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Friday, September 15, 2017

First Tier Law Schools Ranked By SSRN, But Beware Ghost Author Affiliations

Below are the top 50 U.S. laws schools by SSRN statistics.  

However, when combing through "authors" and the author's downloads by the school, several authors at the top schools did not appear on the law school website and a look at the LinkedIn profile did not contain mention of the law school as a faculty employer.  Are the 'ghost' authors possibly misrepresenting the employer?  Is the employer turning a blind eye to whom lists it as an affiliation to elevate its academic impact/relevance on SSRN?  Something worth looking into for an enterprising researcher in order to clean the numbers by matching against actual employed full-time faculty members.

Rank
Institution
  Total New Downloads # of New Papers New Downloads per paper   Total # of Downloads # of Papers Total Downloads per paper   # of Authors Total Downloads per author New Downloads per author
1 Harvard Law School Authors   148,058 (1) 274 (1) 48 (12)   1,489,298 (1) 3,103 (1) 480 (6)   358 (3) 4,160 (13) 414 (17)
2 Yale University - Law School Authors   110,486 (2) 201 (3) 58 (6)   825,797 (5) 1,903 (4) 434 (10)   366 (2) 2,256 (51) 302 (38)
3 Stanford Law School Authors   109,012 (3) 153 (5) 68 (5)   897,011 (2) 1,607 (7) 558 (1)   263 (7) 3,411 (20) 414 (17)
4 New York University School of Law Authors   94,303 (4) 200 (4) 40 (17)   753,656 (6) 2,386 (2) 316 (24)   388 (1) 1,942 (65) 243 (60)
5 Columbia University - Law School Authors   84,034 (5) 134 (7) 46 (14)   835,029 (4) 1,811 (5) 461 (8)   275 (5) 3,036 (24) 306 (35)
6 George Washington University - Law School Authors   80,476 (6) 121 (10) 49 (10)   872,649 (3) 1,630 (6) 535 (3)   185 (9) 4,717 (11) 435 (13)
7 University of Chicago - Law School Authors   73,925 (7) 114 (12) 53 (7)   747,408 (7) 1,394 (11) 536 (2)   126 (15) 5,932 (4) 587 (6)
8 Georgetown University Law Center Authors   63,914 (8) 148 (6) 33 (40)   615,724 (8) 1,912 (3) 322 (21)   288 (4) 2,138 (58) 222 (70)
9 University of Pennsylvania Law School Authors   55,270 (9) 111 (15) 38 (23)   588,027 (9) 1,443 (10) 408 (11)   74 (50) 7,946 (2) 747 (4)
10 University of California, Berkeley - School of Law Authors   54,016 (10) 112 (13) 35 (32)   500,843 (11) 1,527 (8) 328 (20)   274 (6) 1,828 (72) 197 (84)
11 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law Authors   48,386 (11) 78 (23) 43 (15)   494,601 (12) 1,137 (19) 435 (9)   137 (13) 3,610 (17) 353 (26)
12 University of Michigan Law School Authors   46,425 (12) 98 (17) 37 (24)   389,104 (15) 1,247 (16) 312 (27)   185 (9) 2,103 (60) 251 (52)
13 Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law Authors   46,042 (13) 117 (11) 31 (47)   513,904 (10) 1,480 (9) 347 (16)   170 (11) 3,023 (25) 271 (44)
14 Vanderbilt University - Law School Authors   42,664 (14) 92 (19) 33 (40)   429,098 (13) 1,292 (14) 332 (19)   83 (43) 5,170 (8) 514 (8)
15 University of Virginia - School of Law Authors   42,289 (15) 125 (8) 34 (39)   335,684 (16) 1,227 (17) 274 (40)   91 (34) 3,689 (16) 465 (12)
16 Fordham University School of Law Authors   41,871 (16) 92 (19) 31 (47)   323,838 (17) 1,359 (12) 238 (59)   242 (8) 1,338 (104) 173 (105)
17 George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty Authors   38,060 (17) 112 (13) 37 (24)   312,324 (20) 1,038 (21) 301 (31)   54 (84) 5,784 (5) 705 (5)
18 Duke University School of Law Authors   35,756 (18) 97 (18) 27 (64)   402,273 (14) 1,347 (13) 299 (33)   103 (26) 3,906 (15) 347 (29)
19 University of Tennessee College of Law Authors   30,690 (19) 38 (62) 72 (4)   224,217 (28) 424 (93) 529 (4)   40 (117) 5,605 (7) 767 (3)
20 University of San Diego School of Law Authors   30,610 (20) 122 (9) 37 (24)   313,008 (18) 820 (31) 382 (14)   64 (64) 4,891 (10) 478 (11)
21 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law Authors   30,408 (21) 73 (25) 31 (47)   312,961 (19) 991 (23) 316 (24)   116 (19) 2,698 (30) 262 (47)
22 University of Washington - School of Law Authors   29,956 (22) 62 (31) 40 (17)   154,957 (44) 758 (34) 204 (88)   120 (17) 1,291 (107) 250 (53)
