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Top Ten Law Faculty (by area) in Scholarly Impact, 2009-2013

June 11, 2014

The last scholarly impact study, from 2012, conducted by Prof. Greg Sisk and colleagues at St. Thomas, using the methodology I have used previously, did not include a breakdown of highly cited faculty in various areas of specialization (as we had done in earlier years). Prof. Sisk and colleagues plan to do a new, comprehensive scholarly impact study in 2015. In the interim, we have prepared a study of the ten most highly cited faculty for the period 2009 through 2013 in 11 major areas of legal scholarship: Commercial Law/Contracts/Bankruptcy; Corporate Law/Securities Regulation; Criminal Law & Procedure; Intellectual Property/Cyberlaw; International Law; Law & Economics; Law & Philosophy; Law & Social Science (excl. economics); Legal History; Public Law; and Tax. There is also an overall list of the ten most cited faculy regardless of area. In each specialty, we list the ten most-cited faculty in that specialty. We also list up to five faculty whose work is partly in that specialty, as long as their citation total was as high or higher than the 10th-most cited faculty member in the specialty. (Faculty had to have roughly 75% of their citations for work in the specialty to count for it; where this was an issue, we determined this by surveying the first 10 or 20 citations.) The general methodology for the searches is described in the earlier studies, linked above, as well as the limitations of such metrics; for purposes of this study we searched within the Westlaw journals database as follows:

Cass /2 Sunstein and date(aft2008) and date(bef 2014).

The searches were conducted in late May 2014. The database for 2009-2013 appears to have increased very slightly since then, but since we round to the nearest ten, this is unlikely to have made much difference.

Ten Most Cited Faculty Overall

Rank

Name

Institution

Total Citations

Age in 2013

1

Cass Sunstein

Harvard University

5540

59

2

Erwin Chemerinsky

University of California, Irvine

3010

60

3

Richard Epstein

New York University, University of Chicago

2700

70

4

Eric Posner

University of Chicago

2450

48

5

Mark Lemley

Stanford University

2360

47

6

William Eskridge, Jr.

Yale University

2070

62

7

Mark Tushnet

Harvard University

1910

68

8

Akhil Amar

Yale University

1790

55

9

Lawrence Lessig

Harvard University

1750

52

10

Daniel Farber

University of California, Berkeley

1740

63

 

Laurence Tribe

Harvard University

1740

72

 

COMMERCIAL LAW/CONTRACTS/BANKRUPTCY

Rank

Name

Institution

Total Citations

Age in 2013

1

Robert E. Scott

Columbia University

1200

69

2

Douglas Baird

University of Chicago

670

60

3

Steven Schwarcz

Duke University

650

64

4

Alan Schwartz

Yale University

640

73

5

Oren Bar-Gill

Harvard University

510

38

6

Adam Levitin

Georgetown University

450

37

7

Lynn LoPucki

University of California, Los Angeles

420

69

 

Ronald Mann

Columbia University

420

52

9

Jay L. Westbrook

University of Texas, Austin

410

70

10

Omri Ben-Shahar

University of Chicago

400

51

 

Highly cited scholars who work partly in commercial law etc.

 

 

 

 

Eric Posner

University of Chicago

2450

48

 

Geoffrey Miller

New York University

1120

63

 

David Skeel

University of Pennsylvania

740

52

 

Melvin Eisenberg

University of California, Berkeley

660

79

 

Todd Zywicki

George Mason University

500

47

 

CORPORATE LAW/SECURITIES REGLUATION

Rank

Name

Institution

Total Citations

Age in 2013

1

John Coffee, Jr.

Columbia University

1490

69

2

Lucian Bebchuk

Harvard University

1120

58

3

Stephen Bainbridge

University of California, Los Angeles

1010

55

4

Reinier Kraakman

Harvard University

790

64

 

Donald Langevoort

Georgetown University

790

62

6

Stephen Choi

New York University

780

47

 

Ronald Gilson

Columbia University, Stanford University

780

67

8

Roberta Romano

Yale University

740

61

 

Lynn Stout

Cornell University

740

56

10

Henry Hansmann

Yale University

710

68

 

Highly cited scholars who work partly in corporate

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Macey

Yale University

1220

58

 

David Skeel

University of Pennsylvania

740

52

 

CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE

Rank

Name

Institution

Total Citations

Age in 2013

1

Orin Kerr

George Washington University

1090

42

2

Paul Robinson

University of Pennsylvania

830

65

3

Christopher Slobogin

Vanderbilt University

760

62

4

Rachel Barkow

New York University

720

42

5

Stephanos Bibas

University of Pennsylvania

660

44

6

Joshua Dressler

Ohio State University

620

66

7

George Fletcher

Columbia University

580

74

 

