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April 15, 2010

2010 Reputation Scores from US News

As in prior years (last year here), I present, below, the results of the reputational surveys conducted by U.S. News, since this data is not wholly meaningless and it is not subject to control by the schools being evaluated.  We will simply note in passing such astonishing "facts" as Duke having 100% employed at graduation and nine months out, and NYU having 99% employed at graduation, while such laggards as Yale report only 93.5% employed at graduation, and only 98.1% 9 months out.  Indeed, Duke, according to U.S. News, was the only law school in the United States to have 100% employment at graduation.  Imagine that.  And NYU had more employed at graduation than Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Chicago, and Berkeley, among many others.  But not more than Duke!  No doubt U.S. News will investigate, since, after all, it is a news publication, and not simply a medium for fraud upon the public.

Anyway, on to the reputation scores, with the usual caveat emptor:

ACADEMIC REPUTATION (65% response rate)

The most striking thing about the results this year is the growth in the number of .2 gaps between clusters of schools.

1.  Harvard University (4.8)

1.  Yale University (4.8)

3.  Columbia University (4.7)

3.  Stanford University (4.7)

3.  University of Chicago (4.7)

6.  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (4.6)

7.  New York University (4.5)

7.  University of California, Berkeley (4.5)

9.  University of Pennsylvania (4.4)

9.  University of Virginia (4.4)

11. Cornell University (4.2)

11. Duke University (4.2)

11. Georgetown University (4.2)

14.  Northwestern University (4.1)

14.  University of Texas, Austin (4.1)

16.  University of California, Los Angeles (4.0)

17.  Vanderbilt University (3.9)

18.  University of Southern California (3.7)

18.  Washington University, St. Louis (3.7)

20.  Emory University (3.6)

20.  University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (3.6)

20.  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (3.6)

23.  George Washington University (3.5)

23.  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (3.5)

23.  University of Iowa (3.5)

23.  University of Wisconsin, Madison (3.5)

27.  Boston College (3.4)

27.  Boston University (3.4)

27.  University of California, Davis (3.4)

27.  University of Notre Dame (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.  Washington & Lee University (3.3)

37.  University of Arizona (3.2)

37.  University of Florida, Gainesville (3.2)

39.  Tulane University (3.1)

39.  University of Colorado, Boulder (3.1)

39.  University of Georgia (3.1)

39.  University of Washington, Seattle (3.1)

39.  Wake Forest University (3.1)

44.  American University (3.0)

44.  Arizona State University (3.0)

44.  University of Alabama (3.0)

44.  University of Maryland (3.0)

48.  Brigham Young University (2.9)

48.  University of Connecticut

48.  University of Miami (2.9)

48.  University of San Diego (2.9)

48.  University of Utah (2.9)

LAWYER/JUDGE REPUTATION (only 21% reponded!!!  US News prints a two-year avg., but even so, these results require an even bigger caveat emptor than the academic reputation survey)

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.  University of Pennsylvania (4.5)

8.  New York University (4.4)

8.  University of California, Berkeley (4.4)

8.  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (4.4)

11.  Cornell University (4.3)

11.  Duke University (4.3)

11.  Georgetown University (4.3)

11.  Northwestern University (4.3)

15.  University of Texas, Austin (4.2)

16.  Vanderbilt University (4.0)

17.  University of Iowa (3.9)

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

19.  Emory University (3.8)

19.  George Washington University (3.8)

19.  University of California, Los Angeles (3.8)

19.  University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (3.8)

19.  Washington & Lee University (3.8)

19.  Washington University, St. Louis (3.8)

25.  College of William & Mary (3.7)

25.  University of California, Hastings (3.7)

25.  University of Notre Dame (3.7)

25.  University of Wisconsin, Madison (3.7)

29.  Boston College (3.6)

29.  Boston University (3.6)

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

29.  Wake Forest University (3.6)

33.  Ohio State University (3.5)

33.  University of California, Davis (3.5)

33.  University of Southern California (3.5)

33.  University of Washington, Seattle (3.5)

37.  Indiana University, Bloomington (3.4)

37.  Tulane University (3.4)

37.  University of Florida, Gainesville (3.4)

37.  University of Georgia (3.4)

41.  Case Western Reserve University (3.3)

41.  Fordham University (3.3)

41.  George Mason University (3.3)

41.  University of Oregon (3.3)

41.  Villanova University (3.3)

46.  American University (3.2)

46.  Brigham Young University (3.2)

46.  University of Arizona (3.2)

46.  University of Kansas (3.2)

50.  Baylor University (3.1)

50.  Lewis & Clark College (3.1)

50.  Marquette University (3.1)

50.  Pepperdine University (3.1)

50.  Southern Methodist University (3.1)

50.  St. Louis University (3.1)

50.  University of Alabama (3.1)

49.  University of Cincinnati (3.1)

50.  University of Colorado, Boulder (3.1)

50.  University of Miami (3.1)

50.  University of Missouri, Columbia (3.1)

50.  University of Pittsburgh (3.1)

50.  University of Utah (3.1)

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 15, 2010 in Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack

April 14, 2010

Some readers claim the new U.S. News law school rankings have been leaked...

