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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

2017 U.S. News Peer Reputation Rankings (v. Overall Rankings)

2017 U.S. News LogoContinuing a TaxProf Blog tradition (see links below for 2009-2016), here is the full list of the 196 law schools ranked by academic peer reputation, as well as their overall rank, in the new 2017 U.S. News Law School Rankings (methodology here):

Peer Rank

Peer Score

School

Overall Rank

1

4.8

Yale

1

1

4.8

Harvard

2

1

4.8

Stanford

2

4

4.6

Columbia

4

4

4.6

Chicago

4

6

4.5

NYU

6

6

4.5

UC-Berkeley

8

8

4.4

Penn

7

8

4.4

Michigan

8

10

4.3

Virginia

8

11

4.2

Duke

11

11

4.2

Cornell

13

11

4.2

Northwestern

12

14

4.1

Georgetown

14

15

4.0

Texas

15

16

3.9

UCLA

17

16

3.9

Vanderbilt

16

18

3.6

Emory

22

19

3.5

Washington U.

18

19

3.5

Minnesota

22

21

3.4

USC

19

21

3.4

Boston University

20

21

3.4

Notre Dame

22

21

3.4

Wisconsin

33

21

3.4

North Carolina

38

26

3.3

Iowa

20

26

3.3

Geo. Washington

25

26

3.3

Indiana-Bloom.

25

26

3.3

Ohio State

30

26

3.3

UC-Davis

30

31

3.2

Alabama

28

31

3.2

UC-Irvine

28

31

3.2

Boston College

30

31

3.2

William & Mary

33

31

3.2

Georgia

33

31

3.2

U. Washington

33

37

3.1

Arizona State

25

37

3.1

Fordham

37

37

3.1

Arizona

40

37

3.1

Colorado

40

37

3.1

Illinois

40

37

3.1

Florida

48

37

3.1

UC-Hastings

50

44

3.0

Wake Forest

40

44

3.0

Wash. & Lee

40

44

3.0

Maryland

48

44

3.0

Tulane

50

48

2.9

Florida State

50

49

2.8

BYU

38

49

2.8

Utah

45

51

2.7

George Mason

45

51

2.7

Miami

60

51

2.7

Connecticut

65

51

2.7

Kansas

65

51

2.7

Tennessee

65

51

2.7

Denver

72

51

2.7

Cardozo

74

51

2.7

American

78

51

2.7

Oregon

78

60

2.6

SMU

45

60

2.6

Temple

50

60

2.6

Houston

50

60

2.6

Case Western

57

60

2.6

Georgia State

57

60

2.6

Kentucky

60

60

2.6

Loyola-L.A.

65

60

2.6

Pepperdine

65

60

2.6

Missouri

65

60

2.6

San Diego

74

60

2.6

Pittsburgh

78

71

2.5

Nebraska

57

71

2.5

Loyola-Chicago

72

71

2.5

Chicago-Kent

86

71

2.5

Hawaii

92

75

2.4

Baylor

55

75

2.4

Richmond

55

75

2.4

Cincinnati

60

75

2.4

Oklahoma

60

75

2.4

UNLV

78

75

2.4

Northeastern

82

75

2.4

Lewis & Clark

92

75

2.4

Rutgers

92

75

2.4

South Carolina

92

75

2.4

Brooklyn

97

75

2.4

Indiana-Indy

100

75

2.4

Santa Clara

129

87

2.3

New Mexico

60

87

2.3

Seton Hall

65

87

2.3

Villanova

74

87

2.3

St. Louis

82

87

2.3

Syracuse

86

87

2.3

Arkansas-Fay.

86

87

2.3

Michigan State

100

87

2.3

Howard

106

87

2.3

Seattle

111

87

2.3

Marquette

123

97

2.2

LSU

82

97

2.2

Louisville

92

97

2.2

West Virginia

97

97

2.2

SUNY-Buffalo

100

97

2.2

Mississippi

106

97

2.2

DePaul

111

97

2.2

Hofstra

111

97

2.2

Maine

111

97

2.2

UMKC

123

97

2.2

Arkansas-LR

136

107

2.1

St. John's

74

107

2.1

Penn State-Dick.

86

107

2.1

Penn State-Univ.

