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Friday, January 21, 2022

2020-21 Moot Court Rankings

UC Hastings Takes Moot Court Crown, Nat'l Jurist, Fall 2021, at 18:

According to an annual ranking by University of Houston Law Center’s Blakely Advocacy Institute, UC Hastings racked up 127.5 points in moot court competitions during the 2020-21 academic year. (The score takes into account the quality of the competitions, their size and the school’s performance.) By comparison, second-place University of Georgia School of Law earned 97.5 points. That’s pretty far back in the rear view mirror.

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

Sunday, January 16, 2022

2021 Religious Law School Rankings

Most Devout Law SchoolsThe Most Devout Law Schools, preLaw (Winter 2021):

Every two years, preLaw magazine spotlights the country’s Most Devout Law Schools [2019 ranking here]. ... Forty-six law schools in the U.S. have ties to faith. ... 28 law schools ... are associated with the Catholic religion. Many others are rooted to other Christian faiths, and two are Jewish institutions — Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York City and Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Central Islip, N.Y.

Most Devout Christian Law Schools

METHODOLOGY
preLaw magazine bases its Most Devout honor roll on information gathered from law schools and other sources, including: percentage and activity of students and faculty who belong to the faith; number of religion-focused courses and other ways the school incorporates faith into its curriculum; religion-related journals, centers and clinics; religious services and clergy at the law school; and mission of the law school.

Most Devout Catholic Law Schools:

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

Friday, January 14, 2022

2022 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Overall Ranking

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2022 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts, I highlighted the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Yesterday, I blogged the Top 50 law school professor rankings, giving equal weight (50%) to the Professors: Teaching and Professors: Accessibility rankings.

Today, in my concluding post, I blog the Princeton Review's overall law school rankings, giving equal weight (20%) to each of the Admissions Selectivity, Academic Experience, Professors: Teaching, Professors: Accessibility, and Career Rating rankings:

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January 14, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, January 13, 2022

2022 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Teaching And Accessibility)

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2022 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Here are the Top 50 law school professor rankings, giving equal weight (50%) to the Professors: Teaching and Professors: Accessibility rankings:

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

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

2022 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Career Rating

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2022 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Career Rating:  This rating measures the confidence students have in their school's ability to lead them to fruitful employment opportunities, as well as the school's own record of having done so. This rating takes into account both student survey responses and school-reported statistical data. We ask students about how much the law program encourages practical experience; the opportunities for externships, internships, and clerkships; and how prepared to practice law they expect to feel after graduating. We ask law schools for the median starting salaries of graduating students; the percentage employed in a job that requires bar passage (and not employed by the school); and the percentage of these students who pass the bar exam the first time they take it. This rating is on a scale of 60–99.

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

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Best Law Schools For Practical Training

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

Schools have managed to do incredible work, even during a pandemic when face-to-face clinical work and externship opportunities were disrupted. ... This year, we’re honoring 65 schools, but every law school invests in practical training.

Practical Training

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.

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January 11, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed | Permalink

2022 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Accessibility)

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2022 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Professors: Accessible:  This rating is based on how law students rate the accessibility of law faculty members at their school. The rating is on a scale of 60 to 99. 

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January 11, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, January 10, 2022

The 50 Most Downloaded U.S. Tax Law Professors Of 2021

  1. SSRN Logo (2018)Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan):  8,299 downloads
  2. Daniel Hemel (Chicago):  5,211 downloads
  3. Lily Batchelder (NYU):  4,417 downloads
  4. Bridget Crawford (Pace):  4.240 downloads
  5. David Kamin (NYU):  3,999 downloads
  6. Kimberley Clausing (UCLA):  3,821 downloads
  7. Kyle Rozema (Washington University):  3,432 downloads
  8. Dhammika Dharmapala (Chicago): 3,279 downloads
  9. Ruth Mason (Virginia):  3,014 downloads
  10. Richard Ainsworth (Boston University):  2,693 downloads
  11. David Gamage (Indiana):  2,661 downloads
  12. Zachary Liscow (Yale):  2,515 downloads
  13. Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indianapolis):  2,469 downloads
  14. Robert Sitkoff (Harvard):  2,427 downloads
  15. Darien Shanske (UC-Davis):  2,305 downloads
  16. Dan Shaviro (NYU):  2,241 downloads
  17. Louis Kaplow (Harvard):  1,970 downloads
  18. Francine Lipman (UNLV):  1,849 downloads
  19. Brad Borden (Brooklyn):  1,831 downloads
  20. Ari Glogower (Ohio State):  1,804 downloads
  21. Yariv Brauner (Florida):  1,735 downloads
  22. Hugh Ault (Boston College):  1,730 downloads
  23. Gregg Polsky (Georgia):  1,586 downloads
  24. Victor Fleischer (UC-Irvine):  1,488 downloads
  25. Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College):  1,381 downloads
  26. Michael Simkovic (USC):  1,357 downloads
  27. Leandra Lederman (Indiana-Bloomington):  1,352 downloads
  28. Omri Marian (UC-Irvine):  1,321 downloads
  29. Paul Caron (Pepperdine):  1,270 downloads
  30. Diane Ring (Boston College):  1,321 downloads
  31. Rebecca Kysar (Fordham):  1,192 downloads
  32. Cliff Fleming (BYU):  1,187 downloads
  33. Brian Galle (Georgetown):  1,136 downloads
  34. Joshua Blank (UC-Irvine):  1,124 downloads
  35. Steven Dean (Brooklyn):  1,123 downloads

