Monday, August 13, 2018

Top 50 Law Schools Based on Scholarly Impact, 2018

Professor Gregory Sisk & colleagues have updated their scholarly impact ratings (last edition), looking at mean and median citations to tenured faculty scholarship for the years 2013-2017 inclusive, using fall 2018 faculty rosters as the benchmark.  (Sisk et al. rank 70 faculties; I print the top 50, below.)  The weighted score represents the sum of the mean citations for the tenured faculty times 2, plus the faculty median.  Where the median is low relative to the immediate competition that's an indicator that a few highly cited faculty are carrying the school; in other cases, where the median is quite high, it's an indicator of more across the boards scholarly output.  By noting age, one can see that some faculties are heavily dependent on their most senior members for their citations.  Ties reflect the normalized weighted scores.

The citation counts were done during a two-week window in late May of this year in the Westlaw database as follow:  TE(Brian /2 Leiter) and date (aft 2012) and date (bef 2018).  "TE" limited the results to the body of the text, thus eliminating references to names in acknowledgments.  Although the searches were done in May of 2018, it's clear the pre-2018 database expanded after May (e.g., I had 553 hits when Sisk & colleagues did the study, while the same search, today, yields 589--that's a higher increase than in some other cases that were checked).  Across whole schools this won't matter, since the database was relatively stable during the two-week window when the data was collected.

Citations to faculty scholarship in law journals is, of course, only one metric of scholarly distinction and accomplishment.  Still, it is a useful check on uninformed opinions, and tracks rather well the actual scholarly output of different schools.  I'll have a few more substantive comments on the 2018 results tomorrow.

Over the coming weeks, I will post new lists of the most-cited scholars by specialty utilizing the Sisk data.

Results below the fold:

Detailed Scholarly Impact Ranking of Law Faculties, 2018

Ranking

Law School

Weighted Score

Mean

Median

Most Cited Scholars

(* indicates 70 or older in 2018)

1

Yale University

1474

540

394

*Ackerman, B.; Amar, A.; Ayres, I.; Balkin, J.; Eskridge, W.; Kahan, D.; Koh, H.; Macey, J.; *Post, R.; Siegel, R.

2

Harvard University

1252

467

318

Bebchuk, L.; Fallon, R.; Goldsmith, J.; Kaplow, L.; Lessig, L.; *Shavell, S.; Sunstein, C.; *Tribe, L.; *Tushnet, M.; Vermeule, A.

3

University of Chicago

1119

394

331

Baird, D.; Ben-Shahar, O.; Ginsburg, T.; Huq, A.; Leiter, B.; *Nussbaum, M.; Posner, E.; *Stone, G.; Strahilevitz, L.; Strauss, D.

4

New York University

979

349

281

Barkow, R.; *Epstein, R.; Friedman, B.; Issacharoff, S.; *Miller, A.; Miller, G.; Pildes, R.; Revesz, R.; *Stewart, R.; Waldron, J.

5

Columbia University

892

325

242

*Coffee, J.; Crenshaw, K.; *Gilson, R.; *Greenawalt, K.; Merrill, T.; Metzger, G.; *Monaghan, H.; *Raz, J.; *Scott, R.; Wu, T.

6

Stanford University

862

316

230

*Friedman, L.; *Gordon, R.; Karlan, P.; Lemley, M.; McConnell, M.; O'Connell, A.; Persily, N.; *Polinsky, A.; Rhode, D.; Sklansky, D.; Sykes, A.

7

University of California, Berkeley

803

305

193

Chemerinsky, E.; *Cooter, R.; Davidoff Solomon, S.; Farber, D.; Haney Lopez, I.; Menell, P.; Merges, R.; *Samuelson, P.; Yoo, J.; *Zimring, F.

8

Duke University

763

266

231

Adler, M.; Bradley, C.; *Cox, J.; Garrett, B.; Gulati, M.; Helfer, L.; Rai, A.; Schwarcz, S.; Siegel, N.; Young, E.

9

University of Pennsylvania

722

267

188

Bratton, W.; *Burbank, S.; Coglianese, C.; Fisch, J.; Hoffman, D.; *Hovenkamp, H.; Parchomovsky, G.; Roberts, D.; *Robinson, P.; Skeel, D.

10

Vanderbilt University

671

251

169

Blair, M.; Bressman, L.; Guthrie, C.; King, N.; Rossi, J.; *Rubin, E.; Ruhl, J.B.; Sherry, S.; Slobogin, C.; Viscusi, W.

11

University of California, Los Angeles

644

231

182

Bainbridge, S.; Carbado, D.; Crenshaw, K.; Kang, J.; Korobkin, R.; Motomura, H.; Raustiala, K.; Salzman, J.; Volokh, E.; Winkler, A.

12

University of California, Irvine

638

232

174

Burk, D. ; Fleischer, V.; Garth, B.; Hasen, R.; Leslie, C.; Menkel-Meadow, C.; Natapoff, A.; Reese, A.; Richardson, L.S.; Shaffer, G.

