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Thursday, 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)

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