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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

2013 U.S. News Peer Reputation Rankings (v. Overall Rankings)

U.S. News LogoContinuing a TaxProf Blog tradition, here is the full list of the 194 law schools ranked by academic peer reputation, as well as their overall rank, in the new 2013 U.S. News Law School Rankings (methodology here):

Academic Peer Rank

Academic Peer Score

School

Overall Rank

1

4.9

Yale

1

2

4.8

Stanford

2

2

4.8

Harvard

3

4

4.7

Columbia

4

4

4.7

Chicago

5

6

4.6

NYU

6

7

4.5

UC-Berkeley

7

7

4.5

Michigan

10

9

4.4

Virginia

7

10

4.3

Pennsylvania

7

10

4.3

Duke

11

12

4.2

Georgetown

13

12

4.2

Cornell

14

14

4.1

Northwestern

12

14

4.1

Texas

16

16

4.0

UCLA

15

17

3.9

Vanderbilt

16

18

3.7

USC

18

18

3.7

Washington U.

23

20

3.6

Minnesota

19

20

3.6

George Washington

20

20

3.6

North Carolina

38

23

3.5

Emory

24

24

3.4

Boston University

26

24

3.4

Boston College

29

24

3.4

UC-Davis

29

24

3.4

Iowa

29

24

3.4

Wisconsin

35

29

3.3

Notre Dame

22

29

3.3

Washington & Lee

24

29

3.3

Indiana-Bloomington

26

29

3.3

William & Mary

35

29

3.3

Ohio State

39

29

3.3

UC-Hastings

44

35

3.2

U. Washington

20

35

3.2

Fordham

29

35

3.2

Arizona

43

35

3.2

Florida

47

39

3.1

Arizona State

26

39

3.1

Alabama

29

39

3.1

Georgia

34

39

3.1

Illinois

35

39

3.1

Colorado

44

39

3.1

Wake Forest

44

39

3.1

Tulane

51

46

3.0

Maryland

39

46

3.0

American

49

48

2.9

Florida State   

51

48

2.9

Cardozo

56

50

2.9

Connecticut

62

51

2.8

BYU

39

51

2.8

George Mason

39

51

2.8

Utah

47

51

2.8

San Diego

65

51

2.8

Miami

69

51

2.8

Pittsburgh

69

51

2.8

Oregon

82

58

2.7

Loyola-L.A.

