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Super Lawyers revealed their list of the top law schools determined by the number of graduates selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers in 2009. In accordance with the selection process, only 5 percent of the lawyers in each state are selected to be included in the Super Lawyers List.

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Year End Round Up: Super Lawyers List of Top Law Schools
By Christine Cristiano


In November, Super Lawyers revealed their list of the top law schools determined by the ‘’number of graduates selected for inclusion
in Super Lawyers in 2009.’’ In accordance with the selection process, ‘’only 5 percent of the lawyers in each state are selected to be
included in the Super Lawyers List.’’




                              12/29/09                                   of California Berkeley School of Law - Boalt Hall. The Yale Law
                                                                         School ranked tenth.
                             According to the Super Lawyers’
                             blogger, Bill White, ‘’We recognize         Although some controversy has arisen regarding whether class
                             that schools with smaller                   size should be a contributing factor when determining the top
graduating classes may be at a disadvantage in our ranking.              law schools, White notes in his blog that Super Lawyers ‘’has
We considered taking into account class size, but decided not            been rating lawyers for nearly 20 years. This puts us in a unique
to this year for several reasons: First, we found that class size        position to shed light on how well schools fulfill the ultimate
was not as big a factor as you might think. There were very              mission of producing great lawyers. Most law school rankings
large schools that ranked low and small schools that ranked              look at things like bar passage rates, professor-to-student ratios
high on our list. The quality of graduates, not the size of the          and the number of books in the library, but they ignore the end
school, is what ultimately determines where schools land on              product — the quality of lawyers produced. We think it’s like
our list.’’                                                              ranking football teams based on athletic facilities, player size and
                                                                         equipment without considering who wins the games.’’
White adds that ‘’Second, this first year we wanted to
keep our methodology simple so that people could easily                  Super Lawyers annually selects a list of outstanding lawyers
understand what we are doing. We reward schools that                     comprised from 70 jurisdictional practice areas encompassing
produce the greatest number of outstanding attorneys, period.            only 5 percent of lawyers from any one state or region.
Our approach is similar to the way baseball crowns a homerun             According to the Super Lawyers website, ‘’the objective of
king based on total homeruns without employing a weighted                Super Lawyers is to provide a diverse and comprehensive
average based on plate appearances.’’                                    listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used by consumers
                                                                         and referring lawyers as a beginning resource in the search for
Topping the top three law schools was Harvard law School,                legal counsel.’’ Super Lawyers is published by Law & Politics, a
University of Michigan Law School, and The University of                 publication of Key Professional Media Inc.
Texas School of Law. The University of Virginia School of
Law ranked fourth followed by Georgetown University Law                  To view the complete list of law school rankings, visit:
Center, New York University School of Law, Columbia Law                  http://www.superlawyers.com/toplists/lawschools/united-
School, University of Florida Levin College of Law, University           states/2010/




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