Academia

The Most Cited Legal Academics 2013-17 (Updated)

A new report on the academic influence of law faculties and tallies of legal citations by specialty.

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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:

In addition, Rick Hasen has posted the most cited legal scholars in Election Law over the same period at his Election Law Blog. (Leiter's list of Eleciton Law scholars is here.)

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:

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.