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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee College of Law leads the nation’s law schools in the number of readers per scholarly article posted on the Social Science Research Network.

The College’s overall scholarly impact ranking, calculated by how often scholarly articles posted by its faculty are downloaded and read, is 32nd out of nearly 200 U.S. law schools.

“This is particularly impressive,” Dean John Sobieski said, “because only about a third of our faculty is participating in the SSRN service. We expect to continue to improve as other faculty members join the nationwide trend of putting scholarship online.

“While scholarly productivity is only one indicator of a law school’s quality, the ranking reflects the faculty’s overall commitment to excellence.”

The Social Science Research Network, online at, is an international consortium featuring scholarship in the fields of law, economics and social sciences. Sponsors include Stanford Law School, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the European Corporate Governance Institute.

Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034,