Fun With SSRN Law School Rankings

The latest SSRN’s Top Law School Rankings (based on new downloads) is up. I thought it would be fun to list the top fifty schools according to SSRN, taking out non-US schools from the mix. In rank order, the list follows after the jump.

1 Harvard University – Harvard Law School

2 Columbia University – Columbia Law School

3 University of Chicago – Law School

4 University of Texas at Austin – School of Law

5 University of California, Los Angeles – School of Law

6 Stanford Law School

7 Yale University – Law School

8 George Washington University – Law School

9 University of Illinois College of Law

10 Georgetown University Law Center

11 Vanderbilt University – School of Law

12 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities – School of Law

13 New York University – School of Law

14 George Mason University – School of Law

15 University of California, Berkeley – School of Law (Boalt Hall)

16 University of Southern California – Law School

17 University of Pennsylvania – School of Law

18 Ohio State University – Michael E. Moritz College of Law

19 Boston University – School of Law

20 University of San Diego – School of Law

21 Duke University – School of Law

22 University of Michigan at Ann Arbor – Law School

23 Florida State University – College of Law

24 Northwestern University – School of Law

25 Boston College – Law School

26 Emory University – School of Law

27 University of Virginia – School of Law

28 Fordham University – School of Law

29 Cornell University – School of Law

30 Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington

31 Yeshiva University – Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

32 Michigan State University – College of Law

33 Loyola Marymount University – Loyola Law School Los Angeles

34 Case Western Reserve University – School of Law

35 University of Cincinnati – College of Law

36 University of Iowa, College of Law

37 New York Law School

38 Temple University – James E. Beasley School of Law

39 Washington University, St. Louis – School of Law

40 University of Wisconsin Law School

41 Brooklyn Law School

42 Notre Dame Law School

43 University of Tennessee, Knoxville – College of Law

44 University of Maryland – School of Law

45 University of Colorado Law School

46 Northern Kentucky University – Salmon P. Chase College of Law

47 University of Utah – S.J. Quinney College of Law

48 University of Arizona – James E. Rogers College of Law

49 Marquette University – Law School

50 Hofstra University – School of Law

Incidentally, I bet there is a highly significant correlation between a given positive difference between this list and the USWR rankings and whether a school has started a SSRN legal research paper series.

[Update: A minor correction above – taking out one additional non-US school, results in an addition to the list.]

[A Second Update: Check out Al Brophy’s complete exploration of these data here.]

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  1. Does this take into account the relative sizes of the student bodies and faculties? Failure to account for that would skew the list quite a bit.