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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ranking the Scholarly Impact of Law Faculties

Every three years, I lead a team at the University of St. Thomas to study the scholarly citations of thousands of tenured law professors (involving more than half-a-million citations) to measure the scholarly impact of American law faculties, that is, whether other scholars are actually relying on their written works of scholarship.  Using the basic methodology pioneered by Professor Brian Leiter at the University of Chicago, we rank approximately the top third of law schools.

With the full study available here, I am pasting the Top 50 below.  Notably, three Catholic law schools appear in or near the Top 25 -- Georgetown, the University of St. Thomas, and Notre Dame.

 

Rank

Law School

1

Yale

2

Harvard

3

Chicago

4

NYU

5

Columbia

6

Stanford

7

Cal-Berkeley

8

Duke

9

Pennsylvania

10

Vanderbilt

11

UCLA

12

Cal-Irvine

13

Cornell

14

Michigan

14

Northwestern

16

George Washington

16

Virginia

16

Georgetown

19

Texas

19

George Mason

21

Minnesota

21

Washington University

23

Cal-Davis

23

U. St. Thomas (MN)

23

USC

26

Notre Dame

27

Boston University

28

William & Mary

29

Colorado

29

Florida State

29

Fordham

32

Cardozo

32

Emory

32

Case Western

32

Arizona

36

Indiana-Bloomington

36

Illinois

36

North Carolina

36

U. San Diego

36

Arizona State

41

Maryland

41

Utah

41

Ohio State

44

Wake Forest

44

Hastings

44

Chicago-Kent

44

Brooklyn

48

Kansas

49

Alabama

49

BYU

49

Hofstra

In the next couple of days, I'll post my triennial thoughts on why scholarly work and scholarly impact are especially important for professors at Catholic law schools.

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