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Monday, September 21, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 14, 2020

2021 U.S. News College Rankings

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

Rank

National Universities

1

Princeton

2

Harvard

3

Columbia

4

MIT

4

Yale

6

Chicago

6

Stanford

8

Penn

9

Cal-Tech

9

Johns Hopkins

9

Northwestern

12

Duke

13

Dartmouth

14

Brown

14

Vanderbilt

16

Rice

16

Washington (St. Louis)

18

Cornell

19

Notre Dame

20

UCLA

21

Emory

22

UC-Berkeley

23

Georgetown

24

Michigan  

24

USC

Pepperdine is ranked #49.

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

2021 U.S. News Liberal Arts College Rankings:

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

Bahadur: Attrition And Bar Performance

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

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

The article identified the 15 top overperforming schools as

Rank

The Top 15 Law Schools for Bar Passage

1

Belmont

2

Florida International

3

Liberty

4

Campbell

5

Texas A&M

6

Duquesne

7

LSU

8

Georgia State

9

Texas Tech

10

New Hampshire

11

Regent

12

South Carolina

13

Seton Hall

14

Cleveland State

15

Oklahoma

And it identified the 15 most underperforming schools as

Rank

The Bottom 15 Law Schools for Bar Passage

173

Touro

174

Minnesota

175

Northwestern

176

John Marshall (Atlanta)

177

New York Law School

178

UC-Hastings

179

Emory

180

Thomas Cooley

181

SUNY-Buffalo

182

American

183

Hofstra

184

Southwestern

185

Golden Gate

186

District of Columbia

187

San Francisco

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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

Miami JLE Symposium

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

Keynote AddressCass R. Sunstein (Harvard)

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

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

Friday, July 31, 2020

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

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

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

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

27

Fordham

53

Cardozo

62

Seton Hall

70

Loyola-Chicago

83

Chicago-Kent

93

Drexel

102

Hofstra

111

Chapman

118

DePaul

136

Pace

141

Willamette

148-194

Campbell

148-194

Elon

148-194

New England

148-194

Nova

148-194

Detroit Mercy

148-194

UMass-Dartmouth

148-194

McGeorge

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

US News Ranking

Law School

Galloway Categorization

1

Yale

Thrive

2

Stanford

Thrive

3

Harvard

Thrive

4

Columbia

Survive

4

Chicago

Survive

6

NYU

Survive

7

Penn

Thrive

8

Virginia

Thrive

9

Northwestern

Thrive

9

UC-Berkeley

Survive

9

Michigan

Thrive

12

Duke

Thrive

13

Cornell

Thrive

14

Georgetown

Survive

15

UCLA

Survive

16

Texas

Thrive

17

Washington U.

Thrive

18

USC

Survive

18

Vanderbilt

Survive

20

Boston University

Survive

21

Minnesota

Survive

22

Notre Dame

Thrive

23

George Washington

Survive

24

Arizona State

Survive

24

Emory

Survive

24

Florida

Survive

27

Fordham

Perish

27

UC-Irvine

Survive

27

Iowa

Survive

27

North Carolina

Thrive

31

Boston College

Thrive

31

Alabama

Survive

31

Georgia

Thrive

31

Illinois

Survive

31

Washington & Lee

Thrive

31

William & Mary

Survive

37

BYU

Thrive

38

Indiana

Survive

38

Ohio State

Survive

38

UC-Davis

Survive

38

Wisconsin

Survive

42

George Mason

Survive

42

U. Washington

Survive

42

Wake Forest

Survive

45

Utah

Survive

46

Colorado

Survive

47

Pepperdine

Survive

47

Arizona 

Survive

47

Maryland

Survive

50

Baylor

Struggle

50

Florida State

Survive

50

Connecticut

Survive

Here are the totals:

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July 31, 2020 in Coronavirus, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (7)

Monday, July 20, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

July 20, 2020 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, June 29, 2020

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

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

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

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

USN Fall 2020

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June 29, 2020 in Coronavirus, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 19, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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June 19, 2020 in Coronavirus, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The 20 Law Schools With The Most Improved Bar Passage Rates

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

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

PreLaw Bar Results

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June 11, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Law School Rankings By Class Of 2019 Job Placement

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

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

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

Law

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

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June 10, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Best Law Schools For Practical Training

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

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

Practical Training

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

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June 9, 2020 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed | Permalink | Comments (3)

Friday, June 5, 2020

Bob Morse Discusses The U.S. News Law School Rankings Today At Texas A&M Virtual Conference

2020 US News Law SchoolI am delighted to be speaking on a U.S. News law school rankings panel today at Texas A&M University School of Law's virtual Conference for Associate Deans (at 11:30 am - 12:45 pm ET). Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist at U.S. News, will make a presentation on The U.S. News Law School Rankings: All Things Considered. After Bob's presentation, Gary Lucas (Senior Associate Dean, Texas A&M) and I will ask Bob some questions, followed by Q&A with the audience. Among the issues I hope we will discuss are:

  • In light of this current moment in our nation, is US News going to add a diversity component to the rankings (as it does in its college rankings using Pell Grants)?
    • If so, would U.S. News use its existing stand alone Law School Diversity Index?
    • Why does U.S. News use national diversity data rather than data from the state in which a law school is located, like it does for the bar exam component of the rankings?
    • Would U.S. News consider other measures, such as the percentage of students who are first-generation students (law school or college)?
    • UPDATE: Bob said U.S. News is open to perhaps including a diversity component to the rankings. U.S. News is working with LSAC on getting appropriate data (such as Pell Grants received by law students during their undergraduate years).
  • Is U.S. News considering suspending the law school rankings due to COVID-19, as it has been asked to do for the college and business school rankings? 
    • What does U.S. News think about Businessweek's decision to suspend its business school rankings due to COVID-19?
    • UPDATE: Bob Said U.S. News is considering the issue but it is too early to make a determination.
    • If U.S. News does not suspend the law school rankings:
      • How will U.S. News adjust the bar exam component of the rankings in light of the decision by states to permit graduate to practice law prior to passing a bar exam under diploma privilege and supervised practice systems?
      • How will U.S. News adjust the job placement component of the rankings?
        • How will U.S. News define jobs at graduation for schools that have not yet held graduation ceremonies due to COVID-19? Do virtual graduations matter?
        • How will U.S. News define jobs ten months after graduation for law schools located in states that have delayed their July bar exams? Will U.S. News adjust the 10-month period for law schools located in those states?
        • UPDATE: Bob recognized the problem and said U.S. News likely would follow the lead of the ABA and NALP.
  • When will the stand alone U.S. News scholarly impact rankings (FAQ; Update #1; Update #2; Update #3) be published?
  • UPDATE: Bob said 2020. 
    • How does U.S. News respond to the many criticisms of the scholarly impact rankings (e.g., here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here)?
    • Will U.S. News ever include the scholarly impact rankings in the law school rankings?
    • UPDATE: Bob said U.S. News has no current plans to do so.
  • U.S. News ranks universities in several different categories (e.g., national universities, liberal arts colleges), based on Carnegie classifications.
    • Would U.S. News ever consider ranking law schools in different categories rather than in a single ranking?
    • What categories might U.S. News consider?
    • Might law schools opt-in to a category?
  • U.S. News reported that 32 schools (16% the total) reported GRE scores for their Fall 2019 entering class.
    • How does U.S. News weight the three GRE components: quantitative, verbal, analytical writing?
    • UPDATE: Bob said 40%/40%/20%.

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June 5, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Use Of Google Scholar And Hein Author Profiles Boosts Citations

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

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

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

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

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

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

WVA1

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May 28, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

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

Following up on my previous posts:

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

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

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

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

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

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May 28, 2020 in Coronavirus, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Ten Law Schools With The Most Discounted Tuition

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

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

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

May 25, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 12, 2020 in Coronavirus, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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

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

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

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

U.S. News Law School Rankings And College Football

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

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

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

Friday, May 1, 2020

The 250 Most-Cited Legal Scholars

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Top 100 Law Schools, Based On 5-, 10-, And 15-Year Rolling Average U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News Law (2019)Bradley A. Areheart (Tennessee), The Top 100 Law Reviews: A Reference Guide Based on Historical USNWR Data:

The best proxy for how other law professors react and respond to publishing in main, or flagship, law reviews is the US News and World Report (USNWR) rankings. This paper utilizes historical USNWR data to rank the top 100 law reviews. The USNWR rankings are important in shaping many – if not most – law professors’ perceptions about the relative strength of a law school (and derivatively, the home law review). This document contains a chart that is sorted by the 10-year rolling average for each school, but it also contains the 5-year and 15-year rolling averages. This paper also describes my methodology and responds to a series of frequently asked questions. [Were there any ties? If two law school’s 10-year rolling averages were within 2/10 of a point, I tied them and then attempted to break those ties based on the current year’s peer reputation scores. You’ll see that where there was a tie, I have included the peer rep scores in parentheses for those schools. If the peer rep scores were the same, I allowed the tie to remain.] The document was updated in April 2020.