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January 10, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Rankings | Permalink

The 50 Most Downloaded U.S. Law Professors Of 2021

  1. SSRN Logo (2018)Cass Sunstein (Harvard):  33,029 downloads
  2. Michael Klausner (Stanford):  29,220 downloads
  3. Michael Ohlrogge (NYU):  28,562 downloads
  4. Daniel Solove (George Washington):  26,998 downloads
  5. Orin Kerr (UC-Berkeley):  17,527 downloads
  6. Mark Lemley (Stanford):  15,871 downloads
  7. Saule Omarova (Cornell):  15,026 downloads
  8. Lucian Bebchuk (Harvard):  14,884 downloads
  9. Danielle Keats Citron (Virginia):  13,550 downloads
  10. Brian Frye (Kentucky):  12,001 downloads
  11. Dan Kahan (Yale):  10,785 downloads
  12. Eric Goldman (Santa Clara):  10,254 downloads
  13. Herbert Hovenkamp (Penn):  9,801 downloads
  14. Brian Leiter (Chicago):  9,781 downloads
  15. Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan):  8,299 downloads
  16. James Duane (Regent):  8,004 downloads
  17. Robert Chesney (Texas):  7,269 downloads
  18. Woodrow Hartzog (Northeastern):  7,244 downloads
  19. Brian Slocum (McGeorge):  7,118 downloads
  20. Jack Balkin (Yale):  7,029 downloads
  21. William McGeveran (Minnesota):  6,787 downloads
  22. Wulf Kaal (St. Thomas-MN):  6,723 downloads
  23. Josh Blackman (South Texas):  6,567 downloads
  24. Jesse Fried (Harvard):  6,347 downloads
  25. Jeremy Waldron (NYU):  6,328 downloads
  26. Richard Albert (Texas):  6,312 downloads
  27. Richard Hasen (UC-Irvine):  6,284 downloads
  28. Andrew Selbst (UCLA):  6,250 downloads
  29. Neil Richards (Washington University):  6,235 downloads
  30. Nancy Levit (UMKC):  6,171 downloads
  31. Jorge Contreras (Utah):  6,134 downloads
  32. Peter Menell (UC-Berkeley):  6,129 downloads
  33. Eric Posner (Chicago):  6,017 downloads
  34. Ian Ayres (Yale):  5,929 downloads
  35. Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA):  5,806 downloads

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

2022 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Teaching)

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2022 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Professors: Interesting:  This rating is based on how students rate the quality of teaching at their law school. This rating is on a scale of 60-99.

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

Friday, January 7, 2022

2022 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Academic Experience

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2022 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Academic Experience:  This rating measures the quality of the school's learning environment on a scale of 60 to 99. Factors taken into consideration include the Admissions Selectivity Rating, as well as how students rate each of the following: the quality of teaching and the accessibility of their professors, the research resources at their school, the range of available courses, the balance of curricular emphasis on legal theory and practical lawyering, the tolerance for diverse opinions in the classroom, and the degree of intellectual challenge that the coursework presents.

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January 7, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, January 6, 2022

2022 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Admissions Selectivity

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2022 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Admissions Selectivity:  This rating measures the competitiveness of admissions at each law school on a scale of 60–99. Factors taken into consideration include the median LSAT score and undergraduate GPA of entering 1L students, the percentage of applicants who are accepted, and the percentage of applicants who are accepted and ultimately enroll. 

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January 6, 2022 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Princeton Review's Best 168 Law Schools (2022 Edition)

Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review has published the 2022 edition of The Best 168 Law Schools (press release) (FAQs) (methodology):

The Princeton Review’s lists ... name the top 10 law schools in 14 categories. The company tallied the lists based on data from its surveys of 15,000 students attending 168 law schools [an average of 89 per school] in the U.S., and of administrators at the schools. ... The Princeton Review's student survey for this project asked students to rate their law schools on dozens of topics and report on their experiences at the schools. The administrator survey collected data on everything from admission requirements, academic offerings, and financial aid to facts about enrolled students and information on graduates' employment. Of the 14 categories of ranking lists, The Princeton Review tallied six lists based on student- and administrator-reported data. Five lists were based solely on student data, and three solely on administrator data.

