Willamette Ranked Top Law School in Oregon for Faculty Productivity

For the second consecutive year, Willamette University College of Law was ranked the top Oregon law school in per capita faculty publications in top journals according to a study by Roger Williams Law School.

The study is based on the number of Law Review articles in prestigious journals written by faculty at law schools that are not included in the top 50 schools  on the U.S.News & World Report list. In that group of 150 schools, Willamette ranked 32 in per capita faculty productivity.

That is higher than in the previous two years and higher than Oregon’s two other law schools.

The study covers articles published from 1993 to 2010 by tenured and tenure-track  faculty. Thus, unlike the US News ranking based on one year’s data -- some of which are subjective -- this study is based on objective data from 17 years and takes into account  the size of the ranked schools.

Increasing faculty publications was a major focus of Dean Symeon C. Symeonides when he came to Willamette in 1999. According to the school’s 2007 self-study, seven years later, faculty publications increased by 97.6 percent in total and by 63.4 percent per capita. That increase has continued at an even faster pace since 2007.

“The Roger Williams study simply confirms what we have known for some time,” said Symeonides, “that our professors are very productive scholars, besides being master teachers.”