Rearranging Prof. Leiter’s Data

Just as Law School Deans heed US News rankings, for better or worse, they may heed scholarly impact rankings, including recently-released tabulation performed by U. Chicago Professor Brian Leiter. It counts high citation scholars over the past five years, with attribution and ordering (a) by school, (b) within school, and (c) across a dozen subject areas. Hats off to Professor Leiter for taking what must have been scores of hours to assemble the data.

When studying it, Deans may find it worthwhile to rearrange in any number of ways. In most rearrangements, data are likely to appear in line with the data as presented, though some interesting variations may appear. As an example, Professor Leiter’s report ranks schools according to weighted citations of all scholars within the school. An alternative would rank schools according to the number of times a school’s scholars are named in the high-impact lists by subject matter.

In that rearrangement, there are small differences in rankings of the top seven schools, but many more marked differences further on the line.  Following are the top seven, ranked by number of times scholars appear in high-impact rankings by subject (that number appears in parentheses, followed in separate parentheses with the ranking in Professor Leiter’s report).

1. Harvard (28) (2nd)

2. NYU (26) (5th)

2. Yale (26) (1st)

4. Columbia (20) (6th)

5. Chicago (16) (3rd)

6. Berkeley (13) (7th)

6. Stanford (13) (4th)

The foregoing comparative rankings differ, but slightly, especially compared to the next cohort:

8. Michigan (11) (11th)

9. George Washington (8) (18th)

9. Penn (8) (14th)

9. Texas (8) (17th)

12. Georgetown (7) (20th)

13. San Diego (6) (outside 25)

13. Vanderbilt (6) (10th)

13. UCLA (6) (15th)

16. Cornell (5) (11th)

16. Duke (5) (11th)

16. Illinois (5) (21st)

16. Northwestern (5) (8th)

20. Minnesota (4) (18th)

20. USC (4) (outside 25)

22. Chicago-Kent (3) (outside 25)

22.  Emory (3) (23rd)

22. Virginia (3) (16th)

25.  Seven Schools Tied (2) (various)

NB: These data are unaudited.  They are compiled by conducting a word-search and count protocol on the original subject matter lists appearing in Prof. Leiter’s post.

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