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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Preview Of The 2022 U.S. News Law School Rankings: Admissions

US News Logo 2The 2022 U.S. News Law School Rankings (based in part on 2020 admissions data) will be released in March (the 2021 rankings are here). In the current methodology, law school admissions count 25% in the overall ranking. Last week, I blogged the ABA data comprising the three components of the admissions ranking:

Below are two admissions rankings. The first is a simple ranking using the above weights. The second uses Z-scores with the above weights to better approximate the U.S. News methodology.

 

Law

School

Acceptance Rate Rank UPGA Rank LSAT Rank

Weighted Ranks

1 Yale  1 1 1 1.0
2 Harvard  3 7 1 3.6
3 Stanford  2 4 4 3.8
4 Chicago 9 4 4 4.5
5 Virginia 4 3 6 4.6
6 Pennsylvania 5 4 6 5.1
7 Columbia  7 14 3 7.8
8 Washington Univ. 19 7 9 9.2
9 Northwestern  13 10 9 9.8
10 NYU 21 14 6 10.7
11 Cornell  12 9 14 11.8
12 Duke  23 19 9 14.4
13 USC 8 12 18 14.6
14 UCLA 26 22 9 15.9
15 UC-Berkeley 20 18 14 16.2
16 Michigan 6 30 9 17.1
16 Vanderbilt  25 14 18 17.1
18 Georgetown  16 24 14 18.2
19 Florida 15 11 26 18.9
20 Boston Univ. 28 19 18 19.4
21 Texas 11 30 14 20.1
22 Arizona State  29 12 26 20.7
23 Alabama 56 1 30 21.0
24 Emory  40 19 22 22.6
25 BYU 65 14 22 23.1
26 Georgia 14 24 26 24.0
27 Notre Dame 17 34 18 24.3
28 George Washington  49 30 22 27.9
29 George Mason  27 27 30 28.5
30 Minnesota 62 27 26 30.0
31 Wake Forest  10 34 34 31.6
32 Boston College 39 40 30 34.9
33 North Carolina 22 41 34 35.6
34 UC-Davis 43 37 34 36.1
35 Ohio State  54 22 49 38.7
36 Indiana-Bloom. 88 24 42 39.4
37 UC-Irvine 18 67 22 39.6
38 Utah 45 27 49 39.8
39 Fordham  31 55 30 40.1
40 Pepperdine  33 41 42 40.7
41 Texas A&M  24 30 55 41.9
42 SMU 77 34 42 42.3
43 Colorado 63 48 34 42.5
44 Washington 52 41 42 42.6
45 Florida State  35 37 49 42.8
46 Northeastern  55 48 42 45.7
47 Washington & Lee 66 58 34 46.8
48 Cardozo  70 48 42 47.2
49 Penn State-Univ. Park 69 37 55 49.2
50 Arizona 32 76 34 50.6

