Assessing the Ssrn-Based Law School Rankings
8 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2005
Date Written: August 22, 2005
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.
Keywords: rankings correlation
JEL Classification: C1, C14, K00
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