13

Cornell University

620

210

200

*Alexander, G.; Blume, J.; *Clermont, K.; Dorf, M.; Grimmelmann, J.; Hans, V.; Heise, M.; Peñalver, E.; Rachlinski, J.; Schwab, S.

14

University of Michigan

560

194

172

Avi-Yonah, R.; Bagenstos, S.; Crane, D.; Eisenberg, R.; Litman, J.; *MacKinnon, C.; Mendelson, N.; Pritchard, A.; Schlanger, M.; *Schneider, C.

14

Northwestern University

556

207

142

*Allen, R.; Black, B.; Calabresi, S.; Dana, D.; *Diamond, S.; Koppelman, A.; McGinnis, J.; Pfander, J.; *Redish, M.; Rodriguez, D.; Schwartz, D.

16

George Washington University

537

200

137

Abramowicz, M.; Cahn, N.; Cunningham, L.; Glicksman, R.; Kovacic, W.; Murphy, S.; *Pierce, R.; Rosen, J.; Selmi, M.; Solove, D.

16

University of Virginia

529

203

123

*Abraham, K.; Brown, D.; Duffy, J.; *Jeffries, J.; *Kitch, E.; *Laycock, D.; Nelson, C.; Prakash, S.; *Schauer, F.; *White, G.E.

16

Georgetown University

527

196

135

Barnett, R.; Cohen, J.; Cole, D.; Katyal, N.; Langevoort, D.; Levitin, A.; Luban, D.; Solum, L.; Thompson, R.; West, R.

19

University of Texas, Austin

492

173

146

Baker, L.; Bone, R.; Golden, J.; *Levinson, S.; McGarity, T.; Mullenix, L.; *Sager, L.; Silver, C.; Vladeck, S.; Wagner, W.; *Westbrook, J.

19

George Mason University

485

176

133

Bernstein, D.; Butler, H.; *Ginsburg, D.; Greve, M.; Kobayashi, B.; Kontorovich, E.; Mossoff, A.; Muris, T.; Somin, I.; Wright, J.; Zywicki, T.

21

University of Minnesota

467

169

129

Carbone, J.; Cotter, T.; *Frase, R.; Hickman, K.; Hill, C.; Klass, A.; *Kritzer, H.; McDonnell, B.; Painter, R.; *Tonry, M.

21

Washington University, St. Louis

465

166

133

*Appleton, S.; De Geest, G.; Epstein, L.; Joy, P.; Kim, P.; Law, D.; Levin, R.; *Mandelker, D.; Richards, N.; Tamanaha, B.

23

University of California, Davis

445

165

115

Bhagwat, A.; Chin, G.; Dodge, W.; Elmendorf, C.; Hillman, R.; Horton, D.; Joh, E.; Johnson, K.; Joslin, C.; Lee, P.; Pruitt, L.

23

University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis)

438

158

122

Berg, T.; *Delahunty, R.; *Hamilton, N.; Johnson, L.; Kaal, W.; Nichols, J.; Organ, J.; Paulsen, M.; Sisk, G.; Vischer, R.

23

University of Southern California

437

166

105

Barnett, J.; Brown, R.; Estrich, S.; Guzman, A.; Kerr, O.; Kleinbard, E.; Klerman, D.; McCaffery, E.; Rasmussen, R.; Simkovic, M.; Simon, D.

26

University of Notre Dame

421

138

145

Alford, R.; Bellia, P.; Cushman, B.; *Finnis, J.; Garnett, R.; McKenna, M.; Miller, P.; Nagle, J.; *Newton, N.; O'Connell, M.; Smith, S.; Tidmarsh, J.

27

Boston University

420

156

108

Beermann, J.; Dogan, S.; Fleming, J.; Gordon, W.; Hylton, K.; Lawson, G.; Maclin, T.; McClain, L.; Meurer, M.; Onwuachi-Willig, A.

28

College of William & Mary

382

126

130

Bellin, J.; Bruhl, A.; Criddle, E.; Devins, N.; Gershowitz, A.; Grove, T.; Heymann, L.; *Marcus, P.; Meese, A.; Oman, N.; Zick, T.

29

University of Colorado, Boulder

374

129

116

Anaya, J.; Campos, P.; Gruber, A.; Hart, M.; *Mueller, C.; Norton, H.; Peppet, S.; Schlag, P.; Schwartz, A.; Weiser, P.

29

Florida State University

372

133

106

Abbott, F.; Hsu, S.; Johnson, S.; Kahn, J.; Landau, D.; Logan, W.; Markell, D.; O’Hara O’Connor, E.; Ryan, E.; Seidenfeld, M.; Wiseman, H.; Wiseman, S.; Ziegler, M.

29

Fordham University

369

131

107

Brudney, J.; Davidson, N.; Denno, D.; Erichson, H.; Green, B.; Griffith, S.; Huntington, C.; Leib, E.; Reidenberg, J.; Zipursky, B.

