July 25, 2012
How Not To Be Seen: "And Now for Something Completely Different" (and Irrelevant in the Real World): Top 70 law faculties in scholarly impact, 2007-2011
The ranking is published on Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings and the analysis by Gregory C. Sisk and his colleagues in the law library at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) at Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties in 2012: Applying Leiter Scores to Rank the Top Third [SSRN].
Univ. of Chicago law prof Brian Leiter writes:
Professor Sisk and colleagues include all the appropriate caveats in their write-up. Mean scholarly impact is one kind of measure of academic distinction of a faculty; to the extent that school reputations depend more on the very best faculty, rather than the mean impact, then schools like Virginia, Georgetown, Texas, and Southern Cal are underranked, as they probably would be deemed to be in a survey of scholarly experts. Still, mean impact does also provide a check on casual assumptions about faculty quality, and constitutes a useful data point for schools trying to assess the performance of their faculty and for students particularly interested in the scholarly visibility of the law schools they are considering.
Time for the instructional video on how not to be seen. [JH]