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Which law schools are most underrated and overrated? Prof has an answer, based on SSRN downloads

Posted May 22, 2014 10:12 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A law professor is evaluating law schools based on a different metric—the number of faculty articles downloaded from the Social Science Research Network.

Law professor Paul Caron of Pepperdine University has named the most undervalued and overvalued law schools, based on the spread between their peer reputation in U.S. News rankings and SSRN all-time downloads. He lists the top 50 at TaxProf Blog.

In his rankings, the top five undervalued schools are:

1) Thomas Jefferson

2) Suffolk

3) Chapman

4) New York Law School

5) St. Thomas in Minnesota

The five most overvalued schools are:

1) Baylor

2) City University of New York

3) Howard

4) Oregon

5) Oklahoma

Caron initially examined SSRN downloads with Bernard Black of Northwestern University in 2006. Their article is posted on SSRN.

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