Category: Law Professor Blogger Census

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Updated Law Professor Blogger Census

Thanks to the help of many people, I’ve been making several additions and subtractions to the law professor blogger census, now in Version 4.3.

My latest tally is 235 bloggers, with 47 new bloggers and 14 bloggers who departed the blogosphere since my last census in November 2005. [Someone needs to coin a term for a blogger who has left the blogosphere — “blogged out” perhaps?] That’s a net increase of 33 bloggers since November 2005, where I had counted 202.

And for those interested in stats, here’s one more stat:

Schools Adding the Most Bloggers Since the Last Census

Illinois +3 (includes lateral of Christine Hurt)

Virginia +3

Cornell +2

Temple +2

William Mitchell +2

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Law Professor Blogger Census (Version 4.3)

census.jpgNEW VERSION 4.3

UPDATE: Thanks to Ian Best and a special thanks to Christine Hurt for pointing out a number of omissions. New tallies are below.

It’s time again for a new census of law professor bloggers. A lot has happened in the blogosphere since the last census (Version 3.1) was completed in November 2005.

Earlier Versions of the Census: In Version 2.0 (June 2005), there were 130 bloggers (28 female, 102 male), and schools with the largest number of bloggers included: San Diego (7), UCLA (5), George Mason (5), Cincinnati (4), Ohio State (4), GW (3), Georgetown (3), Stanford (3), St. Thomas (3), Chapman (3), Villanova (3).

In Version 3.1 (November 2005), there were 202 bloggers (50 female, 152 male), and schools with the largest number of bloggers included: Chicago (14); UCLA (7); San Diego (7); GW (5); Cincinnati (5); George Mason (5); Stanford (4); Northwestern (4); Ohio State (4); U.C. Davis (4); American (4); Case Western (4); St. John’s (4).

NEW VERSION 4.3 STATS:

Number: There are 235 law professor bloggers.

Growth: Since the last census in November 2005, the number of bloggers has grown by 33 bloggers — from 202 to 235 — an increase of about 16%.

Additions and Subtractions: : There were several bloggers who departed the blogosphere. In all, I counted 14 departed bloggers. There were 47 new bloggers, resulting in a net gain of 33.

Gender: Of the bloggers, 58 are female and 177 are male. Thus, about 25% are female and 75% are male. These are roughly the same percentages as in the last census. Female bloggers increased by 14% and male bloggers increased by 16%.

Schools: Schools with the most bloggers include:

Chicago (15)

San Diego (7)

GW (6)

Illinois (6)

UCLA (6)

George Mason (5)

William Mitchell (5)

Illinois, it seems, is placing its bets on bloggers. It has recently hired several bloggers as laterals – including Christine Hurt and Lawrence Solum – and is home to the well-known blogger Larry Ribstein.

There were quite a few schools with 4 bloggers, including American, Case Western, Cardozo, Cincinnati, Cornell, U.C. Davis, Georgetown, Lewis & Clark, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Stanford, St. John’s, and Temple.

Please note: I have listed professors whose lateral moves have been announced (see here) with their new institutions.

Schools in the U.S. News Top 20 rankings account for 67 bloggers

1. Yale (3)

2. Harvard (3)

3. Stanford (4)

4. Columbia (1)

5. NYU (1)

6. Chicago (16)

7. Pennsylvania (0)

8. Michigan (4)

8. Virginia (3)

10. Northwestern (4)

11. Cornell (4)

11. Duke (2)

11. Berkeley (0)

14. Georgetown (4)

15. UCLA (6)

15. Texas (3)

17. Vanderbilt (1)

18. USC (0)

19. Minnesota (2)

20. Boston University (0)

20. George Washington (6)

Bloggers from the Top 20 increased from 61 to 67, an increase of about 10%. The Top 20 schools have a disproportionately large representation in the blogosphere — roughly a third (30%) of the total number of bloggers (230). Only 4 schools in the Top 20 have no bloggers – Berkeley, Pennsylvania, USC, and Boston University.

In the chart that follows, I indicate new bloggers with NEW.

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Law Professor Blogger Census (Version 3.1)

census.jpgUPDATED! This version of the census (Version 3.1) incorporates changes and additions to Version 3.0 of the census released last week. Thank you to all readers who pointed out omissions and errors. As a result of the comments, 20 new bloggers have been added to the census. In addition to the chart, the stats below have all be updated. Based on these changes, there are 202 law professor bloggers, a greater percentage of female bloggers, and three additional schools in the schools with the most bloggers list: American, Case Western, and St. John’s.

Back in June of 2005, I decided to do a census of law professor bloggers. I released Version 1.0, and after receiving comments from readers, released an updated Version 2.0 on June 16, 2005, which is available here.

