New Study Ranks CWRU Law Faculty #36 in Scholarly Impact

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It is widely recognized that publishing improves teaching. Scholarly writing enables professors to bring up-to-date information into the classroom and share their research on cutting-edge developments with their students. CWRU School of Law is happy to share the news that its faculty has once again been ranked among the top in the nation (and #1 law school in Ohio) in scholarly impact.

In late August, the triennial Sisk/Leiter Study ranked Case Western Reserve as the #36 law school in the nation based on citations to our faculty's publications.

The Sisk/Leiter study has been described as second only to the US News ranking in “prominence” as an indicator of law school quality. The study objectively measures “something that is real and directly connected to academic quality, that is, the scholarly influence of a law school’s collective faculty.”

The Sisk/Leiter study is based on citations by tenured members of law faculties in American law journals. In another recent study of scholarly impact, the Heald and Sichelman study, which factors in SSRN downloads as well as citations on HeinOnline, CWRU ranked 30th in the nation.  

Neither study measures citations by domestic and international courts, where our faculty also excels.  In the last two years, articles by two of our faculty members were cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and a report documenting the genocide of the Rohingya people in Myanmar written by several members of our faculty was cited by the International Criminal Court.

While our law school's faculty is composed of leading scholars, first and foremost each faculty member is devoted to the success of our students.