Measure for Measure: The Risks of Incorporating Citations Data into U.S. News Rankings

Jurimetrics J., Vol. 60, pp. 69–73 (2019)

5 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2020

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Gregory N. Mandel

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Date Written: December 19, 2019

Abstract

This short essay responds to Paul Heald and Ted Sichelman’s article, Ranking the Academic Impact of 100 American Law Schools. Heald and Sichelman's work provides a rigorous analysis of law school faculties’ citation and download statistics. Their recommendation to incorporate these statistics into U.S. News & World Report’s annual law school rankings, however, appears misguided. Heald and Sichelman do not fully take into account the concerning gaming behavior and problematic incentives related to faculty hiring that such incorporation would likely produce over time.

Keywords: law school, citation, ranking, U.S. News

Suggested Citation

Mandel, Gregory, Measure for Measure: The Risks of Incorporating Citations Data into U.S. News Rankings (December 19, 2019). Jurimetrics J., Vol. 60, pp. 69–73 (2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3518770

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