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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

July 2021 Florida Bar Exam Results: Florida International Is #1 For 7th Year In A Row

Florida Bar 2The July 2021 Florida bar passage rates by school are out. The overall pass rate for first-time takers is 71.6%, down 0.1 percentage point from last year. For the seventh 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 (88.8%)

Florida Int'l

4 (88)

2 (82.5%)

Miami

3 (72)

3 (81.3%)

Florida 

1 (21)

4 (78.8%)

Stetson 

5 (111)

5 (73.9%)

Florida State

2 (48)

6 (67.6%)

Ave Maria

Tier 2

7 (66.7%)

Nova

Tier 2

8 (59.2%)

Barry

Tier 2

9 (56.8%)

Florida A&M

Tier 2

10 (53.3%)

Florida Coastal

Tier 2

11 (50.8%)

St. Thomas

Tier 2

Miami Herald, Want to Attend Law School in Florida? These Have the Highest Bar Passage Rates:

FIU, the largest public university in the South Florida, led the rankings of Florida’s 11 law schools with a whopping 88.8% passing rate. ... “I’m just so very proud and impressed by our Bar takers,” said FIU law dean Anthony Page. “They have shown an enormous amount of resilience and persistence and legal skill given all of the travails of the last year.” ... This marks the seventh consecutive year that FIU has come out on top in the larger fall administration of the exam. ...

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September 21, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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

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

Top 50

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

Monday, September 13, 2021

2022 U.S. News College Rankings

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

Rank

National Universities

1

Princeton

2

Columbia

2

Harvard

2

MIT

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

Pepperdine is ranked #49.

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

2022 U.S. News Liberal Arts College Rankings:

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

Thursday, September 9, 2021

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

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

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

Law School 

2019 Bar Rank

2020 Median LSAT

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

2019 Overall State Bar Pass Rate

2019 Over-performance

U.S. News Overall Rank

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

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

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 30, 2021

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

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

1L Class Updated (090321)

Ten law schools increased enrollment by 15% or more:

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

Thursday, August 26, 2021

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

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

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

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August 26, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

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

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

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

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

Law Firm Climate Change Rankings

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

Law Firm Climate Change CoverExecutive Summary
America’s most prestigious law firms have expanded their fossil fuel work.

Last year, Law Students for Climate Accountability released a first-of-its-kind Climate Scorecard, which catalogued the climate-related work of the Vault 100 firms — the 100 top ranked firms in the US — and gave them grades for their performance. Released in October 2020, the report focused on transactional, litigation, and lobbying work over a five-year span that revealed staggering data: the large majority of firms were exacerbating climate change, facilitating $1.31 trillion in transactions and fighting in hundreds of cases to continue warming the planet and endangering low-income communities and communities of color. While 2020 saw the COVID-19 pandemic rage and the American West on fire, dying the skies orange and destroying entire communities, the report served to highlight Big Law’s role in climate injustice.

But despite the dismal state of affairs in Big Law and in the world, some reason for optimism remained. But despite the dismal state of affairs in Big Law and in the world, some reason for optimism remained. As driving declined and the economy stalled, many recognized this moment of crisis as a chance to move away from fossil fuels and move towards a just transition to a livable future.

As driving declined and the economy stalled, many recognized this moment of crisis as a chance to move away from fossil fuels and move towards a just transition to a livable future.

The 2021 Climate Scorecard reveals that instead, top firms fought even harder to accelerate climate change. On the whole, data over a five-year window reveal a startling trend among Vault 100 firms:

  • The top firms facilitated a stunning $1.36 trillion in fossil fuel transactions, increasing the top 100’s total by $50 billion from last year’s report;
  • These firms also litigated even more cases on behalf of fossil fuel clients, bringing the total from 275 representations to 358; and
  • Even more firms earned F grades, which requires a firm to do 8+ cases exacerbating climate change, support over $20 billion in fossil fuel
    transactions or receive over $2 million for fossil fuel lobbying. 10 more firms joined the F class. In all, 36 firms managed to perform the extraordinary amount of fossil fuel work necessary to fail.

Some actors stand out as particularly egregious. For example, Akin Gump did more fossil fuel lobbying than 91 Vault 100 firms combined. Allen & Overy did more fossil fuel transactions than 75 Vault 100 firms combined, and Paul Weiss litigated more fossil fuel cases than 60 Vault 100 firms combined. Firms like these are global leaders in the fight for climate change, dedicating top minds to the mission of a warmer planet.

But they are not alone. Only 3 firms received an A and 9 received a B, while 18 received a C, 34 received a D and 36 received an F. On the whole, 88 of the top 100 firms undertook work that worsened climate change.

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August 25, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

The 68 Most-Cited Law Faculties

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

This updated 2021 study explores the scholarly impact of law faculties, ranking the top third of ABA-accredited law schools. Refined by Brian Leiter, the “Scholarly Impact Score” for a law faculty is calculated from the mean and the median of total law journal citations over the past five years to the work of tenured faculty members. In addition to a school-by-school ranking, we report the mean, median, and weighted score, along with a list of the tenured law faculty members at each school with the ten highest individual citation counts. ...

