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As Eugene noted, there is a new, updated study of law school "scholarly impact" by Gregory Sisk, et al. This study looks to measure the impact that different schools' law faculties have upon legal scholarship by looking at citation counts. (VCU isn't ranked, but as Ilya noted, it would apparently do quite well.)
In light of the new study, Brian Leiter has posted updated lists of the most cited legal scholars over the 2013-2017 period. Here are the top ten:
|Rank||Name||School||Citations||Area(s)||Age in 2018|
|1||Cass Sunstein||Harvard University||4900||Constitutional, Administrative, and Environmental Law, Behavioral Law & Economics||64|
|2||Erwin Chemerinsky||University of California, Berkeley||2570||Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure||65|
|3||Eric Posner||University of Chicago||2330||Law & Economics, International Law, Commercial Law, Contracts||53|
|4||Mark Lemley||Stanford University||2180||Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw||52|
|5||Richard Epstein||New York University, University of Chicago||2165||Constitutional Law, Torts, Law & Economics||75|
|6||William Eskridge, Jr.||Yale University||2160||Constitutional Law, Legislation||67|
|7||Akhil Amar||Yale University||1600||Constitutional Law||60|
|8||Thomas Merrill||Columbia University||1595||Administrative, Constitutional, and Property Law||69|
|9||Mark Tushnet||Harvard University||1590||Constitutional Law, Legal History||72|
|10||Jack M. Balkin||Yale University||1580||Constitutional Law, Cyberlaw||62|
In addition, Leiter has started to post lists of the most cited law faculty by subject area. Here are the fields he's tallied thus far:
- Corporate Law & Securities Regulation
- Criminal Law & Procedure (led by the VC's own Orin Kerr!)
- Commercial Law
- Constitutional Law (with an appearance by VC blogfather Eugene Volokh)
- Public Law (excluding Constitutional Law)
Leiter has announced he will post additional subjects in the coming days, and I will update this post as his rankings appear.
UPDATES: Here are additional rankings in particular specialty areas posted by Leiter:
- Law & Economics (including Behavioral Law & Econ)
- Law & Social Science (excluding Law & Econ)
- Law & Philosophy
- Legal History
- Intellectual Property & Cyberlaw
- Civil Procedure
- International Law & National Security
UPDATES: Here's a post on how Sisk and Leiter address name misspellings and the omission of author names in multi-author articles.
Here's a list of the most cited Originalist scholars at the Originalism Law Blog.
Here, in addition, is an interesting post about the pros and cons of using the Westlaw JLR database as opposed to Google Scholar, or some other metric.
Here's a list of health law scholars, including professors from other fields, put together by Mark Hall and Glenn Cohen.