Top Ten Ranking Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings
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 ¶  Brian Leiter's Most Downloaded Law Faculties, 2006
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March 6, 2007

Downloads of papers posted on the Social Science Research Network has been defended as one viable measure of faculty scholarship (Bernard Black (Texas) and Paul Caron (Cincinnati) have argued the case here: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=784764.) Others, including me, have expressed skepticism about SSRN downloads as a measure of scholarly impact (a good summary of doubts about SSRN is here: http://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2005/08/problems_with_t.html.

SSRN, for example, is utilized disproportionately by scholars working in just a few areas (corporate law, law & economics, intellectual property), and it is utilized by some schools (typically those that excel in corporate law and law & economics) more than others.  Papers that are "surveys" or "overviews" of an area often tend to have much higher levels of downloads, presumably because they attract both scholars in other fields and students. Blogs affect SSRN downloads, for both individuals and schools. And sometimes just a handful of individuals have a huge impact on a school’s download rank.

The data below notes the 15 most downloaded schools during all of 2006. After the top 15, the numbers start dropping off and are disproportionately affected by single individuals (consider: Lucian Bebchuk had more downloads in 2006 than all the Boalt faculty who posted on SSRN!). The three most downloaded authors at each school are noted, as well as the percentage of all the school’s downloads for which they account. In most cases, as the reader will see, the top three faculty account for roughly 50% of all downloads, with some exceptions (e.g., Texas at one extreme, NYU and Penn at the other). It was necessary to exclude Ohio State and Emory, whose presence in the top 15 was due entirely to one provocatively titled article by Christopher Fairman [http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=896790] who teaches at Ohio State and is visiting at Emory; without Fairman’s paper, neither Ohio State nor Emory would be close to the top 15.

So although I am a skeptic about SSRN downloads as a measure of scholarly performance or quality, in the catholic spirit of this ranking site, I offer this data for consideration.

I. TOTAL DOWNLOADS DURING 2006

Rank

Law School Total Downloads in 2006 (in thousands) (rounded) Three Most Downloaded Faculty (in thousands) (rounded)

% of Total Accounted for by Top Three

Faculty Scholarly Impact Rank (2005)

  1

Harvard University 50.8 L. Bebchuk (17.4)
R. Kraakman (4.7)
S.Shavell (4.6)

53%

3

  2

Columbia University 31.0 T. Wu (5.2)
J. Coffee (5.1)
R. Gilson (4.0)

46%

7

  3

University of Texas, Austin 29.2 B. Black (12.0)
B. Leiter (7.4)
H. Hu (2.0)

73%

9

  4

University of Chicago 28.9 C. Sunstein (7.7)
E. Posner (4.4)
R. Posner (3.1)

53%

1

  5

University of California, Los Angeles 28.2 S. Bainbridge (8.7)
L. Stout (3.1)
R. Korobkin (1.7)

48%

15

  6

Stanford University 26.6 M. Lemley (8.4)
R. Gilson (4.0)
M. Klausner (2.7)

57%

4

  7

Yale University 24.8 H. Hansmann (3.8)
R. Romano (3.6)
J. Donohue (2.7)

41%

2

  8

George Washington University 22.7 D. Solove (5.3)
O. Kerr (3.3)
D. Clark (2.8)

50%

16

  9

Georgetown University 21.0 G. Sidak (3.6)
R. Barnett (3.3)
W. Bratton (3.1)

48%

8

10 University of Illinois 20.9 L. Ribstein (6.4)
L. Solum (3.0)
J. Kesan (1.5)

52%

19

11 University of Minnesota 18.3 F. Parisi (5.1)
D. Burk (3.1)
B. Bix (1.7)
54% 23
12 New York University 18.1 S. Choi (2.2)
M. Kahan (1.7)
O. Bar-Gill (1.3)
28% 6
13 Vanderbilt University 16.7 R. Thomas (2.7)
M. Blair (2.6)
C. Yoo (2.2)
45% 19
14 University of Pennsylvania 16.3 P. Robinson (1.9)
D. Skeel (1.9)
G. Parchomovsky (1.5)
33% 22

15

University of California, Berkeley 15.8 J. Fried (3.6)
J. Yoo (2.2)
R. Merges (1.1)

44%

5

II. MOST DOWNLOADS PER PAPER DURING 2006

This is limited to schools with at least 30 new papers posted during 2006.

Rank

Law School Total Downloads Per Paper Total New Papers in 2006

  1

University of Texas, Austin 137 59

  2

Columbia University 94 93

  3

Northern Kentucky University (Chase College of Law) 92 40

  4

Stanford University 84 57

  5

Yale University 83 75

  6

Harvard University 82 136

 

University of Chicago 82 76

  8

George Washington University 81 81

  9

University of California, Los Angeles 76 69
10 University of Colorado, Bolder 75 34
11 Georgetown University 74 76
12 University of Minnesota 72 76
13 University of Illinois 69 74
14 University of Southern California 67 30

15

Northwestern University 65 59
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