...but I just checked Drudge, and there's no mention of them, so everyone can relax.

UPDATE:  The story gets funnier--the material circulating shows Duke as reporting 100% employment at graduation--the only school in the country (the world?) to claim 100% at graduation.  As hoaxes go, this one is not subtle.  (Of course, I guess it's possible that US News is just the messenger for this hoax...nah, surely a [former] news magazine would investigate before publishing astonishing claims like this.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 14, 2010 in Legal Humor, Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack

Solum's Entry-Level Hiring Survey

Some initial results are here.   This is still quite incomplete (I know of both Chicago grads who have accepted jobs and other candidates who have accepted jobs who aren't on this list), so for the sake of completeness, if you accepted a tenure-track law teaching job this year, take a moment to complete the survey.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 14, 2010 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

April 13, 2010

New Rankings Are Out

And while I think they are quite meaningless, you can get all the details from Blog Emperor Caron.  Looking at the top five, the moral is clear:  if you want a lot of blog traffic, be a right-wing kook or blog about philosophy!

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 13, 2010 in Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack

Larry Lokken from Florida to Miami

Professor Lawrence Lokken, a noted tax scholar in Florida's highly regarded tax program, is taking emeritus status this fall.  He will be moving to the University of Miami next January, where he will take a position as Professor of Law.  In tax as in college football, it appears, Florida is keeping its talent in-state!

Posted by Dan Filler on April 13, 2010 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

April 12, 2010

The 2010 Visiting Law Faculty List

Tim Zinnecker, my co-blogger over at The Faculty Lounge, has graciously agreed to maintain our annual list of who's-visiting-where during the 2010-11 school year.   His initial report is here.  If you have any additional information, please send it along to Tim here.

Posted by Dan Filler on April 12, 2010 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

Spindler from USC to Texas

James Spindler (corporate law, securities regulation), Associate Professor of Law and Business at the University of Southern California, who is currently a visiting professor here at Chicago, has accepted a senior offer from the law school at the University of Texas at Austin.  He is the second USC faculty member to depart for Texas in the last year.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 12, 2010 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

April 9, 2010

Indiana Law Prof Johnsen's Nomination to OLC Torpedoed by the Right

What a disgrace.  It's no doubt being overshadowed by the new vacancy on the super-legislature known as the Supreme Court, but this fiasco deserves notice by legal scholars.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 9, 2010 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | TrackBack

April 8, 2010

Jeff Powell from Duke to George Washington

H. Jefferson Powell, a constitutional law scholar and the Frederic Cleaveland Professor of Law and Divinity at Duke University, will be heading north this fall.  He has accepted a tenured position at the George Washington University School of Law.  Powell holds a JD from Yale and a Ph.D in Christian theological ethics from Duke.  Before joining Duke, he was a member of the Iowa law faculty.  During his years at Duke he has been in and out of public service - working as special counsel to the North Carolina AG and in senior capacities at the Department of Justice.  He seems like an excellent fit for GW: someone who brings serious scholarly chops and who also knows all the important D.C. phone numbers. 

Posted by Dan Filler on April 8, 2010 in Faculty News | Permalink | TrackBack

April 7, 2010

A Note on the Impact Study Methodology

Edits to the latest scholarly impact study are still on-going, and my thanks for feedback.  Please be sure in checking cites to follow the methodology (esp. the date parameters) carefully.  It's also necessary necessary to add a 2.5% discount factor to any results you get now, since it appears that journals were added to the database after we did the study (late Janaury, very early February) that fall within the parameters.  And then, of course, as always, results are rounded to the nearest ten.  Thanks.

After the final and correct version of the study is up (there will be changes mainly in two specialty areas, Family Law and Property, one or two additions in some other categories, no change in overall ranking), I invite schools to do their own self-studies and post the results on-line.  Assuming the methodology appears to have been consistently applied, I will be glad to post links to those studies.  At least one school has already expressed interest in doing something like what Roger Williams did for productivity, and expanding the impact study beyond the not quite three dozen schools we studied.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 7, 2010 in Rankings | Permalink | TrackBack