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

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

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Monday, August 23, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 20, 2021

Early Returns On The Law School Class Of 2024: Higher LSAT Scores, UGPAs, And Enrollment

The early returns on entering 1Ls class confirm predictions of a roaring Fall 2021 law school admissions season. Here are the available data from Spivey Consulting for the U.S. News Top 50 law schools

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August 20, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 16, 2021

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 12, 2021

The Best Law Schools For Practical Training

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

This year, we’re honoring 65 schools, but every law school invests in practical training. The American Bar Association requires that law students take at least six “experiential credits,” even though some experts cite that figure as being too low. Law schools have been criticized in the past for not producing grads ready to take on real jobs. Expanding practical training offerings beyond the ABA’s requirement has been one response.

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

Best-schools-for-practical-training

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August 12, 2021 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed | Permalink

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Roaring Fall 2021 Admissions Season: Will A Law School Have A 175 LSAT Or 4.0 UGPA Median?

Following up on yesterday's post, 98% Of The Way Through The Fall 2021 Law School Admissions Cycle: Applicants Are Up 14%, With Biggest Increase (66%) Among The 170+ LSAT Band:  Spivey Consulting, Recapping the 2020-2021 Law School Admissions Cycle & Predicting the Upcoming Cycle:

In this podcast, Mike Spivey is joined by PowerScore founder and CEO Dave Killoran and Spivey Consulting Business Intelligence Director Justin Kane ... to discuss takeaways from this previous 2020-2021 admissions cycle and to make predictions for the upcoming 2021-2022 cycle.

The fall 2021 admissions discussion addressed a number of interesting points, including:

  • Potential causes of the dramatic increase in LSAT scores
    • The pandemic gave test-takers more time to study
    • The online test was shorter and taken in the more convenient and comfortable home environment
  • Predicted LSAT and UGPA medians:  +2, +.05
  • Predicted 1L enrollment: +10%
  • Which will occur first: a school with a 175 LSAT median or a 4.0 UGPA median? (The current highs are a 173 LSAT median (Harvard, Yale) and a 3.94 UGPA Median (Alabama, Yale)

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July 20, 2021 in Law Review Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, July 19, 2021

Eleven Organizations Call On U.S. News To Drop SATs|ACTs From College Rankings Methodology

USN Petition

New America, An Open Letter to The Editors of US News and World Report’s Best Colleges Rankings:

We write today requesting you end the practice of using average SAT and ACT scores of incoming students to calculate your Best Colleges rankings. Using average scores of incoming students to rank an institution has never made sense, but is even more preposterous during a deadly pandemic. The Best Colleges ranking has been the leading college rankings publication for years, and its impact on consumers and institutions alike cannot be overstated.

The ongoing pandemic has made it difficult if not impossible for many to take the SAT or ACT. At the same time, a rise in test-blind and test-optional admissions policies has made it difficult to compare institutions using this metric. The Fiske Guide to Colleges recognized these challenges and will not be including test scores in its annual evaluations. “Rather than publish inaccurate and misleading data, we have decided to omit any reporting of score ranges for the foreseeable future,” Edward B. Fiske, editor of the guide, told Inside Higher Ed in March. “To do otherwise would be a disservice to our readers.” Not only does US News use average scores in its rankings, but has penalized colleges that go test blind or test optional by assigning them arbitrarily low average SAT/ACT scores. Many colleges and universities decided to be considerate during what has been an immensely difficult year for high school students and now they are being punished within the rankings for doing so.

The pandemic and changes in admissions policies have made it difficult to rank institutions on this measure, but even beyond this year, the use of scores is problematic. Standardized admissions test scores say nothing about the quality of a college’s education, only how selective their admissions process is. Research shows that SAT and ACT scores aren’t reliably predictive of students’ college outcomes.

Standardized admissions tests benefit high-income and predominantly white students who can afford expensive tutoring—teaching them tricks to taking the tests—or to take the exams multiple times to improve their scores, while low-income students and students of color don’t have access to the same resources. As a result, using test scores in selective college admissions disadvantages these students. Any organization that wishes to advance racial and socioeconomic equity in education should understand this. By using the test scores in the rankings, US News is rewarding and helping perpetuate a gatekeeping tactic that is discriminatory.

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July 19, 2021 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Malcolm Gladwell Interviews Robert Morse: 'Lord Of The Rankings'

Following up on my previous posts (links below):

Malcolm Gladwell, Lord of the Rankings (Revisionist History Season 6):

For 30 years, US News & World Report has been using a secret formula to rank the best colleges and universities in the United States. As a public service to our listeners, we hack the algorithm and discover the dirty little secret of the rankings game. Part one of a two-part series.

Malcolm Gladwell, Project Dillard (Revisionist History Season 6):

A historically Black university in New Orleans is beloved by everyone – except the US News best colleges rankings. We hack our way back into the algorithm and show how Dillard University can rise to the top. Part two of a two-part series.

