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News Posted on April 7, 2010

King Hall Ranks 23rd in 2010 Influential Leiter Ranking of Law Schools

The UC Davis School of Law faculty was rated among the nation's top 25 in a newly released (April 2010) ranking undertaken by Brian Leiter, a law professor at the University of Chicago whose periodic assessment of law faculty productivity and influence is often regarded as the single most systematic evaluation of American law school quality.  Leiter's rankings are second in prominence among law school ranking systems only to U.S. News & World Report's annual survey. 

Leiter's report out this week assessed law schools nationwide for their "scholarly impact" as measured by the number of faculty citations over a five-year period ending in January 2010.  UC Davis School of Law was ranked 23rd.

"It is gratifying, though not surprising, to see our school rated so highly in this very influential national survey," said Dean Kevin R. Johnson.  "It is also exciting to consider that our law school and our faculty are among the youngest to appear in the top 25, which suggests that our status among this elite group of schools is likely to rise as our school and our faculty mature.  I'm very proud of what this talented and energetic group of scholars and teachers has accomplished."

The UC Davis Law School tradition of high-profile scholarship continues apace; in recent months alone, an impressive number of ambitious articles by King Hall faculty have been published or accepted for imminent publication in many of America's leading general-interest law reviews (which are also among the most-cited legal periodicals), including Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, California Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, Southern California Law Review, UC Davis Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Boston College Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Indiana Law Journal, and Arizona Law Review.  Recent King Hall scholarship is also well-represented in prominent specialized law journals such as Yale Journal of International Law, Chicago Journal of International Law, and Virginia Tax Review.

Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings: Top 25 Law Faculties in Scholarly Impact, 2005-2009