Here are the Top 75 law schools based on their 10-year rolling average overall U.S. News ranking:

Rank School 10-Year Rank
1 Yale 1.0
2 Stanford 2.3
3 Harvard 2.5
4 Columbia (4.7) 4.3
5 Chicago (4.6) 4.2
6 NYU 6.0
7 Pennsylvania 7.0
8 Virginia 8.0
9 UC-Berkeley (4.5) 8.9
10 Michigan (4.4) 8.9
11 Duke 10.5
12 Northwestern 11.2
13 Cornell 13.1
14 Georgetown 13.9
15 Texas 15.1
16 UCLA 15.8
17 Vanderbilt 16.6
18 Washington Univ. (3.7) 18.5
19 USC (3.6) 18.4
20 Minnesota 20.4
21 Notre Dame 22.5
22 George Washington 22.7
23 Emory 23.1
24 Boston University 23.8
25 Iowa 25.2
26 UC-Irvine 26.2
27 Alabama 26.7
28 Arizona State 28.0
29 Indiana (Maurer) 29.5
30 Boston College 29.8
31 Washington 31.1
32 Georgia 31.5
33 Washington & Lee 32.4
34 Wisconsin 32.7
35 William & Mary 32.9
36 UC-Davis 33.2
37 Ohio State 33.9
38 Fordham 34.3
39 North Carolina 34.7
40 Wake Forest 37.0
41 Illinois 37.7
42 BYU 39.6
43 Arizona 42.0
44 Florida (3.3) 42.2
45 George Mason (2.7) 42.2
46 Colorado 43.1
47 Utah 45.6
48 Maryland 45.9
49 Florida State (3.1) 48.7
50 SMU (2.7) 48.6
51 Tulane 49.6
52 Baylor 52.2
53 UC-Hastings 53.0
54 Temple 54.2
55 Richmond 54.9
56 Houston 55.3
57 Pepperdine 56.1
58 Connecticut 56.4
59 Cardozo 60.3
60 Georgia State 62.3
61 Tennessee (2.7) 62.6
62 Seton Hall (2.5) 62.7
63 Kentucky 63.5
64 Case Western 65.0
65 Loyola-L.A. 65.4
66 Penn State (Dickinson) 66.5
67 Miami 68.2
68 UNLV 68.4
69 Oklahoma (2.5) 68.8
69 Penn State (Univ. Park) (2.5) 68.8
71 Nebraska 69.1
72 American 69.5
73 Denver 69.7
74 Missouri 70.8
75 Kansas 73.0

April 30, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

2020 World Law School Rankings

QS RankingsQuacquarelli Symonds has released the 2020 World Law School Rankings as part of its World University Rankings. The methodology is 50% academic reputation, 30% employer reputation, 15% h-index per faculty member, and 5% citations per paper.  The rankings consist of 300 law schools, 48 in the United States.  Here are the U.S. law schools, along with each school's position in the latest SSRN Top 750 Law School Faculty Rankings -- Total Downloads):

QS Ranking School SSRN Ranking
1 Harvard 1
4 Yale 5
5 Stanford 2
7 UC-Berkeley 4
8 Columbia 6
9 NYU 3
11 Chicago 7
18 Georgetown 9
26 UCLA 15
29 Michigan 13
31 Penn 11
32 Duke 18
41 Cornell 27
46 Northwestern 14
51-100 American 44
51-100 Boston University 29
51-100 George Washington 8
51-100 Texas 31
51-100 Virginia 24
101-150 Fordham 17
101-150 Notre Dame 55
101-150 UC-Irvine 28
101-150 USC 30
101-150 Washington  66
101-150 Washington Univ. 41
101-150 Wisconsin 102
151-200 Boston College 84
151-200 Florida 53
151-200 Michigan State 76
151-200 North Carolina 68
201-250 Florida State 51
201-250 George Mason 20
201-250 Illinois 33
201-250 Loyola-Chicago 65
201-250 Minnesota 26
201-250 Ohio State 37
201-250 Penn State (Univ. Park) 96
201-250 UC-Davis 32
201-250 Vanderbilt 16
251-300 Arizona State 57
251-300 CUNY 167
251-300 Arizona 46
251-300 Colorado 71
251-300 Emory 56
251-300 Indiana (Maurer) 34
251-300 Iowa 106
251-300 UIC-John Marshall 162

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Monday, April 27, 2020

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

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

The reach of COVID-19 knows no boundaries:

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

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

The forces we face today are extraordinary. 

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

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Law School Rankings By Debt-To-Income Ratios Of Graduates

What Law Grads Earn

What Law Grads Earn, Nat'l Jurist, Spr. 2020, at 16:

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education has unveiled median salaries earned by first-year graduates [in the Class of 2016].

Here are the Top 50 law schools with the lowest average debt-to-income ratios of their graduates with federal student loan debt:

Rank School Ratio
1 Stanford 0.77
2 Harvard 0.84
3 Duke 0.85
4 Chicago 0.86
4 Penn 0.86
6 Cornell 0.88
7 BYU 0.91
7 Northwestern 0.91
9 Columbia 0.92
10 Yale 0.98
11 Iowa 0.99
12 Connecticut 1.01
13 Washington University 1.02
14 NYU 1.05
14 Virginia 1.05
16 Wisconsin 1.10
17 Georgia State 1.11
18 UC-Berkeley 1.12
19 Boston College 1.14
19 Michigan 1.14
19 Temple 1.14
22 Nebraska 1.16
22 Tennessee 1.16
22 Texas Tech 1.16
22 Wayne State 1.16
26 Texas 1.18
27 Arkansas-Fayetteville 1.19
27 Vanderbilt 1.19
29 Mitchell Hamline 1.21
30 North Dakota 1.26
30 UCLA 1.26
32 Kansas 1.27
33 Kentucky 1.28
34 Mississippi 1.32
35 Alabama 1.33
36 Illinois 1.34
37 Houston 1.36
38 Baylor 1.37
38 Boston University 1.37
40 Utah 1.38
41 Hawaii 1.39
41 Oklahoma 1.39
43 Louisiana State 1.41
44 CUNY 1.43
44 Georgia 1.43
44 UNLV 1.43
47 Missouri 1.45
47 USC 1.45
49 Villanova 1.47
50 Tulsa 1.48

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Law School Rankings By Debt Of Graduates

What Law Grads Earn

What Law Grads Earn, Nat'l Jurist, Spr. 2020, at 16:

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education has unveiled median salaries earned by first-year graduates [in the Class of 2016].

Here are the Top 50 law schools with the lowest average debt loads of their graduates with federal student loan debt:

Rank School Debt
1 BYU $51,250
2 Nebraska $59,124
3 Arkansas-Fayetteville $61,500
3 North Dakota $61,500
3 Tennessee $61,500
3 Wisconsin $61,500
7 Iowa $62,249
8 Mississippi $64,300
9 Mitchell Hamline $64,429
10 Kansas $66,415
11 Wayne State $67,640
12 Alabama $68,992
13 Connecticut $69,085
14 Georgia State $69,200
15 Temple $69,583
16 Kentucky $69,860
17 Texas Tech $70,006
18 Louisiana State $71,422
19 Liberty $71,534
20 Missouri $71,603
21 Akron $73,756
22 Oklahoma $74,250
23 Tulsa $75,326
24 Cincinnati $76,173
25 Memphis $76,622
26 Montana $76,666
27 Arkansas-Little Rock $77,208
28 Hawaii $77,849
29 CUNY $78,224
30 South Dakota $79,143
31 Utah $79,768
32 N. Kentucky $79,951
33 Florida State $81,159
34 Arizona $81,178
35 Washington Univ. $81,500
36 Toledo $81,546
37 Quinnipiac $82,000
37 Rutgers $82,000
39 Washburn $82,194
40 Georgia $82,480
41 Case Western $82,570
42 N. Illinois $83,660
43 Villanova $83,761
44 Cleveland-Marshall $83,868
45 New Mexico $83,999
46 Wyoming $84,032
47 West Virginia $84,227
48 St. Thomas (MN) $84,261
49 Duquesne $84,428
50 Florida $84,508

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Law School Rankings By Salary Of Graduates

What Law Grads Earn

What Law Grads Earn, Nat'l Jurist, Spr. 2020, at 16:

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education has unveiled median salaries earned by first-year graduates [in the Class of 2016].