In Version 2.0 of the census, on June 16, 2005, I listed 130 bloggers (28 female, 102 male), and schools with the largest number of bloggers: San Diego (7), UCLA (5), George Mason (5), Cincinnati (4), Ohio State (4), GW (3), Georgetown (3), Stanford (3), St. Thomas (3), Chapman (3), Villanova (3).

I’ve decided to update the census for this fall, creating Version 3.1.

Current statistics for Version 3.1 are:

Number of Bloggers: 202 bloggers.

Growth: Since the last census on June 16, 2005, the number of bloggers has grown from 130 to 202, an increase of 55%! That’s a big increase in less than 5 months.

Gender: Of the bloggers, 50 are female and 152 are male. Thus, about 25% are female and 75% are male. There are 22 new female bloggers and 50 new male bloggers. Female bloggers increased by 78.5% and male bloggers increased by 49%.

Schools: Schools with the most bloggers include:

Chicago (14)

UCLA (7)

San Diego (7)

GW (5)

Cincinnati (5)

George Mason (5)

Stanford (4)

Northwestern (4)

Ohio State (4)

U.C. Davis (4)

American (4)

Case Western (4)

St. John’s (4)

Schools in the U.S. News Top 20 rankings account for 61 bloggers

1. Yale (3)

2. Harvard (2)

3. Stanford (4)

4. Columbia (2)

5. NYU (2)

6. Chicago (14)

7. Pennsylvania (0)

8. Michigan (3)

8. Virginia (1)

10. Northwestern (4)

11. Cornell (3)

11. Duke (1)

11. Berkeley (1)

14. Georgetown (3)

15. UCLA (7)

15. Texas (3)

17. Vanderbilt (1)

18. USC (0)

19. Minnesota (1)

20. Boston University (1)

20. George Washington (5)

There are 61 bloggers from Top 20 schools. The number is roughly a third (30%) of the total number of bloggers (202). It thus appears that the Top 20 schools have a disproportionately large representation in the blogosphere. Only 2 schools in the Top 20 have no bloggers.

The Chicago Law Faculty Blog partly accounts for the disproportionate numbers among Top 20 schools. Without Chicago, there are 47 bloggers from the Top 20 schools, accounting for 23% of the total number of bloggers. Not including Chicago, the average Top 20 law school has 2.35 bloggers.

If we use Brian Leiter’s Top 20 law faculties based on scholarly citations, we must include 3 different schools (Colorado, Emory, Illinois – 4 bloggers) and exclude 3 schools (Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, Minnesota – 2 bloggers total). This results in a net increase of 2 bloggers, thus yielding 63 bloggers from the Leiter Top 20.

The schools with the most bloggers generally fare quite well in the Leiter rankings.

Chicago – Blogger Rank = 1, Leiter Rank = 1

UCLA – Blogger Rank = 2, Leiter Rank = 15

San Diego – Blogger Rank = 2, Leiter Rank = 23

GW – Blogger Rank = 4, Leiter Rank = 16

George Mason – Blogger Rank = 4, Leiter Rank = 23

Cincinnati – Blogger Rank = 4, Leiter Rank = Unranked (outside Top 30)

Stanford – Blogger Rank = 5, Leiter Rank = 4

Northwestern – Blogger Rank = 5, Leiter Rank = 12

Ohio State – Blogger Rank = 5, Leiter Rank = 28

U.C. Davis – Blogger Rank = 5, Leiter Rank = Unranked (outside Top 30)

American — Blogger Rank =5, Leiter Rank = Unranked (outside Top 30)

Case Western — Blogger Rank = 5, Leiter Rank = Unranked (outside Top 30)

St. John’s — Blogger Rank = 5, Leiter Rank = Unranked (outside Top 30)

New changes and additions to the census are indicated with the word “NEW.” This designation either means that the blog is new or the blogger is new or both.

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Law Professor Blogger Census (Version 3.0)

census.jpg

UPDATE: The census has been revised. A new version of the census, Version 3.1, incorporates changes and additions suggested by readers. It includes 20 more bloggers.

Back in June of 2005, I decided to do a census of law professor bloggers. I released Version 1.0, and after receiving comments from readers, released an updated Version 2.0 on June 16, 2005, which is available here.

In Version 2.0 of the census, on June 16, 2005, I listed 130 bloggers (28 female, 102 male), and schools with the largest number of bloggers: San Diego (7), UCLA (5), George Mason (5), Cincinnati (4), Ohio State (4), GW (3), Georgetown (3), Stanford (3), St. Thomas (3), Chapman (3), Villanova (3).

I’ve decided to update the census for this fall, creating Version 3.0. Please email me about your blog if you were left out of this list or if you know of others we overlooked. I will post a revised version after receiving comments.

Current statistics for Version 3.0 are:

Number of Bloggers: 182 bloggers.

Growth: Since the last census on June 16, 2005, the number of bloggers has grown from 130 to 182, an increase of 40%! That’s a big increase in less than 5 months.