51

58

2.7

Temple

58

58

2.7

Brooklyn

65

58

2.7

Case Western

67

58

2.7

Tennessee

69

58

2.7

Missouri-Columbia

76

58

2.7

Kansas

89

65

2.6

Pepperdine

49

65

2.6

SMU

51

65

2.6

Houston

57

65

2.6

Chicago-Kent

62

65

2.6

Denver

69

65

2.6

Rutgers-Newark

82

71

2.5

Georgia State

58

71

2.5

Lewis & Clark

58

71

2.5

Richmond

58

71

2.5

Kentucky

62

71

2.5

Loyola-Chicago

67

71

2.5

Cincinnati

69

71

2.5

Seton Hall

69

71

2.5

Northeastern

76

71

2.5

Catholic

82

71

2.5

Seattle

82

71

2.5

Indiana-Indianapolis

89

71

2.5

Santa Clara

96

71

2.5

Rutgers-Camden

99

84

2.4

Baylor

51

84

2.4

New Mexico

69

84

2.4

Penn State

76

84

2.4

Oklahoma

82

84

2.4

Hofstra

89

84

2.4

Nebraska

89

84

2.4

Marquette

96

84

2.4

Syracuse

96

84

2.4

St. Louis

101

84

2.4

Hawaii

106

84

2.4

Howard

119

84

2.4

Vermont

119

96

2.3

LSU

76

96

2.3

St. John's

76

96

2.3

UNLV

76

96

2.3

Michigan State

82

96

2.3

SUNY-Buffalo

82

96

2.3

Arkansas-Fayetteville

89

96

2.3

DePaul

89

96

2.3

South Carolina

109

96

2.3

Maine

119

96

2.3

U. Mississippi

135

96

2.3

Missouri-KC

135

107

2.2

Louisville

89

107

2.2

Villanova

101

107

2.2

San Francisco

106

107

2.2

Wayne State

110

107

2.2

Gonzaga

113

107

2.2

Arkansas-Little Rock

119

107

2.2

Stetson

119

114

2.1

McGeorge

101

114

2.1

West Virginia

101

114

2.1

Mercer

110

114

2.1

Albany

113

114

2.1

Wyoming

127

114

2.1

Idaho

129

114

2.1

Willamette

129

114

2.1

New York Law School

135

114

2.1

Suffolk

135

123

2.0

Tulsa

99

123

2.0

Texas Tech

101

123

2.0

Drake

106

123

2.0

Baltimore

113

123

2.0

CUNY

113

123

2.0

Quinnipiac

113

123

2.0

Drexel

119

123

2.0

William Mitchell

127

123

2.0

Southwestern

129

123

2.0

Washburn

129

123

2.0

Creighton

135

123

2.0

New Hampshire

142

123

2.0

Pace

142

123

2.0

Montana

145

123

2.0

North Dakota

145

138

1.9

Chapman

110

138

1.9

Akron

119

138

1.9

U. St. Thomas

119

138

1.9

J. Marshall (Chicago)

129

138

1.9

Toledo

129

138

1.9

Cleveland State

135

138

1.9

Hamline

Tier 2

138

1.9

Dayton

Tier 2

138

1.9

Memphis

Tier 2

138

1.9

South Dakota

Tier 2

138

1.9

Valparaiso

Tier 2

138

1.9

Widener

Tier 2

150

1.8

Samford

142

150

1.8

Duquesne

Tier 2

150

1.8

Nova

Tier 2

150

1.8

Roger Williams

Tier 2

150

1.8

Southern Illinois

Tier 2

150

1.8

Texas-Wesleyan

Tier 2

156

1.7

Florida International

113

156

1.7

California Western

Tier 2

156

1.7

Capital

Tier 2

156

1.7

Golden Gate

Tier 2

156

1.7

New England

Tier 2

156

1.7

Northern Illinois

Tier 2

156

1.7

South Texas

Tier 2

156

1.7

St. Mary's

Tier 2

164

1.6

Elon

Tier 2

164

1.6

Mississippi College

Tier 2

164

1.6

N. Carolina Central

Tier 2

164

1.6

Northern Kentucky

Tier 2

164

1.6

Ohio Northern

Tier 2

164

1.6

Oklahoma City

Tier 2

164

1.6

Touro

Tier 2

164

1.6

W. New England

Tier 2

172

1.5

Campbell

Tier 2

172

1.5

Florida A&M

Tier 2

172

1.5

St. Thomas U.

Tier 2

172

1.5

Texas Southern

Tier 2

172

1.5

Thomas Jefferson

Tier 2

172

1.5

District of Columbia

Tier 2

178

1.4

J. Marshall (Atlanta)

Tier 2

178

1.4

Charleston

Tier 2

178

1.4

Florida Coastal

Tier 2

178

1.4

Southern

Tier 2

178

1.4

Detroit-Mercy

Tier 2

178

1.4

Whittier

Tier 2

184

1.3

Appalachian

Tier 2

184

1.3

Charlotte

Tier 2

184

1.3

Faulkner

Tier 2

184

1.3

Thomas Cooley

Tier 2

184

1.3

Western State

Tier 2

189

1.2

Ave Maria

Tier 2

189

1.2

Barry

Tier 2

189

1.2

Liberty

Tier 2

189

1.2

Phoenix

Tier 2

189

1.2

Regent

Tier 2

194

1.1

La Verne

Tier 2

Update:

Rankings news over the past year included two law schools that admitted to reporting inaccurate data in previous rankings surveys. With this year's data, both dropped in the rankings: Illinois fell from 23rd to 35th and Villanova dropped from 84th to 101st.

When U.S. News & World Report released its Best Graduate Schools rankings on March 13, Washington University Law School’s ranking moved down for the first time in seven years. The drop is a direct result of a change in the way employment placement is defined and reported by the ABA, as well as the very difficult marketplace for jobs faced by all graduates in the class of 2010. For other USN&WR categories (LSAT, peer assessment score, lawyers/judges score), Washington University Law School continues to place in the top 20.

This year, for the first time, the ABA took responsibility for collecting employment data. In doing so, it established new, more stringent definitions that focus on student-by-student placement. In the spirit of transparency and openness, we immediately took a rigorous and careful approach to reporting our placement data for the class of 2010 under these new criteria.

Washington University Law School’s placement rate for the class of 2010 is 80.7%; when full-time students in graduate study are included in employment data, the rate is 87.4%. For the class of 2011, we already know that our job placement figures have risen to 86.4%; including full-time graduate students, that figure is 91.2%. This is important progress in a continually challenging economy and legal hiring environment. For more information, visit here.

We are proud of our innovative work partnering with our students to place them in meaningful careers. We take seriously our standing in the rankings, but we take even more seriously our obligation to our students and graduates to report all data accurately – and most importantly, to get our students onto a solid path for success.

By measures included in the USN&WR ranking, as well as other assessments, Washington University Law School is one of the top schools in the United States, especially in view of our strong and talented student body, our faculty work that attracts national and international attention and our expanded professional skills opportunities around the world.

Update:  Eric Talley (UC-Berkeley), Scattershot Graphs on U.S. News Rankings

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Comments

Are there any schools that rank significantly higher in BOTH peer and lawyer / judge assessment than in their overall ranking?

Posted by: Rick Daily | Mar 13, 2012 7:45:49 PM

I only see two Loyolas - somehow Loyola New Orleans College of Law got left off of this chart (though we are definitely on the most recent rankings - tied for 135).

Posted by: Brian Huddleston | Mar 14, 2012 10:31:59 AM