these are numbers for the entire university, not just the law school. I think the law school endowment numbers would be far more germane.
I don't think the correlation is strong enough to prove much; in fact, I think the stronger link is between endowment size and the ranking of the undergraduate institution in USNews...
I find it interesting how well a law school’s ranking tracks with the size of the university’s endowment. Of course, the ranking, endowment and “quality” of law school are likely related (or perhaps it's the amount of $$ a school has to attract top professors and students that drive it all). However, despite this, there are some interesting “anomalies”. For example, NYU appears where you would not expect it based on endowment alone. Any suggestions? It is simply that NYU spends a disproportionate amount of $$ on it's law school versus the others? Is it location, location, location? Perhaps a combination with or without some other factor(s)?Note: The first # is LS ranking, second # is undergrad ranking1/3 Yale University (CT) – $15.2 billion (LS: 659 million in 2005)2/5. Stanford University (CA) - $12.2 billion 3/1. Harvard University (MA) - $25.5 Billion (LS: 840 million in 2002) 4/9 Columbia University (NY) - $5.2 billion (LS: 300 million in 2003) 4/37 New York University - $1.5 billion (LS: 250 million in 2001) 6/15 University of Chicago - $4.1 billion 7/4 University of Pennsylvania - $4.4 billion 8/20 University of California–Berkeley - $5.2 billion (entire UC system) 8/25 University of Michigan–Ann Arbor - $4.9 Billion (LS: 252 million in 2006) 8/23 University of Virginia - $3.2 Billion (LS: 250 million in 2006) 11/5 Duke University (NC) - $3.8 Billion 12/12 Northwestern University (IL) - $4.2 Billion 13/13 Cornell University (NY) - $4.2 Billion14/23 Georgetown University (DC) - 0.74 Billion (source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgetown_University) (LS: 29.6 million in 2004)Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_US_colleges_and_universities_by_endowment#_note-0
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