February 13, 2017
This is amusing, courtesy of law professor Ryan Whalen (Dalhousie), a recent JD/PhD graduate of Northwestern. One minor drawback is that faculty who retire and move elsewhere are treated as ordinary lateral moves. (So, too, with moves to assume Deanships: there too, the reasons for the move are different than ordinary lateral moves.)
January 31, 2017
Brad Hillis called this data compilation he did to my attention; I haven't verified its accuracy, but the recent (2005-17) data looks roughly right. Readers can weigh in at Wikipedia to correct the data if need be. Neither list is adjusted for class size.
Here are the twenty law schools that have produced the most Supreme Court clerks since 1882:
Rank/ Law School/ # clerks / % of all clerks
1) Harvard 607 27%
2) Yale 396 18%
3) Chicago 156 7%
4) Stanford 137 6%
5) Columbia 135 6%
6) Virginia 110 5%
7) Michigan 87 4%
8) Georgetown 61 3%
9) Berkeley 59 3%
10) NYU 54 2%
11) Penn 48
12) Northwestern 42
13) Texas 35
14) GW 26
15) Duke 21
16) UCLA 19
17) Notre Dame-17
18) BYU 13
19) Indiana 11
And here is Mr. Hillis's list of the top 20 law schools which have produced the most clerks since 2005 through 2017 (again, note that Harvard is more than twice the size of Yale, Stanford, and Chicago; that Virginia, Columbia, and NYU are about twice the size of the latter; etc.):
January 17, 2017
We just updated our charts about law journal submissions, expedites, and rankings from different sources for the Spring 2017 submission season covering the 203 main journals of each law school.
A couple of the highlights from this round of revisions are:
First, again the chart includes as much information as possible about what law reviews are not accepting submissions right now and what dates they say they'll resume accepting submissions. Most of this is not specific dates, because the journals tend to post only imprecise statements about how the journal is not currently accepting submissions but will start doing so at some point in spring.
Second, while 72 law reviews still prefer or require submission through ExpressO, the movement toward the number of journals using and preferring Scholastica continues: 27 schools now require Scholastica as the exclusive avenue for submissions, with 25 more preferring or strongly preferring it, and 25 accepting articles submitted through either ExpressO or Scholastica,.
The first chart contains information about each journal’s preferences about methods for submitting articles (e.g., e-mail, ExpressO, Scholastica, or regular mail), as well as special formatting requirements and how to request an expedited review. The second chart contains rankings information from U.S. News and World Report as well as data from Washington & Lee’s law review website.
Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews and Journals: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1019029
The Washington & Lee data on citations to law reviews is not very useful, since it does not correct for volume of publication. As a rule of thumb, law review status tracks the hosting law school's status, though the further down the hierarchy one goes, the less meaningful the distinctions become. 2nd-tier specialty journals at some top schools can offer be a better bet than the main law review at other schools--you need to ask colleagues in your specialty to find out.
January 09, 2017
With the start of a new year, here they are:
1. Cass Sunstein (Harvard), 266,146 downloads of 232 papers (posting papers since 1996)
2. Daniel Solove (George Washington), 263,111 downloads of 45 papers (remarkably, more than 60% of the downloads are due to a single paper!) (posting papers since 2001)
3. Lucian Bebchuk (Harvard), 249,457 downloads of 174 papers (posting papers since 1996)
4. Mark Lemley (Stanford), 188,578 downloads of 161 papers (posting papers since 1996)
5. Bernard Black (Northwestern), 178,719 downloads of 155 papers (posting papers since 1996)
6. Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA), 123,522 downloads of 98 papers (posting papers since 1997)
7. Dan Kahan (Yale), 122,574 downloads of 69 papers (posting papers since 1996)
8. Brian Leiter (Chicago), 122,416 downloads of 67 papers (posting papers since 2000)
9. Orin Kerr (George Washington), 108,160 downloads of 54 papers (posting papers since 2002)
10. Eric Posner (Chicago), 105,954 downloads of 135 papers (posting papers since 1997)
December 01, 2016
November 22, 2016
That's the Blog Emperor's characterization of the latest results, though California still has many graduates of non-ABA-accredited law schools taking the California bar and passing at very low rates (1 out of 4 or less).
November 15, 2016
Details here. NYU, Columbia, and Cornell had the three best pass rates, but it's striking that Syracuse came in 4th, ahead of Fordham, Brooklyn, and Cardozo among others. So whatever Syracuse is doing, other schools should take a look!
October 31, 2016
Blog Emperor Caron has been tracking them at various schools. At almost all the schools covered, enrollment is down substantially since 2010 and, even so, the numerical credentials of the enrolled students are also down.