MGUSN

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July 15, 2021 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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

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

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

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

 

Combined

Impact

Journals

Cases

Currency

1. Florida

11.12

0.69

161

1

1.43

2. Virginia

10.90

0.75

135

1

1.19

3. NYU

10.64

0.62

166

0

1.11

4. Tax Notes

8.92

0.01

290

1

0.02

5. Columbia

8.10

0.58

93

0

1.18

ABA

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

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

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

U.S. News: The Ten Most Expensive Law Schools

U.S. News & World Report, 10 Most Expensive Law Schools:

Among the 191 ranked law schools that provided this data, the average tuition and fees for out-of-state students during the 2020-2021 school year was around $47,300. Costs were even higher among the 10 most expensive law schools, with an average cost of about $69,600.

Law School  Tuition & Fees U.S. News Rank
 1. Columbia $74,995 4
 2. NYU $71,304 6
 3. Cornell $70,274 13
 4. Chicago $69,975 4
 5. USC $68,828 19
 6.  Northwestern $68,800 12
 7. Virginia $68,500 8
 8. Pennsylvania $68,130 6
 9. Yale $68,117 1
 10. Michigan $67,198 10

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June 15, 2021 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Outrage Grows Over Firing Of Tony Verona After Less Than Two Years As Miami Dean. Did Minor Declines In U.S. News Ranking And Bar Passage Rate Play A Role?

Following up on yesterday's post, University Of Miami President Fires Tony Varona After Less Than Two Years As Dean; Tenured Faculty Protests Decision; Varona's Lawyer Says He Will Contest The Firing:  Miami Herald, UM Fires Its Law School Dean, Setting Off Outrage Among Faculty, Alums and Students:

VaronaIn an abrupt move, University of Miami President Julio Frenk fired School of Law Dean Anthony Varona on Tuesday, sparking outrage among professors, students and alumni, and prompting Varona to hire a lawyer, who denounced the termination as “an egregious violation” of the dean’s legal rights. ...

Varona, 53, stands to lose his deanship July 1, but Frenk offered to let him stay on as a tenured faculty member and to keep his title as the M. Minnette Massey Professor of Law.

In his message, Frenk didn’t provide clear reasons for pushing out Varona, except for alluding to a lack of fundraising. ...

A recent decline in the law school’s U.S. News & World Report rankings, as well as challenges improving UM’s passing rate for the Florida Bar exam, also could have contributed to Varona’s sacking.

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May 27, 2021 in Law Review Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

U.S. News Law School Rankings By Elevation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, April 26, 2021

Law School Rankings By Ultimate Bar Passage Rates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 26, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Anatomy Of Temple Business School Rankings Fraud

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Poets & Quants, Anatomy Of A Business School Rankings Fraud:

Temple University (2018)The beginning of the end occurred at an early morning dean’s meeting on Jan. 9 of 2018. At the tense session, several administrators at Temple University’s Fox School of Business read aloud a Poets&Quants article that cast doubt on the school’s number one ranking for its online MBA program in U.S. News.

Every person gathered for the meeting expressed concern that Fox’s No. 1 ranking had been based on an inaccurate submission of data to U.S. NewsPoets&Quants skepticism led everyone in the group to fear that the school’s years-long efforts to game the ranking by routinely submitting false data would soon explode into a crisis.

Everyone, that is, except Dean M. Moshe Porat. Ambitious and strong-willed, Porat seemed undisturbed by his colleagues’ concern. He had been dean of the school for nearly 22 years, ruling over it with iron-clad control as if it were his personal fiefdom. In truth, Porat was as much a presence at the university as anyone, the second-longest-tenured dean in Fox School’s history. Including his days as a doctoral student at Temple in the late 1970s, the insurance professor and dean had been at Temple University for parts of five decades.

A CHAMPAIGN TOAST AND AN EMAIL BLAST TO DONORS TO TRUMPET A FRAUDULENLY GAINED NO. 1 RANKING
After the meeting, in fact, he was scheduled to give a champagne toast at a reception to announce the No. 1 ranking, the fourth consecutive time Fox’s online MBA had won top honors from U.S. News. But Fox deans and administrators urged him not to mention the ranking since it appeared to be based in part on false and inaccurate data.

Porat abruptly dismissed their worries. He would do his toast, anyway, and also instruct his marketing staff to send out an email to donors trumpeting the news of the school’s No. 1 ranking. Early the next morning, however, he would ask one of the school’s statistics professors to calculate where the school’s rank would have been if the school had not intentionally misled U.S. News about the number of new students enrolled in the online MBA without a standardized test score, a key component of the rankings’ methodology.

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April 20, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, April 9, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 8, 2021

2022 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings

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

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

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

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

2022 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings

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

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

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2022 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings

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

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

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

2022 U.S. News International Law Rankings

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

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

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2022 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings

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

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

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Monday, April 5, 2021

2022 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings

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

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

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2022 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings

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

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

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

The U.S. News Law School Rankings Failed Diversity 101

Vivia Chen (Bloomberg Law), Why U.S. News & World Report Failed Diversity 101:

US News Logo 2Its foray into law school diversity ranking has been a fiasco. Is this emblematic of how even some sophisticated institutions mishandle diversity?