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

  1. Virginia
  2. Vanderbilt
  3. Florida State
  4. Samford
  5. Penn

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

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

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

Monday, December 20, 2021

Law School Rankings By Fall 2021 Acceptance Rate

Following up on Wednesday's release by the ABA of Fall 2021 admissions data: this is the third of three posts on the impact of that data on the forthcoming 2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings (the 2022 rankings are here). In the current methodology, a law school's acceptance rate counts 1% in the overall ranking. 

Rank School 2021 Acceptance Rate 2020 Acceptance Rate
1 Yale 4.12 7.40 (1)
2 Stanford 6.28 10.48 (2)
3 Harvard 6.90 13.00 (3)
4 Penn 9.39 14.30 (5)
5 Virginia 9.66 14.05 (4)
6 Michigan 10.65 16.36 (6)
7 Columbia 11.42 16.69 (7)
8 Chicago 11.91 17.86 (9)
9 Georgetown 12.88 20.10 (16)
10 USC 12.96 17.18 (8)
11 UC-Berkeley 13.66 21.53 (20)
12 Northwestern 13.91 19.2 (13)
13 Vanderbilt 14.25 22.57 (25)
14 Duke 14.45 22.34 (23)
15 NYU 14.52 21.58 (21)
16 Texas 15.24 18.43 (11)
17 Cornell 15.41 19.03 (12)
18 UCLA 15.43 22.75 (26)
19 North Carolina 15.46 21.62 (22)
20 Washington University 15.88 20.31 (19)
21 UC-Irvine 16.83 20.30 (18)
22 Florida 17.43 19.77 (15)
23 Notre Dame 17.51 20.28 (17)
24 Fordham 17.69 27.37 (31)
25 Villanova 17.80 29.75 (36)
26 Boston University 18.33 24.93 (28)
27 Texas A&M 18.41 22.43 (24)
28 Georgia 18.48 19.35 (14)
29 Florida Int'l 20.56 27.33 (30)
30 Arizona State 20.61 26.19 (29)
31 George Washington 21.57 34.15 (49)
32 Florida State 22.47 29.70 (35)
33 Boston College 23.49 31.84 (39)
34 Northeastern 24.40 35.56 (55)
35 Howard 24.53 34.22 (50)
36 University of Arizona 24.73 27.74 (32)
37 Pepperdine 24.97 28.20 (33)
38 Utah 25.52 33.45 (45)
39 University of Washington 25.57 34.51 (52)
40 Dayton 25.76 36.21 (59)
41 Georgia State 26.96 28.57 (34)
42 George Mason 27.07 22.80 (27)
43 Emory 27.31 32.21 (40)
44 Minnesota 27.57 36.45 (62)
45 Colorado 27.69 36.50 (63)
46 American 27.94 36.35 (60)
47 UC-Hastings 28.04 38.66 (72)
48 Texas Southern 28.18 30.43 (37)
49 UC-Davis 28.26 33.06 (43)
50 Chapman 28.26 32.55 (41)

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December 20, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, December 17, 2021

Law School Rankings By Fall 2021 Median UGPAs

Following up on Wednesday's release by the ABA of Fall 2021 admissions data: this is the second of three posts on the impact of that data on the forthcoming 2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings (the 2022 rankings are here). In the current methodology, a law school's median UGPA counts 8.75% in the overall ranking. 