51 Illinois 84 55 42 51.4
52 Maryland 61 45 55 51.6
53 Wisconsin 83 67 34 52.1
54 William & Mary  81 71 34 53.5
55 UNLV 38 44 65 53.9
56 Villanova  36 58 55 54.3
57 Baylor  48 58 55 55.5
58 Wayne State  64 48 65 58.1
59 San Diego 73 48 65 59.0
60 Richmond 89 65 49 59.4
61 Temple  58 74 49 59.9
62 Tennessee 44 58 65 60.1
63 Florida Int'l 30 48 76 60.2
64 St. John's 78 65 55 61.3
65 Houston 46 74 55 61.7
66 Loyola-L.A. 57 73 55 62.4
67 Iowa 170 55 49 63.5
68 Cincinnati 122 48 76 69.4
69 American  60 91 55 69.9
70 Missouri-Columbia 148 45 76 70.8
71 Chapman  41 88 65 71.8
72 Georgia State  34 88 76 76.6
73 Pittsburgh 79 91 65 76.8
74 Kansas 165 45 86 77.5
75 Denver 128 81 65 77.7
76 Miami 126 85 65 79.1
77 Tulane  136 83 65 79.3
78 Oklahoma 139 58 86 80.1
79 Belmont  75 71 89 80.4
80 Seton Hall  103 81 76 80.7
81 Case Western 106 96 65 81.5
82 Texas Tech  67 76 89 81.6
83 Connecticut 98 85 76 81.8
84 Drexel  87 76 89 83.6
85 Louisville 114 58 102 85.6
86 Nebraska 188 58 89 86.5
87 Penn State-Dickinson 71 135 55 88.6
88 Mississippi 82 91 89 89.1
89 Chicago-Kent 109 102 76 89.7
90 Michigan State  163 76 89 91.2
91 Loyola-Chicago 93 124 65 91.4
91 Maine 105 91 89 91.4
93 Arkansas-Fayetteville 140 67 102 91.8
94 Syracuse  74 85 102 92.4
95 UC-Hastings 72 122 76 94.0
95 South Carolina 111 96 89 94.0
97 Lewis & Clark 173 100 76 95.3
98 Brooklyn  115 115 76 95.5
99 SUNY-Buffalo 97 90 102 96.7
100 New Mexico 104 96 102 99.8
101 Oregon 171 102 86 100.9
102 Kentucky 172 83 102 101.4
103 New Hampshire 154 106 89 102.3
104 Catholic 80 130 89 104.5
105 Montana 166 115 89 107.1
106 Regent  127 109 102 107.3
107 CUNY 53 109 117 107.4
108 Louisiana State  133 109 102 107.9
109 Marquette  124 96 117 109.3
110 Stetson  132 115 102 110.2
111 Saint Louis  175 109 102 112.1
112 DePaul  119 124 102 112.5
113 Drake  192 106 102 112.6
114 St. Thomas (MN) 193 91 117 114.2
115 Rutgers  90 152 89 114.3
116 Hawaii 76 122 117 114.9
117 Santa Clara  147 143 89 116.4
118 Washburn  121 135 102 117.1
119 Indiana-Indianapolis 151 109 117 117.2
119 Dayton 59 102 141 117.2
121 Howard  50 124 128 118.6
122 New York Law School 130 105 128 119.0
123 West Virginia  180 109 117 120.1
124 Seattle  164 135 102 121.4
125 Albany 123 130 117 122.8
126 Tulsa 167 138 102 122.9
127 Mercer  94 124 128 123.0
128 Duquesne  157 124 117 123.8
129 Suffolk  194 115 117 123.9
130 Hofstra  101 139 117 124.2
