December 18, 2018

Another way in which USNews.com runs American legal education

The market for transfers:  by taking large numbers of transfers, schools can admit a smaller and more selective 1L class, which is the only set of credentials (LSAT and GPA) that USNews.com counts.  The school makes up the lost tuition revenue from the smaller class with the transfers.


December 18, 2018 in Legal Profession, Rankings | Permalink

December 17, 2018

The continued rise of non-JD enrollment in law schools

Usefully documented here.  The explanation for the rise is simple:  non-JD students (e.g., LLM students, but also, as in the case of Arizona, undergraduates taking courses taught by law faculty for an undergraduate law-related degree) generate tuition revenue, but are invisible to the masters of American legal education at USNews.com:  their numerical credentials don't show up, so it's all $$$ and no risk to ranking.   We're still waiting for the creative state AG who finds a way to nail US News.com for its role in consumer fraud.


December 17, 2018 in Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

November 21, 2018

Eleven lateral moves that made law professors take notice during 2017-18

Judging from my inbox and other conversations, these were the lateral moves during 2017-18 that readers thought were most significant, for either the hiring or the losing school, and sometimes both. 

*William Boyd (environmental law, energy law) from the University of Colorado, Boulder to the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

*Samuel Bray (remedies, property, constitutional law) from the University of California, Los Angeles to the University of Notre Dame.

 

*Anupam Chander (law & technology, international trade) and Madhavi Sunder (intellectual property, gender & the law), both from the University of California, Davis to Georgetown University.

 

*Melissa J. Durkee (international law, transnational law, corporate) from the University of Washington, Seattle to the University of Georgia.

 

*Victor Fleischer (tax, corporate law) from the University of San Diego to the University of California, Irvine.

 

*Andrew Gold (private law theory, fiduciary law, corporate) from DePaul University to Brooklyn Law School.

 

*Gillian Hadfield (law & economics, contracts, institutional design, regulation of markets) from the University of Southern California to the University of Toronto.

 

*Justin McCrary (law & economics, empirical legal studies, corporate) from the University of California, Berkeley to Columbia University.

 

*Melissa Murray (family law, law & sexuality) from the University of California, Berkeley to New York University.

 

*Anne Joesph O'Connell (administrative law) from the University of California, Berkeley to Stanford University. 

 

*Angela Onwuachi-Willig (employment law, family law, civil rights, law & race) from the University of California, Berkeley to Boston University (to become Dean)


November 21, 2018 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

November 20, 2018

USNews.com to change the way it ranks law schools in specialties

Blog Emperor Caron has the details.  The existing specialty rankings are mostly garbage, bearing little relationship to faculty quality in the area, but quite a lot to how well a school advertises having a "program."   Will this new method be better?  Probably not, but we'll see.


November 20, 2018 in Rankings | Permalink

October 22, 2018

Schools with the highest percentage of tenured faculty on one or more of the most-cited lists by specialty, 2013-2017 (CORRECTED)

Since August, and drawing on the Sisk data, I have produced lists of the most-cited tenured faculty in 20 areas of specialization:  corporate law & securities regulation; constitutional law; commercial law (incl. contracts and bankruptcy); tax; property; torts & insurance; civil procedure; family law; legal history; law & economics, law & philosophy; law & social science (other than economics); election law; public law other than constitutional (including, e.g., administrative, environmental, legislation, telecommunication and regulatory law), critical theories of law:  feminist and critical race; legal ethics/legal profession; intellectual property & cyberlaw; evidence, antitrust; international law & security; and criminal law & procedure.  Some of these were "top 10" lists, some bigger, depending on the breadth (how many scholars working in it) and depth (i.e., volume of citations) of the field.  Obviously different choices (e.g., top 10 rather than top 15 or vice versa) would have made some difference to the number of tenured faculty represented on different lists.  Some excellent faculties (Virginia is the clearest example), partly in virtue of size and partly in virtue of other factors, didn't have a high percentage of tenured faculty on these most-cited lists (other factors in UVA's case include that some of their first-rate faculty [e.g., Goluboff in legal history, Mahoney in corporate] are just not identified by citation counts, while many highly productive and influential faculty [e.g., Prakash, C. Nelson] are in fields where citation counts overall are VERY high, and so just didn't make the lists).  With those caveats in mind, here are law schools with at least four faculty on the most-cited lists ranked according to what percentage of the tenured faculty in the Sisk study made one of the lists.   The "top 24" list is followed by a list of law schools that had three faculty on the "most-cited" lists and those that had two.