This is not the most politic thing to say but here I go: We should stop putting old White men in charge of decisions about diversity.

I know that’s a comment that will raise eyebrows but that was my gut reaction when I heard about U.S. News & World Report’s embarrassing foray into law school diversity. That august publication just came out with its latest law school rankings, and this year’s birth was a bit of a disaster. And yes, the chieftain behind the enterprise happens to be an older White guy. ...

The effort at U.S. News also started off with good intentions. For the first time, U.S. News decided to launch a diversity scorecard based on racial and ethnic data provided by the nation’s law schools.

Then, it went off the rails. For unexplained reasons, it dropped both Asian and multiracial students from its diversity count. Law schools protested, and U.S. News recategorized Asian students as diverse. However, it continued to omit multiracial students, prompting 162 law school deans to pen a letter dated March 24 to U.S. News in protest. ...

Good grief. Does anyone at U.S. News, which commands a fearsome empire that decides the prestige of higher education institutions worldwide, need this memo that multiracial people and Asians aren’t White? ...

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Friday, April 2, 2021

2022 U.S. News Dispute Resolution Rankings

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

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

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2022 U.S. News Criminal Law Rankings

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

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

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

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

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

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

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

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2022 U.S. News Contracts/Commercial Law Rankings

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

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

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2022 U.S. News Constitutional Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2022 U.S. News Constitutional Law Rankings include the constitutional law programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 52% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.8 Harvard
1 4.8 Yale
3 4.6 Chicago
3 4.6 NYU
3 4.6 Stanford
6 4.5 Columbia
6 4.5 UC-Berkeley
8 4.4 Virginia
9 4.2 Duke
9 4.2 Georgetown
9 4.2 Texas
9 4.2 UCLA
13 4.1 Cornell
13 4.1 Michigan
15 4.0 Northwestern
15 4.0 Penn
17 3.6 Vanderbilt
18 3.5 UC-Davis
18 3.5 William & Mary
20 3.4 North Carolina
20 3.4 San Diego
20 3.4 UC-Irvine
20 3.4 Washington Univ.
24 3.3 Boston Univ.
24 3.3 Emory
24 3.3 Notre Dame
27 3.2 Alabama
27 3.2 George Washington
27 3.2 Minnesota
27 3.2 Ohio State
27 3.2 USC
27 3.2 Wisconsin
33 3.1 Fordham
33 3.1 UC-Hastings
35 3.0 Arizona
35 3.0 Arizona State
35 3.0 Boston College
35 3.0 Georgia
35 3.0 Illinois
35 3.0 Iowa
41 2.9 Brooklyn
41 2.9 Cardozo
41 2.9 Florida State
41 2.9 George Mason
41 2.9 Maryland
46 2.8 Colorado
46 2.8 Florida
46 2.8 Georgia State
46 2.8 Miami
46 2.8 Tulane
46 2.8 Univ. of Washington

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

2022 U.S. News Clinical Training Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2022 U.S. News Clinical Training Rankings include the clinical training law programs at 182 law schools (the faculty survey had a 64% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.6 CUNY
1 4.6 Georgetown
3 4.5 American
4 4.4 NYU
4 4.4 Yale
6 4.2 Michigan
6 4.2 District of Columbia
6 4.2 UC-Irvine
9 4.1 Denver
9 4.1 Maryland
9 4.1 New Mexico
9 4.1 Northwestern
9 4.1 UC-Berkeley
9 4.1 Washington Univ.
15 4.0 Baltimore
15 4.0 Rutgers
15 4.0 Stanford
15 4.0 Suffolk
19 3.9 Fordham
19 3.9 Tennessee
19 3.9 UC-Hastings
22 3.8 Columbia
22 3.8 Northeastern
24 3.7 Boston College
24 3.7 Brooklyn
24 3.7 George Washington
24 3.7 Georgia
24 3.7 Harvard
24 3.7 Miami
24 3.7 Seattle
24 3.7 UCLA
32 3.6 Howard
32 3.6 Loyola-New Orleans
32 3.6 Minnesota
32 3.6 Mitchell-Hamline
32 3.6 Penn
32 3.6 Texas A&M
32 3.6 Tulane
32 3.6 Univ. of Washington
40 3.5 Albany
40 3.5 Boston Univ.
40 3.5 Cardozo
40 3.5 Chicago
40 3.5 Georgia State
40 3.5 St. Thomas (MN)
40 3.5 Texas
40 3.5 UNLV
40 3.5 Vanderbilt
40 3.5 Washburn
50 3.4 Alabama
50 3.4 Cornell
50 3.4 Duke
50 3.4 North Carolina
50 3.4 South Carolina
50 3.4 UIC-John Marshall

