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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Where Did Younger Faculty at the Top Law Schools Earn Their JD?

In the fall, I'll post a new study on the ranking site that looks at the schools from which roughly the forty strongest law faculties in terms of scholarly distinction (as measured by reputation and/or impact studies) have been hiring their 'younger' faculty.  In order to make the study more current, and so as not to reflect the law school hierarchy of yesteryear, we looked only at tenure-stream academic faculty who earned their J.D. since 1995 or later.  Here's a brief preview of the reults, confined to the post-95 faculty at the top 16 law schools that tend to dominate the market for hiring the best new faculty talent (Yale, Harvard, Chicago, Stanford, Columbia, Michigan, NYU, Virginia, Berkeley, Penn, Duke, Texas, Georgetown, Northwestern, UCLA, Cornell).

It will surprise no one to learn that Yale Law School graduates dominate, with 80 of the post-1995 faculty at the top law schools surveyed earning their J.D. there.  By contrast, there were 52 Harvard Law School graduates in tenure-stream academic appointments at the leading law schools, even though HLS is more than twice as big as Yale.  Then came (again no surprises) graduates of Stanford (16) and University of Chicago (15), both schools that, like Yale, usually graduates less than 200 students per year.  After that, there is a large drop-off:  seven graduates each of Columbia and Virginia (though five of the UVA grads were teaching at UVA); five from NYU (which is more than twice the size of Stanford and Chicago); four from Berkeley; three from Michigan.

Outside the top 16, Yale's dominance recedes, though is still apparent, while Chicago and Stanford increase their share.  Full results in the early fall.

http://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2010/07/where-did-younger-faculty-at-the-top-law-schools-earn-their-jd.html

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