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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2018 U.S. News Law School Peer Reputation Rankings (And Overall Rankings)

2018 U.S. News LawContinuing a TaxProf Blog tradition (see links below for 2009-2017), here is the full list of the 197 law schools ranked by academic peer reputation, as well as their overall rank, in the new 2018 U.S. News Law School Rankings (methodology here):

Peer Rank

Peer Score

School

Overall Rank

1

4.8

Yale

1

1

4.8

Stanford

2

1

4.8

Harvard

3

4

4.6

Chicago

4

4

4.6

Columbia

5

6

4.5

NYU

6

7

4.4

Michigan

8

7

4.4

Virginia

8

7

4.4

UC-Berkeley

12

10

4.3

Penn

7

11

4.2

Duke

10

11

4.2

Northwestern

10

11

4.2

Cornell

13

14

4.1

Texas

14

14

4.1

Georgetown

15

16

3.9

UCLA

15

16

3.9

Vanderbilt

17

18

3.6

Washington U.

18

18

3.6

Emory

22

20

3.5

USC

19

20

3.5

Notre Dame

20

20

3.5

Minnesota

23

20

3.5

North Carolina

39

24

3.4

Iowa

20

24

3.4

Boston University

23

24

3.4

Geo. Washington

30

24

3.4

Wisconsin

30

24

3.4

UC-Davis

39

29

3.3

Boston College

26

29

3.3

UC-Irvine

28

29

3.3

Indiana-Bloom.

30

29

3.3

Ohio State

30

29

3.3

Fordham

36

29

3.3

Illinois

44

35

3.2

Arizona State

25

35

3.2

Alabama

26

35

3.2

Georgia

30

35

3.2

U. Washington

30

35

3.2

Colorado

36

35

3.2

William & Mary

41

41

3.1

Wash. & Lee

28

41

3.1

Wake Forest

36

41

3.1

Florida

41

41

3.1

Arizona

48

41

3.1

Tulane

50

41

3.1

UC-Hastings

54

47

3.0

Florida State

48

47

3.0

Maryland

48

49

2.9

Utah

44

49

2.9

BYU

46

51

2.8

Connecticut

54

51

2.8

American

86

51

2.8

Oregon

86

54

2.7

George Mason

41

54

2.7

Temple

53

54

2.7

Houston

54

54

2.7

Tennessee

57

54

2.7

Cardozo

65

54

2.7

Kansas

65

54

2.7

Denver

76

54

2.7

Miami

77

54

2.7

San Diego

77

63

2.6

SMU

46

63

2.6

Kentucky

57

63

2.6

Case Western

62

63

2.6

Georgia State

65

63

2.6

Loyola-L.A.

65

63

2.6

Missouri

65

63

2.6

Pepperdine

72

63

2.6

Pittsburgh

82

71

2.5

Nebraska

57

71

2.5

Richmond

57

71

2.5

Rutgers

62

71

2.5

UNLV

62

71

2.5

Oklahoma

72

71

2.5

Loyola-Chicago

82

71

2.5

Brooklyn

88

71

2.5

Indiana-Indy

88

71

2.5

Hawaii

100

80

2.4

Baylor

51

80

2.4

Seton Hall

57

80

2.4

Northeastern

65

80

2.4

Cincinnati

72

80

2.4

Arkansas-Fay.

77

80

2.4

Villanova

77

80

2.4

South Carolina

88

80

2.4

Chicago-Kent

92

80

2.4

Lewis & Clark

100

80

2.4

Howard

120

80

2.4

Seattle

120

80

2.4

Santa Clara

132

92

2.3

New Mexico

77

92

2.3

Penn State Univ.

82

92

2.3

St. Louis

88

92

2.3

Louisville

92

92

2.3

Syracuse 

92

92

2.3

Michigan State

96

92

2.3

Marquette

100

92

2.3

Hofstra

118

92

2.3

DePaul

120

92

2.3

Maine

139

102

2.2

St. John's

72

102

2.2

Texas A&M

92

102

2.2

LSU

96

102

2.2

West Virginia

96

102

2.2

Catholic

106

102

2.2

SUNY-Buffalo

106

102

2.2

Mississippi

109

102

2.2

UMKC

112

102

2.2

CUNY

127

102

2.2

Arkansas-L.R.