Rank School 2021 UGPA 2020 UGPA
1 Alabama 3.94 3.94 (1)
1 Yale 3.94 3.94 (1)
3 Washington University 3.93 3.88 (7)
4 Harvard 3.92 3.88 (7)
5 Chicago 3.91 3.89 (4)
5 Stanford 3.91 3.89 (4)
5 Virginia 3.91 3.90 (3)
8 Penn 3.90 3.89 (4)
9 Vanderbilt 3.89 3.82 (14)
10 Cornell 3.86 3.86 (9)
10 Florida 3.86 3.84 (11)
10 Northwestern 3.86 3.85 (10)
10 NYU 3.86 3.82 (14)
14 Arizona State 3.85 3.83 (12)
14 BYU 3.85 3.82 (14)
14 Georgetown 3.85 3.78 (24)
17 Columbia 3.84 3.82 (14)
17 Michigan 3.84 3.76 (30)
17 Texas A&M 3.84 3.76 (30)
20 George Washington 3.83 3.76 (30)
20 UC-Berkeley 3.83 3.81 (18)
22 Duke 3.82 3.80 (19)
22 Florida State 3.82 3.72 (37)
22 Georgia 3.82 3.78 (24)
22 UCLA 3.82 3.79 (22)
22 USC 3.82 3.83 (12)
22 Utah 3.82 3.77 (27)
28 George Mason 3.81 3.77 (27)
29 Emory 3.80 3.80 (19)
29 Minnesota 3.80 3.77 (27)
29 Pepperdine 3.80 3.68 (41)
29 Texas 3.80 3.76 (30)
33 Ohio State 3.79 3.79 (22)
34 William & Mary 3.78 3.60 (71)
35 Boston University 3.77 3.80 (19)
35 Indiana (Maurer) 3.77 3.78 (24)
35 Notre Dame 3.77 3.75 (34)
38 Penn State-University Park 3.76 3.72 (37)
38 SMU 3.76 3.73 (34)
40 Puerto Rico 3.75 3.61 (67)
40 Wayne State 3.75 3.65 (48)
42 Cardozo 3.74 3.65 (48)
43 North Carolina 3.73 3.68 (41)
44 Belmont 3.71 3.60 (71)
45 Cincinnati 3.70 3.65 (48)
45 Fordham 3.70 3.64 (55)
45 Maryland 3.70 3.66 (45)
45 Richmond 3.70 3.62 (65)
45 San Diego 3.70 3.65 (48)
45 UC-Davis 3.70 3.72 (37)
45 UNLV 3.70 3.67 (44)
45 Villanova 3.70 3.63 (58)

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December 17, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Law School Rankings By Fall 2021 Median LSAT Scores

Following up on yesterday's release by the ABA of Fall 2021 admissions data: this is the first of three posts on the impact of that data on the forthcoming 2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings (the 2022 rankings are here). In the current methodology, a law school's median LSAT and GRE scores count 11.25% in the overall ranking. Because the ABA only reports GRE scores for law schools with 10 or more admitted students with GRE scores, the rankings below are based solely on median LSAT scores:

Rank School 2021 LSAT 2020 LSAT
1 Columbia 174 172 (3)
1 Harvard 174 173 (1)
1 Yale 174 173 (1)
4 Chicago 172 171 (4)
4 NYU 172 170 (6)
4 Stanford 172 171 (4)
7 Cornell 171 168 (14)
7 Georgetown 171 168 (14)
7 Michigan 171 169 (9)
7 Northwestern 171 169 (9)
7 Penn 171 170 (6)
7 Virginia 171 170 (6)
13 Duke 170 169 (9)
13 UCLA 170 169 (9)
13 Washington University 170 169 (9)
16 Boston University 169 167 (18)
16 Texas 169 168 (14)
16 UC-Berkeley 169 168 (14)
16 Vanderbilt 169 167 (18)
20 Notre Dame 168 167 (18)
20 USC 168 167 (18)
22 BYU 167 166 (22)
22 Emory 167 166 (22)
22 Florida 167 165 (26)
22 George Washington 167 166 (22)
22 UC-Irvine 167 166 (22)
27 Arizona State 166 165 (26)
27 Fordham 166 164 (30)
27 Georgia 166 165 (26)
27 Minnesota 166 165 (26)
31 Alabama 165 164 (30)
31 Boston College 165 164 (30)
31 UC-Davis 165 163 (34)
34 Cardozo 164 162 (42)
34 Colorado 164 163 (34)
34 George Mason 164 164 (30)
34 Illinois 164 162 (42)
34 Indiana (Maurer) 164 162 (42)
34 North Carolina 164 163 (34)
34 Pepperdine 164 162 (42)
34 University of Washington 164 162 (42)
34 Washington & Lee 164 163 (34)
34 William & Mary 164 163 (34)
34 Wisconsin 164 163 (34)
45 University of Arizona 163 163 (34)
45 Florida State 163 161 (49)
45 Iowa 163 161 (49)
45 Ohio State 163 161 (49)
45 SMU 163 162 (42)
45 Temple 163 161 (49)
45 Texas A&M 163 160 (55)
45 Utah 163 161 (49)
45 Wake Forest 163 163 (34)

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

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

July 2021 California Bar Exam Results For Out-Of-State Law Schools

CA state bar logo PNGFollowing up on yesterday's post on the July 2021 California Bar Exam results for in-state law schools: the state bar has released comparable data for out-of-state law schools. Overall, 52.6% of all applicants passed the California bar exam. Among graduates of ABA-accredited law schools, first-time takers from in-state law schools passed at a higher rate (80.1%) than students from out-of state law schools (75.1%).

