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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Summary of the Results of our "Best Faculties" Polls

Here is a summary of the results from the "best faculties" polls we conducted over the last couple of weeks.  Bear in mind, of course, that schools differ in faculty size, which may affect the ability to effectively cover different areas.  So, at one extreme, we have Harvard and NYU will around 90 full-time academic faculty (depending on how precisely one counts them); at the other extreme is Chicago with under 35.  Stanford is in the 40s, while most of the top law schools are in the 50-60 range.  Recall that an * indicates a vote tally close to the school ranked ahead (so *#2 means the #2 school was quite close in overall vote tally to the #1 school).  A rank in brackets means a result outside the top ten, so less reliable in the sense that there may have been schools not included in the survey that might have done as well or better.  I continue to think that the rough results (top five, top ten, not top ten etc.) are more informative than the ordinal order, so bear that in mind as you review the summary:

Yale University

*#2 in Constitutional Law & Theory

#3 in Law & Economics

#2 in Law & Philosophy

[Not in Top 20] in Intellectual Property/Cyberlaw

Harvard University

# 1 in Constitutional Law & Theory

#1 in Law & Economics

[#14] in Law & Philosophy

#2 in Intellectual Property/CyberLaw

Stanford University

*#6 in Constitutional Law & Theory

*#7 in Law & Economics

[#15] in Law & Philosophy

#3 in Intellectual Property/CyberLaw

University of Chicago

#4 in Constitutional Law & Theory

#2 in Law & Economics

#3 in Law & Philosophy

[#14] in Intellectual Property/CyberLaw

Columbia University

*#5 in Constitutional Law & Theory

#6 in Law & Economics

#4 in Law & Philosophy

*#4 in Intellectual Property/CyberLaw

New York University

#3 in Constitutional Law & Theory

#4 in Law & Economics

#1 in Law & Philosophy

#5 in Intellectual Property/CyberLaw

University of California, Berkeley

#8 in Constitutional Law & Theory

#5 in Law & Economics

*#8 in Law & Philosophy

#1 in Intellectual Property/CyberLaw

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

#10 in Constitutional Law & Theory

[*#16] in Law & Economics

*#10 in Law & Philosophy

#6 in Intellectual Property/CyberLaw

University of Pennsylvania

[#15] in Constitutional Law & Theory

#7 in Law & Economics

*#6 in Law & Philosophy

[#12] in Intellectual Property/CyberLaw

University of Virginia

[#11] in Constitutional Law & Theory

#9 in Law & Economics

[*#11] in Law & Philosophy

[#11] in Intellectual Property/CyberLaw

University of California, Los Angeles

[#13] in Constitutional Law & Theory

[*#13] in Law & Economics

#5 in Law & Philosophy

#9 in Intellectual Property/CyberLaw

Georgetown University

*#7 in Constitutional Law & Theory

[#14] in Law & Economics

[*#16] in Law & Philosophy

#8 in Intellectual Property/CyberLaw

University of Texas, Austin

*#9 in Constitutional Law & Theory

[*#18] in Law & Economics

[*#13] in Law & Philosophy

[#21] in Intellectual Property/CyberLaw

Northwestern University

[#11] in Constitutional Law & Theory

[*#11] in Law & Economics

[Not in top 20] in Law & Philosophy

[#22] in Intellectual Property/CyberLaw

Duke University

[#14] in Constitutional Law & Theory

[not in top 20] in Law & Economics

[not in top 20] in Law & Philosophy

#10 in Intellectual Property/CyberLaw

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