Here are the Top 50 law schools with the highest average salaries of their graduates:

Rank School Income
1 Columbia $180,300
2 NYU $175,800
3 Cornell $175,200
4 Penn $175,100
5 Northwestern $171,900
6 Chicago $170,500
7 Duke $162,200
8 Harvard $158,200
9 Stanford $156,700
10 Virginia $151,500
11 UC-Berkeley $135,400
12 Yale $128,900
13 Michigan $126,800
14 Vanderbilt $108,800
15 Georgetown $105,000
16 Fordham $99,000
17 UCLA $96,600
18 Texas $90,100
19 USC $89,300
20 Boston College $88,300
21 Boston University $81,200
22 Washington Univ. $79,800
23 SMU $75,600
24 Notre Dame $75,500
25 George Washington $74,300
26 UC-Irvine $68,700
27 Connecticut $68,600
28 Illinois $67,700
29 Houston $67,600
29 UC-Hastings $67,600
31 UC-Davis $67,100
32 George Mason $66,900
33 Baylor $66,800
33 Emory $66,800
35 Santa Clara $66,200
36 Brooklyn $66,100
37 Cardozo $66,000
38 St. John's $65,900
38 UNLV $65,900
40 Loyola-Chicago $64,400
41 Washington & Lee $64,200
42 Loyola-Los Angeles $63,700
43 Washington $63,000
44 Iowa $62,700
45 Georgia State $62,400
46 San Diego $62,100
47 Pepperdine $61,400
48 Temple $61,300
49 Pace $60,700
50 Texas Tech $60,200

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

2021 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings v. Overall Rankings

Following up on yesterday's post, 2021 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings:

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

  School Specialty Rank Overall Rank Difference
1 Suffolk 75 136 +61
2 American 18 76 +58
3 Seattle 72 129 +57
4 Pacific 94 148 +54
5 UIC-John Marshall 97 140 +43
6 Brooklyn 47 83 +36
6 Indiana (McKinney) 86 122 +36
6 UC-Hastings 23 59 +36
9 Denver 40 74 +34
9 Pace 102 136 +34
11 New York Law School 98 129 +31
12 Baltimore 96 126 +30
12 Santa Clara 77 107 +30
14 Chicago-Kent 54 83 +29
14 Mitchell Hamline 112 141 +29
16 Case Western 50 76 +26
16 DePaul 92 118 +26
18 Georgia State 51 76 +25
18 Loyola-New Orleans 101 126 +25
20 Loyola-L.A. 38 62 +24
20 Missouri (KC) 109 133 +24
22 Arkansas (Little Rock) 125 148 +23
23 Widener (DE) 126 148 +22
24 San Francisco 127 148 +21
24 Syracuse 90 111 +21
24 Temple 35 56 +21
27 Howard 87 107 +20
28 Rutgers 58 76 +18
29 Hofstra 85 102 +17
30 Ohio State 22 38 +16
30 South Carolina 80 96 +16
30 UC-Irvine 11 27 +16
33 Loyola-Chicago 55 70 +15
33 Miami 52 67 +15
35 Lewis & Clark 79 93 +14
35 Maryland 33 47 +14
35 Oregon 74 88 +14
35 San Diego 69 83 +14
35 Stetson 91 105 +14
40 Georgetown 1 14 +13
40 Golden Gate 135 148 +13
40 Vermont 128 141 +13
43 Houston 45 56 +11
44 George Washington 13 23 +10
44 New Mexico 89 99 +10
46 Drexel 84 93 +9
46 Southwestern 139 148 +9
46 Texas 7 16 +9
46 UNLV 53 62 +9
50 Fordham 19 27 +8
50 UC-Davis 30 38 +8
50 Willamette 133 141 +8

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

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

2021 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings include the rankings for 13 specialty programs at 194 law schools. Here are the Top 100 law schools, determined by giving equal weight to each of the 13 separate specialty rankings:

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

  School 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Avg.
1 Georgetown 8 1 9 13 5 25 10 7 13 3 12 2 12 9.2
2 NYU 3 2 5 3 1 16 6 48 3 1 76 1 31 15.1
3 Stanford 5 8 3 6 1 18 10 5 2 9 92 7 44 16.2
4 Michigan 12 8 13 8 10 37 37 19 13 7 12 11 59 18.9
5 Northwestern 12 6 13 13 16 6 49 48 21 21 24 3 19 19.3
6 UC-Berkeley 4 8 7 3 3 32 1 29 1 11 127 23 15 20.3
7 Texas 17 32 11 8 17 16 26 19 18 14 44 15 36 21.0
8 Harvard 1 22 2 3 3 1 10 9 18 2 167 7 36 21.6
9 UCLA 8 27 13 11 10 25 4 32 25 17 101 5 23 23.2
10 Duke 12 54 9 15 10 25 19 25 12 9 44 18 78 25.4
11 UC-Irvine 37 8 19 29 17 22 33 40 25 25 11 11 65 26.3
12 Penn 6 27 11 6 6 32 41 22 8 14 101 15 78 28.2
13 George Washington 30 22 25 34 22 44 15 32 5 8 44 42 50 28.7
14 Washington Univ. 26 14 19 21 26 25 73 29 45 17 51 23 12 29.3
15 Virginia 8 82 7 11 6 18 26 46 31 11 76 5 78 31.2
16 Columbia 1 20 5 1 6 37 6 46 13 4 154 10 105 31.4
17 Yale 8 5 1 8 6 37 20 16 62 4 167 11 65 31.5
18 American 68 2 44 51 26 48 37 11 10 4 51 55 4 31.6
19 Fordham 17 17 25 23 17 13 63 93 21 21 101 32 9 34.8
20 Boston University 19 32 19 18 30 56 55 5 10 32 51 21 105 34.8
21 North Carolina 26 44 25 18 22 48 37 22 55 46 7 26 78 34.9
22 Ohio State 37 69 28 23 15 2 55 29 40 43 38 32 44 35.0
23 UC-Hastings 37 27 44 46 33 13 20 13 45 28 114 23 20 35.6
24 Cornell 16 44 13 15 17 22 41 71 40 13 70 42 65 36.1
25 Minnesota 19 32 19 21 22 78 20 19 40 25 76 26 78 36.5
26 Vanderbilt 12 61 17 17 10 32 17 25 25 14 136 48 65 36.8
27 Arizona State 52 61 38 51 33 10 20 22 51 25 7 37 78 37.3
28 Emory 26 69 28 23 33 56 49 40 36 40 44 48 23 39.6
29 Boston College 26 27 31 29 43 48 33 48 31 40 38 18 105 39.8
30 UC-Davis 23 54 19 23 22 25 20 54 36 32 136 26 50 40.0
31 Chicago 7 22 4 1 10 48 63 71 40 17 154 7 78 40.2
32 Indiana (Maurer) 23 82 44 23 43 56 31 40 21 28 51 20 78 41.5
33 Maryland 61 6 44 46 57 13 10 7 79 69 63 63 31 42.2
34 William & Mary 37 61 19 29 17 18 41 48 45 32 101 63 44 42.7
35 Temple 52 86 59 59 53 25 85 17 71 17 12 37 2 44.2
36 Notre Dame 37 44 18 34 43 56 55 102 25 28 76 45 25 45.2
37 Wisconsin 48 44 38 29 33 37 41 40 79 32 51 55 78 46.5
38 Loyola-L.A. 48 69 54 63 33 67 85 48 31 57 44 11 5 47.3
39 Florida 37 82 67 39 33 37 20 61 71 69 76 3 25 47.7
40 Denver 68 8 59 63 43 56 26 93 79 52 7 63 9 48.2
41 Washington 61 44 59 39 43 99 31 32 18 43 51 42 65 48.2
42 Arizona 59 61 38 46 57 86 33 32 55 36 24 68 50 49.6
42 Colorado 30 96 44 51 30 72 10 71 25 52 51 63 50 49.6
42 Georgia 23 32 31 39 33 99 85 40 71 21 101 45 25 49.6
45 Houston 59 69 71 34 64 99 26 3 5 46 101 26 44 49.8
46 Wake Forest 37 86 54 39 29 99 41 17 95 69 6 55 25 50.2
47 Brooklyn 30 32 35 34 26 72 106 90 62 46 32 48 59 51.7
48 Tulane 37 39 54 34 53 37 17 61 62 28 148 63 44 52.1
49 USC 22 82 31 18 33 32 96 48 55 46 114 15 96 52.9
50 Case Western 61 44 59 51 64 67 55 9 40 24 92 98 50 54.9
51 Georgia State 52 27 44 86 57 56 85 2 62 98 92 55 25 57.0
52 Miami 52 32 59 46 53 78 55 93 55 36 101 26 59 57.3
53 UNLV 78 39 69 51 68 6 85 32 62 106 1 48 105 57.7
54 Chicago-Kent 52 86 54 72 74 86 85 54 13 75 32 75 5 58.7
55 Loyola-Chicago 75 54 59 72 82 56 126 3 45 69 76 48 12 59.8
55 Washington & Lee 52 69 44 51 43 44 79 40 90 36 101 32 96 59.8
57 Cardozo 52 61 38 59 30 5 106 114 13 75 114 48 65 60.0
58 Rutgers 83 22 59 81 57 83 63 54 85 52 18 80 59 61.2
59 Florida State 48 96 44 39 53 99 15 54 79 62 136 37 36 61.4
60 Utah 30 106 44 39 33 99 9 32 71 62 136 55 121 64.4
61 Texas A&M 68 54 111 69 119 6 37 102 8 62 29 75 105 65.0
62 Pepperdine 61 39 44 59 91 3 96 114 100 46 114 37 50 65.7
63 Iowa 30 86 38 46 43 99 106 78 62 57 51 68 105 66.8
64 Northeastern 113 22 71 107 57 48 106 11 21 62 38 110 105 67.0
65 Villanova 78 69 83 86 74 90 79 61 45 91 29 37 50 67.1
66 Alabama 61 61 31 29 43 99 63 102 100 98 127 32 31 67.5
67 Illinois 30 117 35 23 33 93 79 90 51 83 101 45 105 68.1
68 SMU 68 61 71 69 43 72 96 61 55 46 136 48 65 68.5
69 San Diego 30 121 28 72 57 99 79 71 31 62 166 21 59 68.9
70 BYU 19 136 54 39 68 67 55 144 55 75 76 32 96 70.5
71 Pittsburgh 75 121 69 69 57 99 85 32 51 43 76 26 131 71.8
72 Seattle 83 20 71 107 91 99 79 78 62 91 3 80 78 72.5
73 Seton Hall 83 69 71 81 82 67 116 13 71 57 92 68 78 72.9
74 Oregon 61 121 71 63 74 10 6 144 100 98 2 68 131 73.0
75 Suffolk 95 14 136 116 111 22 96 61 45 106 5 132 20 73.8
76 Richmond 37 121 35 63 43 99 63 144 25 69 101 55 105 73.8
77 Santa Clara 75 121 93 98 91 44 55 102 4 40 44 68 131 74.3
78 Tennessee 37 17 83 63 74 99 106 78 123 118 32 75 65 74.6
79 Lewis & Clark 95 86 71 107 91 48 1 122 55 69 18 92 121 75.1
80 South Carolina 83 39 93 86 74 99 63 61 114 106 70 55 36 75.3
81 Kansas 78 86 83 51 68 25 63 122 100 91 51 80 121 78.4
82 St. John's 68 117 71 72 74 37 152 102 71 57 32 132 36 78.5
83 Connecticut 61 96 59 59 82 72 63 61 108 57 76 68 160 78.6
84 Drexel 78 54 71 98 100 83 130 32 108 103 18 132 15 78.6
85 Hofstra 92 69 83 90 68 93 130 61 95 62 76 89 36 80.3
86 Indiana (McKinney) 95 86 83 81 111 99 85 15 85 83 24 98 121 82.0
87 Howard 92 44 71 72 64 67 143 122 62 106 63 120 59 83.5
88 Michigan State 68 86 83 63 91 93 96 114 71 75 101 98 65 84.9
89 New Mexico 113 17 111 81 100 99 33 78 137 106 70 92 78 85.8
90 Syracuse 95 96 111 98 100 99 73 78 85 83 76 110 15 86.1
91 Stetson 95 96 111 72 100 72 106 122 137 106 3 110 1 87.0
92 DePaul 95 106 93 98 82 97 152 25 36 91 92 92 78 87.5
93 George Mason 48 155 38 51 74 99 136 114 31 75 148 80 105 88.8
94 Pacific 106 136 146 98 125 56 73 102 114 36 32 126 9 89.2
95 Missouri (Columbia) 88 127 83 72 82 3 136 90 90 91 136 98 65 89.3
96 Baltimore 123 14 93 120 100 78 116 122 95 75 38 75 149 92.2
97 UIC-John Marshall 135 69 136 148 111 90 152 122 36 75 7 98 36 93.5
98 New York Law School 95 54 93 156 100 78 136 78 62 83 38 98 145 93.5
99 St. Louis 88 86 71 90 100 99 159 1 90 98 127 80 131 93.8
100 Marquette 88 127 93 90 91 10 126 144 79 118 12 126 121 94.2