This concludes the citation rankings for the 2013-2017 period studied by Professor Sisk and colleagues at St. Thomas.

Rank

School

Percentage

# tenured faculty on most-cited lists

Total tenured faculty in Sisk study

1

Yale University

52%

27

52

2

University of Chicago

38%

12

32

3

Harvard University

37%

31

85

4

New York University

36%

30

83

5

Columbia University

34%

23

68

6

University of Pennsylvania

33%

13

40

7

University of California, Berkeley

30%

16

54

8

Stanford University

26%

13

50

9

University of California, Irvine

24%

6

25

 

Vanderbilt University

24%

9

37

11

Duke University

21%

9

42

12

University of California, Los Angeles

20%

12

60

13

Cornell University

18%

7

39

14

University of Minnesota

17%

7

41

15

George Washington University

16%

9

57

16

George Mason University

15%

5

34

 

Northwestern University

15%

6

40

18

University of Michigan

14%

7

49

19

University of Texas, Austin

13%

8

61

20

University of San Diego

12%

4

33

21

Boston University

11%

4

38

 

Georgetown University

11%

10

94

23

Fordham University

  9%

4

47

 

University of Virginia

  9%

6

65

 

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October 22, 2018 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

October 18, 2018

Average salaries and indebtedness

Interesting stats, but bear in mind three things:  first, this includes only students who refinanced their law school loans; second, schools continue to be a bit slippery about how they report average starting salaries; and third, average starting salaries are sensitive to region of the country (any school that primarily places in NYC "big law" will come out with higher average salaries, all else equal).  The strong performance by major regional schools--like BYU and Georgia--is striking.


October 18, 2018 in Legal Profession, Rankings, Student Advice | Permalink

October 17, 2018

Law schools ranked by *median* scholarly impact of the tenured faculty, 2013-2017

After reading an article about Duke Law School's strong performance in the Sisk study of scholarly impact, which emphasized its strong median score, I thought I'd take a look at how the schools rank by median citations.  Here's the top 25, with the median number in parentheses, followed by the overall rank based on mean and median (treating differences of one as ties):

1.  Yale University (394) (#1 overall)

2.  University of Chicago (331) (#3 overall)

3.  Harvard University (318) (#2 overall)

4.  New York University (281) (#4 overall)

5.  Columbia University (242) (#5 overall)

6.  Duke University (231) (#8 overall)

     Stanford University (230) (#6 overall)

8.  Cornell University (220) (#13 overall)

9.  University of California, Berkeley (193) (#7 overall) 

10. University of Pennsylvania (188) (#9 overall)

11. University of California, Los Angeles (182) #11 overall)

12. University of California, Irvine (174) (#12 overall)

13. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (172) (#14 overall)

14. Vanderbilt University (169) (#10 overall)

15. University of Notre Dame (145) (#26 overall)

      University of Texas, Austin (146) (#19 overall)

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October 17, 2018 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

October 15, 2018

10 Most-Cited Legal Ethics/Legal Profession faculty in the U.S. for the period 2013-2017 (1st draft)

Based on the latest Sisk data, here are the  ten most-cited legal ethics profession aculty in U.S. law schools for the period 2013-2017 (inclusive) (remember that the data was collected in late May of 2018, and that the pre-2018 database did expand a bit since then).  Numbers are rounded to the nearest five.    Faculty for whom 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."      

Rank

Name

School

Citations

Age in 2018

1

Deborah Rhode

Stanford University

975

66

2

David Luban

Georgetown University

640

69

3

William Simon

Columbia University

505

71

4

Bruce Green

Fordham University

415

63

5

David Wilkins

Harvard University

385

62

6

William Henderson, Jr.

