June 19, 2014

ABA approves splitting the two Penn State law school campuses into separate institutions

The official announcement.  If the Dickinson School in Carlyle is not listed as part of Penn State for U.S. News purposes, that will have a deleterious effect on its rankings, due to the notorious halo effects of university names.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 19, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

June 16, 2014

Ten most cited law faculty in 11 specialties, 2009-2013

Here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 16, 2014 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

June 13, 2014

Another preview: ten most highly cited tax scholars, 2009 through 2013

Here it is:

TAX

Rank

Name

Institution

Citations

Age in 2013

1

Michael Graetz

Columbia University

400

69

 

David Weisbach

University of Chicago

400

50

3

Reuven Avi-Yonah

University of Michigan

350

56

4

Daniel Shaviro

New York University

340

56

5

Leandra Lederman

Indiana University, Bloomington

290

47

 

Lawrence Zelenak

Duke University

290

58

7

Victor Fleischer

University of San Diego

280

42

8

Edward Zelinsky

Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University

270

63

9

Joseph Bankman

Stanford University

250

58

 

Edward McCaffery

University of Southern California

250

55

 

Highly cited scholars who work   partly in tax

 

 

 

 

Louis Kaplow

Harvard University

1100

57

 

Brian Galle                                                           

Kristin Hickman

Boston College

University of Minnesota

  310

  310

41

43

 

Mark Gergen

University of California, Berkeley

  270

57

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 13, 2014 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

June 11, 2014

Ten most cited law faculty in the U.S. 2009 through 2013

Next week, I'll have up on the ranking site a new study of the ten most-cited faculty during the years 2009 through 2013 in 11 different areas of legal schoarship (everything from corporate law to legal history to tax).  As a teaser, here are the ten most-cited faculty overall (who are still in law teaching) for the period 2009-2013, listed by the schools they teach at:

 Ten Most Cited Faculty Overall

Rank

Name

Institution

Total Citations

Age in 2013

1

Cass Sunstein

Harvard University

5540

59            

2

Erwin Chemerinsky

University of California, Irvine

3010

60

3

Richard Epstein

New York University, University of Chicago

2700

70

4

Eric Posner

University of Chicago

2450

48

5

Mark Lemley

Stanford University

2360

47

6

William Eskridge, Jr.

Yale University

2070

62

7

Mark Tushnet

Harvard University

1910

68

8

Akhil Amar

Yale University

1790

55

9

Lawrence Lessig

Harvard University

1750

52

10

Daniel Farber

University of California, Berkeley

1740

63

 

Laurence Tribe

Harvard University

1740

72

Prominent judges who still teach part-time were not included in this study; but just for fun, here are the figures for the three most prominent:  Judge Posner (Chicago) was cited 6980 times during this period; Judge Easterbrook (Chicago) was cited 2130 times; and Judge Calabresi (Yale) was cited 1290 times. 

(Note:  total citations really means the total number of articles in which the scholar is cited.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 11, 2014 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

ABA Section on Legal Education recommends changes...

...including new rules for auditing employment data and permitting law schools to admit up to 10% of the class without the LSAT.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 11, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

June 10, 2014

U of Minnesota provides $2 million to offset law school's deficit

Story here.  If a major state law school, perenially top 20ish, is in this situation, I would imagine many other law schools are as well.

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 10, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

June 06, 2014

UC Irvine Law School now fully accredited by the ABA

I was just forwarded the e-mail confirming that milestone.  Not a surprise, of course, given all that's been accomplished in a remarkably short time, but this also means that UC Irvine will be subjected to U.S. News.com ranking next year.  The lawyer/judge reputation survey results are very hard to predict; it will be interesting to see how the academic reputation survey comes out (UCI ought to get a top 20 score there, but we'll see if that happens).

Posted by Brian Leiter on June 6, 2014 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

May 15, 2014

Federal clerkship placement rankings by school, 2011-2013

The ranking.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 15, 2014 in Rankings, Student Advice | Permalink

May 09, 2014

Corporate Practice Commentator's Top 10 Articles of 2013

They are:

The Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2013

The Corporate Practice Commentator is pleased to announce the results of its twentieth annual poll to select the ten best corporate and securities articles.  Teachers in corporate and securities law were asked to select the best corporate and securities articles from a list of articles published and indexed in legal journals during 2013.   More than 550 articles were on this year’s list.  Because of the vagaries of publication, indexing, and mailing, some articles published in 2013 have a 2012 date, and not all articles containing a 2013 date were published and indexed in time to be included in this year’s list.

The articles, listed in alphabetical order of the initial author, are:

Armour, John, Bernard Black and Brian Cheffins. Is Delaware losing its cases? 9 J. Empirical Legal Stud. 605-656 (2012).

Bebchuk, Lucian A. The myth that insulating boards serves long-term value. 113 Colum. L. Rev. 1637-1694 (2013). 

Bratton, William W. and Michael L. Wachter. A theory of preferred stock. 161 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1815-1906 (2013). 

Choi, Stephen, Jill Fisch, and Marcel Kahan. Who calls the shots? How mutual funds vote on director elections. 3 Harv. Bus. L. Rev. 35-82 (2013).

Coates, John C. IV. Corporate politics, governance, and value before and after Citizens United. 9 J. Empirical Legal Stud. 657-696 (2012).

Gilson, Ronald J. and Jeffrey N. Gordon. The agency costs of agency capitalism: Activist investors and the revaluation of governance rights. 113 Colum. L. Rev. 863-927 (2013). 

Grundfest, Joseph A. and Kristen A. Savelle. The brouhaha over intra-corporate forum selection provisions: A legal, economic, and political analysis. 68 Bus. Law. 325-410 (2013). 

Klausner, Michael. Fact and fiction in corporate law and governance. 65 Stan. L. Rev. 1325-1370 (2013). 

Langevoort, Donald C. and Robert B. Thompson. "Publicness" in contemporary securities regulation after the JOBS Act. 101 Geo. L.J. 337-386 (2013). 

Rock, Edward B. Adapting to the new shareholder-centric reality. 161 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1907-1988 (2013). 

By institutional affiliation, the schools with the most authors represented are:  Penn (4), Harvard (2), NYU (2), Columbia (2), Stanford (2), Georgetown (2).

 

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 9, 2014 in Faculty News, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

May 01, 2014

ATL's approach to ranking law schools: decide what the result should be, then adjust the criteria accordingly

I wish I were making this up, but here it is:

“The top 15 or so are roughly the same schools as you would find in U.S. News and elsewhere,” explains Brian Dalton, research director for Above the Law. “Yale, Harvard and Stanford are the top three as they would be under any credible ranking scheme…"

Note that when U.S. News.com surveyed lawyers and judges last fall (with a 32% respones rate, an all-time high for these surveys), here were "the top three":

1.  Harvard University (4.8)

1.  Stanford University (4.8)

3.  Columbia University (4.7)

3.  University of Chicago (4.7)

3.  Yale University (4.7)

But, heck, what do lawyers and judges know.

And here are the "top three" schools based on scholarly impact in the study by Greg Sisk (St. Thomas) and colleagues in 2012:

1.  Yale University

2.  Harvard University

3.  University of Chicago

And the "top three" according to The National Law Journal based on big firm placement:

1.  Columbia University

2.  University of Chicago

3.  New York University

 And the "top three" in the business law areas:

1.  Harvard University

2.  Columbia University

3.  New York University

But, of course, any "credible" ranking must replicate U.S. News.com....

If they really aren't about to go under, they surely deserve to if this is really their approach.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 1, 2014 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink