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Brian Leiter
University of Chicago Law School

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"Enduring Hierarchies in American Legal Education"

Now we know the truth!  From page 65:

Established Elite:  Berkeley, Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Michigan, NYU [but see the footnote], Penn, Stanford, Virginia, Yale

Rising Elite:  Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Minnesota, Northwestern, Texas, UCLA, USC

Declining Elite:  BU, Case Western, Indiana/Bloomington, Iowa, North Carolina, Wisconsin

Regional Elite:  Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Buffalo, BYU, UC Davis, UC Hastings, Cardozo, Cincinnati, Colorado, Connecticut, Emory, Florida, Fordham, George Washington, Georgia, Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers/Newark, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Wash U/St. Louis, Washington/Seattle, Utah, Washington & Lee, William & Mary, Vanderbilt

"Rising Regional," "Regional" and "Local" law schools are listed in appendices.  You'll have to read the article to see all the different kinds of data, stretching over almost a century, that went into these categorizations.

ADDENDUM:  Just to be clear, as a marker of current faculty quality these categories break down pretty quickly in reliability--but that's not what they're being presented as, in any case.

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