Michael Tonry

University of Minnesota

580

68

9

Carol Steiker

Harvard University

550

55

10

Stephen Schulhofer

New York University

540

71

 

Highly cited scholars who work partly in criminal law & procedure

 

 

 

 

Dan Kahan

Yale University

1080

50

 

Larry Alexander

University of San Diego

800

70

 

Kent Greenawalt

Columbia University

700

77

 

Gabriel (Jack) Chin

University of California, Davis

590

49

 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & CYBERLAW

Rank

Name

Institution

Total Citations

Age in 2013

1

Mark Lemley

Stanford University

2360

47

2

Robert Merges

University of California, Berkeley

1050

54

3

Dan Burk

University of California, Irvine

760

51

4

Pamela Samuelson

University of California, Berkeley

750

65

5

Rochelle Dreyfuss

New York University

720

66

6

John Duffy

University of Virginia

710

50

7

Yochai Benkler

Harvard University

640

49

 

Julie Cohen

Georgetown University

640

49

9

Jane Ginsburg

Columbia University

630

58

 

Timothy Wu

Columbia University

630

41

 

Highly cited scholars who work partly in IP/cyberlaw

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Lessig

Harvard University

1750

52

 

Jack Balkin

Yale University

1620

56

 

Daniel Solove

George Washington University

900

41

 

Margaret Jane Radin

University of Michigan

720

72

 

Gideon Parchomovsky

University of Pennsylvania (part-time)

660

45

 

INTERNATIONAL LAW

Rank

Name

Institution

Total Citations

Age in 2013

1

Jack Goldsmith

Harvard University

1680

51

2

Harold Koh

Yale University

1370

59

3

Curtis Bradley

Duke University

960

49

4

Philip Alston

New York University

730

63

5

Andrew Guzman

University of California, Berkeley

670

46

6

W. Michael Reisman

Yale University

650

74

7

Jose Alvarez

New York University

580

58

8

Kal Raustiala

University of California, Los Angeles

560

47

9

Oona Hathaway

Yale University

520

41

10

Laurence Helfer

Duke University

460

48

 

Highly cited scholars who work partly in international law

 

 

 

 

Eric Posner

University of Chicago

2450

48

 

John Yoo

University of California, Berkeley

1380

46

 

LAW & ECONOMICS

Rank

Name

Institution

Total Citations

Age in 2013

1

Eric Posner

University of Chicago

2450

48

2

Steven Shavell

Harvard University

1360

67

3

Ian Ayres

Yale University

1290

54

4

Louis Kaplow

Harvard University

1100

57

5

Robert Cooter

University of California, Berkeley

990

68

6

Christine Jolls

Yale University

700

46

7

Einer Elhauge

Harvard University

660

52

8

George Priest

Yale University

550

66

9

Saul Levmore

University of Chicago

540

60

10

A. Mitchell Polinsky

Stanford University

530

65

 

Highly cited scholars who work partly in law & economics

 

 

 

 

Cass Sunstein

Harvard University

5540

59

 

Richard Epstein

New York University, University of Chicago

2700

70

 

Mark Lemley

Stanford University

2360

47

 

Robert E. Scott

Columbia University

1200

69

 

Lucian Bebchuk

Harvard University

1120

58

 

LAW & PHILOSOPHY

Rank

Name

Institution

Citations

Age in 2013

1

Jeremy Waldron

New York University

1310

60

2

Martha Nussbaum

University of Chicago

1140

66

3

Joseph Raz

Columbia University (part-time)

840

74

4

Brian Leiter

University of Chicago

420[1]

50

5

John Finnis

University of Notre Dame (part-time)

410

73

6

Michael S. Moore

University of Illinois

360

70

7

Joshua Cohen

Stanford University (part-time)

320

62

 

R.A. Duff

University of Minnesota (part-time)

320

68 (est.)

9

Seana Shiffrin

University of California, Los Angeles

310

44

10

Scott Shapiro

Yale University

300

47

 

Highly cited scholars who work partly in law & philosophy

 

 

 

 

Frederick Schauer

University of Virginia

1580

67

 

David Luban

Georgetown University

990

64

 

Lawrence Solum

Georgetown University

900

59

 

 

Larry Alexander

University of San Diego

800

70

 

Kent Greenawalt

Columbia University

700

77

 

LAW & SOCIAL SCIENCE (excluding economics)

Rank

Name

Institution

Total citations

Age in 2013

1

Tom Tyler

Yale University

890

63

2

Lee Epstein

Washington University, St. Louis

850

55

3

Frank Cross

University of Texas, Austin

820

58

4

Jeffrey Rachlinski

Cornell University

760

47

5

Chris Guthrie

Vanderbilt University

550

46

6

Linda Hamilton Krieger

University of Hawaii

500

59

7

Charles Sabel

Columbia University

490

66

8

David Hoffman

Temple University

470

37

9

Herbert Kritzer

University of Minnesota

460

66

10

Malcolm Feeley

University of California, Berkeley

430

71

 