131 Pacific 150 130 117 125.5
132 Missouri-Kansas City 142 119 128 125.8
133 Gonzaga  162 119 128 127.8
134 Samford  191 100 141 129.6
135 Quinnipiac  168 106 141 129.7
136 Wyoming 156 130 128 131.6
136 Cleveland State  108 142 128 131.6
138 Puerto Rico 86 67 194 132.4
139 Memphis 110 146 128 133.4
140 San Francisco 113 148 128 134.5
141 Akron 135 143 128 134.7
142 South Dakota 182 76 175 136.1
143 Toledo 187 119 141 136.8
144 Baltimore 144 148 128 137.6
145 Arkansas-Little Rock 120 124 156 139.6
146 Southwestern  107 164 128 140.3
147 Campbell  177 139 141 143.8
148 Liberty  146 130 156 144.6
149 Ave Maria  129 139 156 146.5
150 Pace  125 146 156 148.9
151 Idaho 190 166 128 149.4
152 Cal-Western 134 166 141 150.3
153 Detroit 137 166 141 150.6
154 Mitchell Hamline 158 166 141 152.7
155 New England Law 196 158 141 153.3
156 Elon  100 154 164 153.6
156 South Texas 99 183 141 153.6
158 Nova SE 112 180 141 153.7
159 Creighton  179 164 141 154.0
160 Loyola-New Orleans 181 148 156 155.3
161 Southern Illinois 118 156 164 156.2
162 John Marshall (IL) 155 158 156 156.7
163 North Texas 51 189 156 158.7
164 Ohio Northern  116 163 164 158.8
165 Florida A&M  47 154 188 160.3
166 Vermont  184 180 141 160.9
167 Northern Kentucky  186 180 141 161.1
168 District of Columbia 42 190 164 162.2
169 Faulkner  95 157 182 163.3
170 St. Thomas (FL) 131 171 164 163.5
171 St. Mary's 159 177 156 164.7
172 Western State 85 186 164 164.9
173 Willamette  183 191 141 165.2
174 Massachusetts 152 158 175 165.9
175 Lincoln Memorial 149 174 164 166.5
176 Charleston  143 177 164 167.1
176 North Dakota 189 143 182 167.1
178 John Marshall (GA) 68 197 164 167.6
179 Texas Southern  37 183 182 167.9
180 Oklahoma City  176 148 188 170.8
181 Western New England  169 158 182 171.1
182 Capital  197 174 164 171.3
183 North Carolina Central  92 166 193 172.1
184 Inter-American (PR) 138 152 196 172.6
185 Florida Coastal  102 188 175 172.9
186 Golden Gate  145 193 164 173.7
187 Widener (DE) 178 172 175 174.1
188 Northern Illinois  160 177 175 174.3
189 Roger Williams  185 174 175 175.6
189 Touro College 117 191 175 175.6
191 Pontifical Cath. (PR) 141 158 197 175.8
192 Appalachian  96 183 188 176.8
193 Mississippi College 195 172 182 179.3
194 Western Michigan  91 196 188 181.5
195 Widener (PA) 153 186 188 183.7
196 Barry  161 193 182 184.3
197 Southern  174 195 194 192.4

