake Forest
23 3.1 DePaul
23 3.1 Drexel
23 3.1 Michigan
23 3.1 Minnesota
27 3.0 Arizona
27 3.0 North Carolina
27 3.0 Ohio State
27 3.0 Pittsburgh
27 3.0 Virginia
32 2.9 George Washington
32 2.9 Texas
32 2.9 Washington Univ.
32 2.9 Wisconsin
36 2.8 Emory
36 2.8 UCLA
36 2.8 Univ. of Washington
36 2.8 UNLV
36 2.8 Utah
36 2.8 Vanderbilt
42 2.7 Georgia
42 2.7 Washington & Lee
44 2.6 Quinnipiac
44 2.6 UC-Berkeley
44 2.6 UC-Irvine
47 2.5 Chicago
47 2.5 Columbia
47 2.5 Indiana (Maurer)
47 2.5 Louisville
47 2.5 USC

As I blogged last fall, U.S. News has dramatically changed their ranking of nine law school specialty programs:

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Law School Rankings By Attractiveness To Students (25/50/75 LSAT/UGPA, Transfers In/Out)

CJ Ryan (Roger Williams) & Brian L. Frye (Kentucky), The 2019 Revealed-Preferences Ranking of Law Schools:

In 2017, we published A Revealed-Preferences Ranking of Law Schools, which presented the first (intentionally) objective ranking of law schools. Other law school rankings are subjective because their purpose is to tell prospective law students where to matriculate. Our “revealed-preferences” ranking is objective because its purpose is to ask where prospective law students actually choose to matriculate. In other words, subjective rankings tell students what they should want, but our objective ranking reveals what students actually want. These rankings were originally based on an average of the previous five-years of LSAT and GPA quartile and median averages for law schools. We updated these rankings with a 2018 ranking that focused exclusively on the 75th, median, and 25th quartiles of each of these measures for the entering class in Fall 2017. We have modified our rankings yet again to evaluate law schools based not only on their success at matriculating the most desirable first year law students, but also on their success at retaining those students and attracting transfer students.

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2020 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2020 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings include the environmental law programs at 183 law schools (the faculty survey had a 55% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.5 Lewis & Clark
1 4.5 Pace
3 4.4 UC-Berkeley
4 4.3 UCLA
4 4.3 Vermont
6 4.1 Columbia
6 4.1 Harvard
8 4.0 Colorado
8 4.0 Georgetown
8 4.0 NYU
8 4.0 Oregon
8 4.0 Utah
13 3.9 Duke
13 3.9 Maryland
13 3.9 Vanderbilt
16 3.8 George Washington
16 3.8 Stanford
16 3.8 Tulane
19 3.7 Denver
19 3.7 Florida State
21 3.5 Arizona State
21 3.5 Florida
21 3.5 Houston
24 3.4 UC-Davis
24 3.4 Virginia
24 3.4 Yale
27 3.3 Boston College
27 3.3 Minnesota
27 3.3 Texas
30 3.2 Hawaii
30 3.2 Indiana (Maurer)
30 3.2 UC-Hastings
30 3.2 UC-Irvine
30 3.2 Univ. of Washington
35 3.1 Michigan
36 3.0 American
36 3.0 Arizona
36 3.0 William & Mary
39 2.9 Montana
39 2.9 Pennsylvania
41 2.8 BYU
41 2.8 Cornell
41 2.8 CUNY
41 2.8 Fordham
41 2.8 Loyola-New Orleans
41 2.8 North Carolina
41 2.8 Northwestern
41 2.8 Notre Dame
41 2.8 Widener (DE)
50 2.7 Emory
50 2.7 Idaho
50 2.7 Illinois
50 2.7 New Mexico
50 2.7 South Carolina
50 2.7 Wake Forest
50 2.7 Washington Univ.

As I blogged last fall, U.S. News has dramatically changed their ranking of nine law school specialty programs:

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Friday, March 15, 2019

2020 U.S. News Clinical Training Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2020 U.S. News Clinical Training Rankings include the clinical training programs at 180 law schools (the faculty survey had a 65% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.6 Georgetown
2 4.4 American
3 4.3 CUNY
3 4.3 Yale
5 4.2 NYU
6 4.1 Michigan
7 4.0 Denver
7 4.0 Maryland
7 4.0 Stanford
7 4.0 UC-Berkeley
7 4.0 UC-Irvine
7 4.0 Washington Univ.
13 3.9 District of Columbia
13 3.9 Northwestern
15 3.8 Baltimore
15 3.8 New Mexico
15 3.8 Seattle
15 3.8 UC-Hastings
19 3.7 Fordham
19 3.7 Harvard
19 3.7 Suffolk
19 3.7 Tennessee
23 3.6 Columbia
23 3.6 Loyola-New Orleans
23 3.6 Pennsylvania
26 3.5 George Washington
26 3.5 Georgia State
26 3.5 Northeastern
26 3.5 Rutgers
26 3.5 Texas
26 3.5 UCLA
26 3.5 Univ. of Washington
33 3.4 Chicago
33 3.4 Georgia
33 3.4 Miami
33 3.4 Pepperdine
33 3.4 UC-Davis
33 3.4 Washington & Lee
33 3.4 Wisconsin
40 3.3 Boston College
40 3.3 Brooklyn
40 3.3 Drexel
40 3.3 Mitchell Hamline
40 3.3 South Carolina
40 3.3 Texas A&M
40 3.3 Tulane
40 3.3 UNLV
48 3.2 Alabama
48 3.2 Albany
48 3.2 Boston University
48 3.2 Duke
48 3.2 Indiana (Maurer)
48 3.2 Loyola-Chicago
48 3.2 Minnesota
48 3.2 North Carolina
48 3.2 Notre Dame
48 3.2 St. Thomas (MN)
48 3.2 Temple
48 3.2 Virginia
48 3.2 William & Mary

As I blogged last fall, U.S. News has dramatically changed their ranking of nine law school specialty programs:

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