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

2021 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings include the trial advocacy programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 52% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.1 Stetson
2 4.0 Baylor
2 4.0 Temple
4 3.9 American
5 3.8 Chicago-Kent
5 3.8 Loyola-L.A.
7 3.6 Samford
7 3.6 South Texas
9 3.5 Fordham
9 3.5 Denver
9 3.5 Pacific
12 3.4 Georgetown
12 3.4 Loyola-Chicago
12 3.4 Washington University
15 3.3 Campbell
15 3.3 Drexel
15 3.3 Syracuse
15 3.3 UC-Berkeley
19 3.2 Northwestern
20 3.1 St. Mary's 
20 3.1 Suffolk
20 3.1 UC-Hastings
23 3.0 Emory
23 3.0 UCLA
25 2.9 Georgia State
25 2.9 Akron
25 2.9 Florida
25 2.9 Georgia
25 2.9 Notre Dame
25 2.9 Wake Forest
31 2.8 Faulkner
31 2.8 NYU
31 2.8 Texas Tech
31 2.8 Alabama
31 2.8 Maryland
36 2.7 Florida State
36 2.7 Harvard
36 2.7 Hofstra
36 2.7 St. John's
36 2.7 UIC-John Marshall
36 2.7 Missouri (Kansas City)
36 2.7 South Carolina
36 2.7 Texas
44 2.6 Ohio State
44 2.6 Pace
44 2.6 Stanford
44 2.6 Tulane
44 2.6 Houston
44 2.6 William & Mary
50 2.5 Case Western
50 2.5 George Washington
50 2.5 Loyola-New Orleans
50 2.5 Nova
50 2.5 Pepperdine
50 2.5 Arizona
50 2.5 UC-Davis
50 2.5 Colorado
50 2.5 Villanova

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

2021 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings include the legal writing programs at 179 law schools (the faculty survey had a 54% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.3 UNLV
2 4.2 Oregon
3 4.1 Seattle
3 4.1 Stetson
5 4.0 Suffolk
6 3.9 Wake Forest
7 3.8 Arizona State
7 3.8 Denver
7 3.8 UIC-John Marshall
7 3.8 North Carolina
11 3.7 UC-Irvine
12 3.6 Drake
12 3.6 Georgetown
12 3.6 Marquette
12 3.6 Temple
12 3.6 Texas Tech
12 3.6 Michigan
18 3.5 Drexel
18 3.5 Lewis & Clark
18 3.5 Mercer
18 3.5 Nova
18 3.5 Rutgers
18 3.5 Washburn
24 3.4 Indiana (McKinney)
24 3.4 Northwestern
24 3.4 Arizona
24 3.4 Arkansas (Little Rock)
24 3.4 Missouri (Kansas City)
29 3.3 Duquesne
29 3.3 Texas A&M
29 3.3 Villanova
32 3.2 Brooklyn
32 3.2 Chicago-Kent
32 3.2 St. John's
32 3.2 Arkansas (Fayetteville)
32 3.2 Tennessee
32 3.2 Pacific
38 3.1 Boston College
38 3.1 New York Law School
38 3.1 Northeastern
38 3.1 Ohio State
38 3.1 Baltimore
38 3.1 Memphis
44 3.0 Duke
44 3.0 Elon
44 3.0 Emory
44 3.0 George Washington
44 3.0 Loyola-L.A.
44 3.0 Santa Clara
44 3.0 Texas

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

2021 U.S. News International Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News International Law Rankings include the international law programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 52% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 NYU
2 4.4 Harvard
3 4.3 Georgetown
4 4.2 American
4 4.2 Columbia
4 4.2 Yale
7 4.1 Michigan
8 4.0 George Washington
9 3.9 Duke
9 3.9 Stanford
11 3.8 UC-Berkeley
11 3.8 Virginia
13 3.7 Cornell
14 3.6 Penn
14 3.6 Texas
14 3.6 Vanderbilt
17 3.5 Temple
17 3.5 UCLA
17 3.5 Chicago
17 3.5 Washington Univ.
21 3.4 Fordham
21 3.4 Northwestern
21 3.4 Georgia
24 3.3 Case Western
25 3.2 Arizona State
25 3.2 UC-Irvine
25 3.2 Minnesota
28 3.1 Indiana (Maurer)
28 3.1 Tulane
28 3.1 UC-Hastings
28 3.1 Notre Dame
32 3.0 Boston University
32 3.0 UC-Davis
32 3.0 Wisconsin
32 3.0 William & Mary
36 2.9 Arizona
36 2.9 Miami
36 2.9 Pacific
36 2.9 Washington & Lee
40 2.8 Boston College
40 2.8 Emory
40 2.8 Santa Clara
43 2.7 Ohio State
43 2.7 Pittsburgh
43 2.7 Washington
46 2.6 Brooklyn
46 2.6 Pepperdine
46 2.6 SMU
46 2.6 Houston
46 2.6 North Carolina
46 2.6 USC

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Monday, March 30, 2020

2021 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings include the intellectual property law programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 58% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 UC-Berkeley
2 4.6 Stanford
3 4.4 NYU
4 4.0 Santa Clara
5 3.8 George Washington
5 3.8 Houston
5 3.8 New Hampshire
8 3.7 Texas A&M
8 3.7 Penn
10 3.6 American
10 3.6 Boston University
12 3.5 Duke
13 3.4 Columbia
13 3.4 Georgetown
13 3.4 Chicago-Kent
13 3.4 Michigan
13 3.4 Cardozo
18 3.3 Harvard
18 3.3 Texas
18 3.3 Washington
21 3.2 Fordham
21 3.2 Indiana (Maurer)
21 3.2 Northeastern
21 3.2 Northwestern
25 3.1 UC-Irvine
25 3.1 UCLA
25 3.1 Colorado
25 3.1 Notre Dame
25 3.1 Richmond
25 3.1 Vanderbilt
31 3.0 Boston College
31 3.0 George Mason
31 3.0 Loyola-L.A.
31 3.0 San Diego
31 3.0 Virginia
36 2.9 DePaul
36 2.9 Emory
36 2.9 UC-Davis
36 2.9 UIC-John Marshall
40 2.8 Case Western
40 2.8 Cornell
40 2.8 Ohio State
40 2.8 Chicago
40 2.8 Minnesota
45 2.7 Loyola-Chicago
45 2.7 Suffolk
45 2.7 UC-Hastings
45 2.7 Villanova
45 2.7 Washington Univ.
45 2.7 William & Mary

