November 17, 2014

A sober and impartial analysis of the recent ranking of the "top 50" law faculties...

...from Professor Bainbridge at UCLA.

Posted by Brian Leiter on November 17, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Humor, Rankings | Permalink

November 11, 2014

Top 50 law faculties, 2014 edition

With 355 votes, we now know the truth; note that some ordinal gaps reflect very small vote differentials (e.g., Michigan and Penn, Cornell and UCLA), while others reflect larger ones (e.g., NYU and Berkeley, UCLA and Texas).  You can get a sense of the attempt at strategic voting by noting, especially further down the list, how many rated their school better than Yale.  2013 results are here.  Irvine has noticeably solidified its position in the interim.  U.S. News continues to influence evaluators, but results for Irvine, Florida State, Illinois and others show that its influence is more limited among readers of this blog.

1. Yale University  (Condorcet winner: wins contests with all other choices)
2. Harvard University  loses to Yale University by 142–140
3. Stanford University  loses to Yale University by 237–47, loses to Harvard University by 225–62
4. University of Chicago  loses to Yale University by 238–46, loses to Stanford University by 165–109
5. Columbia University  loses to Yale University by 256–33, loses to University of Chicago by 166–108
6. New York University  loses to Yale University by 256–35, loses to Columbia University by 143–129
7. University of California, Berkeley  loses to Yale University by 270–18, loses to New York University by 213–61
8. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor  loses to Yale University by 274–21, loses to University of California, Berkeley by 170–95
9. University of Pennsylvania  loses to Yale University by 281–8, loses to University of Michigan, Ann Arbor by 133–128
10. University of Virginia  loses to Yale University by 280–8, loses to University of Pennsylvania by 148–99
11. Duke University  loses to Yale University by 280–9, loses to University of Virginia by 163–93
12. Georgetown University  loses to Yale University by 283–9, loses to Duke University by 146–113
13. Northwestern University  loses to Yale University by 281–10, loses to Georgetown University by 151–99
14. Cornell University  loses to Yale University by 283–8, loses to Northwestern University by 134–114
15. University of California, Los Angeles  loses to Yale University by 280–11, loses to Cornell University by 128–122
16. University of Texas, Austin  loses to Yale University by 287–2, loses to University of California, Los Angeles by 156–89
17. Vanderbilt University  loses to Yale University by 277–4, loses to University of Texas, Austin by 162–62
18. University of Southern California  loses to Yale University by 282–3, loses to Vanderbilt University by 117–98
19. University of California, Irvine  loses to Yale University by 278–8, loses to University of Southern California by 127–102
20. George Washington University  loses to Yale University by 280–5, loses to University of California, Irvine by 137–82
21. Washington University, St. Louis  loses to Yale University by 281–2, loses to George Washington University by 114–97
22. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities  loses to Yale University by 279–3, loses to Washington University, St. Louis by 105–103
23. Boston University  loses to Yale University by 273–10, loses to University of Minnesota, Twin Cities by 110–102
24. Emory University  loses to Yale University by 277–3, loses to Boston University by 127–78
25. University of Notre Dame  loses to Yale University by 271–4, loses to Emory University by 116–80
26. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign  loses to Yale University by 276–3, loses to University of Notre Dame by 99–91
27. Fordham University  loses to Yale University by 278–4, loses to University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign by 103–90
28. University of California, Davis  loses to Yale University by 271–5, loses to Fordham University by 108–91
29. Boston College  loses to Yale University by 274–6, loses to University of California, Davis by 102–87
30. University of Iowa  loses to Yale University by 276–6, loses to Boston College by 103–93
31. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill  loses to Yale University by 275–2, loses to University of Iowa by 101–88
32. University of Wisconsin, Madison  loses to Yale University by 272–2, loses to University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill by 98–87
33. College of William & Mary  loses to Yale University by 268–2, loses to University of Wisconsin, Madison by 99–84
34. Indiana University, Bloomington  loses to Yale University by 273–3, loses to College of William & Mary by 94–81
35. Florida State University  loses to Yale University by 259–12, loses to Indiana University, Bloomington by 90–80
36. University of Alabama  loses to Yale University by 257–7, loses to Florida State University by 94–83
37. University of California, Hastings  loses to Yale University by 271–7, loses to University of Alabama by 92–87
38. University of Arizona  loses to Yale University by 267–4, loses to University of California, Hastings by 93–85
39. Ohio State University  loses to Yale University by 270–3, loses to University of Arizona by 94–81
40. Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University  loses to Yale University by 259–4, loses to Ohio State University by 85–77
41. University of San Diego  loses to Yale University by 266–3, loses to Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University by 81–71
42. University of Colorado, Boulder  loses to Yale University by 266–3, loses to University of San Diego by 83–78
43. Arizona State University  loses to Yale University by 263–6, loses to University of Colorado, Boulder by 79–78
44. Tied: George Mason University  loses to Yale University by 271–2, loses to Arizona State University by 87–82 University of Georgia  loses to Yale University by 264–3, loses to Arizona State University by 93–63
46. University of Washington, Seattle  loses to Yale University by 268–2, loses to George Mason University by 95–79
47. Washington & Lee University  loses to Yale University by 268–1, loses to University of Washington, Seattle by 82–71
48. American University  loses to Yale University by 264–7, loses to Washington & Lee University by 94–77
 

