An Empirical Study of Empirical Legal Scholarship: The Top Law Schools

30 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2005

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Tracey E. George

Vanderbilt University - Law School


Empirical legal scholarship is arguably the most significant emerging intellectual movement. Empirical legal scholarship (ELS), as the term is generally used in law schools, refers to a specific type of empirical research: a model-based approach coupled with a quantitative method. This paper ranks law schools based on their place in the ELS movement and offers an essential ranking framework that can be adopted for other intellectual movements. A revised version of the paper was posted on October 11. The updated tables reflect additional data.

Keywords: empirical, law school, ranking

Suggested Citation

George, Tracey E., An Empirical Study of Empirical Legal Scholarship: The Top Law Schools. Indiana Law Journal, The Next Generation of Law School Rankings Symposium, 2005, Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 05-20, Available at SSRN:

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