Sunday, March 22, 2009

Survey on top law reviews

Brian Leiter of the University of Chicago did a survey:

So I've closed the survey, and, with 265 votes, the results for "the top 20" are below. I think it tells us not a lot about "quality," though a fair bit about "perceptions," which certainly isn't irrelevant for younger scholars. But based just on the first issue, Journal of Legal Analysis is better than just about every journal in the top ten, though they failed to make the top 20 here. Of course, JLA may not sustain its quality or, more likely I think, perceptions will adjust with time.

The top six:

1. Harvard Law Review (Condorcet winner: wins contests with all other choices)
2. Yale Law Journal loses to Harvard Law Review by 112–66
3. Columbia Law Review loses to Harvard Law Review by 155–43, loses to Yale Law Journal by 153–45
4. Journal of Legal Studies loses to Harvard Law Review by 135–66, loses to Columbia Law Review by 109–92
5. Stanford Law Review loses to Harvard Law Review by 167–27, loses to Journal of Legal Studies by 100–99
6. University of Chicago Law Review loses to Harvard Law Review by 166–31, loses to Stanford Law Review by 106–79

Of Leiter:

Brian Leiter was a Visiting Professor at the Law School in the fall of 2006 and joined the faculty July 1, 2008, simultaneously founding the Law School’s Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values. Prior to that, he taught for more than a dozen years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the youngest chairholder in the history of the law school, and also served as professor of philosophy and founder and director of the University of Texas Law and Philosophy Program. He has also been a visiting professor of law at Yale University, of law and philosophy at University College London, and of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego.

Of Obama on law reviews:

Law reviews: nobody reads them

Perception, not reality.


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