Top Ten Ranking Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings
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 ¶  Top Producers of New Law Teachers, 2003-2007
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March 19, 2008

Utilizing the data that Larry Solum has compiled for four years on where newly hired law teachers earned their first degree (here, here, here, and here), I've compiled a list of the top producers of new law teachers during this time period. (Note: Solum's listings aren't comprehensive, as some appointments do not get reported to him. I've no reason to think this favors one school as against any other.) Next to the name of each school appears the “per capita” number, which provides a comparative measure of success at placing graduates in law teaching. The “per capita” number is the total number of graduates placed in law teaching jobs over the last four year divided by the typical, recent class size, rounded to the nearest 25. (This is not, obviously, a real per capita number, but it does make comparisons of relative success rates possible.) The other two columns in the chart below are self-explanatory. The second chart ranks the schools by total placement, since it is generally helpful to have a lot of graduates of one’s school already in law teaching (institutional loyalty, perception of the school as a “feeder” school for law teaching, etc.).

Note that Solum's data, and my aggregation of it here, do not control for quality of the school at which graduates are hired, or for the number of graduates who earned other degrees from other institutions prior to securing a post in law teaching. The results below may be usefully compared with the results of an earlier study (from 2006) which did control for these factors: Brian Leiter's Best Law Schools for the "Best" Jobs in Law Teaching.

The results are not significantly different, however.

I. "Per Capita" Placement in Law Teaching, 2003-2007

Rank School "Per Capita" Score Total Number Placed, 2003-2007 Class Size
1 Yale University .43 86 200
2 Harvard University .18 101 550
3 Stanford University .17 29 175
4 University of Chicago .15 29 200
5 Columbia University .10 39 375
6 New York University .07 33 450
  University of California, Berkeley .07 20 275
  University of Virginia .07 26 375
9 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor .06 22 375
  University of Pennsylvania .06 14 250
11 Duke University .05 10 200
12 Georgetown University .03 16 575
  Northwestern University .03 7 250
  University of California, Los Angeles .03 8 250
  University of Kansas .03 4 150
  University of Texas, Austin .03 13 450
  Washington & Lee University .03 4 150
  Runners-Up
  Cornell University .02 4 200
  Tulane University .02 6 275
  University of Georgia .02 4 250
  University of Illinois .02 4 200
  University of Minnesota .02 4 250
  Vanderbilt University .02 3 200

II. Total Placement in Law Teaching, 2003-2007

Rank School Total Number of Graduates Placed Class Size
1 Harvard University 101 550
2 Yale University 86 200
3 Columbia University 39 375
4 New York University 33 450
5 Stanford University 29 175
  University of Chicago 29 200
7 University of Virginia 26 375
8 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 22 375
9 University of California, Berkeley 20 275
10 Georgetown University 16 575
11 University of Pennsylvania 14 250
12 University of Texas, Austin 13 450
13 Duke University 10 200
14 University of California, Los Angeles 8 250
15 Northwestern University 7 250
16 Tulane University 6 275
17 University of Minnesota 5 250
18 Cornell University 4 200
  Fordham University 4 400
  University of Georgia 4 250
  University of Illinois 4 200
  Washington & Lee University 4 150
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