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Friday, March 27, 2020

2021 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings include the health care law programs at 143 law schools (the faculty survey had a 54% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.4 St. Louis
2 4.2 Georgia State
3 4.1 Loyola-Chicago
3 4.1 Houston
5 4.0 Boston University
5 4.0 Stanford
7 3.9 Georgetown
7 3.9 Maryland
9 3.8 Case Western
9 3.8 Harvard
11 3.7 American
11 3.7 Northeastern
13 3.6 Seton Hall
13 3.6 UC-Hastings
15 3.5 Indiana (McKinney)
16 3.4 Yale
17 3.3 Temple
17 3.3 Wake Forest
19 3.2 Michigan
19 3.2 Minnesota
19 3.2 Texas
22 3.1 Arizona State
22 3.1 North Carolina
22 3.1 Penn
25 3.0 DePaul
25 3.0 Duke
25 3.0 Mitchell Hamline
25 3.0 Vanderbilt
29 2.9 Ohio State
29 2.9 UC-Berkeley
29 2.9 Washington University
32 2.8 Drexel
32 2.8 George Washington
32 2.8 Arizona
32 2.8 UCLA
32 2.8 UNLV
32 2.8 Pittsburgh
32 2.8 Utah
32 2.8 Washington
40 2.7 Emory
40 2.7 Indiana (Maurer)
40 2.7 UC-Irvine
40 2.7 Georgia
40 2.7 Wisconsin
40 2.7 Washington & Lee
46 2.6 Columbia
46 2.6 Virginia
48 2.5 Boston College
48 2.5 Loyola-L.A.
48 2.5 NYU
48 2.5 Northwestern
48 2.5 USC
48 2.5 William & Mary

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

2021 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings include the environmental law programs at 184 law schools (the faculty survey had a 56% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.5 Lewis & Clark
1 4.5 UC-Berkeley
3 4.4 Pace
4 4.3 UCLA
5 4.2 Vermont
6 4.1 Columbia
6 4.1 NYU
6 4.1 Oregon
9 4.0 Utah
10 3.9 Georgetown
10 3.9 Harvard
10 3.9 Stanford
10 3.9 Colorado
10 3.9 Maryland
15 3.8 Florida State
15 3.8 George Washington
17 3.7 Tulane
17 3.7 Vanderbilt
19 3.6 Duke
20 3.5 Arizona State
20 3.5 UC-Hastings
20 3.5 UC-Davis
20 3.5 Florida
20 3.5 Minnesota
20 3.5 Yale
26 3.4 Denver
26 3.4 Houston
26 3.4 Texas
26 3.4 Virginia
30 3.3 Hawaii
31 3.2 Indiana (Maurer)
31 3.2 Washington
33 3.1 Boston College
33 3.1 Arizona
33 3.1 UC-Irvine
33 3.1 New Mexico
37 3.0 American
37 3.0 Texas A&M
37 3.0 Michigan
37 3.0 North Carolina
41 2.9 Cornell
41 2.9 Penn State (Univ. Park)
41 2.9 Montana
41 2.9 Penn
41 2.9 Wisconsin
41 2.9 Wake Forest
41 2.9 Widener (PA)
41 2.9 William & Mary
49 2.8 Emory
49 2.8 Loyola-New Orleans
49 2.8 Northwestern
49 2.8 Idaho
49 2.8 Wyoming
49 2.8 Widener (DE)

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2021 U.S. News Dispute Resolution Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Dispute Resolution Rankings include the dispute resolution programs at 98 law schools (the faculty survey had a 51% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.5 Harvard
2 4.4 Ohio State
3 4.3 Pepperdine
3 4.3 Missouri (Columbia)
5 4.0 Cardozo
6 3.9 Mitchell Hamline
6 3.9 Northwestern
6 3.9 Texas A&M
6 3.9 UNLV
10 3.8 Arizona State
10 3.8 Marquette
10 3.8 Oregon
13 3.7 Fordham
13 3.7 UC-Hastings
13 3.7 Maryland
16 3.6 NYU
16 3.6 Texas
18 3.5 Quinnipiac
18 3.5 Stanford
18 3.5 Virginia
18 3.5 William & Mary
22 3.4 Cornell
22 3.4 Suffolk
22 3.4 UC-Irvine
25 3.3 Duke
25 3.3 Georgetown
25 3.3 Temple
25 3.3 UC-Davis
25 3.3 UCLA
25 3.3 Kansas
25 3.3 Washington University
32 3.2 Pace
32 3.2 UC-Berkeley
32 3.2 Penn
32 3.2 USC
32 3.2 Vanderbilt
37 3.1 Columbia
37 3.1 St. John's
37 3.1 Tulane
37 3.1 Florida
37 3.1 Michigan
37 3.1 Wisconsin
37 3.1 Yale
44 3.0 George Washington
44 3.0 Santa Clara
44 3.0 South Texas
44 3.0 Washington & Lee
48 2.9 American
48 2.9 Boston College
48 2.9 Creighton
48 2.9 Lewis & Clark
48 2.9 Northeastern
48 2.9 Chicago
48 2.9 North Carolina
48 2.9 St. Thomas (MN)

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

2021 U.S. News Criminal Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Criminal Law Rankings include the criminal law programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 53% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.5 NYU
1 4.5 Stanford
3 4.4 Harvard
3 4.4 UC-Berkeley
5 4.3 Georgetown
6 4.2 Columbia
6 4.2 Penn
6 4.2 Virginia
6 4.2 Yale
10 4.1 Duke
10 4.1 UCLA
10 4.1 Chicago
10 4.1 Michigan
10 4.1 Vanderbilt
15 4.0 Ohio State
16 3.9 Northwestern
17 3.8 Cornell
17 3.8 Fordham
17 3.8 UC-Irvine
17 3.8 Texas
17 3.8 William & Mary
22 3.7 George Washington
22 3.7 UC-Davis
22 3.7 Minnesota
22 3.7 North Carolina
26 3.6 American
26 3.6 Brooklyn
26 3.6 Washington Univ.
29 3.5 Wake Forest
30 3.4 Boston University
30 3.4 Colorado
30 3.4 Cardozo
33 3.3 Arizona State
33 3.3 Emory
33 3.3 Loyola-L.A.
33 3.3 UC-Hastings
33 3.3 Florida
33 3.3 Georgia
33 3.3 Illinois
33 3.3 USC
33 3.3 Utah
33 3.3 Wisconsin
43 3.2 Boston College
43 3.2 Indiana (Maurer)
43 3.2 SMU
43 3.2 Alabama
43 3.2 Denver
43 3.2 Iowa
43 3.2 Notre Dame
43 3.2 Richmond
43 3.2 Washington
43 3.2 Washington & Lee

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Monday, March 23, 2020

2021 U.S. News Contracts/Commercial Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Contracts/Commercial Law Rankings include the contracts/commercial law programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 44% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 Columbia
1 4.7 Chicago
3 4.6 Harvard
3 4.6 NYU
3 4.6 UC-Berkeley
6 4.5 Stanford
6 4.5 Penn
8 4.4 Michigan
8 4.4 Texas
8 4.4 Yale
11 4.3 UCLA
11 4.3 Virginia
13 4.2 Georgetown
13 4.2 Northwestern
15 4.1 Cornell
15 4.1 Duke
17 3.9 Vanderbilt
18 3.8 Boston University
18 3.8 North Carolina
18 3.8 USC
21 3.7 Minnesota
21 3.7 Washington University
23 3.6 Emory
23 3.6 Fordham
23 3.6 Indiana (Maurer)
23 3.6 Ohio State
23 3.6 UC-Davis
23 3.6 Illinois
29 3.5 Boston College
29 3.5 Alabama
29 3.5 UC-Irvine
29 3.5 Wisconsin
29 3.5 William & Mary
34 3.4 Brooklyn
34 3.4 George Washington
34 3.4 Tulane
34 3.4 Houston
34 3.4 Notre Dame
39 3.3 BYU
39 3.3 Florida State
39 3.3 Florida
39 3.3 Georgia
39 3.3 Utah
39 3.3 Washington
39 3.3 Wake Forest
46 3.2 Arizona
46 3.2 UC-Hastings
46 3.2 Iowa
46 3.2 Maryland
46 3.2 Miami