Z-score ranking:

 

Law

School

Acceptance Rate Rank UPGA Rank LSAT Rank

Weighted Z-Scores

1 Yale  1 1 1 1.89
2 Stanford  2 4 4 1.76
3 Harvard  3 7 1 1.75
4 Virginia 4 3 6 1.73
5 Pennsylvania 5 4 6 1.71
6 Chicago 9 4 4 1.71
7 Washington Univ. 19 7 9 1.63
8 Columbia  7 14 3 1.60
9 Northwestern  13 10 9 1.58
10 Cornell  12 9 14 1.57
11 NYU 21 14 6 1.54
12 USC 8 12 18 1.50
13 Duke  23 19 9 1.47
14 UC-Berkeley 20 18 14 1.47
15 UCLA 26 22 9 1.45
16 Vanderbilt  25 14 18 1.44
17 Michigan 6 30 9 1.44
18 Alabama 56 1 30 1.43
19 Georgetown  16 24 14 1.42
20 Florida 15 11 26 1.41
21 Texas 11 30 14 1.40
22 Boston Univ. 28 19 18 1.39
23 Arizona State  29 12 26 1.35
24 Notre Dame 17 34 18 1.33
25 Georgia 14 24 26 1.31
26 BYU 65 14 22 1.30
27 Emory  40 19 22 1.30
28 George Washington  49 30 22 1.22
29 George Mason  27 27 30 1.21
30 Minnesota 62 27 26 1.18
31 Wake Forest  10 35 34 1.12
32 UC-Irvine 18 67 22 1.04
33 Boston College 39 40 30 1.01
34 North Carolina 22 41 34 1.00
35 UC-Davis 43 37 34 1.00
36 Ohio State  54 22 49 0.99
37 Indiana-Bloom. 88 24 42 0.98
38 Utah 45 27 49 0.97
39 Fordham  31 55 30 0.95
40 Texas A&M  24 30 55 0.95
41 SMU 77 35 42 0.91
42 Pepperdine  33 41 42 0.90
43 Florida State  35 37 49 0.90
44 Washington 52 41 42 0.86
45 Colorado 63 48 34 0.85
46 Washington & Lee 66 58 34 0.81
47 Northeastern  55 48 42 0.80
48 Cardozo  70 48 42 0.79
49 Penn State-Univ. Park 69 37 55 0.77
50 Arizona 32 76 34 0.75
51 Wisconsin 83 67 34 0.74
52 Illinois 84 55 42 0.74
53 William & Mary  81 71 34 0.72
54 Maryland 61 45 55 0.68
55 Villanova  36 58 55 0.67
56 UNLV 38 44 65 0.65
57 Baylor  48 58 55 0.64
58 Richmond 89 65 49 0.63
59 Temple  58 74 49 0.59
60 Wayne State  64 48 65 0.58
61 St. John's 78 65 55 0.57
62 Tennessee 44 58 65 0.56
63 Florida Int'l 30 48 76 0.56
64 San Diego 73 48 65 0.56
65 Loyola-L.A. 57 73 55 0.56
66 Iowa 170 55 49 0.55
67 Houston 46 74 55 0.53
68 American  60 91 55 0.41
69 Cincinnati 122 48 76 0.40
70 Missouri-Columbia 148 45 76 0.39
71 Chapman  41 88 65 0.37
72 Georgia State  34 88 76 0.32
73 Denver 128 81 65 0.30
74 Pittsburgh 79 91 65 0.29
75 Tulane  136 83 65 0.27
76 Kansas 165 45 86 0.27
77 Miami 126 85 65 0.26
78 Seton Hall  103 81 76 0.26
79 Oklahoma 139 58 86 0.25
80 Case Western 106 96 65 0.24
81 Connecticut 98 85 76 0.23
82 Belmont  75 71 89 0.21
83 Penn State-Dickinson 71 135 55 0.18
84 Texas Tech  67 76 89 0.16
85 Chicago-Kent 109 102 76 0.13
86 Drexel  87 76 89 0.11
87 Louisville 114 58 102 0.11
88 Loyola-Chicago 93 124 65 0.10
89 Nebraska 188 58 89 0.08
90 UC-Hastings 72 122 76 0.08
91 Lewis & Clark 173 100 76 0.05
92 Brooklyn  115 115 76 0.04
93 Arkansas-Fayetteville 140 67 102 0.04
94 Mississippi 82 91 89 0.03
95 Michigan State  163 76 89 0.01
96 Maine 105 91 89 0.01
97 Syracuse  74 85 102 0.00
98 South Carolina 111 96 89 -0.02
99 SUNY-Buffalo 97 88 102 -0.06
100 Oregon 171 102 86 -0.06
101 New Mexico 104 96 102 -0.10
102 Kentucky 172 83 102 -0.13
103 New Hampshire 154 106 89 -0.15
104 Catholic 80 130 89 -0.16
105 CUNY 53 109 117 -0.20
106 Montana 166 115 89 -0.21
107 Marquette  124 96 117 -0.22
108 Regent  127 109 102 -0.22
109 Louisiana State  133 109 102 -0.23
110 Stetson  132 115 102 -0.25
111 DePaul  119 124 102 -0.29
112 Hawaii 76 122 117 -0.29