Out-of-state law schools with the highest pass rates:
Harvard: 98.6% (70 students took the exam)
Michigan: 97.7% (44)
Chicago: 93.9% (33)
BYU: 93.8% (16)
Notre Dame: 93.8% (16)
NYU: 93.3% (30)
Columbia: 93.0% (43)
Yale: 92.9% (28)
Virginia: 92.6% (27)
Duke: 91.7% (24)
Northwestern: 91.4% (35)
Penn: 87.5% (24)
Georgetown: 86.4% (44)

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

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

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

July 2021 California Bar Exam Results

California State BarThe California State Bar has released school-by-school data on the July 2021 California Bar Exam.  Here are the results for first time test takers for the 18 California ABA-accredited law schools, along with each school's U.S. News ranking (California and overall):

Bar Pass

Rank (Rate)

 

School

US News Rank

CA (Overall)

1 (95.4%)

UC-Berkeley

2 (9)

2 (94.4%)

Stanford

1 (2)

3 (94.3%)

USC

4 (19)

4 (93.1%)

UCLA.

3 (14)

5 (88.9%)

UC-Irvine

5 (35)

6 (86.2%)

Loyola-L.A.

 9 (72)

7 (84.9%)

Pepperdine

7 (46)

8 (82.6%)

UC-Hastings

8 (50)

9 (80.8%)

UC-Davis

5 (35)

10 (80.4%)

San Diego

10 (86)

      80.1%

Statewide Ave. (CA ABA-accredited)

11 (78.8%)

Chapman

12 (134)

12 (77.2%)

Southwestern

Rank Not Published

13 (70.1%)

McGeorge

13 (141)

14 (66.9%)

Santa Clara

11 (126)

15 (64.9%)

San Francisco

Rank Not Published

16 (64.3%)

Cal-Western

Rank Not Published

17 (49.2%)

Western State

Rank Not Published

18 (36.3%)

Golden Gate

Rank Not Published

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December 14, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Former Temple Dean Convicted In U.S. News Rankings Scandal Fraud; AUSA Hopes Case Send A Message To Administrators At Other Schools

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Philadelphia Inquirer, Former Temple Business School Dean Guilty in Rankings Scandal Fraud Case:

Temple University (2018)The rankings scandal cost Porat his job as dean and the university hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal settlements.

The former dean of Temple University’s Fox School of Business was convicted Monday of orchestrating a complex fraud scheme to propel his college to the top of national rankings and defraud its students and donors based on that unearned reputation.

Moshe Porat — who led the school for more than two decades until he was fired for the misrepresentations in 2018 — shook his head quietly as the jury announced it had found him guilty of federal conspiracy and wire fraud charges now likely to send him to prison.

It took the panel of eight women and four men less than an hour to conclude that he, along with two of his subordinates, had for years knowingly embellished the data they were sending on Fox’s students to the magazine U.S. News & World Report, allowing its online MBA program to achieve its No. 1 ranking for four straight years.

The distinction helped Fox more than double its enrollment for the program between 2014 and 2017, raking in millions in tuition payments from students and donor dollars.

“The hope is that this case sends a message to other college and university administrators that there are real consequences to making representations that students and applicants rely on,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark B. Dubnoff said. “So many people turn to these rankings … to help them make informed decisions of where to go to college, graduate school, and it’s important that people are honest and fully truthful with the representations they make.”

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

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Yale Dean Finds 'Something Fishy' In B-School Rankings, Highlights Need For Greater Transparency

Chronicle of Higher Education, Is This College Ranking Faulty?:

Bloomberg Business School Rankings (2021-22)A dean found something fishy in a magazine’s list of business schools. The editors say he’s off base.

There was a lot that Anjani Jain liked about Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of business schools. It was only when the deputy dean at the Yale School of Management dug deeper that it stopped making sense to him.

Like most publications that rate institutions of higher education, this one chose certain categories to evaluate, such as how much money graduates make, and weighted each category based on its importance. But unlike with many other rankings, Businessweek asked students, recent alumni, and recruiters what was important to them, and used their responses to determine how much weight to give to each of the five categories it used to evaluate schools: compensation, learning, networking, entrepreneurship, and diversity. To Jain, this seemed like a good idea.

The dean, who has a background in mathematics, physics, and operations research, began poking around at the numbers, trying to replicate the ranking using the information that was public. He has tinkered with other rankings too; digging into the calculations can be a way for him to procrastinate when he has other work. But when following Businessweek’s published methodology, Jain’s ranking of the business schools did not come out in the same order.

“I noticed that somehow there were numerical anomalies,” he said. The crowdsourced weights that the magazine said it gave to each of its five categories didn’t seem to yield the ranking order the magazine had published.

Perplexed, Jain wrote to Businessweek. An editor wrote back, explaining that the weights had been applied to raw scores, rather than the scores published.

Jain was skeptical. He believed that he had deduced what the weights would have to be in order to recreate the list that Businessweek published. Those weights, he said, were not the same as what the magazine had gotten from its surveys.

The way Jain sees it, one of two things happened. Either the weights were applied to the data before it was normalized — a mathematical process that can be used to ensure that data sets are being compared on the same numerical scale — which would be a statistical error, he said. Or the ranking was calculated accurately, but after the fact some sort of “mysterious manipulation,” as Jain put it, took place.

