...from Pitt Dean William Carter, who had the unhappy task of dealing with a big drop in Pitt's overall rank in U.S. News. As with all such movements, it has nothing to do with the real world, and everything to do with artifacts of the ranking method. I commend Dean Carter's approach to the matter as a sensible one. (As you will see if you watch Dean Carter's analysis, there have been some minor and largely cosmetic changes in the U.S. News methodology since I wrote the "Guide for the Perplexed" ten years ago.)
The full list is here; the authors of the 11 articles are: (1) John Armour (Oxford), Bernard Black (Northwestern), and Brian Cheffins (Cambridge); (2) Oren Bar-Gill & Ryan Bubb (both NYU); (3) Robert Bartlett (Berkeley); (4) Michal Barzuza (Virginia); (5) William Bratton & Michael Wachter (both Penn); (6) Matthew Cain (Notre Dame, Business) & Steven Davidoff (Ohio State); (7) Cheffins (Cambridge), Armour (Oxford), & Black (Northwestern) again, for a different piece; (8) Jill Fisch (Penn); (9) Edward Rock (Penn); (10) Richard Squire (Forhdam); and (11) Randall Thomas (Vanderbilt) & Robert Thompson (Georgetown).
Although unlike the recent National Jurist fiasco, this one is not nuts and contains some useful information. More detail about response rates from the student and alumni surveys would be welcome. And the weighting of the different factors is, of course, inexplicable. It is, I think, useful for prospective students to see that some more regional schools in fact have very good employment outcomes.
MOVING TO FRONT FROM SEPTEMBER 13, 2012--AS HIRING SEASON NEARS ITS END, AND PRAWFS COMPILES HIRING DATA, THIS INFO IS TIMELY AGAIN (candidates who accepted offers, please submit your info at the Prawfs site--I knnow the information there is not complete as it presently stands)
1. Harvard (57 candidates; average class size circa 550) (#2, #2)
2. Yale (37 candidates; average class size circa 200) (#1, #1)
3. NYU (31 candidates; average class size circa 450) (#9, #9)
4. UC Berkeley (20 candidates; average class size circa 250) (#7, #5)
5. Columbia (18 candidates; average class size circa 400) (#5, #6)
5. Georgetown (18 candidates; average class size circa 600) (#14, #14)
7. Cornell (14 candidates; average class size circa 200) (#10, outside top 15)
7. Northwestern (14 candidates; average class size circa 250) (#10, #11)
9. Duke (13 candidates; average class size circa 250) (#10, #9)
9. Michigan (13 candidates; average class size circa 350) (#5, #6)
9. Stanford (13 candidates; average class size circa 200) (#4, #3)
12. Chicago (12 candidates; average class size circa 200) (#3, #4)
13. Texas (11 candidates; average class size circa 425) (#14, outside top 15)
Among the elite law schools, others had smaller number of alumni in the first FAR this year: for example, there were eight from UCLA, seven from Virginia, four from Southern California, and three each from Penn and Vanderbilt. Other major law schools with comparable numbers include George Washington (7) and Wisconsin (5).
ADDENDUM: It is striking how weak the correlation is between the total numbers on the teaching market compared to past success in placement.
Interesting list here, though as we noted before, school-funded jobs are often the crucial route into public sector positions for many graduates, and schools with big investments in getting graduates into public interest will necessarily have a good number of these. On the other hand, it is certainly true that in many other cases, school-funded jobs are make-work position meant to boost employment statistics, not help launch careers.