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

2021 U.S. News Constitutional Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Constitutional Law Rankings include the constitutional law programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 57% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.9 Yale
2 4.8 Harvard
3 4.7 Stanford
4 4.6 Chicago
5 4.5 Columbia
5 4.5 NYU
7 4.4 UC-Berkeley
7 4.4 Virginia
9 4.3 Duke
9 4.3 Georgetown
11 4.2 Penn
11 4.2 Texas
13 4.1 Cornell
13 4.1 Northwestern
13 4.1 UCLA
13 4.1 Michigan
17 3.8 Vanderbilt
18 3.6 Notre Dame
19 3.5 Boston University
19 3.5 UC-Davis
19 3.5 UC-Irvine
19 3.5 Minnesota
19 3.5 Washington University
19 3.5 William & Mary
25 3.4 Fordham
25 3.4 George Washington
25 3.4 North Carolina
28 3.3 Emory
28 3.3 Ohio State
28 3.3 San Diego
31 3.2 Boston College
31 3.2 Alabama
31 3.2 Georgia
31 3.2 USC
35 3.1 Brooklyn
35 3.1 Illinois
35 3.1 Richmond
38 3.0 Arizona State
38 3.0 George Mason
38 3.0 Arizona
38 3.0 Iowa
38 3.0 Wisconsin
38 3.0 Cardozo
44 2.9 American
44 2.9 Florida State
44 2.9 Georgia State
44 2.9 Indiana (Maurer)
44 2.9 Pepperdine
44 2.9 UC-Hastings
44 2.9 Colorado
44 2.9 Maryland
44 2.9 Utah
44 2.9 Washington & Lee

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Friday, March 20, 2020

2021 U.S. News Clinical Training Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Clinical Training Rankings include the clinical training law programs at 179 law schools (the faculty survey had a 65% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 Georgetown
2 4.4 American
2 4.4 CUNY
2 4.4 NYU
5 4.3 Yale
6 4.2 Northwestern
6 4.2 Maryland
8 4.1 Stanford
8 4.1 UC-Berkeley
8 4.1 UC-Irvine
8 4.1 Denver
8 4.1 Michigan
8 4.1 District of Columbia
14 4.0 Suffolk
14 4.0 Baltimore
14 4.0 Washington University
17 3.9 Fordham
17 3.9 New Mexico
17 3.9 Tennessee
20 3.8 Columbia
20 3.8 Seattle
22 3.7 George Washington
22 3.7 Harvard
22 3.7 Northeastern
22 3.7 Rutgers
22 3.7 Chicago
27 3.6 Boston College
27 3.6 Georgia State
27 3.6 UC-Hastings
27 3.6 UCLA
27 3.6 Penn
32 3.5 Boston University
32 3.5 Brooklyn
32 3.5 Mitchell Hamline
32 3.5 Georgia
32 3.5 Miami
32 3.5 Minnesota
32 3.5 Texas
39 3.4 Loyola-New Orleans
39 3.4 Pepperdine
39 3.4 Tulane
39 3.4 UNLV
39 3.4 South Carolina
44 3.3 Albany
44 3.3 Case Western
44 3.3 Cornell
44 3.3 Howard
44 3.3 Catholic
44 3.3 North Carolina
44 3.3 Notre Dame
44 3.3 Washington
44 3.3 Wisconsin
44 3.3 Washburn

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

2021 U.S. News Business/Corporate Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Business/Corporate Law Rankings include the business/corporate law programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 52% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.8 Columbia
1 4.8 Harvard
3 4.7 NYU
4 4.6 UC-Berkeley
5 4.5 Stanford
6 4.4 Penn
7 4.3 Chicago
8 4.2 Georgetown
8 4.2 UCLA
8 4.2 Virginia
8 4.2 Yale
12 4.1 Duke
12 4.1 Northwestern
12 4.1 Michigan
12 4.1 Vanderbilt
16 3.9 Cornell
17 3.8 Fordham
17 3.8 Texas
19 3.6 Boston University
19 3.6 BYU
19 3.6 Minnesota
22 3.5 USC
23 3.4 Indiana (Maurer)
23 3.4 UC-Davis
23 3.4 Georgia
26 3.3 Boston College
26 3.3 Emory
26 3.3 North Carolina
26 3.3 Washington University
30 3.2 Brooklyn
30 3.2 George Washington
30 3.2 Colorado
30 3.2 Illinois
30 3.2 Iowa
30 3.2 San Diego
30 3.2 Utah
37 3.1 Ohio State
37 3.1 Tulane
37 3.1 UC-Hastings
37 3.1 UC-Irvine
37 3.1 Florida
37 3.1 Notre Dame
37 3.1 Richmond
37 3.1 Tennessee
37 3.1 Wake Forest
37 3.1 Widener (DE)
37 3.1 William & Mary
48 3.0 Florida State
48 3.0 George Mason
48 3.0 Loyola-L.A.
48 3.0 Wisconsin

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

2021 U.S. News Tax Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Tax Rankings include the tax programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 59% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.8 NYU
2 4.4 Georgetown
3 4.3 Northwestern
3 4.3 Florida
5 4.1 UCLA
5 4.1 Virginia
7 4.0 Harvard
7 4.0 Stanford
7 4.0 Chicago
10 3.9 Columbia
11 3.8 Loyola-L.A.
11 3.8 UC-Irvine
11 3.8 Michigan
11 3.8 Yale
15 3.7 Penn
15 3.7 USC
15 3.7 Texas
18 3.6 Boston College
18 3.6 Duke
20 3.5 Indiana (Maurer)
21 3.4 Boston University
21 3.4 San Diego
23 3.3 UC-Hastings
23 3.3 UC-Berkeley
23 3.3 Washington Univ.
26 3.2 UC-Davis
26 3.2 Houston
26 3.2 Miami
26 3.2 Minnesota
26 3.2 North Carolina
26 3.2 Pittsburgh
32 3.1 BYU
32 3.1 Fordham
32 3.1 Ohio State
32 3.1 Alabama
32 3.1 Washington & Lee
37 3.0 Arizona State
37 3.0 Florida State
37 3.0 Pepperdine
37 3.0 Temple
37 3.0 Villanova
42 2.9 Cornell
42 2.9 George Washington
42 2.9 Washington
45 2.8 Georgia
45 2.8 Illinois
45 2.8 Notre Dame
48 2.7 Brooklyn
48 2.7 Emory
48 2.7 Loyola-Chicago
48 2.7 SMU
48 2.7 UNLV
48 2.7 Vanderbilt
48 2.7 Cardozo

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

  • +14: Ohio State (#32), Washington University (#23)
  • +11: Houston (#26)
  • +9: Yale (#11)
  • +6: Arizona State (#37), UC-Davis (#26)

Here are the biggest downward moves:

  • -17: Washington (#42)
  • -12: Temple (#37), Villanova (#37)
  • -10: George Washington (#42)
  • -8: Georgia (#45)
  • -7: Boston University (#21)

Derek Muller (Pepperdine) notes the absurd volatility of USNWR specialty law rankings by pointing out changes in the peer reputation scores of tax programs at these law schools:

South Carolina: 2.6 (+0.6)
Loyola Chicago: 2.7 (+0.4)
Albany: 1.8 (+0.4)
Cornell: 2.9 (+0.4)
Ohio State: 3.1 (+0.4)
Baltimore: 2.3 (+0.4)
Cincinnati: 2.4 (+0.4)
Richmond: 2.6 (+0.4)
Washington University: 3.3 (+0.4)
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Suffolk: 1.5 (-0.4)
Wyoming: 1.5 (-0.4)
Vermont: 1.3 (-0.4)
New England Law: 1.2 (-0.4)
Montana: 2.0 (-0.5)

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

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

2021 U.S. News Law School Peer Reputation Rankings (And Overall Rankings)

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiContinuing a TaxProf Blog tradition (see links below for 2009-2020), here is the full list of the 194 law schools ranked by academic peer reputation, as well as their overall rank, in the new 2021 U.S. News Law School Rankings (methodology here):

