Assessing the SSRN-Based Law School Rankings
Cornell University, Law School (deceased)
August 22, 2005
Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-026
This comment assesses correlations among law school ranking systems for schools ranked in the top ten or twenty as measured by SSRN downloads. SSRN downloads are highly correlated with other ranking systems for law schools as a whole. But the correlations are less strong than those among other ranking systems when used to assess peer law schools - schools that in fact compete with one another. SSRN-based rankings may be at a disadvantage compared to other objective ranking systems because the SSRN database likely provides less comprehensive coverage of downloads than competing systems, such as Westlaw and LexisNexis, provide about productivity and citations.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: rankings correlation
JEL Classification: C1, C14, K00
Date posted: August 30, 2005
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