December 01, 2021

Former Temple Business School Dean convicted of wire fraud for "cooking the books" in data reported to USNews.com

Story here.  I was struck by this quote from the prosecutor:

“The hope is that this case sends a message to other college and university administrators that there are real consequences to making representations that students and applicants rely on,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark B. Dubnoff said. “So many people turn to these rankings … to help them make informed decisions of where to go to college, graduate school, and it’s important that people are honest and fully truthful with the representations they make.”

You'll note who is missing in this sermon from the prosecutor:  the editors of USNews.com, who don't audit the self-reported data, and who then stir it into a stew of arbitrarily weighted factors to produce a ranking that misleads students and applicants, leading them to make misinformed decisions.   I guess the wire fraud statutes don't cover this kind of "fraud" on the public.

 


December 1, 2021 in Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice, Rankings | Permalink

November 29, 2021

Links to all the 2021 Scholarly Impact ranking posts *so far* (for citations during 2016-2020)

November 16, 2021

10 Most-Cited Election Law Faculty in the U.S., 2016-2020

Based on the latest Sisk data, here are the ten most-cited law faculty working in election law in the U.S. for the period 2016-2020 (inclusive) (remember that the data was collected in late May/early June of 2021, and that the pre-2021 database did expand a bit since then).  Numbers are rounded to the nearest ten.    Faculty for whom roughly 75% or more of their citations (based on a sample) are in this area are listed; others with less than 75% of their citations in this field (but still a plurality) are listed in the category of "other highly cited scholars who work partly in this area." 

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November 16, 2021 in Rankings | Permalink

November 08, 2021

20 Most-Cited Administrative and/or Environmental Law Faculty in the U.S., 2016-2020

Based on the latest Sisk data, here are the twenty most-cited law faculty working in administrative and/or environmental law in the U.S. for the period 2016-2020 (inclusive) (remember that the data was collected in late May/early June of 2021, and that the pre-2021 database did expand a bit since then).  Numbers are rounded to the nearest ten.    Faculty for whom roughly 75% or more of their citations (based on a sample) are in this area are listed; others with less than 75% of their citations in this field (but still a plurality) are listed in the category of "other highly cited scholars who work partly in this area." 

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November 8, 2021 in Rankings | Permalink

November 04, 2021

10 Most-Cited Labor and/or Employment Law Faculty in the U.S., 2016-2020

Based on the latest Sisk data, here are the ten most-cited law faculty working in labor and/or employment law (including employment discrimination) in the U.S. for the period 2016-2020 (inclusive) (remember that the data was collected in late May/early June of 2021, and that the pre-2021 database did expand a bit since then).  Numbers are rounded to the nearest ten.    Faculty for whom roughly 75% or more of their citations (based on a sample) are in this area are listed; others with less than 75% of their citations in this field (but still a plurality) are listed in the category of "other highly cited scholars who work partly in this area."  (Thanks to Professors Bradley Areheart, Matt Bodie, and Orly Lobel for help in thinking about the contours of this specialty and identifying relevant scholars; mistakes are mine!)

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November 4, 2021 in Rankings | Permalink

November 02, 2021

10 Most-Cited Legislation/Statutory Interpretation Law Faculty in the U.S., 2016-2020 (CORRECTED)

Based on the latest Sisk data, here are the ten most-cited law faculty working on legislation (understood broadly to include statutory interpretation and study of the legislative [e.g., Congressional] process) in the U.S. for the period 2016-2020 (inclusive) (remember that the data was collected in late May/early June of 2021, and that the pre-2021 database did expand a bit since then).  Numbers are rounded to the nearest ten.    Faculty for whom roughly 75% or more of their citations (based on a sample) are in this area are listed; others with less than 75% of their citations in this field (but still a plurality) are listed in the category of "other highly cited scholars who work partly in this area."  (Thanks to Professors Ryan Doerfler and Daniel Rodriguez for help in thinking about the contours of this specialty and identifying relevant scholars; mistakes are mine!)

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November 2, 2021 in Rankings | Permalink

October 29, 2021

10 Most-Cited Immigration Law Faculty in the U.S., 2016-2020 (CORRECTED)

Based on the latest Sisk data, here are the ten most-cited law faculty working on immigration law (including the intersection of immigration and criminal law & procedure ["crimmigration"]) in the U.S. for the period 2016-2020 (inclusive) (remember that the data was collected in late May/early June of 2021, and that the pre-2021 database did expand a bit since then).  Numbers are rounded to the nearest ten.    Faculty for whom roughly 75% or more of their citations (based on a sample) are in this area are listed; others with less than 75% of their citations in this field (but still a plurality) are listed in the category of "other highly cited scholars who work partly in this area."

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October 29, 2021 in Rankings | Permalink

October 27, 2021

Subject-matter rankings update

I've decided to withdraw the 30 most-cited in "Public Law," and will instead disaggregate that category a bit into "Administrative and/or Environmental Law," "Legislation [including statutory interpretation and legislative process]," and "Immigration Law."   Also still coming are election law, legal ethics/legal profession, and a new addition, "Employment and/or Labor Law."  


October 27, 2021 in Rankings | Permalink

October 20, 2021

20 Most-Cited Corporate & Securities Law Faculty in the U.S., 2016-2020 (CORRECTED 10/20/21))

Based on the latest Sisk data, here are the twenty most-cited law faculty in corporate law and/or securities regulation in the U.S. for the period 2016-2020 (inclusive) (remember that the data was collected in late May/early June of 2021, and that the pre-2021 database did expand a bit since then).  Numbers are rounded to the nearest ten.    Faculty for whom roughly 75% or more of their citations (based on a sample) are in this area are listed; others with less than 75% of their citations in this field (but still a plurality) are listed in the category of "other highly cited scholars who work partly in this area."

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October 20, 2021 in Rankings | Permalink

October 14, 2021

10 Most-Cited Antitrust Faculty in the U.S., 2016-2020

Based on the latest Sisk data, here are the ten most-cited law faculty writing on antitrust in the U.S. for the period 2016-2020 (inclusive) (remember that the data was collected in late May/early June of 2021, and that the pre-2021 database did expand a bit since then).  Numbers are rounded to the nearest ten.    Faculty for whom roughly 75% or more of their citations (based on a sample) are in this area are listed; others with less than 75% of their citations in this field (but still a plurality) are listed in the category of "other highly cited scholars who work partly in this area."

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October 14, 2021 in Rankings | Permalink