2021 U.S. News Clinical Law Rankings 

2022 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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2022 U.S. News Business/Corporate Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2022 U.S. News Business/Corporate Law Rankings include the business/corporate law programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 54% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.8 Harvard
2 4.6 Columbia
3 4.5 NYU
3 4.5 Penn
3 4.5 Stanford
3 4.5 UC-Berkeley
7 4.3 Chicago
8 4.2 UCLA
9 4.1 Michigan
9 4.1 Virginia
9 4.1 Yale
12 4.0 Duke
12 4.0 Georgetown
12 4.0 Northwestern
12 4.0 Vanderbilt
16 3.8 Cornell
17 3.7 Texas
18 3.6 Fordham
19 3.5 Boston Univ.
19 3.5 Minnesota
19 3.5 USC
22 3.4 Emory
22 3.4 George Washington
22 3.4 UC-Davis
25 3.3 Indiana (Maurer)
25 3.3 Tennessee
25 3.3 Washington Univ.
28 3.2 Florida
28 3.2 Georgia
28 3.2 Illinois
28 3.2 Iowa
28 3.2 North Carolina
28 3.2 Notre Dame
28 3.2 San Diego
28 3.2 UC-Hastings
36 3.1 Boston College
36 3.1 Brooklyn
36 3.1 BYU
36 3.1 George Mason
36 3.1 Tulane
36 3.1 Washington & Lee
36 3.1 William & Mary
36 3.1 Wisconsin
44 3.0 Colorado
44 3.0 Ohio State
44 3.0 UC-Irvine
44 3.0 Utah
48 2.9 Arizona State
48 2.9 Miami
48 2.9 Univ. of Washington
48 2.9 Widener (DE)

2021 U.S. News Business/Corporate Law Rankings 

2022 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

2022 U.S. News Tax Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2022 U.S. News Tax Rankings include the tax programs at 186 law schools (the faculty survey had a 58% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.8 NYU
2 4.4 Florida
3 4.3 Georgetown
4 4.2 Northwestern
4 4.2 Virginia
6 4.0 Chicago
6 4.0 UC-Irvine
8 3.9 Harvard
8 3.9 Michigan
8 3.9 UCLA
11 3.8 Columbia
11 3.8 Loyola-L.A.
11 3.8 Stanford
14 3.7 Boston College
14 3.7 Yale
16 3.6 Boston Univ.
16 3.6 Duke
16 3.6 Indiana (Maurer)
16 3.6 Texas
16 3.6 UC-Hastings
21 3.5 Penn
21 3.5 San Diego
23 3.4 UC-Berkeley
23 3.4 USC
25 3.3 Minnesota
25 3.3 North Carolina
27 3.2 UC-Davis
28 3.1 Arizona State
28 3.1 Cornell
28 3.1 Florida State
28 3.1 George Washington
28 3.1 Miami
28 3.1 Washington Univ.
34 3.0 Emory
34 3.0 Ohio State
34 3.0 Villanova
34 3.0 Univ. of Washington
34 3.0 Washington & Lee
39 2.9 Alabama
39 2.9 Colorado
39 2.9 Fordham
39 2.9 Georgia
39 2.9 Georgia State
39 2.9 Pepperdine Caruso
39 2.9 Temple
39 2.9 Vanderbilt
47 2.8 BYU
47 2.8 Iowa
47 2.8 Loyola-Chicago
47 2.8 Notre Dame
47 2.8 Pittsburgh
47 2.8 Tulane

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

  • +24: Colorado (#39)
  • +21: Iowa (#47)
  • +16: Tulane (#47), Georgia State (#39)
  • +14: Cornell (#28), George Washington (#28), Emory (#34)
  • +9: Arizona State (#28), Florida State (#28), Vanderbilt (#39)

Here are the biggest downward moves:

  • -21: Pittsburgh (#47)
  • -15: BYU (#47)
  • -8: USC (#23)
  • -7: Alabama (#39), Fordham (#39)
  • -6: Pennsylvania (#21)

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

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

U.S. News Ranking Metrics Stifle Law Libraries, Tie Hands of Law Schools

TaxProf Blog op-ed:  U.S. News Ranking Metrics Stifle Law Libraries, Tie Hands of Law Schools, by Amanda Runyon (Pennsylvania), Leslie A. Street (William & Mary), & Amanda Watson (Houston):

LibraryUSNWR has released the 2022 Best of Law School rankings, including a new set of questions and methodology for law libraries. As library directors at schools that perform objectively well in these new calculations, we feel obligated to voice our concerns. We believe the unintended consequences and potential outcomes of these metrics are highly problematic for law libraries and the institutions that we serve. Specifically, we are concerned that the new metrics may erode the value of libraries and push libraries to focus resources on US News data points, rather than on the services and outcomes that are most beneficial to our institutions, as the ABA requires.

Law library questions are included in the Faculty Resources portion of the ranking methodology and differ significantly from prior years’ data collection. Recognizing that the library-related US News questions used outdated metrics, a group of volunteers solicited through four law library organizations developed these new metrics beginning in early 2020.[1]  In November 2020, US News announced the immediate implementation of these metrics.

