Study Ranks College of Law #35 Among Top-Cited Law Faculties

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law is tied for 35th place among U.S. law schools for the scholarly impact of its faculty. A new study, “The Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties in 2015,” estimates the impact of a law faculty by calculating the mean and median of total law journal citations to the work of tenured law faculty over the past five years. The study’s methodology was refined by Brian Leiter, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School.

“This study confirms what we have long known here at the U—our law faculty produces top-rate scholarship that impacts not only other academics, but also the real world,” said Carissa Hessick, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development. “We have a number of high profile faculty doing important work. Paul Cassell’s groundbreaking work on Miranda and victims’ rights has helped shape the field of criminal law and procedure. The American Law Institute recently recognized Robin Craig’s contribution to environmental law and water law by electing her as a member of ALI. Andy Hessick has published several high-profile articles on standing and justiciability issues that constantly come before the U.S. Supreme Court. And Chris Peterson’s work on consumer protection has been so influential that he was invited to work with the CFPB and the DOD in Washington on important consumer protection reforms.”

Pac-12 schools occupied eight of the top 39 spots in the study. The College of Law held the 6th spot among the Pac-12 schools, above Arizona State, USC, Washington, and Oregon. Other schools tied with the College of Law at 35th place include Indiana-Bloomington and Fordham.

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