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Thursday, March 19, 2009

The "Top 20" Legal Journals

So I've closed the survey, and, with 265 votes, the results for "the top 20" are below.  I think it tells us not a lot about "quality," though a fair bit about "perceptions," which certainly isn't irrelevant for younger scholars.  But based just on the first issue, Journal of Legal Analysis is better than just about every journal in the top ten, though they failed to make the top 20 here.  Of course, JLA may not sustain its quality or, more likely I think, perceptions will adjust with time.

1. Harvard Law Review  (Condorcet winner: wins contests with all other choices)
2. Yale Law Journal  loses to Harvard Law Review by 112–66
3. Columbia Law Review  loses to Harvard Law Review by 155–43, loses to Yale Law Journal by 153–45
4. Journal of Legal Studies  loses to Harvard Law Review by 135–66, loses to Columbia Law Review by 109–92
5. Stanford Law Review  loses to Harvard Law Review by 167–27, loses to Journal of Legal Studies by 100–99
6. University of Chicago Law Review  loses to Harvard Law Review by 166–31, loses to Stanford Law Review by 106–79
7. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies  loses to Harvard Law Review by 129–65, loses to University of Chicago Law Review by 94–83
8. Michigan Law Review  loses to Harvard Law Review by 178–21, loses to Oxford Journal of Legal Studies by 89–85
9. New York University Law Review  loses to Harvard Law Review by 177–23, loses to Michigan Law Review by 101–71
10. Tied:
Journal of Law & Economics  loses to Harvard Law Review by 142–56, loses to New York University Law Review by 92–85
Virginia Law Review  loses to Harvard Law Review by 177–20, loses to New York University Law Review by 95–74
12. California Law Review  loses to Harvard Law Review by 179–20, loses to Virginia Law Review by 88–85
13. University of Pennsylvania Law Review  loses to Harvard Law Review by 180–21, loses to California Law Review by 96–77
14. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies  loses to Harvard Law Review by 152–37, loses to University of Pennsylvania Law Review by 89–78
15. Supreme Court Review  loses to Harvard Law Review by 156–37, loses to Journal of Empirical Legal Studies by 82–71
16. American Law & Economics Review  loses to Harvard Law Review by 142–46, loses to University of Pennsylvania Law Review by 87–73
17. Constitutional Commentary  loses to Harvard Law Review by 151–31, loses to American Law & Economics Review by 82–56
18. Journal of Law, Economics & Organization  loses to Harvard Law Review by 142–40, loses to Constitutional Commentary by 71–60
19. Law & Contemporary Problems  loses to Harvard Law Review by 167–25, loses to Journal of Law, Economics & Organization by 76–58
20. Law & Society Review  loses to Harvard Law Review by 156–32, loses to Law & Contemporary Problems by 74–59

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