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2022 U.S. News Law School Peer Reputation Rankings (And Overall Rankings)

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiContinuing a TaxProf Blog tradition (see links below for 2009-2021), here is the full list of the 193 law schools ranked by academic peer reputation, as well as their overall rank, in the new 2022 U.S. News Law School Rankings (methodology here):

Peer Rank Peer Score School Overall Rank
1 4.8 Harvard 3
1 4.8 Stanford 2
1 4.8 Yale 1
4 4.7 Columbia 4
5 4.6 Chicago 4
5 4.6 NYU 6
7 4.5 UC-Berkeley 9
8 4.4 Michigan 10
8 4.4 Penn 6
8 4.4 Virginia 8
11 4.3 Cornell 13
12 4.2 Duke 10
12 4.2 Georgetown 15
12 4.2 Northwestern 12
15 4.1 Texas 16
15 4.1 UCLA 14
17 4.0 Vanderbilt 16
18 3.7 Washington Univ. 16
19 3.6 Emory 29
19 3.6 Minnesota 22
19 3.6 UC-Irvine 35
19 3.6 USC 19
23 3.5 Boston Univ. 20
23 3.5 George Washington 27
23 3.5 North Carolina 24
23 3.5 Notre Dame 22
23 3.5 UC-Davis 35
28 3.4 Boston College 29
28 3.4 Fordham 35
28 3.4 William & Mary 35
28 3.4 Wisconsin 29
32 3.3 Alabama 25
32 3.3 Arizona State 25
32 3.3 Florida 21
32 3.3 Georgia 27
32 3.3 Indiana (Maurer) 43
32 3.3 Iowa 29
32 3.3 Ohio State 40
32 3.3 Univ. of Washington 45
40 3.2 Arizona 46
40 3.2 Colorado 48
40 3.2 Illinois 29
40 3.2 Tulane 60
40 3.2 UC-Hastings 50
45 3.1 Florida State 48
45 3.1 Wake Forest 41
45 3.1 Washington & Lee 35
48 3.0 American 81
48 3.0 Howard 91
48 3.0 Maryland 50
48 3.0 Utah 43
52 2.9 BYU 29
52 2.9 Cardozo 53
52 2.9 Connecticut 58
52 2.9 Miami 72
56 2.8 Denver 78
56 2.8 Georgia State 78
56 2.8 Houston 60
56 2.8 Loyola-L.A. 72
56 2.8 Oregon 72
56 2.8 Richmond 53
56 2.8 San Diego 86
56 2.8 Temple 53
64 2.7 Brooklyn 81
64 2.7 George Mason 41
64 2.7 Kansas 70
64 2.7 Pepperdine Caruso 46
64 2.7 Pittsburgh 67
64 2.7 Rutgers 91
64 2.7 SMU 52
64 2.7 Texas A&M 53
64 2.7 UNLV 60
73 2.6 Case Western 72
73 2.6 Chicago-Kent 91
73 2.6 Hawaii 98
73 2.6 Loyola-Chicago 78
73 2.6 Northeastern 67
73 2.6 Oklahoma 67
73 2.6 Penn State-University Park 60
73 2.6 Santa Clara 126
73 2.6 Tennessee 60
73 2.6 Villanova 53
83 2.5 Baylor 58
83 2.5 Indiana (McKinney) 111
83 2.5 Kentucky 81
83 2.5 Lewis & Clark 88
83 2.5 Michigan State 91
83 2.5 Missouri (Columbia) 60
83 2.5 Nebraska 87
83 2.5 New Mexico 102
83 2.5 Penn State-Dickinson 60
83 2.5 Seattle 126
83 2.5 Seton Hall 70
83 2.5 South Carolina 96
95 2.4 Arkansas-Fayetteville 96
95 2.4 Cincinnati 81
95 2.4 CUNY 102
95 2.4 Drexel 81
95 2.4 St. John's 72
95 2.4 St. Louis 91
95 2.4 Syracuse 102
102 2.3 DePaul 111
102 2.3 Marquette 102
102 2.3 Mississippi 98
102 2.3 SUNY-Buffalo 98
102 2.3 Wayne State 72
107 2.2 Baltimore 129
107 2.2 Catholic 102
107 2.2 Gonzaga 129
107 2.2 Hofstra 119
107 2.2 Louisiana State 109
107 2.2 Louisville 98
107 2.2 Loyola-New Orleans 144
107 2.2 Maine 124
107 2.2 Missouri-Kansas City 111
107 2.2 Stetson 111
107 2.2 UIC-John Marshall Tier 2
107 2.2 West Virginia 116
119 2.1 Albany 116
119 2.1 Arkansas-Little Rock 141
119 2.1 Florida Int'l 88
119 2.1 Idaho 139
119 2.1 Montana 134
119 2.1 New Hampshire 88
119 2.1 Suffolk 129
119 2.1 Willamette Tier 2
127 2.0 Creighton 141
127 2.0 Drake 102
127 2.0 Memphis 144
127 2.0 Mercer 124
127 2.0 New York Law School 119
127 2.0 Pace 139
127 2.0 Pacific 141
127 2.0 Quinnipiac 129
127 2.0 San Francisco Tier 2
127 2.0 Texas Tech 102
127 2.0 Tulsa 111
127 2.0 Vermont Tier 2
127 2.0 Washburn 109
127 2.0 Wyoming 119
141 1.9 Akron 134
141 1.9 Chapman 134
141 1.9 Cleveland-Marshall 116
141 1.9 Dayton 119
141 1.9 Duquesne 119
141 1.9 Mitchell-Hamline Tier 2
141 1.9 Southwestern Tier 2
141 1.9 St. Thomas (MN) 126
141 1.9 Toledo 129
150 1.8 Florida A&M Tier 2
150 1.8 North Dakota Tier 2
150 1.8 South Dakota 134
150 1.8 St. Mary's Tier 2
150 1.8 Widener (DE) Tier 2
155 1.7 Detroit Mercy Tier 2
155 1.7 District of Columbia Tier 2
155 1.7 Elon Tier 2
155 1.7 Northern Illinois Tier 2
155 1.7 Roger Williams Tier 2
155 1.7 South Texas Tier 2
155 1.7 Southern Tier 2
155 1.7 Southern Illinois Tier 2
155 1.7 Widener (PA) Tier 2
164 1.6 Cal-Western Tier 2
164 1.6 Campbell Tier 2
164 1.6 Massachusetts Tier 2
164 1.6 Mississippi College Tier 2
164 1.6 New England Tier 2
164 1.6 North Carolina Central Tier 2
164 1.6 Northern Kentucky Tier 2
164 1.6 Nova SE Tier 2
164 1.6 Ohio Northern Tier 2
164 1.6 Samford 144
164 1.6 St. Thomas (FL) Tier 2
164 1.6 Texas Southern Tier 2
164 1.6 Touro Tier 2
177 1.5 Belmont 134
177 1.5 Golden Gate Tier 2
177 1.5 Oklahoma City Tier 2
177 1.5 Western New England Tier 2
181 1.4 Capital Tier 2
181 1.4 John Marshall (GA) Tier 2
181 1.4 Regent Tier 2
184 1.3 Appalachian Tier 2
184 1.3 Charleston Tier 2
186 1.2 Ave Maria Tier 2
186 1.2 Barry Tier 2
186 1.2 Faulkner Tier 2
186 1.2 Florida Coastal Tier 2
186 1.2 Liberty Tier 2
186 1.2 Lincoln Memorial Tier 2
186 1.2 Western Michigan Tier 2
186 1.2 Western Tier 2

