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Friday, November 16, 2007

Most Cited Law Faculty by Specialty for the Period 2000-2007

Most Cited Law Faculty by Specialty for the Period 2000-2007 is an excellent empirical study by Brian Leiter of the most cited law professors organized by field.  I do have some questions about his study. Fundamentally, Brian Leiter purports to track scholars. What, however, is a scholar? Are FT law professors the only scholars out there?? What about us Adjuncts? Were we included??

The list certainly demonstrates that scholars from the top schools are being cited more than others. However, that does not necessarily make their work better. I suspect that being a Prof. at a top school makes it easier to get placed in a top law review. So which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Don't get me wrong. I think Brian Leiter's contribution is very significant. Much more significant than the U.S. News and World Reports rankings. My only point is that all ranking systems are imperfect.

Note, this post was revised on November 17, 2007 at 10:35 am EST.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein      

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