49. Tied: Brooklyn Law School  loses to Yale University by 260–5

University of Florida, Gainesville  loses to Yale University by 252–3, loses to Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University by 71–70

Posted by Brian Leiter on November 11, 2014 in Rankings | Permalink

November 04, 2014

50 best law school faculties, 2014 edition

Here's a list of 84 faculties that might have some claim on having one of the 50 strongest law faculties in terms of scholarly distinction (with apologies to any wrongly omitted).  Have fun!  Detailed ballott reporting will make attempts at strategic voting obvious, so don't!

ADDENDUM:  Remember, this is about the scholarly distinction of the faculties, if all you know is the U.S. News rank, don't complete the survey, or choose "no opinion" for those schools!  Note that Cardozo appears twice in the list--rank the Cardozo that appears first please (unfortunately, I can't fix it once the survey starts).

Posted by Brian Leiter on November 4, 2014 in Rankings | Permalink

October 26, 2014

8.1% drop in LSAT takers in September from last year

LSAC data here.   Since the trend appears to be for applicants to apply later in the cycle, the final decline for this year is likely to be less than 8% (in the last few years, the September/October drop was always greater than the final total decline).   But a continued decline of any kind means that law schools uncertain about whether to hire new faculty will likely err on the side of not hiring.

Posted by Brian Leiter on October 26, 2014 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

October 14, 2014

Schools with the best law professors?

This looks to me rock solid, scientifically impeccable.  What else would one expect from the Princeton Review?

Posted by Brian Leiter on October 14, 2014 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

October 02, 2014

Signs of the times: tuition rising at Berkeley

Not surprising, the UC professional schools are all now de facto private.

Posted by Brian Leiter on October 2, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

September 23, 2014

Akron, Cincinnatti, Toledo see enrollment declines, while majority of Ohio schools hold steady (or show gains) from 2013

See especially the chart accompanying the article, which focuses on Toledo's woes.  My guess is that Cincinnatti's anomalous enrollment drop is due to a desire to preserve its national rank.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 23, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

September 16, 2014

Entertaining profile of Hastings Dean Frank Wu

Here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on September 16, 2014 in Faculty News, Legal Profession, Rankings | Permalink

August 28, 2014

Gaming the U.S.News.com COLLEGE rankings

The case of Northeastern.  To get a sense of how nuts this is, note that at #49 in the USNews.com list, Northeastern ranks ahead of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Washington in Seattle, both among the top 20 research universities in the United States by normal measures of academic excellence (academic reputation, research funding, membership in National Academies, citations, etc.).

Posted by Brian Leiter on August 28, 2014 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

August 14, 2014

Another "alliance" between a free-standing law school and a university...

Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Western Michigan University.

Posted by Brian Leiter on August 14, 2014 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink