Thursday, September 12, 2019

Top 40 law faculties according to readers of the blog

So with 214 votes cast, here are the results; I've added spaces to mark out schools that were "clustered" pretty closely together.

 

1. Yale University  (Condorcet winner: wins contests with all other choices)

2. Harvard University  loses to Yale University by 107–78

 

3. Stanford University  loses to Yale University by 154–33, loses to Harvard University by 153–34

4. University of Chicago  loses to Yale University by 154–37, loses to Stanford University by 96–90

 

5. New York University  loses to Yale University by 157–37, loses to University of Chicago by 105–81

6. Columbia University  loses to Yale University by 177–18, loses to New York University by 102–83

 

7. University of California, Berkeley  loses to Yale University by 184–9, loses to Columbia University by 149–40
8. University of Pennsylvania  loses to Yale University by 183–9, loses to University of California, Berkeley by 95–83
9. University of Virginia  loses to Yale University by 184–7, loses to University of Pennsylvania by 95–77

10. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor  loses to Yale University by 187–7, loses to University of Virginia by 87–86

 

11. Duke University  loses to Yale University by 189–5, loses to University of Michigan, Ann Arbor by 103–69

 

12. Georgetown University  loses to Yale University by 192–4, loses to Duke University by 106–69
13. Northwestern University  loses to Yale University by 189–6, loses to Georgetown University by 90–88
14. Cornell University  loses to Yale University by 189–6, loses to Northwestern University by 89–75

15. University of California, Los Angeles  loses to Yale University by 192–1, loses to Cornell University by 95–79

 

16. University of Texas, Austin  loses to Yale University by 193–0, loses to University of California, Los Angeles by 100–69

 

17. Vanderbilt University  loses to Yale University by 186–1, loses to University of Texas, Austin by 92–63

 

18. University of Southern California  loses to Yale University by 185–0, loses to Vanderbilt University by 99–42

 

19. Washington University, St. Louis  loses to Yale University by 183–0, loses to University of Southern California by 88–52
20. Boston University  loses to Yale University by 185–3, loses to Washington University, St. Louis by 80–67
21. University of California, Irvine  loses to Yale University by 188–1, loses to Boston University by 81–67
22. George Washington University  loses to Yale University by 187–1, loses to University of California, Irvine by 78–70

23. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul  loses to Yale University by 183–0, loses to George Washington University by 75–63

 

24. Emory University  loses to Yale University by 186–1, loses to University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul by 78–60
25. University of Notre Dame  loses to Yale University by 180–1, loses to Emory University by 73–69
26. Boston College  loses to Yale University by 180–2, loses to University of Notre Dame by 78–60

27. Fordham University  loses to Yale University by 185–2, loses to Boston College by 73–65

 

28. College of William & Mary  loses to Yale University by 180–2, loses to Fordham University by 73–55
29. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign  loses to Yale University by 178–0, loses to College of William & Mary by 64–60
30. University of California, Davis  loses to Yale University by 180–0, loses to University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign by 60–57
31. University of Iowa  loses to Yale University by 180–0, loses to University of California, Davis by 70–53
32. University of Wisconsin, Madison  loses to Yale University by 175–0, loses to University of Iowa by 66–57

33. Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University  loses to Yale University by 174–6, loses to University of Wisconsin, Madison by 67–63

 

34. George Mason University  loses to Yale University by 178–3, loses to Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University by 72–49
35. Indiana University, Bloomington  loses to Yale University by 172–1, loses to George Mason University by 58–56
36. Ohio State University  loses to Yale University by 173–0, loses to Indiana University, Bloomington by 57–48
37. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill  loses to Yale University by 182–0, loses to Ohio State University by 65–50
38. Arizona State University  loses to Yale University by 173–3, loses to University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill by 65–56
39. Brooklyn Law School  loses to Yale University by 169–6, loses to Arizona State University by 61–57
40. Florida State University  loses to Yale University by 176–1, loses to Brooklyn Law School by 59–56

UC Hastings trailed Florida State by ten votes, and Alabama trailed Hastings by 3 votes.

Unfortunately, this looks a lot like the U.S. News overall rank, which is a nonsense number, although there are notable exceptions:  e.g., NYU coming out ahead of Columbia, but also places like George Mason, Brooklyn, and Florida State (but San Diego not making the top 50 was a sign of the pernicious influence of US News).  You can get an idea of which school's voters tried to get a strategic advantage by ranking their school ahead of Yale, as 6 voters for Brooklyn and Cardozo each did (while only 2 Fordham voters did so).   Condorcet largely washes out that kind of voting, but it may have some effect, I can't say for sure.

What's really needed is a survey that presents evaluators with faculty lists, rather than school names--perhaps down the line!  Or if someone else wants to try it, I can help publicize and/or offer advice.

https://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2019/09/top-49-law-faculties-according-to-readers-of-the-blog.html

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