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Monday, October 11, 2010

The 40 Best Law Schools in the United States, 2010 Edition

So with over 340 votes cast, we now have the official, scientific results.  Bear in mind that Fordham, inadvertently omitted, would be somewhere in the top 40 (probably at least the top 35), thus edging out Cardozo.  Turns out that the burst of strategic voting for Florida State resulted from a professor discussing "prediction polls" in class, and then alluding to this one, at which point it went viral among the student body, who are apparently well-versed in strategic voting in ESPN polls!  The strategic voting notwithstanding, FSU still would have made the top 40.  Anyway, the results:

1. Yale University  (Condorcet winner: wins contests with all other choices)
2. Harvard University  loses to Yale University by 167–98
3. Stanford University  loses to Yale University by 227–38, loses to Harvard University by 202–55
4. University of Chicago  loses to Yale University by 237–36, loses to Stanford University by 182–64
5. Columbia University  loses to Yale University by 241–26, loses to University of Chicago by 136–112
6. New York University  loses to Yale University by 242–28, loses to Columbia University by 166–82
7. University of California, Berkeley  loses to Yale University by 252–19, loses to New York University by 179–67
8. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor  loses to Yale University by 254–19, loses to University of California, Berkeley by 143–94
9. University of Pennsylvania  loses to Yale University by 258–17, loses to University of Michigan, Ann Arbor by 144–99
10. University of Virginia  loses to Yale University by 256–17, loses to University of Pennsylvania by 121–113
11. Duke University  loses to Yale University by 261–12, loses to University of Virginia by 177–58
12. Northwestern University  loses to Yale University by 258–15, loses to Duke University by 129–98
13. Georgetown University  loses to Yale University by 259–13, loses to Northwestern University by 117–109
14. University of Texas, Austin  loses to Yale University by 257–18, loses to Georgetown University by 134–93
15. Cornell University  loses to Yale University by 260–11, loses to University of Texas, Austin by 113–110
16. University of California, Los Angeles  loses to Yale University by 254–11, loses to Cornell University by 132–86
17. Vanderbilt University  loses to Yale University by 257–10, loses to University of California, Los Angeles by 144–67
18. University of Southern California  loses to Yale University by 260–7, loses to Vanderbilt University by 116–87
19. Washington University, St. Louis  loses to Yale University by 258–10, loses to University of Southern California by 143–60
20. George Washington University  loses to Yale University by 259–9, loses to Washington University, St. Louis by 103–94
21. Boston University  loses to Yale University by 255–9, loses to George Washington University by 112–78
22. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul  loses to Yale University by 254–7, loses to Boston University by 106–80
23. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign  loses to Yale University by 247–13, loses to University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul by 91–85
24. Emory University  loses to Yale University by 254–6, loses to University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign by 99–86
25. Boston College  loses to Yale University by 256–5, loses to Emory University by 110–83
26. University of Notre Dame  loses to Yale University by 259–8, loses to Boston College by 101–84
27. University of Iowa  loses to Yale University by 256–6, loses to University of Notre Dame by 91–88
28. University of Wisconsin, Madison  loses to Yale University by 252–8, loses to University of Iowa by 89–87
29. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill  loses to Yale University by 254–9, loses to University of Wisconsin, Madison by 91–84
30. College of William & Mary  loses to Yale University by 255–7, loses to University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill by 108–72
31. University of California, Irvine  loses to Yale University by 253–7, loses to College of William & Mary by 96–89
32. University of California, Davis  loses to Yale University by 253–8, loses to University of California, Irvine by 96–78
33. Indiana University, Bloomington  loses to Yale University by 250–11, loses to University of California, Davis by 87–84
34. University of California, Hastings  loses to Yale University by 252–9, loses to Indiana University, Bloomington by 93–78
35. Florida State University  loses to Yale University by 237–35, loses to University of California, Hastings by 99–98
36. Ohio State University  loses to Yale University by 252–6, loses to Florida State University by 97–94
37. Washington & Lee University  loses to Yale University by 256–5, loses to Ohio State University by 88–76
38. George Mason University  loses to Yale University by 252–11, loses to Washington & Lee University by 90–87
39. University of Colorado, Boulder  loses to Yale University by 246–10, loses to George Mason University by 94–68
40. Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University  loses to Yale University by 251–5, loses to University of Colorado, Boulder by 85–75

 

Runners-up for the top 40 include University of Georgia (which loses to Cardozo by 84-77), University of San Diego (which trails Georgia 83-82), and University of Washington (which trails USD 88-81).

 

The results track, to some extent, U.S. News overall rankings, but not entirely (vide Florida State, San Diego, UC Irvine, among others).  The extent to which Columbia continues to crush NYU in these polls is striking.  (The results of our March 2009 poll concerning the top 18 law schools is here and shows a similar result on this score, and most others, though there are some modest changes since [e.g., Cornell and Texas switched places]). 

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