Peer Rank Peer Score School Overall Rank
1 4.8 Yale 1
1 4.8 Stanford 2
1 4.8 Harvard 3
4 4.7 Columbia 4
5 4.6 Chicago 4
5 4.6 NYU 6
7 4.5 UC-Berkeley 9
8 4.4 Penn 7
8 4.4 Virginia 8
8 4.4 Michigan 9
11 4.3 Georgetown 14
12 4.2 Northwestern 9
12 4.2 Duke 12
12 4.2 Cornell 13
15 4.1 UCLA 15
15 4.1 Texas 16
17 4.0 Vanderbilt 18
18 3.7 Washington University 17
18 3.7 Minnesota 21
20 3.6 USC 18
21 3.5 Boston University 20
21 3.5 Notre Dame 22
21 3.5 George Washington 23
21 3.5 Emory 24
21 3.5 UC-Irvine 27
26 3.4 North Carolina 27
26 3.4 Boston College 31
26 3.4 UC-Davis 38
29 3.3 Arizona State 24
29 3.3 Florida 24
29 3.3 Fordham 27
29 3.3 Iowa 27
29 3.3 Alabama 31
29 3.3 Georgia 31
29 3.3 William & Mary 31
29 3.3 Indiana (Maurer) 38
29 3.3 Ohio State 38
29 3.3 Wisconsin 38
39 3.2 Illinois 31
39 3.2 Washington 42
39 3.2 Colorado 46
39 3.2 Arizona 47
43 3.1 Washington & Lee 31
43 3.1 Wake Forest 42
43 3.1 Florida State 50
43 3.1 Tulane 54
43 3.1 UC-Hastings 59
48 3.0 Maryland 47
48 3.0 Connecticut 50
50 2.9 BYU 37
50 2.9 Utah 45
50 2.9 Cardozo 53
50 2.9 Denver 74
50 2.9 American 76
50 2.9 Georgia State 76
56 2.8 Richmond 54
56 2.8 Temple 56
56 2.8 Houston 56
56 2.8 Miami 67
56 2.8 Oregon 88
61 2.7 George Mason 42
61 2.7 Pepperdine 47
61 2.7 SMU 56
61 2.7 Loyola-L.A. 62
61 2.7 Villanova 62
61 2.7 Tennessee 70
61 2.7 Case Western 76
61 2.7 Pittsburgh 76
61 2.7 San Diego 83
61 2.7 Howard 107
71 2.6 Texas A&M 60
71 2.6 UNLV 62
71 2.6 Northeastern 67
71 2.6 Missouri (Columbia) 67
71 2.6 Loyola-Chicago 70
71 2.6 Kansas 70
71 2.6 Kentucky 70
71 2.6 Rutgers 76
71 2.6 Brooklyn 83
71 2.6 Chicago-Kent 83
81 2.5 Baylor 50
81 2.5 Penn State (Univ. Park) 60
81 2.5 Seton Hall 62
81 2.5 Oklahoma 76
81 2.5 Michigan State 93
81 2.5 Hawaii 96
81 2.5 South Carolina 96
81 2.5 Santa Clara 107
81 2.5 Indiana (McKinney) 122
90 2.4 Nebraska 76
90 2.4 Cincinnati 83
90 2.4 St. Louis 90
90 2.4 Lewis & Clark 93
90 2.4 New Mexico 99
90 2.4 Syracuse 111
90 2.4 Seattle 129
97 2.3 Penn State (Dickinson) 62
97 2.3 St. John's 74
97 2.3 Arkansas (Fayetteville) 90
97 2.3 Drexel 93
97 2.3 SUNY-Buffalo 99
97 2.3 Hofstra 102
97 2.3 Marquette 102
97 2.3 CUNY 107
97 2.3 Mississippi 111
97 2.3 DePaul 118
107 2.2 Wayne State 83
107 2.2 Florida Int'l 90
107 2.2 Louisiana State 96
107 2.2 Louisville 99
107 2.2 Stetson 105
107 2.2 West Virginia 111
107 2.2 Loyola-New Orleans 126
107 2.2 Missouri (Kansas City) 133
107 2.2 Arkansas (Little Rock) Tier 2
116 2.1 New Hampshire 88
116 2.1 Catholic 111
116 2.1 Gonzaga 118
116 2.1 Maine 122
116 2.1 Montana 122
116 2.1 Baltimore 126
116 2.1 Suffolk 136
116 2.1 Idaho 136
116 2.1 UIC-John Marshall 140
125 2.0 Drake 105
125 2.0 Washburn 107
125 2.0 Texas Tech 111
125 2.0 Tulsa 111
125 2.0 Albany 118
125 2.0 St. Thomas (MN) 118
125 2.0 Mercer 126
125 2.0 Wyoming 133
125 2.0 Pace 136
125 2.0 Willamette 141
135 1.9 Cleveland 102
135 1.9 Chapman 111
135 1.9 Quinnipiac 122
135 1.9 Duquesne 129
135 1.9 New York Law School 129
135 1.9 Toledo 136
135 1.9 Akron 141
135 1.9 Memphis 141
135 1.9 Vermont 141
135 1.9 Southwestern Tier 2
135 1.9 North Dakota Tier 2
135 1.9 San Francisco Tier 2
135 1.9 Pacific Tier 2
148 1.8 Creighton 133
148 1.8 Mitchell Hamline 141
148 1.8 Dayton 141
148 1.8 South Dakota 141
152 1.7 N. Illinois Tier 2
152 1.7 Roger Williams Tier 2
152 1.7 St. Mary's  Tier 2
152 1.7 Widener (DE) Tier 2
152 1.7 Widener (PA) Tier 2
157 1.6 Campbell Tier 2
157 1.6 Elon Tier 2
157 1.6 Florida A&M Tier 2
157 1.6 N. Kentucky Tier 2
157 1.6 Nova Tier 2
157 1.6 Samford Tier 2
157 1.6 South Texas Tier 2
157 1.6 S. Illinois Tier 2
157 1.6 Detroit Tier 2
157 1.6 Massachusetts Tier 2
157 1.6 District of Columbia Tier 2
168 1.5 California-Western Tier 2
168 1.5 Golden Gate Tier 2
168 1.5 Mississippi College Tier 2
168 1.5 New England  Tier 2
168 1.5 NC Central Tier 2
168 1.5 Ohio Northern Tier 2
168 1.5 Oklahoma City Tier 2
168 1.5 St. Thomas (FL) Tier 2
168 1.5 Touro Tier 2
177 1.4 Belmont 129
177 1.4 Capital Tier 2
177 1.4 Southern Tier 2
177 1.4 Texas Southern Tier 2
177 1.4 W. New England Tier 2
182 1.3 John Marshall (GA) Tier 2
183 1.2 Appalachian Tier 2
183 1.2 Barry Tier 2
183 1.2 Charleston Tier 2
183 1.2 Concordia Tier 2
183 1.2 Faulkner Tier 2
183 1.2 Florida Coastal Tier 2
183 1.2 Liberty Tier 2
183 1.2 Lincoln Memorial Tier 2
183 1.2 Regent Tier 2
192 1.1 Ave Maria Tier 2
192 1.1 W. Michigan Cooley Tier 2
192 1.1 Western State Tier 2

2013 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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

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March 17, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pepperdine’s Place In The 2021 U.S. News Law School Rankings

U.S. News Law (2019)By now many of you have seen the news that Pepperdine Caruso Law has risen to #47 in the 2021 U.S. News Law School Rankings. This is the highest ranking in the 50-year history of our law school. 

Our 25-point improvement in three years is the second largest increase of any law school among the Top 100 law schools as ranked by U.S. News (behind only Texas A&M (formerly Texas Wesleyan) from #92 to #60).

We do not chase rankings at Pepperdine Caruso Law. Every decision we make is guided by a single question: what is in the best interest of our students? Often those decisions produce a rankings benefit as well, and we gladly reap those results. I am pleased that our rankings rise is driven by the increasing quality of our students, the improved outcomes achieved by our graduates, the additional resources we have been able to deploy to improve our students’ educational experience, and our growing reputation among legal academics, lawyers, and judges.

Pepperdine Caruso Law also was recognized by U.S. News with Top 50 rankings in six specialty programs (another all-time high) based on our reputation among faculty in those fields:  #3 in dispute resolution, #37 in tax law, #39 in clinical training, #44 in constitutional law, #46 in international law, and #50 in trial advocacy.

We are proud of our past, excited by all we have accomplished thus far, and exhilarated at what we will be able to achieve in the future with the additional resources provided by Rick J. Caruso's $50 million naming gift.

March 17, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

2020 Law School Rankings By Graduates In BigLaw Jobs

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

We have ranked the 50 law schools that sent the highest percentage of their 2019 juris doctor graduates into associate positions at the largest 100 law firms in the country [methodology].  Columbia Law School tops the list for the seventh straight year, with 70 percent of its recent graduate class now working in Big Law.

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

Go-To Law Schools: All Schools Data
See hiring stats for every law school that sent a 2019 graduate to one of the largest 100 firms

Go-To Law Schools vs. U.S. News
How Go-To Law School rankings match up with U.S. News & World Report

Want to Work in Big Law? These Schools Are Good Bets
Columbia Law School lands at the top of our 2020 Go-To Law Schools ranking of Big Law feeder schools—marking the seventh straight year the school tops the list

Harvard, NYU and Columbia Embrace Early Summer Associate Hiring—Sort Of
After resisting the trend of law firms interviewing summer associate candidates prior to on-campus interview programs, three major Big Law feeder schools are now embracing early hiring

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March 10, 2020 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Guthrie: U.S. News Should Replace Its Current Law School Rankings With A Mission-Driven Ranking

Chris Guthrie (Vanderbilt), Toward A Mission-Based Ranking?, 60 Jurimetrics J. 75 (2019):

2020 US News Law SchoolLaw schools exist to generate knowledge about law and the legal system and to prepare students for entry into the profession. Law school rankings, in turn, should evaluate schools on their success in carrying out this two-part mission. ... I propose that U.S. News replace its current ranking with a mission-based ranking. U.S. News could do this in any number of ways, but I propose below three steps U.S. News could take toward that end: 

  1. Replace Subjective Surveys with Objective Measures of Scholarly Impact ...
  2. Retain, But Tweak, the “Placement” Category ...
  3. Eliminate Remaining Criteria as Irrelevant or Harmful ...