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

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Monday, March 29, 2021

U.S. News Issues THIRD Version Of Law School Rankings In Advance Of Their Public Release On Tuesday (12:01 AM ET)

At 3:53 PM ET on Sunday, U.S. News emailed Deans and other law school administrators the following:

US News Logo 2Best Law Schools
For the overall ranking, U.S. News removed the metric for ratio of credit-bearing hours of instruction provided by law librarians to full-time equivalent law students [.25%, reducing the library weighting to 1.75%] and increased the weighting for the bar passage rate indicator [by .25%, for a new total of 2.25%]. As a result, we recalculated the rankings.

This change affected the overall ranking of 35 law schools, including 9 law schools in the Top 30.

Update: Karen Sloan (Law.com), US News' Rough Year Just Got Worse: Law School Rankings Changed a Third Time:

U.S. News & World Report has modified its closely watched law school rankings yet again—marking the third time the rankings have changed in the two weeks prior to their official March 30 release. ...

In a March 28 message to law school administrators, U.S. News said it removed a controversial metric regarding the number of credit hours taught by law librarians, and shifted the 0.25% weight that metric was given over to the bar pass rate indicator. As a result, the total weight given to law library measures in the overall rankings dropped from 2% to 1.75%, while the weight given to the bar pass rate increased from 2% to 2.25%, the message said. U.S. News recalculated the overall rankings with the new weighting, which changed the overall ranking of 35 schools, according to Pepperdine University Law Dean Paul Caron, who wrote about the latest changed on his TaxProfBlog. Nine of the schools in top 30 saw their rankings change, according to Caron, though several law faculty confirmed that there were no changes among the top 20 schools.

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March 29, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Former Temple Dean Faces Criminal Charges For Submitting False Data To Inflate U.S. News Ranking

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Philadelphia Inquirer, Criminal Charges Expected For Ousted Temple Dean in Rankings Scandal, Lawyers Say:

Temple University (2018)A long-running criminal probe into efforts by Temple University’s business school to boost its national rankings with false data is expected to conclude in the coming weeks with prosecutors recommending criminal charges against its former dean, according to recent court filings and interviews with sources familiar with the matter.

Attorneys for M. Moshe Porat — who led the Fox School of Business for more than two decades until his 2018 ouster when the school’s misrepresentations came to light — said the U.S. Attorney’s Office had recently informed them that it was pursuing a grand jury indictment against him and others in the coming weeks. ...

Porat’s lawyers, who did not return requests for comment, accused Temple in court papers Tuesday of stoking the criminal probe and trying to turn their client into a “scapegoat.”

