Assessing the Ssrn-Based Law School Rankings

8 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2005

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Theodore Eisenberg

Cornell University, Law School (Deceased)

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

Suggested Citation

Eisenberg, Theodore, Assessing the Ssrn-Based Law School Rankings (August 22, 2005). Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-026, Available at SSRN: or

Theodore Eisenberg (Contact Author)

Cornell University, Law School (Deceased) ( email )

Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
United States

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