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March 3, 2020 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (3)

Friday, February 28, 2020

Fellowships For Aspiring Law Professors (Updated 2019-20 Edition)

For practitioners and others contemplating joining the law professor ranks, many law schools offer wonderful opportunities to transition into the legal academy with one- or two-year fellowships which allow you to enter the AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference (the "meat market") and the new SEALS Faculty Recruitment Conference with published scholarship (and in many cases teaching experience) under your belt. Here is an updated list of the law schools with fellowship and VAP programs (thanks to AALS President Judith Areen for allowing me to include in this listing positions in the AALS' new directory):

General Programs:

Law School Program Name
Arizona State Visiting Assistant Professor Program
Boston University Visiting Assistant Professor Program
Chicago Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellowships
Chicago Earl B. Dickerson Fellowship
Columbia Associates in Law Program
Columbia Academic Fellows Program
Connecticut Visiting Scholars Program
Cornell Visiting Assistant Professorships
Duke Visiting Assistant Professor Program
Georgetown Graduate Teaching Fellowships
Georgetown Georgetown Law Research Fellowship
Georgetown Visiting Researcher Program
Harvard Climenko Fellowship
Harvard Reginald F. Lewis Fellowship for Law Teaching
Illinois Illinois Academic Fellowship Program
Iowa Iowa Law Faculty Fellowship
Loyola-New Orleans Westerfield Fellows Program
Michigan Michigan Faculty Fellows Program (VAP)
Michigan Michigan Society of Fellows Program
New England | Boston Law Teaching Fellow
NYU Acting Assistant Professors
NYU Furman Academic Fellowship Program
Northwestern Visiting Scholars Program
Pennsylvania The George Sharswood Fellowship
Stetson Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor Program
Tulane Forrester Fellowships
Villanova    Visiting Assistant Professor Program
Wake Forest Visiting Assistant Professor Program
Washington Visiting Scholars Program
Wisconsin The Hastie Fellowship Program
Yale Fellowship Home Page (for Yale grads)

Subject Specific Programs:

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February 28, 2020 in Fellowships & VAPs, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

2021 U.S. News Law School Rankings

Robert Morse (Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News & World Report) announced yesterday that the new 2021 law school rankings will be released on Tuesday, March 17.  For the first time, they will include specialty rankings in business/corporate law, criminal law, constitutional law, and contracts/commercial law (in addition to Clinical Training, Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law, Health Care, Intellectual Property, International Law, Legal Writing, Tax, and Trial Advocacy).  Here is my coverage of the current 2020 law school rankings:

February 26, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 20, 2020

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. Here are the 43 law schools with ultimate bar passages rates for the Class of 2017 greater than 95% (the full data for all 199 law schools is here):

1 CONCORDIA 100.00%
1 WISCONSIN 100.00%
1 YALE 100.00%
4 VIRGINIA 99.66%
5 PENNSYLVANIA 99.59%
6 DUKE 99.55%
7 CHICAGO 99.52%
8 STANFORD 99.45%
9 U. WASHINGTON 99.39%
10 MARQUETTE 98.95%
11 NEBRASKA 98.90%
12 HARVARD 98.83%
13 NYU 98.32%
14 SAINT LOUIS 97.96%
15 CORNELL 97.50%
16 TULSA 97.47%
17 OKLAHOMA 97.37%
18 UC-BERKELEY 97.32%
19 BAYLOR 97.06%
20 ILLINOIS 97.06%
21 BOSTON COLLEGE 97.00%
22 COLUMBIA 96.93%
22 COLORADO 96.93%
24 TEXAS 96.78%
25 GEORGIA STATE 96.59%
26 KANSAS 96.55%
27 VANDERBILT 96.30%
28 NORTH CAROLINA 96.26%
29 NORTHWESTERN 96.22%
30 MIAMI 96.20%
31 ST. JOHN'S 96.17%
32 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 96.10%
33 FORDHAM 96.10%
33 WILLIAM & MARY 96.04%
35 ALABAMA 96.03%
36 MICHIGAN 95.99%
37 GEORGETOWN 95.85%
38 SYRACUSE 95.59%
39 NOTRE DAME 95.54%
40 GEORGIA 95.48%
41 UCLA 95.40%
42 BOSTON UNIVERSITY 95.26%
43 USC 95.15%

February 20, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Law School Rankings By Bar Exam Overperformance

The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar yesterday released comprehensive data on bar passage outcomes for ABA-accredited law schools. Here are the 56 law schools that outperformed their state's average bar pass rate for first-time takers in 2019 by at least 10% (the full data for all 199 law schools is here):

    School Pass Rate State Pass Rate Difference
1 GEORGIA 91.76% 67.78% 23.98%
2 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 94.81% 70.92% 23.89%
3 WISCONSIN 100.00% 76.99% 23.01%
4 MARQUETTE 99.44% 77.00% 22.44%
5 GEORGIA STATE 86.91% 65.92% 20.99%
6 STANFORD 95.32% 74.35% 20.97%
7 CHICAGO 96.45% 76.32% 20.13%
8 HARVARD  98.93% 79.01% 19.92%
9 YALE 96.26% 77.38% 18.88%
10 DUKE 97.70% 78.98% 18.72%
11 UCLA 89.46% 70.94% 18.52%
12 UC-BERKELEY 90.37% 71.88% 18.49%
13 MICHIGAN 95.39% 77.18% 18.21%
14 VIRGINIA 95.79% 77.69% 18.10%
15 ILLINOIS 92.50% 74.74% 17.76%
16 USC 87.73% 70.06% 17.67%
17 PENNSYLVANIA 97.07% 79.69% 17.38%
18 VANDERBILT 94.15% 77.27% 16.88%
19 TEXAS 93.29% 77.10% 16.19%
20 FLORIDA 87.12% 71.09% 16.03%
21 FLORIDA STATE 86.71% 70.78% 15.93%
22 NORTHWESTERN 91.97% 76.05% 15.92%
23 BELMONT 96.25% 80.56% 15.69%
24 GEORGETOWN 92.67% 76.99% 15.68%
25 NEW HAMPSHIRE 87.09% 72.22% 14.87%
26 LIBERTY 92.00% 77.25% 14.75%
27 NOTRE DAME 90.16% 75.69% 14.47%
28 UC-DAVIS 84.46% 70.01% 14.45%
29 MERCER 81.25% 66.98% 14.27%
30 NORTH CAROLINA 92.50% 78.85% 13.65%
31 COLUMBIA 95.11% 81.48% 13.63%
32 IOWA 92.59% 79.02% 13.57%
33 NYU 95.96% 82.48% 13.48%
34 SETON HALL 90.44% 76.99% 13.45%
35 MINNESOTA 93.04% 79.62% 13.42%
36 WILLIAM & MARY 90.91% 77.53% 13.38%
37 BAYLOR 90.32% 77.29% 13.03%
38 TEXAS A&M 90.32% 77.34% 12.98%
39 GEORGE MASON 87.90% 75.07% 12.83%
40 WASHINGTON & LEE 89.72% 76.99% 12.73%
41 INDIANA - BLOOMINGTON 88.19% 75.47% 12.72%
42 GEORGE WASHINGTON 88.02% 75.35% 12.67%
43 ARIZONA STATE 86.69% 74.17% 12.52%
44 PEPPERDINE 82.42% 70.17% 12.25%
45 ALABAMA 93.65% 81.72% 11.93%
46 CORNELL 93.79% 81.97% 11.82%
47 UC-IRVINE 81.49% 69.74% 11.75%
48 CAMPBELL 91.51% 79.86% 11.65%
49 LOYOLA-CHICAGO 85.32% 74.10% 11.22%
50 WAKE FOREST 90.00% 78.86% 11.14%
51 COLORADO 87.50% 76.54% 10.96%
51 WAYNE STATE 81.51% 70.55% 10.96%
53 BOSTON UNIVERSITY 91.60% 80.73% 10.87%
54 EMORY  82.82% 72.02% 10.80%
55 BOSTON COLLEGE 91.46% 80.99% 10.47%
56 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY 89.13% 78.70% 10.43%

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February 19, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Merritt: Ranking Academic Impact

Deborah J. Merritt (Ohio State), Ranking Academic Impact:

OOPaul Heald and Ted Sichelman have published a new ranking of the top U.S. law schools by academic impact. Five distinguished scholars comment on their ranking in the same issue of Jurimetrics Journal in which the ranking appears. But neither the authors of this ranking nor their distinguished commentators notice a singular result: The Heald/Sichelman rankings include a law school that does not exist.

According to Heald and Sichelman, Oregon State ranks 53d among U.S. law schools for its SSRN downloads; 35th for its citations in the Hein database; and 46th in a combined metric. Oregon State, however, does not have a law school. The University of Oregon has a law school, but it appears separately in the Heald/Sichelman rankings. So Heald and Sichelman have not simply fumbled the name of Oregon’s only public law school.

Instead, it appears that my own law school (Ohio State) has been renamed Oregon State. I can’t be sure without seeing Heald and Sichelman’s underlying data; even the “open” database posted in Dropbox refers to the nonexistent Oregon State. But Ohio State, currently tied for 34th in the US News survey, seems conspicuously absent from the Heald/Sichelman ranking.

I’m sure that my deans will contact Heald and Sichelman to request a correction–assuming that Oregon State actually is Ohio State. Oregon State Law School’s administrators probably will not complain. They can’t celebrate either, of course, because they don’t exist. But apart from that correction, let’s ruminate on this error. What does it have to say about rankings? ...

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February 19, 2020 in Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

2020 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Overall Ranking

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. Last week, I highlighted the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Yesterday, I blogged the Top 50 law school professor rankings, 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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February 11, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (7)