Law Schools

Yale, Harvard, Chicago Top Prof's Scholarly Impact Rankings

Updated: University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter has posted a sneak peek of his annual ranking of law faculties’ scholarly impact—and Yale Law School, Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School are Nos. 1, 2 and 3.

Chicago was in the No. 2 spot last year, but this year, Harvard edged it out, according to the top 10 list at Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports.

The University of California, Irvine, not quite finished with its first academic year moved up from No. 10 to No. 9. And Northwestern University and Vanderbilt University broke into this year’s top 10, knocking out Duke University and the University of Michigan.

These rankings are based on citations to faculty scholarship from 2004 through early 2010. Leiter says on his blog that when he posts his full study next month, he will add new specialty impact rankings in administrative law, family law and property law to the categories he’s previously ranked: tax, law and economics, legal history and international law. U.S. News & World Report’s rankings also come out next month.

Updated at 4 p.m. to remove content related to a Leiter poll on law professor bloggers; the poll was prematurely canceled over cheating allegations.

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