Michael Heise

Cornell University

430

53

 

Highly cited scholars who work partly in law & social science

 

 

 

 

Robert Ellickson

Yale University

820

72

 

Russell Korobkin

University of California, Los Angeles

760

45

 

Bernard Black

Northwestern University

670

60

 

Carrie Menkel-Meadow

University of California, Irvine

620

64

 

Bryant Garth

University of California, Irvine

510

64

 

LEGAL HISTORY

Rank

Name

Institution

Citations

Age in 2013

1

Lawrence Friedman

Stanford University

1310

83

2

John Langbein

Yale University

850

72

3

Michael Klarman

Harvard University

750

54

4

G. Edward White

University of Virginia

550

72

5

Paul Finkelman

Albany Law School

500

64

6

James Whitman

Yale University

490

56

7

Stuart Banner

University of California, Los Angeles

390

50

 

Phillip Hamburger

Columbia University

390

56

9

William Nelson

New York University

320

73

10

Christopher Tomlins

University of California, Irvine

290

60

 

John Witt

Yale University

290

41

 

Highly cited scholars who work partly in legal history

 

 

 

 

Reva Siegel

Yale University

1290

58

 

Herbert Hovenkamp

University of Iowa

1060

65

 

Larry Kramer

Stanford University (on leave)

970

55

 

David Bernstein

George Mason University

480

46

 

Robert W. Gordon

Stanford University

430

72

 

PUBLIC LAW AREAS (incl. constitutional law and legislation)

Rank

Name

Institution

Total Citations

Age in 2013

1

Cass Sunstein

Harvard University

5540

59

2

Erwin Chemerinsky

University of California, Irvine

3010

60

3

William Eskridge, Jr.

Yale University

2070

62

4

Mark Tushnet

Harvard University

1910

68

5

Akhil Amar

Yale University

1790

55

6

Daniel Farber

University of California, Berkeley

1740

63

 

Laurence Tribe

Harvard University

1740

72

8

Bruce Ackerman

Yale University

1680

70

9

Jack Balkin

Yale University

1620

56

10

Richard Fallon

Harvard University

1520

61

 

Highly cited scholars who work partly in public law

 

 

 

 

Richard Epstein

New York University, University of Chicago

2700

70

 

Lawrence Lessig

Harvard University

1750

52

 

Frederick Schauer

University of Virginia

1580

67

 

Thomas Merrill

Columbia University

1550

64

 

TAX

Rank

Name

Institution

Citations

Age in 2013

1

Michael Graetz

Columbia University

400

69

 

David Weisbach

University of Chicago

400

50

3

Reuven Avi-Yonah

University of Michigan

350

56

4

Daniel Shaviro

New York University

340

56

5

Leandra Lederman

Indiana University, Bloomington

290

47

 

Lawrence Zelenak

Duke University

290

58

7

Victor Fleischer

University of San Diego

280

42

8

Edward Zelinsky

Cardozo Law School/Yeshiva University

270

63

9

Joseph Bankman

Stanford University

250

58

 

Edward McCaffery

University of Southern California

250

55

 

Highly cited scholars who work partly in tax

 

 

 

 

Louis Kaplow

Harvard University

1100

57

 

Brian Galle

Boston College

310

41

 

Kristin Hickman

University of Minnesota

310

43

 

Mark Gergen

University of California, Berkeley

270

57

 

Schools based on the percentage of tenured faculty represented in the above specialty area rankings are as follows (number of faculty above divided by the approximate number of tenured faculty, rounded to the nearest 5):

Rank

School

% of Tenured Faculty Ranked in Top 10

Total # of faculty ranked in top 10

1

Yale University

44%

22

2

University of Chicago

27%

8

3

Columbia University

20%

13

 

Stanford University

20%

8

5

Harvard University

18%

15

6

University of California, Irvine

17%

5

7

University of California, Berkeley

16%

9

8

New York University

12%

11

 

University of California, Los Angeles

12%

6

10

Duke University

9%

4

 

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

9%

4

 

University of Pennsylvania

9%

4

 

Runner-up for the top ten

 

 

 

Cornell University

8%

3

Other schools by total number of faculty: Georgetown University (5); University of Virginia (3); 2 each for University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin, George Mason University, George Washington University, Vanderbilt University, and University of San Diego; 1 each for Boston College, Cardozo Law School, Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Notre Dame, Ohio State University, University of California at Davis, University of Iowa, Washington University in St. Louis, Albany Law School, University of Southern California, Indiana University at Bloomington, Temple University and University of Hawaii.



[1]Because I pick up citations to blog postings that are (mostly) of a non-philosophical nature, I have subtracted those from the total, which was higher.