Businessweek editor did not respond to The Chronicle’s request for comment. The magazine stands by its ranking. ... The spokesperson said that the magazine’s methodology was vetted by multiple data scientists and that disclosing raw data “would create the possibility that the rankings could be reverse-engineered or gamed by a school for an unfair advantage.” ... 

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November 24, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, November 12, 2021

Only 2 Of The 50 Most-Cited Legal Scholars Are Women

Fred R. Shapiro (Yale), The Most-Cited Legal Scholars Revisited, 88 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1595 (2021):

Shapiro 3This Essay presents a list of the fifty most-cited legal scholars of all time, intending to spotlight individuals who have had a very notable impact on legal thought and institutions. Because citation counting favors scholars who have had long careers, I supplement the main listing with a ranking of the most-cited younger legal scholars. In addition, I include five specialized lists: most-cited international law scholars, most-cited corporate law scholars, most-cited scholars of critical race theory and feminist jurisprudence, most-cited public law scholars, and most-cited scholars of law and social science. (For those readers who cannot wait to see the actual lists, Tables 1–7 are on pages 8–11.)

The utility of citation totals as indicators of scholarly quality or even of scholarly influence is controversial, but they have been shown to correlate positively with informed subjective assessments. The danger in relying on such counts is that, because they are so convenient, they will be disproportionately relied upon relative to their actual probative value. There are a number of significant biases in citation statistics, and there are a variety of pitfalls that should be avoided in attempting to compile meaningful citation data. I will describe these biases and pitfalls when I explain the derivation and methodology of my study. It is my hope that I have produced tabulations that, although they clearly have imperfections, can serve as examples of careful analysis. Such examples are sorely needed after flawed proposed “scholarly impact rankings” by the U.S. News and World Report threatened to have a harmful effect on legal education.

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November 12, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Admissions Data At 90% 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 90% of the U.S. News Top 50 law schools, LSAT (+1.5) and UGPA (+0.3) medians are up, as well as enrollment (+27.0). (Yellow shading indicates law schools added since my September 15 post): 

US News Top 50 Admissions

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October 26, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

U.S. News Crime Spree: Florida Students Steal 40 Of 75 Banners Celebrating Top 5 Public University Ranking

The Independent Florida Alligator, Forty UF Top-Five Banners Stolen From Campus:

UF Top 5Seventy-five banners that read “Top 5” hung at UF. Now, only 35 remain.

Forty banners celebrating the school’s new national ranking have been stolen across the UF campus.

Since the week of Sept. 13, the missing banners amount to a loss of almost $3,000, UF spokesperson Steve Orlando said. The double-sided, vinyl hangings are 24 inches wide and 72 inches tall. They cost about $73 each. ...

In less than one month, the banners have disappeared just as quickly as they were put up. Within six days of the U.S. News and World Report ranking announcement, banners were hung around campus including the Reitz Lawn, Plaza of the Americas and along Union Road. ...

Orlando attributes these thefts to excitement about the university’s new ranking. “We were glad that people are excited about the number five ranking,” he said. “We would prefer it if they would find another way to express their excitement.” ...

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

Monday, October 18, 2021

U.S. News Releases Elementary School (!) Rankings

U.S. News & World Report, New Elementary and Middle Schools Rankings Launched:

U.S. News Elementary School RankingsToday, for the first time, U.S. News published rankings of public elementary and middle schools [methodology here]. Like our annual Best High Schools rankings, we hope these statistical assessments are a useful resource for parents in conjunction with the accompanying data we publish on school characteristics.

All public schools were ranked for which source data and history allowed. In other words, whether a school was ranked or unranked was independent of academic quality. About 81% of public schools with elementary and middle school grades received a ranking.

Including ranked and unranked schools, U.S. News now lists 118,332 public and private grade schools in its directory; among which U.S. News ranked 79,941 unique public grade schools in 2021. These include 47,325 schools newly ranked as elementary schools and 23,255 as middle schools — some of which are in both rankings.

Unlike the high school rankings, there are no national rankings of elementary and middle schools. There are overall state rankings and state rankings broken out by school district. We also published statewide rankings specific to charter schools and magnet schools.

Drexel Dean Dan Filler's 2008 tongue in cheek announcement of a U.S. News Preschool Rankings has nearly come true:  U.S. News lists, but does not rank, over 1,500 preschools.