Indiana University, Bloomington

365

56

7

Stephen Gillers

New York University

245

75

 

W. Bradley Wendel

Cornell University

245

49

9

Russell Pearce

Fordham University

205

62

10

Leslie Levin

University of Connecticut

165

63

   

Other highly-cited scholars who work partly in this area

   
 

Robert W. Gordon

Stanford University

365

77

 

Richard Painter

University of Minnesota

275

56

 

Peter Margulies

Roger Williams University

235

62


October 15, 2018 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

October 12, 2018

20 Most-Cited Critical Theories of Law (Feminist and Critical Race) Scholars in the U.S. for the period 2013-2017 (1st draft)

Based on the latest Sisk data, here are the  twenty most-cited critical theories of law (Critical Race and feminist) scholars in U.S. law schools for the period 2013-2017 (inclusive) (remember that the data was collected in late May of 2018, and that the pre-2018 database did expand a bit since then).  Numbers are rounded to the nearest five.    Faculty for whom 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."

Rank

Name

School

Citations

Age in 2018

1

Martha Minow

Harvard University

800

64

2

Richard Delgado

University of Alabama

715

78

3

Kimberle Crenshaw

Columbia University; University of

California, Los Angeles

695

59

4

Catharine MacKinnon

University of Michigan

630

72

5

Dorothy Roberts

University of Pennsylvania

580

62

6

Martha Fineman

Emory University

515

68

 

Robin West

Georgetown University

515

64

8

Ian Haney Lopez

University of California, Berkeley

495

54

9

Jerry Kang

University of California, Los Angeles

480

50

10

Devon Carbado

University of California, Los Angeles

455

52

11

Joan Williams

University of California, Hastings

410

66

12

Charles Lawrence III

University of Hawaii

390

75

13

Janet Halley

Harvard University

370

66

14

Katherine Franke

Columbia University

315

59

15

Ruth Colker

Ohio State University

295

62

 

Mari Matsuda

University of Hawaii

295

62

 

Jean Stefancic

University of Alabama

295

78

18

Elizabeth Schneider

Brooklyn Law School

285

70

19

Katharine Bartlett

Duke University

280

71

 

Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Boston University

280

45

   

Runner-up for the top twenty

   
 

Nancy Leong

University of Denver

275

39

   

Other highly-cited scholars who work partly in critical theories of law

   
 

Deborah Rhode

Stanford University

975

66

 

Martha Nussbaum

University of Chicago

930

71

 

G. Mitu Gulati

Duke University

735

52

 

Kevin Johnson

University of California, Davis

595

60

 

Gabriel (“Jack”) Chin

University of California, Davis

530

54


October 12, 2018 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink

October 08, 2018

10 Most-Cited Evidence Law Faculty in the U.S. for the period 2013-2017 (UPDATED AND CORRECTED)

Based on the latest Sisk data, here are the  ten most-cited evidence faculty in U.S. law schools for the period 2013-2017 (inclusive) (remember that the data was collected in late May of 2018, and that the pre-2018 database did expand a bit since then).  Numbers are rounded to the nearest five.    Faculty for whom 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."     

Rank

Name

School

Citations

Age in 2018

1

Ronald J. Allen

Northwestern University

355

70

2

David Faigman

University of California, Hastings

325

61

3

David Kaye

Pennsylvania State University, University Park

280

71

4

Erin Murphy

New York University

245

45

5

George Fisher

Stanford University

220

57

6

Jennifer Mnookin

University of California, Los Angeles

215

51

7

Richard Friedman

University of Michigan

195

67

 

Christopher Mueller

University of Colorado, Boulder

195

75

9

Edward Cheng

Vanderbilt University

175

42

 

Laird Kirkpatrick

George Washington University

175

75

   

Runner-up for the top ten

   
 

Robert Mosteller

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

165

70

   

Other highly-cited scholars who work partly in this area

   
 

Frederick Schauer

University of Virginia

1530

72

 

Brian Leiter

University of Chicago

  460

55

 

David Bernstein

George Mason University

  420

51

 

Michael Saks

Arizona State University

  300

71

 

Jeffrey Bellin

College of William & Mary

  190

45


October 8, 2018 in Faculty News, Rankings | Permalink