Yet another triumph for scientific Internet polling, with over 250 votes cast:
|1. Yale University (Condorcet winner: wins contests with all other choices)|
|2. Harvard University loses to Yale University by 115–91|
|3. Stanford University loses to Yale University by 183–30, loses to Harvard University by 177–33|
|4. University of Virginia loses to Yale University by 189–19, loses to Stanford University by 116–69|
|5. Columbia University loses to Yale University by 194–17, loses to University of Virginia by 102–85|
|6. University of Texas at Austin loses to Yale University by 193–17, loses to Columbia University by 101–91|
New York University loses to Yale University by 189–20, loses to University of Texas at Austin by 101–75
University of Southern California loses to Yale University by 190–20, loses to University of Texas at Austin by 103–78
|9. University of Chicago loses to Yale University by 193–14, loses to New York University by 93–78|
|10. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor loses to Yale University by 189–17, loses to University of Chicago by 99–66|
Runners-up were Berkeley (loses to Michigan by 80-76) and Penn (loses to Berkeley 89-71).
A few observations: (1) Yale and Harvard dominate the area, the rest of the 'top ten' (plus runner-ups) seem sensible, though I would not put much weight on the precise ordinal ranking; (2) Lawrence Friedman at Stanford is 80, how would Stanford fare without him?; (3) strength in 20th-century American legal history clearly drove the voting (this became esp. apparent after Mary Dudziak [USC] at the Legal History Blog linked to the poll), but this may well reflect the relative importance of that sub-field within the American legal academy; (4) there are big differences in faculty size, ranging from just 3-5 faculty in the area (e.g., Penn, Chicago, NYU, USC) to eight or more (e.g., Yale, Harvard).
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