Gender: Of the bloggers, 41 are female and 141 are male. There are 13 new female bloggers and 39 new male bloggers. Female bloggers increased by 46% and male bloggers increased by 38%.

Schools: Schools with the most bloggers include:

Chicago (14)

UCLA (7)

San Diego (7)

GW (5)

George Mason (5)

Stanford (4)

Northwestern (4)

Ohio State (4)

U.C. Davis (4)

Cincinnati (4)

Schools in the U.S. News Top 20 rankings account for 59 bloggers

1. Yale (3)

2. Harvard (2)

3. Stanford (4)

4. Columbia (2)

5. NYU (1)

6. Chicago (14)

7. Pennsylvania (0)

8. Michigan (3)

8. Virginia (1)

10. Northwestern (4)

11. Cornell (3)

11. Duke (1)

11. Berkeley (1)

14. Georgetown (3)

15. UCLA (7)

15. Texas (2)

17. Vanderbilt (1)

18. USC (0)

19. Minnesota (1)

20. Boston University (1)

20. George Washington (5)

There are 59 bloggers from Top 20 schools. The number is roughly a third (32.4%) of the total number of bloggers (182). It thus appears that the Top 20 schools have a disproportionately large representation in the blogosphere. Only 2 schools in the Top 20 have no bloggers.

The Chicago Law Faculty Blog partly accounts for the disproportionate numbers among Top 20 schools. Without Chicago, there are 45 bloggers from the Top 20 schools, accounting for 24.7% of the total number of bloggers. Not including Chicago, the average Top 20 law school has 2.25 bloggers.

If we use Brian Leiter’s Top 20 law faculties based on scholarly citations, we must include 3 different schools (Colorado, Emory, Illinois – 4 bloggers) and exclude 3 schools (Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, Minnesota – 2 bloggers total). This results in a net increase of 2 bloggers, thus yielding 61 bloggers from the Leiter Top 20.

The schools with the most bloggers generally fare quite well in the Leiter rankings.

Chicago – Blogger Rank = 1, Leiter Rank = 1

UCLA – Blogger Rank = 2, Leiter Rank = 15

San Diego – Blogger Rank = 2, Leiter Rank = 23

GW – Blogger Rank = 4, Leiter Rank = 16

George Mason – Blogger Rank = 4, Leiter Rank = 23

Stanford – Blogger Rank = 5, Leiter Rank = 4

Northwestern – Blogger Rank = 5, Leiter Rank = 12

Ohio State – Blogger Rank = 5, Leiter Rank = 28

U.C. Davis – Blogger Rank = 5, Leiter Rank = Unranked (outside Top 30)

Cincinnati – Blogger Rank = 5, Leiter Rank = Unranked (outside Top 30)

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Law Professor Blogger Census (Version 2.0)

census.jpgThis post was originally posted on PrawfsBlawg on June 16, 2005.

UPDATED! On Monday, June 13, I posted the beta version of our attempt to take a census of current law professors who are blogging about legal issues and/or the life of law professors. Kaimi Wenger, Ethan Leib, and Dan Markel of PrawfsBlawg as well as Orin Kerr at VC all assisted me in this endeavor. Many readers posted comments and emailed with bloggers we missed, and we are very grateful for the assistance. When I decided to undertake this project, I thought that there would be around 30 or so law professor bloggers. Had I known the number would be over 100, the task would have struck me as too daunting to begin!

A few statistics

· There are quite a lot of law professor bloggers – 130 in all.

· The schools with the largest amount of bloggers include San Diego (7), UCLA (5), George Mason (5), Cincinnati (4), Ohio State (4), GW (3), Georgetown (3), Stanford (3), St. Thomas (3), Chapman (3), Villanova (3).

· Of the bloggers, 28 are female and 102 are male.

This is version 2.0 of the census, which incorporates the assistance of our readers. The statistics have been updated.

There are a few blogs by law professors that I haven’t added to the census, as these are blogs solely about personal hobbies or experiences without connections to the law or the life of law professors. I discussed my decision not to include these blogs here. After posting the beta version of the census, I learned from Ann Althouse that there are three other blogs I didn’t list from Wisconsin law professors. I located two of them, both of which had posts that they preferred not to be included in the census. I will respect their wishes. Professor Stephen Bainbridge has a blog about wine, but I am not listing it because it has no legal themes at all. But it’s a neat blog nonetheless! Anyway, there is no strong litmus test for inclusion, just at a minimum some posts about issues relating to law, academics, politics, or the life of law professors, law students, or lawyers.

We hope that this census will prove useful for discussing who is blogging, the “blogospherics” (demographics) of the bloggers, and the law schools that have heavy blogging populations. We note that there are many very interesting blawgs by lawyers and law students, but we have restricted this list to law professors. Additionally, blogs without activity over the past month were not included.

We might update this census from time to time, so please email me about your blog if you were left out of this list or if you know of others we overlooked. And, of course, please email me if you start a new blog.

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