Top Ten Ranking Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings
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 ¶  Brian Leiter's Top 119 Cited Faculty, 2002-03
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This is based on a Westlaw search, in the JLR database, in mid-July 2002.  Only faculty eligible are faculty listed in the 2001-02 AALS Directory.  Citation counts are rounded to the nearest ten.  There is a rough correlation between total citations and prestige, less of a correlation between total citations and actual quality (I would estimate that a third of the faculty with more than 1,000 citations could not get appointed at Texas, for example).   The lists are heavily dominated by constitutional law scholars, as well as scholars in currently "hot" areas, like Critical Race Theory.  Scholarly areas are described quite broadly; here is what the abbreviations that aren't obvious mean:  Public (including constitutional and administrative law, legislation, civil rights, etc.), Private (including torts, contracts, and property), Crim (including substantive criminal law and criminal procedure), Juris (jurisprudence), Fem Th (feminist legal theory), Crit Race Th (critical race theory), Business (business law areas, including corporate, securities, commercial law, bankruptcy, antitrust, and so on).

(Note:  After #68, there is no data on 2000 rank.)

Rank Scholar
(age, 2000 rank)
Citations School Areas
1. Cass Sunstein
(48, 2)
6680 Chicago Public
2. Laurence Tribe
(61, 1)
6620 Harvard Public
3. Richard Epstein
(59, 3)
4830 Chicago Private/Public/Law & Econ
4. Ronald Dworkin
(71, 4)
4750 NYU/London Public/Juris
5. John Hart Ely
(64, 5)
3490 Miami Public
6. Daniel Farber
(52, 7)
3480 Berkeley Public/Environ
7. Bruce Ackerman
(59, 6)
3440 Yale Public
7. Mark Tushnet
(57, 8)
3440 Georgetown Public
9. William Eskridge
(51, 9)
3260 Yale Public
10. Akhil Amar
(44, 12)
2840 Yale Public
11. Ronald Rotunda
(57, 10)
2690 George Mason Public/Legal Ethics
12. Arthur Miller
(68, 13)
2560 Harvard Procedure
13. Richard Delgado
(n/a, 14)
2550 Colorado Crit Race Th
14. Owen Fiss
(64, 11)
2530 Yale Public
15. Martha Minow
(48, 16)
2520 Harvard Fem Th/Public
16. Frank Michelman (66, 14) 2490 Harvard Public
17. John Coffee
(58, 20)
2440 Columbia Business
18. Erwin Chemerinsky
(49, 26)
2390 Southern Cal Public
19. John Nowak
(55, 18)
2440 Illinois Public
20. Cath. MacKinnon
(56, 17)
2360 Mich/Chicago Fem Th/Public
21. Duncan Kennedy
(60, 19)
2330 Harvard Crit Legal St
22. Philip Frickey
(49, 23)
2300 Berkeley Public
23. Geoffrey Hazard
(73, 21)
2300 Penn Legal Ethics/Procedure
24. Jonathan Macey
(47, 22)
2290 Cornell Law & Econ/Business
25. Lawrence Friedman
(72, 25)
2190 Stanford Legal Hist
26. Kathleen Sullivan
(47, 27)
2120 Stanford Public
27. Derrick Bell
(72, 24)
2050 NYU Crit Race Th/Public
28. Sanford Levinson
(61, 33)
2030 Texas Public
28. Deborah Rhode
(50, 30)
2030 Stanford Legal Ethics/Fem Th
30. Daniel Fischel
(52, 28)
2000 Chicago Law & Econ/Business
31. Michael McConnell
(47, 30)
1980 Utah Public
32. Mary Ann Glendon
(64, 29)
1960 Harvard Comparative/Public
33. Martin Redish
(57, 30)
1940 Northwestern Public
34. William Landes
(63, 34)
1910 Chicago Law & Econ
35. Charles Fried
(67, 35)
1800 Harvard Public
36. Mari Matsuda
(46, 36)
1750 Georgetown Crit Race Th
36. Peter Schuck
(62, 41)
1750 Yale Public
38. Richard Stewart
(62, 43)
1730 NYU Environ/Public
38. Robin West
(48, 37)
1730 Georgetown Fem Th/Public
40. Geoffrey Miller
(52, 39)
1720 NYU Business
41. Paul Brest
(62, 41)
1710 Stanford Public
41. Morton Horwitz
(64, 39)
1710 Harvard Legal Hist
43. Anthony Kronman
(57, 44)
1670 Yale Private/Legal Ethics
44. Charles Lawrence
(59, 38)
1660 Georgetown Crit Race Th
44. Douglas Laycock
(54, 45)
1660 Texas Public/Private
46. Herbert Hovenkamp
(54, 50)
1640 Iowa Business/Legal Hist
47. E. Allan Farnsworth
(74, n/a)
1630 Columbia Private/Business
48. Robert Cooter
(57, 51)
1620 Berkeley Law & Econ
49. Stephen L. Carter
(48, n/a)
1610 Yale Public
49. Richard Fallon, Jr.
(50, 51)
1610 Harvard Public
51. Ian Ayres
(43, 55)
1590 Yale Law & Econ/Business
52. Suzanna Sherry
(48, 48)
1570 Vanderbilt Public
53. Lawrence Lessig
(41, n/a)
1560 Stanford Public/IP
54. Margaret Jane Radin
(61, 47)
