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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Which are the ten best law schools in the United States?

With 277 votes cast, the poll is closed, and we now, at last, know the truth about the "top 18" even:

1. Yale University  (Condorcet winner: wins contests with all other choices)
2. Harvard University  loses to Yale University by 148–84
3. Stanford University  loses to Yale University by 212–32, loses to Harvard University by 198–43
4. University of Chicago  loses to Yale University by 220–26, loses to Stanford University by 172–67
5. Columbia University  loses to Yale University by 225–29, loses to University of Chicago by 125–110
6. New York University  loses to Yale University by 233–15, loses to Columbia University by 141–88
7. University of California, Berkeley  loses to Yale University by 234–14, loses to New York University by 204–34
8. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor  loses to Yale University by 231–15, loses to University of California, Berkeley by 126–97
9. University of Virginia  loses to Yale University by 232–16, loses to University of Michigan, Ann Arbor by 132–84
10. University of Pennsylvania  loses to Yale University by 238–9, loses to University of Virginia by 117–93
11. Northwestern University  loses to Yale University by 241–9, loses to University of Pennsylvania by 176–43
12. Duke University  loses to Yale University by 236–13, loses to Northwestern University by 110–100
13. Georgetown University  loses to Yale University by 236–11, loses to Duke University by 115–99
14. Cornell University  loses to Yale University by 234–12, loses to Georgetown University by 109–97
15. University of Texas, Austin  loses to Yale University by 237–10, loses to Cornell University by 146–71
16. University of California, Los Angeles  loses to Yale University by 237–8, loses to University of Texas, Austin by 104–86
17. Vanderbilt University  loses to Yale University by 233–8, loses to University of California, Los Angeles by 153–35
18. University of Southern California  loses to Yale University by 231–3, loses to Vanderbilt University by 91–87


What this means, I don't really know.  Some of this is just regurgitated US News, but obviously not entirely.  It actually tracks fairly closely the typical reputation results from US News.  One thing it is not is a good measure of is which schools have the best faculties, though there is some rough correlation between these results and the most distinguished scholarly faculties.

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