23 University of California, Irvine School of Law Authors   29,114 (23) 55 (38) 33 (40)   267,593 (24) 871 (29) 307 (28)   59 (72) 4,535 (12) 493 (10)
24 Cornell University - Law School Authors   29,040 (24) 69 (27) 27 (64)   295,380 (23) 1,067 (20) 277 (38)   107 (22) 2,761 (29) 271 (44)
25 University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law Authors   27,658 (25) 62 (31) 40 (17)   148,567 (49) 684 (45) 217 (69)   65 (61) 2,286 (47) 426 (15)
26 Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law Authors   27,514 (26) 58 (37) 39 (20)   239,846 (27) 706 (43) 340 (17)   90 (37) 2,665 (32) 306 (35)
27 Boston University - School of Law Authors   27,174 (27) 67 (29) 30 (53)   249,529 (26) 899 (28) 278 (37)   88 (39) 2,836 (28) 309 (34)
28 Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law Authors   26,515 (28) 39 (61) 37 (24)   213,328 (30) 714 (41) 299 (33)   72 (51) 2,963 (26) 368 (23)
29 University of Florida - Levin College of Law Authors   26,220 (29) 68 (28) 26 (73)   189,171 (36) 1,009 (22) 187 (106)   107 (22) 1,768 (78) 245 (58)
30 University of California, Davis - School of Law Authors   23,921 (30) 53 (43) 32 (45)   203,899 (32) 742 (37) 275 (39)   57 (78) 3,577 (18) 420 (16)
31 USC Gould School of Law Authors   23,724 (31) 52 (44) 39 (20)   309,105 (21) 602 (57) 513 (5)   48 (92) 6,440 (3) 494 (9)
32 Florida State University - College of Law Authors   23,350 (32) 60 (35) 24 (87)   196,636 (34) 977 (24) 201 (91)   57 (78) 3,450 (19) 410 (19)
33 American University - Washington College of Law Authors   22,915 (33) 48 (51) 24 (87)   211,507 (31) 952 (26) 222 (66)   126 (15) 1,679 (81) 182 (99)
34 Rutgers Law School Authors   22,645 (34) 104 (16) 24 (87)   196,453 (35) 952 (26) 206 (82)   111 (21) 1,770 (76) 204 (80)
35 Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business Authors   22,532 (35) 44 (56) 36 (30)   214,149 (29) 634 (52) 338 (18)   100 (29) 2,141 (57) 225 (69)
36 University of Texas at Austin - School of Law Authors   22,458 (36) 62 (31) 19 (136)   257,848 (25) 1,188 (18) 217 (69)   98 (30) 2,631 (34) 229 (66)
37 Texas A&M University School of Law Authors   22,395 (37) 82 (22) 30 (53)   177,013 (39) 738 (38) 240 (57)   71 (52) 2,493 (40) 315 (33)
38 University of Colorado Law School Authors   21,364 (38) 51 (45) 41 (16)   135,204 (58) 515 (73) 263 (42)   91 (34) 1,486 (93) 235 (63)
39 University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Authors   21,088 (39) 42 (59) 28 (61)   149,961 (46) 759 (33) 198 (94)   114 (20) 1,315 (106) 185 (95)
40 University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law Authors   20,855 (40) 54 (42) 31 (47)   149,132 (48) 670 (46) 223 (65)   70 (53) 2,130 (59) 298 (39)
41 University of Illinois College of Law Authors   20,512 (41) 51 (45) 22 (105)   299,870 (22) 953 (25) 315 (26)   59 (72) 5,083 (9) 348 (28)
42 University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law Authors   20,298 (42) 31 (84) 33 (40)   200,010 (33) 621 (54) 322 (21)   88 (39) 2,273 (49) 231 (65)
43 University of Denver Sturm College of Law Authors   20,230 (43) 55 (38) 27 (64)   144,359 (53) 755 (35) 191 (101)   105 (25) 1,375 (100) 193 (88)
44 Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Authors   19,538 (44) 43 (58) 24 (87)   153,795 (45) 819 (32) 188 (104)   97 (31) 1,586 (89) 201 (83)
45 Indiana University Maurer School of Law Authors   19,199 (45) 50 (47) 25 (79)   182,298 (38) 754 (36) 242 (55)   87 (41) 2,095 (61) 221 (71)
46 Emory University School of Law Authors   19,083 (46) 61 (34) 22 (105)   169,915 (42) 864 (30) 197 (96)   102 (27) 1,666 (82) 187 (92)
47 Boston College - Law School Authors   18,433 (47) 60 (35) 26 (73)   144,112 (54) 720 (40) 200 (92)   166 (12) 868 (156) 111 (155)
48 Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law Authors   18,328 (48) 38 (62) 37 (24)   145,126 (52) 502 (74) 289 (36)   75 (49) 1,935 (66) 244 (59)
49 Loyola University Chicago School of Law Authors   18,058 (49) 19 (121) 31 (47)   141,049 (55) 574 (63) 246 (54)   48 (92) 2,939 (27) 376 (22)
50 Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Authors   17,978 (50) 46 (53) 30 (53)   149,138 (47) 598 (58) 249 (51)   65 (61) 2,294 (46) 277 (43)

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