Political Ideology and Law School Rankings: Measuring the Conservative Penalty and Liberal Bonus

14 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2020

Date Written: July 2020

Abstract

U.S. News & World Report conducts overall rankings and peer rankings of law schools. This Article reports the findings of a first-of-its-kind study designed to measure whether peer rankings are affected by a law school’s ideological reputation. The extreme disparity uncovered — combined with consistent findings in studies that measure other forms of ideological bias in legal academia — make a strong case for the existence of a conservative penalty and liberal bonus in law school rankings. This Article concludes by proposing a simple solution to circumvent this particular manifestation of ideological bias.

Keywords: Gender Bias, Law Journal, Law Review, Blind Review, Gender Disparities, Gender Discrimination, Law School, Journal Discrimination

Suggested Citation

Conklin, Michael, Political Ideology and Law School Rankings: Measuring the Conservative Penalty and Liberal Bonus (July 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3646385 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3646385

Michael Conklin (Contact Author)

Angelo State University ( email )

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San Angelo, TX 76909
United States

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