College of Law rises to second among Ohio public law schools in downloads

September 20, 2013 | News, UToday, Law
By Rachel Phipps

In new rankings of U.S. law schools released by the Social Science Research Network, The University of Toledo College of Law has risen several spots and is second among Ohio’s five public law schools as measured by downloads in the last 12 months.

Overall, the College of Law is third among Ohio’s nine law schools. The Social Science Research Network ranks law schools based on the number of downloads of papers written by authors from that institution.

Papers by UT law authors have been downloaded 4,318 times in the past 12 months.

Among Ohio schools, the UT College of Law beat out the University of Cincinnati College of Law (4,186), University of Akron School of Law (3,901), Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (3,428), Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law (2,925), University of Dayton School of Law (1,930) and Capital University Law School (1,003). The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law ranked No. 1 in the state.

The UT College of Law also bested a number of flagship state law schools — the University of Kentucky College of Law, University of Mississippi School of Law, University of Nebraska College of Law, Louisiana State University Law Center, West Virginia University College of Law, University of Oregon School of Law and University of Arkansas School of Law — and many private schools, including Tulane University Law School and the University of Richmond School of Law.

The UT College of Law faculty is the second smallest among Ohio’s law schools, which makes this achievement even more impressive, said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the College of Law.

“This is another demonstration of the impact our faculty is making in the world of legal scholarship,” Steinbock said. “Downloads are a measure not just of productivity, but of the importance and relevance of their work. This is a significant milestone and a point of pride for the College of Law and the whole University.”

This rise in Social Science Research Network rankings follows on the College of Law’s No. 90 ranking in the spring 2013 Roger Williams University School of Law study on faculty productivity. In that ranking, the college was fourth among Ohio’s nine law schools.

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