MSU College of Law News



October 19, 2007


Law College’s Faculty Productivity Places MSU Law at Top of its Current Tier

EAST LANSING, MI – In a draft study recently released on the productivity of law school faculties ranked in US News and World Report, Michigan State University College of Law placed third among the law schools in the third and fourth tiers.

The “Productivity Study,” conducted and released by Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of Roger Williams University School of Law, Professor Michael Yelnosky, illustrates an inventory of law school faculties’ scholarly output in the top 50 Westlaw journals and law reviews in the nation. After tallying the scholarship appearing in the top law journals between January 1993 and August 2007, Yelnosky found MSU Law ranked third among more than 60 law schools for the per capita productivity of law school faculties.

Yelnosky’s study was conducted during the summer of 2007 and applied features of the methodology used by University of Texas School of Law Professor Brian Leiter in his 2000-2002 study of per capita faculty productivity.

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MSU College of Law was in founded in 1891 and is a private institution of higher learning devoted exclusively to professional education in law. The Law College is one of only a few private law schools to be affiliated with a research university, enabling it to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary legal education program. Classes offered in its state-of-the-art facilities provide students the benefits of a Big Ten campus while maintaining the small school culture. Its 2006 graduates achieved a 93 percent bar examination passage rate nationwide and the Law College’s Intellectual Property and Communications Law Program falls in the nation’s top-20 according to U.S. News & World Report. The Law College is one of the oldest continuously operating independent law colleges in the nation. For more information about the Law College, visit


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