Top Ten Ranking Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings

 ¶  Brian Leiter's 50 Most Cited Faculty Per Year in Law Teaching , 2003-04
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June 16, 2003

Various readers had suggested compiling a ranking of most cited faculty taking in to account how many years the faculty were in law teaching.  That list, based on a Westlaw JLR database search in late May and early June, follows.  The "cites per year in law teaching" refers to the number of articles citing work by the legal scholar in question, not the number of actual cites within articles.  The 2002-03 AALS Directory was used to determine years in law teaching. 

This is the last list of most cited faculty I will be compiling.  This latest list has convinced me that the citation counts are more misleading than informative, for reasons various readers have pointed out.  First, they say more about which areas are "hot" in the legal academy (and thus well-represented in law reviews) than about who is doing the most important work.  Thus, the lists, as before, are overwhelmingly dominated by scholars in the public law fields, Critical Race Theory, and some law and economics.  Second, the ordinal listing bears no relationship at all to actual judgments that informed scholars would make about the relative quality of the work of scholars on the top 50 list.  Third, while the list represents overall a strong and distinguished group of scholars, it's still the case that a quarter of those on the list would have difficulty being appointed at many top law schools:  so judgments about the merit of the work still varies.  Fourth, and most seriously, the list misleads by who it omits:  Joseph Raz, for example, is a better legal philosopher than Ronald Dworkin, but he is absent; many important members of the Yale faculty are represented, but at least equally talented faculty are missing (Carol Rose, Robert Ellickson, Alan Schwartz, Jerry Mashaw, Roberta Romano, etc.); the same for the Berkeley faculty (Robert Cooter, Franklin Zimring, Robert Merges, etc.), the Chicago faculty (where are Saul Levmore, Lisa Bernstein, R.H. Helmholz, etc.?), the Texas faculty (Lawrence Sager, Philip Bobbitt, Jane Stapleton, etc.), the Virginia faculty (G. Edward White, Robert Scott, Kenneth Abraham, Michael Klarman, etc.), the Columbia faculty (Thomas Merrill, Ronald Gilson, Kent Greenawalt, etc.) and on and on.  The sins of omission on lists like these are, I fear, too substantial to make it worthwhile to compile them in the future; perhaps someone else will undertake the task.

 
Legal Scholar
School
Cites per year
in law teaching
(as of 2003)
1. 

Cass Sunstein

University of Chicago

335

2. 

Laurence Tribe

Harvard University

231

3. 

Akhil Amar

Yale University

173

4. 

William Eskridge

Yale University

170

5. 

Richard Epstein

University of Chicago

160

 

Catharine MacKinnon

Universities of Chicago and Michigan, Ann Arbor

160

7. 

Lawrence Lessig

Stanford University

155

8. 

Daniel Farber

University of California, Berkeley

150

9. 

Ronald Dworkin

New York University/ University College London

124

 

Philip Frickey

University of California, Berkeley

124

 

Jonathan Macey

Cornell University

124

 

Kathleen Sullivan

Stanford University

124

13.

Mark Tushnet

Georgetown University

123

14.

Martha Minow

Harvard University

122

15.

Erwin Chemerinsky

University of Southern California

119

 

Mark Lemley

University of California, Berkeley

119

 

Jeffrey Rosen

George Washington University

119

18. 

Bruce Ackerman

Yale University

111

 

Ian Ayres

Yale University

111

20. 

John Hart Ely

University of Miami

107

21. 

Eugene Volokh

University of California, Los Angeles

106

22. 

Ronald Rotunda

George Mason University

100

23. 

John C. Coffee, Jr.

Columbia University

  99

24. 

Kimberle Crenshaw

Columbia University/University of California, Los Angeles

  98

25. 

Richard Delgado

University of Pittsburgh

  96

 

Daniel Fischel

University of Chicago

  96

27. 

Mari Matsuda

Georgetown University

  93

 

Eric Posner

University of Chicago

  93

 

Deborah Rhode

Stanford University

  93

30. 

Michael Dorf

Columbia University

  92

 

Geoffrey Miller

New York University

  92

32. 

Sanford Levinson

University of Texas, Austin

  91

 

David Luban

Georgetown University

  91

34. 

Frank Michelman

Harvard University

  88

35. 

Jack Goldsmith

University of Virginia

  87

 

Andrew Koppelman

Northwestern University

  87

 

Arthur Miller

Harvard University

  87

38. 

Richard Fallon

Harvard University

  84

 

Angela Harris

University of California, Berkeley

  84

40. 

Stephen Carter

Yale University

   81

 

Dan Kahan

Yale University

   81

 

 Suzanna Sherry

Vanderbilt University

   81

43. 

John Yoo

University of California, Berkeley

   79

44. 

Duncan Kennedy

Harvard University

   78

45. 

Owen Fiss

Yale University

   76

 

Herbert Hovenkamp

University of Iowa

   76

 

Samuel Issacharoff

Columbia University

   76

48. 

J.M. Balkin

Yale University

   74

49. 

Richard Pildes

New York University

   73

50. 

Steven Shavell

Harvard University

   72

Runners-up:

 

Alexander Aleinikoff

Georgetown University

  71

 

Derrick Bell

New York University

  71

 

Louis Kaplow

Harvard University

  71

 

Larry Kramer

New York University

  71

 

Douglas Laycock

University of Texas, Austin

  70

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