UCLA Law Professors Top Scholarly Impact Rankings

February 17, 2022
Top row: Stephen Bainbridge, Stuart Banner, Devon Carbado, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Scott Cummings. Middle row: Ingrid Eagly, Charyl harris, Jerry Kang, Russell Korobkin, Lynn LoPucki. Bottom row: Jennifer Mnookin, Hiroshi Motomura, Ral Raustiala, Eugene Volokh, Adam Winkler.
Top row: Stephen Bainbridge, Stuart Banner, Devon Carbado, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Scott Cummings. Middle row: Ingrid Eagly, Cheryl Harris, Jerry Kang, Russell Korobkin, Lynn LoPucki. Bottom row: Jennifer Mnookin, Hiroshi Motomura, Kal Raustiala, Eugene Volokh

Sixteen members of the UCLA School of Law faculty have been recognized as leaders of legal scholarship based on the impact of their research and writing. The total is a new high for UCLA Law.

The scholarly impact rankings are tabulated and published by University of Chicago Law School professor Brian Leiter. He derives his rankings based on data, including citations of work by tenured faculty members at law schools nationwide, that Gregory Sisk at the University of St. Thomas School of Law compiles every three years. The latest data set covers the years 2016-2020.

Leiter ranks entire law school faculties by their collective scholarly impact, and he compiles 26 lists of individual professors’ impacts within their areas of legal specialty. These are the UCLA Law faculty members who were among the most-cited scholars in their fields of expertise:

  • Stephen Bainbridge, Corporate & Securities Law
  • Stuart Banner, Legal History
  • Devon Carbado, Criminal Law & Procedure and Critical Theories
  • Kimberlé Crenshaw, Critical Theories
  • Scott Cummings, Legal Ethics
  • Ingrid Eagly, Immigration Law
  • Cheryl Harris, Critical Theories
  • Jerry Kang, Critical Theories
  • Russell Korobkin, Law & Economics
  • Lynn LoPucki, Commercial Law
  • Jennifer Mnookin, Evidence Law
  • Hiroshi Motomura, Immigration Law
  • Kal Raustiala, International Law & Security
  • Seana Shiffrin, Law and Philosophy
  • Eugene Volokh, Constitutional Law

Across all disciplines, the 10 most-cited UCLA Law professors were Bainbridge, Carbado, Crenshaw, Eagly, Kang, Korobkin, Motomura, Raustiala, Volokh, and Adam Winkler.

Released in 2021, the triennial Sisk rankings place the entire UCLA Law faculty at No. 11 on the list of the law schools with the highest scholarly impact and at No. 10 when calculating the school’s median scholarly impact. UCLA Law is also one of the only schools to enjoy a scholarly impact ranking that is well above its placement in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of the nation’s best law schools.

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