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Thursday, July 16, 2020

2020 Law Journal Meta Rankings

From Bryce Newell.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on July 16, 2020 at 03:36 PM in Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink

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To AnonProf | Jul 16, 2020 5:30:20 PM:

I am happy to correct errors when they exist (and there may well be some), and I'm also happy to share my data with anyone who would like it - to verify my numbers or for any other reason. However, the data (10-year rolling average PR rank from USN) do indeed say that Yale is #2. Harvard has an average peer reputation rank of 1.1, while Yale's is 1.3, followed by Stanford at 1.4.

The following (formatted poorly, apologies) lists the PR rank for the top three each year for the past 10 years, their sum, and the average rank across all ten years.

2021 '20 '19 '18 '17 16 '15 '14 '13 '12 TOTAL AVG
Yale 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 Total: 13 Avg: 1.3
Harv 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 Total: 11 Avg.1.1
Stan 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 2 2 Total: 14 Avg: 1.4

If anyone does find errors, please point them out, and I'm happy to fix them.

Posted by: Bryce Newell | Jul 17, 2020 2:04:28 AM

Also, Newell has a number of errors in his peer reputation scores. For instance he lists Yale as #2 and Oregon as #55. The data simply does not support that.

Posted by: AnonProf | Jul 16, 2020 5:30:20 PM

Even if the "meta-ranking" is ignored, the table also provides the 10-year rolling average for each school (for both US News peer reputation and overall rankings) as well as the current Washington and Lee rankings and impact factors. All of those measures can be used to sort the table in Newell's ranking, so the link is also useful for the same reason the other ranking on SSRN is, even if you don't care for the meta-ranking but want to check or compare 10-year US News rankings of W&L rankings.

Posted by: anon | Jul 16, 2020 3:48:21 PM

I prefer these rankings: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3026293

Posted by: AnonProf | Jul 16, 2020 3:39:09 PM

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