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October 18, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Law & Society Association Statement On Rejection Of 'Scholarly Impact' Ranking Of Law Faculty

Following up on my previous post, U.S. News Abandons Plan To Issue Citations Ranking Of Law Faculty:  Law & Society Association, Statement on Recent Rejection of “Scholarly Impact” Metric:

Hein US NewsThe U.S. News and World Report Decided to Reject a Proposed Law School Rankings Metric that Would Have Impacted LSA Scholars

The Law and Society Association is pleased to report that the U.S. News and World Report has decided not to proceed with its proposal to add a measure of “scholarly impact” to its law school rankings. This report summarizes the Association’s concerns and actions taken while the metric was under consideration.

The proposed metric for measuring scholarly impact was to be drawn from citations in the Hein database which is comprised primarily of law review articles. The Law & Society Association was concerned with the implications for our members, many of whom write books, book chapters and peer-reviewed articles that appear in and are frequently cited in publications other than law reviews. For that reason, the scholarly impact of our members’ scholarship would not have been accurately represented in the proposed metric. In addition, non-doctrinal and data-driven socio-legal scholarship ordinarily does not amass as many citations as constitutional or purely doctrinal articles do. Moreover, if law schools attempted to game the system to improve their rankings, as has happened with other U.S. News metrics, the intellectual, interdisciplinary, and racial diversity of law school faculties and the range of topics they choose to write on might have been negatively affected.

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October 12, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, October 4, 2021

The Most-Cited Law Faculties: Sisk-Leiter (Westlaw) v. Sag (HeinOnline)

Following up on my previous post, The 68 Most-Cited Law Faculties:  Matthew Sag (Loyola-Chicago), A Simple and Inclusive Citation Ranking of U.S. Law Schools (19 pages):

Scholarly impact, academic influence, or faculty reputation: call it what you will, there is a general sense that the work that law professors do outside the classroom is important part of what law schools have to offer, and what distinguishes one from another. Unfortunately, the academic ranking that seems to have captured the most attention, the Sisk rankings, is not fit for purpose. The Sisk rankings arbitrarily excludes the majority of ABA accredited law schools, including several that outperform many of those ranked by Sisk and every law school based at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

This exclusionary approach to ranking schools is unfair and unnecessary. It is unfair because it falsely implies that certain disfavored or overlooked schools are inferior to those deemed worth ranking. Moreover, even the exclusion of schools that don’t outrank Sisk’s preferred schools once the playing field has been leveled is also unfair. It suggests that the overlooked schools are not even in the same league as those that are ranked, rather than being separated by matters of degree.

This unfairness is unnecessary. In this Essay, I offer a much fairer and more straightforward ranking of U.S. law school faculty impact based on the median five-year citation count of doctrinal faculty in law reviews and journals in the HeinOnline database. My rankings include every U.S. law school in the HeinOnline database, i.e. every ABA accredited school. Furthermore, to demonstrate that the unfairness of the Sisk rankings do not depend on the minutia of calculation, I provide several alternative rankings based on mean, median, and total citations within the past five years, and various combinations thereof. No matter how you crunch the numbers, several schools that ignore actually outperform the ones he chooses to rank.

Underrated

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October 4, 2021 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, October 1, 2021

2021 Meta-Ranking Of Flagship U.S. Law Reviews

Bryce Clayton Newell (Oregon), 2021 Meta-Ranking of Flagship US Law Reviews:

This is an updated ranking of the top flagship law reviews at US law schools (updated as of September 29, 2021). ... The ranking table below includes 193 flagship law reviews from ABA accredited law schools. Even if you ignore the “MetaRank,” the table provides access to the updated rankings from US News (peer reputation and overall rankings, averaged over the 10-year period from 2013 edition through the 2022 edition of US News’ rankings) and the current Washington & Lee Rankings (2016-2020; released on June 30, 2021) and Google Scholar (July 2021) rankings. 

