Washington and Lee University School of Law published a ranking of the nation’s law journals based on each journals’ impact and total citations from 2004 to 2011. The three highest-ranked Harvard journals based on “Combined Score”, a combination of impact and total citations, are the Harvard Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, and the Harvard International Law Journal. Nationally, Harvard Law Review was ranked first amongst all law journals, JOLT was ranked 32 and the ILJ was ranked 37.
Correction (12:10 a.m., April 9, 2012): A previous version of this article inaccurately stated the total score of the Civil-Rights Civil-Liberties Law Review and the rankings of JOLT and ILJ.
This year’s print edition of the U.S. News “Best Law School Rankings” reveals that the School’s drop in rankings to third place, below Stanford Law School, was due to both Stanford improvements in considered factors and Harvard’s decline in those factors.
According to U.S. News, Stanford’s employment statistics, both at graduation and nine months past graduation, and its bar passage rate improved between 2012 and 2013 while Harvard declined in both of these categories, with the percentage of students employed nine months after graduation decreasing by 2.9 percent. In addition, Harvard’s bar passage rate dropped 3.7 percent between 2012 and 2013.
Harvard also declined in several other categories from 2012 to 2013: its peer assessment score decreased from 4.9 to 4.8, acceptance rate increased from 11 percent to 13 percent, and the student to faculty ratio increased from 12 to 12.4.
Harvard Law School has dropped from from number two to three in the 2013 Best Law School Rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. Harvard had maintained the number two position in the ranking for the three years leading up to 2013. Continue reading