113 Saint Louis  175 109 102 -0.29
114 Washburn  121 135 102 -0.32
115 St. Thomas (MN) 193 91 117 -0.33
116 Drake  192 106 102 -0.33
117 Rutgers  90 152 89 -0.33
118 Dayton 59 102 141 -0.34
119 Indiana-Indianapolis 151 109 117 -0.34
120 Santa Clara  147 143 89 -0.36
121 Howard  50 124 128 -0.36
122 New York Law School 130 105 128 -0.37
123 Seattle  164 135 102 -0.39
124 West Virginia  180 109 117 -0.39
125 Albany 123 130 117 -0.40
126 Tulsa 167 138 102 -0.41
127 Hofstra  101 139 117 -0.42
128 Duquesne  157 124 117 -0.42
129 Mercer  94 124 128 -0.43
130 Pacific 150 130 117 -0.43
131 Suffolk  194 115 117 -0.45
132 Missouri-Kansas City 142 119 128 -0.46
133 Gonzaga  162 119 128 -0.49
134 Wyoming 156 130 128 -0.53
135 Samford  191 100 141 -0.54
136 Quinnipiac  168 106 141 -0.54
137 Cleveland State  108 142 128 -0.55
138 Memphis 110 146 128 -0.59
139 Akron 135 143 128 -0.61
140 San Francisco 113 148 128 -0.62
141 Toledo 187 119 141 -0.63
142 Arkansas-Little Rock 120 124 156 -0.65
143 Baltimore 144 148 128 -0.66
144 South Dakota 182 76 175 -0.66
145 Liberty  146 130 156 -0.70
146 Campbell  177 139 141 -0.72
147 Southwestern  107 164 128 -0.73
148 Ave Maria  129 139 156 -0.73
149 Pace  125 146 156 -0.80
150 Puerto Rico 86 67 194 -0.82
151 Cal-Western 134 166 141 -0.88
152 Idaho 190 166 128 -0.88
153 Detroit 137 166 141 -0.89
154 Loyola-New Orleans 181 148 156 -0.90
155 Mitchell Hamline 158 166 141 -0.91
156 Elon  100 154 164 -0.92
157 Creighton  179 164 141 -0.93
158 Nova SE 112 180 141 -0.93
159 John Marshall (IL) 155 158 156 -0.94
160 New England Law 196 158 141 -0.95
161 South Texas 99 183 141 -0.96
162 Southern Illinois 118 156 164 -0.96
163 Ohio Northern  116 163 164 -1.02
164 Vermont  184 180 141 -1.05
165 Northern Kentucky  186 180 141 -1.05
166 St. Mary's 159 177 156 -1.08
167 St. Thomas (FL) 131 171 164 -1.08
168 Florida A&M  47 154 188 -1.09
169 North Texas 51 189 156 -1.09
170 Faulkner  95 157 182 -1.11
171 Massachusetts 152 158 175 -1.12
172 Lincoln Memorial 149 174 164 -1.14
173 North Dakota 189 143 182 -1.15
174 Charleston  143 177 164 -1.16
175 Western State 85 186 164 -1.18
176 District of Columbia 42 190 164 -1.20
177 Texas Southern  37 183 182 -1.21
178 Western New England  169 158 182 -1.23
179 Oklahoma City  176 148 188 -1.25
180 Widener (DE) 178 172 175 -1.26
181 Willamette  183 191 141 -1.26
182 Northern Illinois  160 177 175 -1.27
183 Capital  197 174 164 -1.28
184 Roger Williams  185 174 175 -1.29
185 Florida Coastal  102 188 175 -1.32
186 Mississippi College 195 172 182 -1.39
187 Appalachian  96 183 188 -1.40
188 North Carolina Central  92 166 193 -1.42
189 Touro College 117 191 175 -1.44
190 Golden Gate  145 193 164 -1.48
191 John Marshall (GA) 68 197 164 -1.52
192 Widener (PA) 153 186 188 -1.53
193 Barry  161 193 182 -1.67
194 Inter-American (PR) 138 152 196 -1.69
195 Western Michigan  91 196 188 -1.80
196 Pontifical Cath. (PR)    141 158 197 -1.88
197 Southern  174 195 194 -2.06

For more on the U.S. News methodology, see Theodore P. Seto (Loyola-L.A.), Understanding the U.S. News Law School Rankings, 60 SMU L. Rev. 493, 506 (2007). For the Z-scores used to calculate this ranking, see here.

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