Paul L. Caron
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Above The Law 2015 Top 50 Law School Rankings

ATL 2ATL 2015 Law School Rankings:

Out of respect for the 40,000 new law students who still, you know, exist, we welcome you to the third annual installment of the Above the Law Top 50 Law School Rankings. These are the only rankings to incorporate the latest ABA employment data concerning the class of 2014. The premise underlying our approach to ranking schools remains the same: that given the steep cost of law school and the new normal of the legal job market, potential students should prioritize their future employment prospects over all other factors in deciding whether and where to attend law school. The relative quality of schools is a function of how they deliver on the promise of gainful legal employment.

Our list is limited to 50 schools. We want to look at "national" schools, the ones with quality employment prospects both outside of their particular region and/or for graduates who don’t graduate at the top of the class.

Methodology:

  • Employment (30%)
  • Quality Jobs (30%)
  • Supreme Court Clerkships (7.5%)
  • Federal Court Clerkships (7.5%)
  • Education Cost (15%)
  • Alumni Rating (5%)
  • Debt Per Job (5%)

 The ATL Top 13 are the same as the U.S. News Top 13, in a different order:

  1. Harvard (2 in U.S. News)
  2. Stanford (2)
  3. Chicago (4)
  4. Penn (7)
  5. Yale (1)
  6. Virginia (8)
  7. Duke (8)
  8. Columbia (4)
  9. Cornell (13)
  10. NYU (6)
  11. UC-Berkeley (8)
  12. Michigan (11)
  13. Northwestern (12)

Here are the law schools that most underperform and overperform in the ATL Rankings compared to the U.S. News Rankings:

Underperformers:

  • USC n/r ATL, 20 U.S. News
  • Emory 45 ATL, 19 U.S. News
  • University of Washington n/r ATL, 28 U.S. News
  • UC-Irvine n/r ATL, 30 U.S. News
  • UC-Davis n/r ATL, 31 U.S. News
  • Wisconsin n/r ATL, 31 U.S. News
  • Fordham n/r ATL, 34 U.S. News

Overperformers:

  • +77:  Akron 50 ATL, 127 U.S. News
  • +53:  New Mexico 18 ATL, 71 U.S. News
  • +53:  LSU 41 ATL, 94 U.S. News
  • +49:  Villanova 38 ATL, 87 U.S. News
  • +45:  Rutgers-Newark 42 ATL, 87 U.S. News
  • +38:  St. Louis 49 ATL, 87 U.S. News
  • +34:  Tulsa 48 ATL, 82 U.S. News
  • +23:  Georgia State 33 ATL, 56 U.S. News
  • +20:  Houston 39 ATL, 59 U.S. News
  • +19:  Seton Hall 44 ATL, 63 U.S. News

Update:

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2015/05/above-the-law-2015-top-50-law-school-rankings.html

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Comments

Can we laugh at UC Irvine's Top 20 aspirations now?

Posted by: butch | May 28, 2015 11:08:12 AM