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Monday, April 2, 2018

Law School Rankings By Student Quality (LSAT And UGPA)

U.S. News 2019Christopher J. Ryan Jr. (Vanderbilt) & Brian L. Frye (Kentucky), The 2018 Revealed-Preferences Ranking of Law Schools:

In A Revealed-Preferences Ranking of Law Schools, [69 Ala. L. Rev. 495 (2017),] we presented a law school ranking based exclusively on the combined scores of the students in a school’s 2011-16 incoming classes. ... In this article, we present a law school ranking based exclusively on the combined scores of the students in a school’s 2017 incoming class.

Our ranking relies on the ABA Standard 509 Information Reports submitted by all 204 ABA-accredited law schools. Among other things, the Reports provide the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile UGPA and LSAT scores of matriculating students. We used the 2017 Reports to derive an index score for each reporting law school, using those six data points and giving each equal weight. That index score reflects a law school’s ability to compete for the most desirable matriculants. The higher the score, the stronger the students; the lower the score, the weaker the students. Or, viewed another way, the higher the score, the more effectively the school appeals to prospective law students; the lower the score, the less effectively the school appeals to prospective law students.

We then ranked all 204 law schools by index score in decreasing order, creating the 2018 Revealed-Preferences ranking of law schools. ...

The 2018 Revealed-Preferences Rankings of the top 10 law schools is broadly consistent with the 2018 U.S. News & World Report ranking. However, the Revealed-Preferences Rankings of law schools outside the top 10 diverges significantly from the U.S. News rankings. For example, UCLA cracks the nearly time-invariant T-14s, sneaking in at 14, while Georgetown finds itself on the outside, looking in. Just outside this group, USC also fares better, at 16, than the U.S. News rankings, while Texas and Washington University lost 4 and 2 spots compared to their U.S. News rankings, respectively. BYU, however, was among the biggest winners, gaining 23 spots and checking in at 18 in our rankings.

In the next grouping, UC-Irvine slipped precipitously from 21 in the U.S. News rankings to 37 in our rankings. Minnesota also dropped from top 20 in the U.S. News rankings to 24 in the Revealed-Preferences Rankings, while George Washington fell from 24 in the U.S. News rankings to 27, outside the top 25 in our rankings. This year, again, William & Mary and Alabama, gained the most around the top 25 grouping, with Alabama gaining 6 spots at 21 and William & Mary increasing its placement 11 spots at 26. Washington & Lee recorded the greatest loss in this group, slipping from 26 in the U.S. News rankings to outside the top 50, at 55, in our rankings. Similarly, Iowa and Wisconsin tumbled greatly from 27 in the U.S. News ranking to 43 and 48 in our rankings, respectively, while Boston College fell from 27 to 33. Also, Illinois, a perennial top 40 school in the U.S. News rankings fell to 47, while North Carolina dropped from 45 to 50.

LSAT & GPA Rank

 

Law School

U.S. News 

Rank

1

Yale

1

2

Harvard

3

3

Stanford

2

4

Chicago

4

5

NYU

6

6

Pennsylvania

7

7

Virginia

9

8

Columbia

5

9

Michigan

8

10

UC-Berkeley

9

11

Northwestern

11

12

Cornell

13

13

Duke

11

14

UCLA

16

15

Georgetown

14

16

USC

19

17

Vanderbilt

17

18

BYU

41

19

Texas

15

20

Washington U.

18

21

Alabama

27

22

Emory

22

23

Boston University

22

24

Minnesota

20

25

Notre Dame

24

26

William & Mary

37

27

G. Washington

24

28

Arizona State

27

29

U. Washington

32

30

Indiana

32

31

Ohio State

32

32

Georgia

32

33

Boston College

27

34

George Mason

41

35

Florida

41

36

Fordham

37

37

UC-Irvine

21

38

UC-Davis

37

39

SMU

50

40

Northeastern

74

41

Wake Forest

32

42

Colorado

46

43

Iowa

27

44

Arizona

41

45

Nebraska

80

46

Florida State

47

47

Illinois

37

48

Wisconsin

27

49

Utah

54

50

North Carolina

45

51

Pepperdine

RNP

52

Houston

56

53

Villanova

56

54

Cincinnati

65

55

Washington & Lee

26

56

Loyola-L.A.

65

57

Oklahoma

63

58

St. John's

83

59

Temple

47

60

Baylor

50

61

Richmond

50

62

Cardozo

56

63

UNLV

59

64

Tennessee

65

65

Penn State

74

66

Case Western

65

67

San Diego

95

68

Maryland

49

69

Florida Int'l

101

70

Georgia State

65

71

Tulane

54

72

Connecticut

50

73

Kansas

74

74

Michigan State

88

75

UC-Hastings

58

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