32

Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University

353

126

101

Buccafusco, C.; Gilles, M.; Herz, M.; Markowitz, P.; Reinert, A.; *Rosenfeld, M.; Scheck, B.; Sebok, A.; Sterk, S.; Zelinsky, E.

32

Emory University

348

128

92

Dudziak, M.; *Fineman, M.; Freer, R.; Holbrook, T.; Nash, J.; *Perry, M.; Schapiro, R.; Shepherd, J.; Volokh, A.; Witte, J.

32

Case Western Reserve University

347

131

85

Adler, J.; Berg, J.; Hill, J.; Hoffman, S.; *Katz, L.; Ku, R.; McMunigal, K.; Nard, C.; Perzanowski, A.; Robertson, C.; Scharf, M.

32

University of Arizona

346

119

108

Bambauer, D.; Bambauer, J.; Engel, K.; *Glennon, R.; Massaro, T.; Miller, M.; Orbach, B.; Robertson, C.; Sjostrom, W.; Tsosie, R.

36

Indiana University, Bloomington

344

120

104

Dau-Schmidt, K.; Fidler, D.; Fischman, R.; Gamage, D.; Geyh, C.; Henderson, W.; Janis, M.; Johnsen, D.; Lederman, L.; Widiss, D.

36

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

343

132

79

Amar, V.; *Finkin, M.; Heald, P.; Kesan, J.; Lawless, R.; Mazzone, J.; *Moore, M.; Robbennolt, J.; Tabb, C.; Thomas, S.; Wilson, R.

36

University of North Carolina

333

120

93

Conley, J.; Gerhardt, M.; *Hazen, T.; Hessick, A.; Hessick, C.; Jacoby, M.; Marshall, W.; *Mosteller, R.; Nichol, G.; *Orth, J.

36

University of  San Diego

333

134

65

*Alexander, L.; Bell, A.; Dripps, D.; Hirsch, A.; Lobel, O.; McGowan, D.; Ramsey, M.; Rappaport, M.; Sichelman, T.; Smith, S.

36

Arizona State University

332

125

82

*Abbott, K.; Bodansky, D.; *Clinton, R.; Fellmeth, A.; Hodge, J.; Luna, E.; Marchant, G.; *Murphy, J.; *Saks, M.; Weinstein, J.

41

University of Maryland (Baltimore)

326

127

72

Citron, D.; Ertman, M.; Goodmark, L.; Graber, M.; Gray, D.; Pasquale, F.; Percival, R.; Pinard, M.; Stearns, M.; Steinzor, R.

41

University of Utah

323

118

87

Adler, R.; Anghie, A.; Baughman, S.; Cassell, P.; Contreras, J.; Craig, R.; Davies, L.; *Francis, L.; Peterson, C.; *Reitze, A.

41

Ohio State University

318

115

88

Berman, D.; Caldeira, G.; Chamallas, M.; Chow, D.; Cole, S.; Colker, R.; Merritt, D.; Shane, P.; Simmons, R.; Tokaji, D.; Walker, C.

44

Wake Forest University

312

117

78

Cardi, W.; Chavis, K.; *Curtis, M.; Green, M.; Hall, M.; Knox, J.; Palmiter, A.; Parks, G.; *Shapiro, S.; Taylor, M.; Wright, R.

44

University of California, Hastings

311

114

83

Depoorter, B.; Dodson, S.; Faigman, D.; Feldman, R.; Lefstin, J.; *Marcus, R.; Mattei, U.; Owen, D.; Roht-Arriaza, N.; Schiller, R.; Williams, J.

44

Chicago-Kent College of Law/Illinois Institute of Technology

306

103

100

Andrews, L.; Baker, K.; Dinwoodie, G.; Katz, D.; Krent, H.; Lee, E.; Malin, M.; Marder, N.; *Perritt, H.; Rosen, M.

44

Brooklyn Law School

304

109

86

Baer, M.; Bernstein, A.; Brakman Reiser, D.; Capers, I. B.; Garrison, M.; Gold, A.; Janger, E.; *Karmel, R.; Ristroph, A.; *Schneider, E.; Solan, L.

48

University of Kansas

293

103

87

Bhala, R.; Drahozal, C.; Harper Ho, V.; Kronk Warner, E.; Levy, R.; Mulligan, L.; Outka, U.; Torrance, A.; Ware, S.; Yung, C.

49

University of Alabama

286

117

52

Andreen, W.; Andrews, C.; Brophy, A.; *Delgado, R.; Elliott, H.; Horwitz, P.; Krotoszynski, R.; Pardo, M.; *Stefancic, J.; Steinman, A.

49

Brigham Young University

278

101

76

Daniels, B.; *Durham, W.C.; Fee, J.; *Fleming, C.; Gedicks, F.; Hurt, C.; Jensen, E.; Moore, D.; Scharffs, B.; Smith, D.G.

49

Hofstra University

275

96

83

Baruch Bush, R.; Burke, A.; Colombo, R.; *Dolgin, J.; Freedman, E.; Ku, J.; Manta, I.; *Neumann, R.; Sample, J.; Stark, B.; *Yaroshefsky, E.

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