Law Faculty Blogs and Disruptive Innovation: The Data

26 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2012 Last revised: 21 Aug 2014

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J. Robert Brown

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Date Written: July 23, 2012


Blogging by law faculty has been going on for more than a decade. During that period, law faculty blogs have become widespread. They have also been increasing used as authority in law review articles and court decisions. The attached paper sets out the empirical data that shows who, as of May/June 2012, is actually blogging at various law schools. This is a notoriously difficult data set to create since there is no single list of law faculty blogs. Moreover, some faculty blog at non-faculty blogs.

The data in this document includes a breakdown of the number of law faculty bloggers by law school. Interestingly, most law faculty bloggers are at law schools outside the top 50 as ranked by US News. In addition, the data includes the number of citations for law blogs in both law reviews and court opinions. One law faculty blog has over 700 citations in law reviews. Another has over 40 citations in cases.

Finally, the data includes a list of US law faculty in the top 200 of SSRN downloads for May 2012. The list includes any blogging affiliation of these faculty. The data shows that for faculty in the list but outside the top 10 law schools (based upon the ranking created by US News) many of them blog, suggesting that there is a correlation between blogging and SSRN downloads.

Suggested Citation

Brown, J. Robert, Law Faculty Blogs and Disruptive Innovation: The Data (July 23, 2012). U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-22, Available at SSRN: or

J. Robert Brown (Contact Author)

University of Denver Sturm College of Law ( email )

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