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University of Chicago Law School

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

So with 60,000 votes on paired comparisons of 60 law schools...

...and with apologies to Kenneth Arrow, here are the results, which reflect the significant (if not total) influence of U.S. News on even academics and academically-minded readers--though the performance of places like UCLA, Northwestern, Texas, Irvine, FSU, and San Diego, among others, certainly reflects the influence of the kind of data I have put into circulation. 

1.  Yale University (94)

2.  Harvard University (92)

3.  Stanford University (91)

4.  University of Chicago (87)

5.  Columbia University (85)

6.  New York University (83)

7.  University of California, Berkeley (80)

8.  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (77)

8.  University of Virginia (77)

10. Northwestern University (76)

10. University of Pennsylvania (76)

12. University of California, Los Angeles (73)

13. Duke University (72)

13. University of Texas, Austin (72)

15. Cornell University (70)

15. Georgetown University (70)

17. Vanderbilt University (69)

18. University of Southern California (67)

19. George Washington University (59)

19. Washington University, St. Louis (59)

21. University of Wisconsin, Madison (58)

22. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (57)

23. Boston University (56)

23. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (56)

25. University of Iowa (53)

26. Boston College (50)

26. Emory University (50)

28. Fordham University (49)

28. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (49)

28. University of Notre Dame (49)

31. University of California, Irvine (46)

32. Indiana University, Bloomington (45)

33. College of William & Mary (43)

34. Ohio State University (42)

35. University of California, Davis (40)

36. University of California, Hastings (39)

37. Washington & Lee University (36)

38. University of Colorado, Boulder (35)

38. University of Washington, Seattle (35)

40. University of Arizona (33)

40. University of San Diego (33)

42. Florida State University (32)

42. George Mason University (32)

44. University of Georgia (30)

45. Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University (29)

46. Arizona State University (28)

46. Tulane University (28)

48. Brooklyn Law School (27)

49. Chicago-Kent College of Law (26)

49. University of Florida, Gainesville (26)

For those who haven't had their full, Gordon Smith (BYU) has now created another paired comparisons for 185 law schools!  Yikes!  It will take a lot more votes to get meaningful results out of this one, since there will be both fewer close comparisons offered up, and a lot more comparisons between schools about which most will have little information.  Professor Smith has also cast the net more widely in terms of soliciting participation, so I would expect this to look even more like US News in the end, if it isn't captured by ambitious strategic voting. 

http://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2011/01/so-with-60000-votes-on-paired-comparisons-of-60-law-schools.html

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