But, in a filing in the defamation case last week, the university for the first time laid the blame squarely on Porat. Not only did the fraud occur under his watch, the school’s lawyers said, he was its “mastermind.”

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March 29, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

How To Juice Your Citations In The HeinOnline/U.S. News Rankings

Following up on last week's post, U.S. News Denies Report That It Will Replace The 40% Reputation Component With HeinOnline Citations In Next Year's Law School Rankings:  Rob Willey (George Mason) & Melanie Knapp (George Mason), Hein, U.S. News, and How to Increase Citations:

Hein US NewsUsing nearly 250,000 law review articles published on HeinOnline in a five-year period, the authors analyze citation patterns and characteristics of the articles such as title length, number of authors, article length, publication format, and more. The authors describe past citation studies and best practices in Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The authors find that factors beyond article quality likely impact scholarly citations. Drawing from the lessons in the citation patterns, article characteristics, and SEO best practices, the authors offer techniques to increase the article citation counts of articles published in U.S. law journals.

Based on data pulled from Hein, U.S. News will introduce a new scholarly impact ranking later this year. While this new ranking has the potential to improve the overall law school rankings, it opens the door to a wide-range of potential issues from citation cartels to keyword stuffing to less focus on important but less well-known areas of the law. Using lessons from the SEO world, the authors conclude with a detailed discussion of these potential problems.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

U.S. News Makes Last-Minute Changes to Law School Rankings, Fueling Criticism And Concern

Karen Sloan (Law.com), US News Makes Last-Minute Changes to Law School Rankings, Fueling Criticism and Concern:

US News Logo 2U.S. News & World Report said Thursday that it’s removing a controversial diversity ranking from its law school rankings package that is set to be released March 30.

That decision comes after deans from 162 law schools asked for a last-minute revision to the standalone “Most Diverse Law Schools Ranking,” citing the exclusion of students of more than one race from its calculation of “underrepresented minorities.” The deans requested that the ranking be recalculated to include multiethnic students—which would mark the second time the diversity ranking was changed in the past week. U.S. News this week recalculated that ranking after initially failing to include Asian students.

“After receiving feedback from law schools, we’ve removed the law diversity ranking and will publish it at a later, as yet undetermined date in order to include students of two or more races,” wrote U.S. News Chief Data Strategist Bob Morse in an email.

The deans' letter to Morse said that excluding multiethnic law students from the diversity rankings is “simply wrong and unacceptable.”

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Monday, March 22, 2021

U.S. News Denies Report That It Will Replace The 40% Reputation Component With HeinOnline Citations In Next Year's Law School Rankings

Following up on this morning's post, The New U.S. News Law School Rankings Methodology: Implications And Predictions:  Seth Barrett Tillman (National University of Ireland, Maynooth - Faculty of Law), The Future of U.S. News and World Report’s Law School Rankings: A Letter from A Friend:

Hein US News[T]he HeinOnline] ScholarRank score is about to become the single most important metric in American legal academia. Starting next year, 40% of each American law school’s U.S. News [and World Report] ranking will be based on HeinOnline’s cumulative ScholarRank of the school’s faculty (which apparently will consist of the combined faculty score divided by the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty). It’s going to have a huge impact on our field. Interestingly, however, most law school faculty (at least in my neck of the woods) seem unaware of ScholarRank.

I checked with Robert Morse (Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News & World Report) and he provided this response:

U.S. News will not replace the peer assessment score and assessment score by lawyers and judges with HeinOnline citation metrics in the 2023 law school rankings. We don’t have any announcements for future editions of the rankings.

 

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March 22, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

The New U.S. News Law School Rankings Methodology: Implications And Predictions

Following up on my previous post, 2022 U.S. News Law School Rankings:  Mike Spivey (Spivey Consulting), Understanding and Implications of the New USNWR Law School Rankings Methodology:

US News Logo 2For the first time in years, U.S. News & World Report has changed their law school ranking methodology. Starting this year, the metrics will include a new factor: graduate debt. This new factor will be assigned a 5% overall weight. The metric has two components.

First, 3% weight will be applied to the average amount of graduate debt incurred by students in the previous year’s graduating class. Only students who have taken on law school debt will be counted in this metric. Higher average debt will hurt; lower average debt will help.

Second, 2% weight will be applied to the proportion of a school’s graduating class who incurred law school debt. Again, higher proportions will hurt; lower proportions will help.

To make room for these new factors, U.S. News has reduced the weighting of two categories. The “Selectivity” factors have been reduced from 25% weight to 21%. Median test scores will now count for 11.25% of rankings, median GPA will count for 8.75%, and acceptance rate will count for 1%.

The Faculty Resources metric has been reduced from 15% weight to 14%.

There are absolutely some positives coming from these changes. First, they reduce the influence of admissions metrics. ... It is the first time that the rankings have, in any real way, addressed the cost of law school. ...

These new metrics are a step in the right direction, but they aren’t without downside.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

The Ten Smallest Towns With Law Schools