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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Law School Rankings: NLJ, Super Lawyers & U.S. News

The Business Insider has constructed a law school ranking with these weights:

Here are the Top 20:

 

Rank

 

School

 

Score

NLJ

40%

Super Lawyers

40%

U.S. News

20%

1

Columbia

4.4

2

7

4

2

Harvard

4.8

11

1

2

3

Michigan

5.0

6

2

9

4

Virginia

5.6

5

4

10

5

NYU

6.6

8

6

5

6

UC-Berkeley

8.4

9

9

6

7

Chicago

9.2

4

16

6

8

Stanford

9.4

3

19

3

9

Northwestern

9.6

1

18

10

10

Georgetown

10.0

13

5

14

11

Penn

10.4

7

15

8

12

Texas

10.6

16

3

15

13

Yale

11.4

18

10

1

14

Duke

15.2

10

23

10

15

UCLA

15.4

17

14

15

16

Vanderbilt

16.6

12

21

17

17

Boston University

16.8

19

13

20

18

Cornell

18.6

14

26

13

19

George Washington

18.8

21

12

28

20

Boston College

19.6

19

17

26

(Hat Tip: Above the Law.)

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Comments

Is the Super Lawyers score really the NUMBER of graduates that are Super Lawyers, or the PROPORTION of graduates? If it's just the raw number than larger schools clearly have an advantage and this poll isn't very meaningful. This would also explain why Yale ranked so low...

Posted by: Jeremy Bearer-Friend | Feb 24, 2010 8:58:20 AM

The explanation for Yale ranking so low is probably the high percentage of graduates who do clerkships (close to 50%, I believe).

Posted by: Lloyd Mayer | Feb 24, 2010 9:34:29 AM