134

102

2.2

Vermont

134

113

2.1

Stetson

96

113

2.1

Idaho

109

113

2.1

Gonzaga

112

113

2.1

Baltimore

112

113

2.1

Drexel

112

113

2.1

Wyoming

112

113

2.1

Montana

120

113

2.1

Loyola-N.O.

142

121

2.0

Penn State-Dick.

65

121

2.0

Tulsa

82

121

2.0

New Hampshire

100

121

2.0

Albany

109

121

2.0

Creighton

120

121

2.0

Mercer

134

121

2.0

Suffolk

140

121

2.0

North Dakota

142

121

2.0

Willamette

142

130

2.0

San Francisco

Tier 2

130

1.9

Wayne State

100

130

1.9

Drake

106

130

1.9

New York Law S.

112

130

1.9

Texas Tech

118

130

1.9

Pace

120

130

1.9

Quinnipiac

127

130

1.9

Washburn

127

130

1.9

Chapman

134

130

1.9

Memphis

140

130

1.9

McGeorge

142

130

1.9

South Dakota

142

130

1.9

Southwestern

Tier 2

143

1.8

Florida Int'l

100

143

1.8

St. Thomas (MN)

120

143

1.8

Cleveland State

127

143

1.8

Duquesne

127

143

1.8

Toledo

132

143

1.8

Akron

134

149

1.7

Samford

147

149

1.7

N. Illinois

148

149

1.7

Dayton

Tier 2

149

1.7

J. Marshall (IL)

Tier 2

149

1.7

Mitchell-Hamline

Tier 2

149

1.7

Roger Williams

Tier 2

149

1.7

S. Illinois

Tier 2

149

1.7

Widener (DE)

Tier 2

157

1.6

Widener (PA)

148

157

1.6

Cal-Western

Tier 2

157

1.6

Elon

Tier 2

157

1.6

Golden Gate

Tier 2

157

1.6

N. Kentucky

Tier 2

157

1.6

Nova

Tier 2

157

1.6

South Texas

Tier 2

157

1.6

St.Mary's

Tier 2

157

1.6

Valparaiso

Tier 2

166

1.5

Campbell

Tier 2

166

1.5

Capital

Tier 2

166

1.5

Detroit Mercy

Tier 2

166

1.5

Dist. of Columbia

Tier 2

166

1.5

Mississippi C.

Tier 2

166

1.5

New England

Tier 2

166

1.5

NC Central

Tier 2

166

1.5

Ohio Northern

Tier 2

166

1.5

Oklahoma City

Tier 2

166

1.5

Texas Southern

Tier 2

166

1.5

Touro

Tier 2

166

1.5

U Mass.

Tier 2

178

1.4

Florida A&M

Tier 2

178

1.4

J. Marshall (GA)

Tier 2

178

1.4

Southern

Tier 2

178

1.4

St. Thomas (FL)

Tier 2

178

1.4

W. New England

Tier 2

178

1.4

Whittier

Tier 2

184

1.3

Belmont

Tier 2

184

1.3

Faulkner

Tier 2

184

1.3

Charleston

Tier 2

184

1.3

T. Jefferson

Tier 2

188

1.2

Appalachian

Tier 2

188

1.2

Ave Maria

Tier 2

188

1.2

Barry

Tier 2

188

1.2

Florida Coastal

Tier 2

188

1.2

La Verne

Tier 2

188

1.2

Liberty

Tier 2

188

1.2

Regent

Tier 2

188

1.2

W. Mich. Cooley

Tier 2

188

1.1

Western State

Tier 2

197

1.1

Ariz. Summit

Tier 2


Prior years' rankings:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2017/03/2018-us-news-peer-reputation-rankings-v-overall-rankings.html

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Comments

T-14 Peer Assessment Ranking, 10-year Average (2009-2018):

4.81 Yale

4.81 Harvard

4.76 Stanford

4.64 Columbia

4.62 Chicago

4.49 NYU

4.46 Berkeley

4.45 Michigan

4.36 Virginia

4.34 Pennsylvania

4.21 Duke

4.19 Cornell

4.14 Georgetown

4.10 Northwestern

4.07 Texas

Posted by: Douglas J. Falcon | Mar 15, 2017 3:25:14 PM

To what do you attribute the huge volatility in rankings between 50 and 100.

Posted by: Maryann Brennan | Mar 19, 2017 1:22:15 PM

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