86

107

2.1

Catholic

103

107

2.1

Stetson

103

107

2.1

Texas A&M

111

107

2.1

Idaho

111

107

2.1

Wyoming

123

107

2.1

CUNY

131

107

2.1

Vermont

132

117

2.0

Tulsa

86

117

2.0

Wayne State

97

117

2.0

Drexel

111

117

2.0

Baltimore

111

117

2.0

Mercer

123

117

2.0

Montana

123

117

2.0

Gonzaga

132

117

2.0

Willamette

132

117

2.0

Loyola-NO

140

117

2.0

San Francisco

Tier 2

127

1.9

New Hampshire

82

127

1.9

Creighton

106

127

1.9

Washburn

106

127

1.9

Drake

111

127

1.9

New York Law S.

111

127

1.9

St. Thomas (MN)

111

127

1.9

Texas Tech

123

127

1.9

Albany

129

127

1.9

Quinnipiac

132

127

1.9

Pace

136

127

1.9

North Dakota

144

127

1.9

Memphis

Tier 2

139

1.8

Cleveland State

106

139

1.8

Duquesne

111

139

1.8

Chapman

136

139

1.8

Akron

136

139

1.8

South Dakota

143

139

1.8

McGeorge

144

139

1.8

Toledo

144

139

1.8

Southwestern

Tier 2

139

1.8

Suffolk

Tier 2

148

1.7

William Mitchell

140

148

1.7

John Marshall (IL)

Tier 2

148

1.7

Samford

Tier 2

148

1.7

S. Illinois

Tier 2

148

1.7

Dayton

Tier 2

148

1.7

Valparaiso

Tier 2

148

1.7

Widener (DE)

Tier 2

155

1.6

Florida Int'l

103

155

1.6

Hamline

140

155

1.6

N. Illinois

144

155

1.6

Oklahoma City

144

155

1.6

Elon

Tier 2

155

1.6

Golden Gate

Tier 2

155

1.6

Mississippi C.

Tier 2

155

1.6

N. Kentucky

Tier 2

155

1.6

Nova

Tier 2

155

1.6

Roger Williams

Tier 2

155

1.6

S. Texas

Tier 2

155

1.6

St. Mary's

Tier 2

155

1.6

Widener (PA)

Tier 2

168

1.5

Campbell

144

168

1.5

Cal-Western

Tier 2

168

1.5

Capital

Tier 2

168

1.5

NC Central

Tier 2

168

1.5

Ohio Northern

Tier 2

168

1.5

Touro

Tier 2

168

1.5

Detroit Mercy

Tier 2

175

1.4

John Marshall (GA)

Tier 2

175

1.4

Florida A&M

Tier 2

175

1.4

New England

Tier 2

175

1.4

Southern

Tier 2

175

1.4

Texas Southern

Tier 2

175

1.4

Dist. of Columbia

Tier 2

175

1.4

W. New England

Tier 2

182

1.3

Faulkner

Tier 2

182

1.3

Regent

Tier 2

182

1.3

St. Thomas (FL)

Tier 2

182

1.3

Whittier

Tier 2

186

1.2

Appalachian

Tier 2

186

1.2

Ariz. Summit

Tier 2

186

1.2

Charleston

Tier 2

186

1.2

Liberty

Tier 2

186

1.2

Thomas Jefferson

Tier 2

191

1.1

Ave Maria

Tier 2

191

1.1

Barry

Tier 2

191

1.1

Charlotte

Tier 2

191

1.1

Florida Coastal

Tier 2

191

1.1

W. Mich. Cooley

Tier 2

191

1.1

Western State

Tier 2

Press Release, Kaplan Test Prep Survey: Pre-Law Students Put Heavy Emphasis on U.S. News & World Report’s Rankings, but Most Law School Admissions Officers Want Them Gone:

According to a Kaplan survey of over 1,000 pre-law students, 73% say U.S. News & World Report’s law school rankings will be an important factor in their decision of where to apply and enroll.* But most law school admissions officers think rankings should play a less important role. A separate Kaplan survey of 120 law schools across the United States shows that only 40% think U.S. News & World Report’s rankings should be an important factor in future applicants’ decision making processes.** In fact, over half (52%) of admissions officers agree with the statement, “I think it would be in everyone's interests - prospective students, current students, alumni and school administrators - if there were no rankings lists at all.” In contrast, only 31% of pre-law students share the view that the rankings should be done away with.

Prior years' rankings:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/03/2017-us-news-peer-reputation-rankings-v-overall-rankings.html

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Comments

I felt it in my bones. My Oprah inner voice told me so. My school hit the mother load. It improved by three 10 ranks!!! My destiny is that new Hyundai Excel with a vinyl roof and opera window.

Posted by: Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King | Mar 16, 2016 7:06:46 AM