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

Journal MetaRank prRank usnRank wluRank gRank wlu(IF)Rank
Harvard Law Review 1 1 3 1 1 13
Yale Law Journal 2 2 1 2 2 2
Stanford Law Review 3 3 2 4 5 1
Columbia Law Review 4 4 5 8 3 29
California Law Review 5 7 9 3 7 3
Univ. of Penn. Law Review 6 9 7 6 6 5
Univ. of Chicago Law Review 7 5 4 14 8 15
Georgetown Law Journal 8 14 14 5 4 6
Michigan Law Review 9 8 10 9 11 8
Virginia Law Review 10 9 8 18 10 12
Duke Law Journal 11 11 11 12 14 7
NYU Law Review 12 6 6 22 19 21
Texas Law Review 13 15 15 16 9 16
UCLA Law Review 14 16 16 13 13 4
Cornell Law Review 15 12 13 15 22 8
Northwestern Univ. Law Rev. 15 13 12 23 14 18
Vanderbilt Law Review 17 17 17 20 11 24
Minnesota Law Review 18 20 20 10 16 14
Notre Dame Law Review 19 23 21 7 16 10
Iowa Law Review 20 29 25 11 16 20
Boston University Law Review 21 25 24 21 20 23
Washington Univ. Law Review 22 18 18 30 29 17
George Washington Law Rev. 23 24 23 29 21 36
Emory Law Journal 24 21 22 32 24 21
Southern California Law Rev. 25 19 19 31 32 18
Boston College Law Review 26 29 29 24 22 33
William & Mary Law Review 27 33 35 19 27 11
Fordham Law Review 28 34 39 17 25 43
U.C. Davis Law Review 29 26 37 26 30 27
Washington Law Review 30 35 33 28 28 25
North Carolina Law Review 31 22 36 34 36 31
Indiana Law Journal 32 32 31 35 34 33
Wisconsin Law Review 32 27 32 33 40 26
Univ. of Illinois Law Review 32 39 41 27 25 31
Ohio State Law Journal 35 31 37 37 36 28
Washington & Lee Law Rev. 36 40 34 41 41 49
Alabama Law Review 36 37 26 43 50 39
Florida Law Review 38 37 43 36 41 29
Arizona State Law Journal 39 41 27 51 44 58
Hastings Law Journal 40 42 55 38 30 46
Arizona Law Review 41 44 44 42 36 33
Maryland Law Review 42 48 48 39 33 39
Cardozo Law Review 43 53 59 25 34 41
Wake Forest Law Review 44 45 40 45 45 57
Georgia Law Review 45 35 30 46 70 36
Univ. of Colorado Law Rev. 46 43 45 47 50 51
BYU Law Review 47 49 41 48 48 48
American Univ. Law Review 48 50 75 40 36 43
U.C. Irvine Law Review 49 28 28 84 62 99
Utah Law Review 50 51 47 60 56 62
Connecticut Law Review 51 52 57 49 62 36
Houston Law Review 52 63 56 53 54 54
George Mason Law Review 53 57 46 50 78 51
Univ. of Richmond Law Rev. 54 70 54 56 54 49
Tulane Law Review 55 46 51 72 67 76
Case Western Reserve L. Rev. 56 67 64 58 48 79
SMU Law Review 57 65 50 73 62 84
Temple Law Review 58 58 53 64 78 58
Tennessee Law Review 59 61 60 69 1000 54
Missouri Law Review 60 69 64 70 52 77
Florida State Univ. Law Rev. 61 47 49 82 78 70
Lewis & Clark Law Review 62 83 89 44 43 45
Pepperdine Law Review 63 66 58 68 70 65
Denver Law Review 64 56 73 80 56 79
Chicago-Kent Law Review 64 73 83 57 52 69
Brooklyn Law Review 66 71 85 54 56 65
Univ. of Miami Law Review 67 54 69 81 67 71
Nevada Law Journal 68 80 68 62 67 53
Univ. of Kansas Law Review 69 62 74 83 59 95
Michigan State Law Review 70 92 91 52 45 46
Loyola Univ. Chicago L.J. 71 75 76 75 62 81
Georgia State Univ. Law Rev. 72 68 62 102 59 112
Oklahoma Law Review 73 77 70 71 75 68
Seton Hall Law Review 74 87 61 65 87 75
Nebraska Law Review 74 81 72 77 70 84
Seattle Univ. Law Review 76 91 112 54 47 62
San Diego Law Review 77 59 81 88 78 84
Penn State Law Review 78 93 71 61 85 42
Villanova Law Review 79 88 80 76 70 73
Kentucky Law Journal 80 72 63 93 93 90
DePaul Law Review 81 97 116 58 62 61
Buffalo Law Review 82 99 99 74 70 71
Saint Louis Univ. L.J. 83 98 92 94 59 106
South Carolina Law Review 84 89 95 67 93 62
Univ. of Cincinnati Law Rev.  85 86 77 98 87 115
Hofstra Law Review 86 100 111 63 76 67
Rutgers Univ. Law Review 87 74 84 115 78 129
Indiana Law Review 88 79 104 87 87 99
Marquette Law Review 89 94 103 78 87 77
Santa Clara Law Review 90 76 110 79 102 54
Arkansas Law Review 91 95 87 100 93 109
UMKC Law Review 92 107 120 66 85 81
Oregon Law Review 93 55 88 120 1000 123
Univ. of Pittsburgh Law Rev. 93 60 79 122 116 123
New Mexico Law Review 95 90 82 106 1000 88
Louisiana Law Review 96 103 90 97 100 97
St. John's Law Review 97 104 86 109 93 112
Baylor Law Review 98 85 52 129 1000 119
Loyola of L.A. Law Review 99 63 67 142 128 137
West Virginia Law Review 99 110 101 96 93 97
Howard Law Journal 99 84 115 103 98 95
CUNY Law Review 99 111 119 85 1000 60

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October 1, 2021 in Law Review Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

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

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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