1550 Stanford Fem Th
55. Kimberle Crenshaw
(43, 54)
1530 Colum/UCLA Crit Race Th
56. Patricia Williams
(51, 46)
1490 Columbia Crit Race Th
57. Steven Shavell
(56, n/a)
1470 Harvard Law & Econ
58. Alex Aleinikoff
(50, n/a)
1460 Georgetown Public
59. Kent Greenawalt
(66, 55)
1440 Columbia Public/Crim
59. Geoffrey Stone
(56, 51)
1440 Chicago Public
61. David Luban
(53, n/a)
1430 Georgetown Legal Ethics
61. Henry Monaghan
(68, n/a)
1430 Columbia Public
61. Richard Pierce, Jr.
(59, n/a)
1430 George Wash Public
61. Robert Scott
(58, n/a)
1430 Virginia Business/Law & Econ
65. George Priest
(55, n/a)
1420 Yale Law & Econ/Business/Private
66. Michael J. Perry
(57, 48)
1400 Wake Forest Public
66. Robert Summers
(69, n/a)
1400 Cornell Business
68. Melvin Eisenberg
(68)
1390 Berkeley Business
69. Robert Ellickson
(61)
1370 Yale Private/Law & Econ
70. Robert Post
(55)
1360 Berkeley Public
71. Judith Resnik
(52)
1350 Yale Fem Th/Procedure
72. Thomas Grey
(61)
1340 Stanford Public
72. Jerry Mashaw
(61)
1340 Yale Public
74. Jesse Choper
(67)
1320 Berkeley Public
74. Louis Kaplow
(46)
1320 Harvard Law & Econ
76. William van Alstyne
(68)
1310 Duke Public
77. Robert Mnookin
(60)
1300 Harvard ADR
78. Ronald Gilson
(56)
1280 Columb/Stan Business/Law & Econ
78. Mark Kelman
(51)
1280 Stanford Crit Legal St
80. Thomas Franck
(71)
1260 NYU Intern'l
80. Carol Gilligan
(n/a)
1260 NYU Fem Th
80. John Langbein
(61)
1260 Yale Legal His/Comparative
83. J.M. Balkin
(46)
1250 Yale Public
83. David Currie
(66)
1250 Chicago Public
83. Theodore Eisenberg
(55)
1250 Cornell Private/Public
86. Oliver Williamson
(70)
1240 Berkeley Law & Econ
87. Martha Fineman
(52)
1230 Cornell Fem Th
87. Edward Rubin
(54)
1230 Penn Business/Public
89. George Fletcher
(63)
1220 Columbia Crim
90. Douglas Baird
(49)
1210 Chicago Business
90. Roberto Unger
(n/a)
1210 Harvard Crit Legal St
92. Lewis Kornhauser
(52)
1200 NYU Law & Econ
93. James J. White
(68)
1190 Michigan Business
94. Albert Alschuler
(62)
1180 Chicago Crim
94. Carol Rose
(62)
1180 Yale Private/Environ
96. Anthony D'Amato
(65)
1170 Northwestern Intern'l
96. Alan Schwartz
(62)
1170 Yale Law & Econ/Business
96. Joel Seligman
(52)
1170 Wash U Business
99. Detlev Vagts
(n/a)
1160 Harvard Intern'l
100. Randall Kennedy
(48)
1140 Harvard Public
101. Lani Guinier
(52)
1130 Harvard Public/Crit Race Th
101. Angela Harris
(41)
1130 Berkeley Crit Race Th
101. Stephen Schulhofer
(60)
1130 NYU Crim
101. G. Edward White
(61)
1130 Virginia Legal Hist
105. Thomas Merrill
(53)
1120 Northwestern Public/Private/Environ
106. John H. Jackson
(70)
1090 Georgetown Intern'l
106. David Strauss
(50)
1090 Chicago Public
108. Lawrence Sager
(61)
1070 Texas Public
108. Joseph W. Singer
(48)
1070 Harvard Crit Legal St/Private
110. Paul Weiler
(63)
1060 Harvard Labor/Private
111. Richard Abel
(61)
1050 UCLA Crit Legal St/Law & Society
111. Michael Reisman
(63)
1050 Yale Intern'l
113. George Annas
(57)
1040 Boston Univ Health law
114. Dan Dobbs
(70)
1040 Arizona Private
115. Kathryn Abrams
(44)
1030 Berkeley Fem Th
115. Sylvia Law
(60)
1030 NYU Fem Th, Public
115. Roberta Romano
(50)
1030 Yale Business
118. Yale Kamisar
(73)
1020 Mich/San Diego Crim
119. John Jeffries
(54)
1010 Virginia Public
119. Larry Kramer
(44)
1010 NYU Public

 

Representation of Schools in the Top 120

School Number
in top 120
Number
in top 10
Number
in top 50
Harvard University 18 1 9
Yale University 18 3 7
New York University 10 1 4
University of Chicago 10 2 5
Stanford University 9 0 4
Univ. of California, Berkeley  9 1 3
Columbia University 8 0 2
Georgetown University 6 1 4
Cornell University 4 0 1
Northwestern University 3 0 1
University of Michigan 3 0 1
University of Texas, Austin 3 0 2
University of Virginia 3 0 0
Univ. of California, Los Angeles 2 0 0
University of Pennsylvania 2 0 1
Boston University 1 0 0
Duke University 1 0 0
George Mason University 1 0 1
George Washington University 1 0 0
University of Arizona 1 0 0
University of Colorado, Boulder 1 0 1
University of Illinois 1 0 1
University of Iowa 1 0 1
University of Miami 1 1 1
University of San Diego 1 0 0
University of Southern California 1 0 1
Vanderbilt University 1 0 0
Wake Forest University 1 0 0
Washington University, St. Louis 1 0 0
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