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April 23, 2009

Judge Pollak Ranks the Law Schools

It's not every day an eminent federal judge ranks U.S. law schools, but today is that day!

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 23, 2009 in Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack

Harvard Law School's Debt to Slaves

A sensible proposal from Eric Johnson (North Dakota).

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 23, 2009 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink | TrackBack

US News Rankings Excorciated...

...yet again.  Plus US News and BCS rankings usefully compared!

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 23, 2009 in Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack

April 22, 2009

Failure to Pay Student Loans Blocks Bar Admission

Details of a recent case here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 22, 2009 in Student Advice | Permalink | TrackBack

The New On-Line "Legal Workshop": A Kind of High-Level Reader's Digest of Articles from Some Leading Law Reviews

Except the digest versions of the articles are written by the authors themselves--I'll be doing an abbreviated version of "Explaining Theoretical Disagreement," for example, which will appear in University of Chicago Law Review later this year.  The site is here, and Larry Solum (Illinois) has some useful observations about the project here (and it is from him I borrow the "Reader's Digest" characterization).   I think it's a promising idea, and should increase at least scholarly readership for the articles featured.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 22, 2009 in Of Academic Interest | Permalink | TrackBack

April 21, 2009

Law Professor and Historian Gordon-Reed Wins Pulitzer Prize in History

Annette Gordon-Reed, a law professor at New York Law School and a history professor at Rutgers University at Newark, has won this year's Pulitzer Prize in History for her work The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.  (Thanks to Mary Dudziak for the pointer.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 21, 2009 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

April 20, 2009

New Law Fellows of American Academy of Arts & Sciences Announced

They include current law professors:  Kenneth Abraham (Virginia), John J. Donohue III (Yale), Deborah Hensler (Stanford), Michael Klarman (Harvard), Deborah Rhode (Stanford), and Mark Roe (Harvard)--as well as former law professors Ronald Daniels (now President of Johns Hopkins, formerly at Penn and Toronto), Theodor Meron (now emeritus at NYU, currently serving on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia), and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.  Regarding the AAAS, and some of its sins of omission, see this earlier discussion.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 20, 2009 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

2009 Reputational Scores from U.S. News Surveys of Academics and Practitioners

Copies of the new US News rankings have appeared on the Internet.  Two notable methodological changes this year:  numerical credentials of part-time students were factored into the ranking (hence George Washington's dramatic drop, which of course bears no relationship to anything in the real world, just the methodology change); and US news averaged two years' worth of surveys of practitioners (those results were prone to dramatic movements, no doubt due to the small response pool--only 31% of lawyers and judges responded, compared to over 70% of academics).

Obviously, I won't be discussingthe nonsense number or movements in "overall" rank, but I will report the reputational survey results (with the caveat that there is an echo chamber effect).  Last year's reputational results are here.   The 2009 results follow.

Academic reputation for the top 40 (where the evaluation might actually reflect some knowledge of the schools evaluated) (25% of the overall score):

1.  Harvard University (4.8)

1.  Yale University (4.8)

3.  Stanford University (4.7)

4.  Columbia University (4.6)

4.  University of Chicago (4.6)

6.  New York University (4.5)

6.  University of California, Berkeley (4.5)

8.  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (4.4)

9.  University of Pennsylvania (4.3)

9.  University of Virginia (4.3)

11. Cornell University (4.2)

11. Duke University (4.2)

13. Georgetown University (4.1)

13. University of Texas, Austin (4.1)

15. Northwestern University (4.0)

15. University of California, Los Angeles (4.0)

17. Vanderbilt University (3.8)

18. University of Southern California (3.7)

19. Washington University, St. Louis (3.6)

20. Emory University (3.5)

20. George Washington University (3.5)

20. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (3.5)

20. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (3.5) 

20. University of Wisconsin, Madison (3.5)

25.  Boston College (3.4)

25.  Boston University (3.4)

25.  University of California, Davis (3.4)

25.  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (3.4)

25.  University of Iowa (3.4) 

25.  Washington & Lee University (3.4)

31.  College of William & Mary (3.3)

31.  Fordham University (3.3)

31.  Indiana University, Bloomington (3.3)

31.  Ohio State University (3.3)

31.  University of California, Hastings (3.3)

31.  University of Notre Dame (3.3)

37.  University of Arizona (3.2)

37.  University of Washington, Seattle (3.2)

39.  Tulane University (3.1)

39.  University of Florida, Gainesville (3.1)

39.  University of Georgia (3.1)

39.  Wake Forest University (3.1)

Lawyer/Judge Reputation for the top 40 (15% of the overall score):

1.  Harvard University (4.8)

1.  Stanford University (4.8)

1.  Yale University (4.8)

4.  Columbia University (4.6)

4.  University of Chicago (4.6)

4.  University of Virginia (4.6)

7.  New York University (4.5)

7.  University of California, Berkeley (4.5)

7.  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (4.5)

10. Duke University (4.4)

10. Georgetown University (4.4)

10. University of Pennsylvania (4.4)

13. Cornell University (4.3)

13. Northwestern University (4.3)

15. University of Texas, Austin (4.2)

16. Vanderbilt University (4.1)

17.  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (3.9)

17.  Washington University, St. Louis (3.9)

19.  Emory University (3.8)

19.  George Washington University (3.8)

19.  University of California, Los Angeles (3.8)

19.  University of Iowa (3.8)

19.  University of Notre Dame (3.8)

19.  Washington & Lee University (3.8)

25.  Boston College (3.7)

25.  University of California, Hastings (3.7)

25.  University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (3.7)

28.  Boston University (3.6)

28.  College of William & Mary (3.6)

28.  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (3.6)

28.  University of Southern California (3.6)

28.  University of Wisconsin, Madison (3.6) 

28.  Wake Forest University (3.6)

34.  Indiana University, Bloomington (3.5)

34.  Ohio State University (3.5)

34.  University of California, Davis (3.5)

34.  University of Washington, Seattle (3.5)

38.  Fordham University (3.4)

38.  Tulane University (3.4)

40.  Brigham Young University (3.3)

40.  George Mason University (3.3)

40.  University of Alabama (3.3)

40.  University of Arizona (3.3)

40.  University of Florida, Gainesville (3.3)

40.  University of Georgia (3.3)

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 20, 2009 in Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack

April 19, 2009

Scott Baker from North Carolina to Wash U/St. Louis

The Wash U press release is here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 19, 2009 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

April 16, 2009

New UC Irvine Law Schools Recruits Class with Numerical Credentials That Will Give UCLA and USC Real Competition

A median LSAT of 167 and a median GPA of 3.65.  The press release engages in a bit of Sextonism in pronouncing Irvine "the most selective" school in the nation, since a huge number of factors go into acceptance rates and yield that have nothing to do with some of the connotations of "selective".  Irvine's first class is small (about 70), and the three-year full tuition ride is obviously a major attraction.  But Sextonian hyperbole to one side (and a new school like Irvine needs that hyperbole more, obviously), the results are still impressive, but consistent with the faculty recruitment success Irvine has enjoyed to date.  The 25th/75th numbers are 164-168 for the LSAT, and 3.43-3.76 for GPA.  By the methodology I have used in prior years to rank schools based on the numerical credentials of the student body, Irvine's inaugural class would be solidly in the top 20, even allowing for its small size.

UPDATE:  As a couple of readers correctly pointed out, these statistics are based on those who have put down deposits, and not necessarily those who will enroll come fall.  On the other hand, I would guess that the three years of full tuition will result in less attrition than would be typical at other schools similarly situated.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 16, 2009 in Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack