Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Unfortunate Study on the Quality of Professors

John Yoo (remember him?) & grad student James Cleith Phillips measure the “relevance” of law professors by how frequently the profs are cited.

Questions to ask: (1)Why doesn’t the study of relevance include any mention of teaching excellence? (2) Is it possible that the highly ranked profs from elite schools get cited because they are from elite schools while the scholarship of other profs gets read, but not cited? (3) If many or most cites really are only window dressing for other articles, what exactly does this study measure?

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