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Monday, December 20, 2021

Law School Rankings By Fall 2021 Acceptance Rate

Following up on Wednesday's release by the ABA of Fall 2021 admissions data: this is the third of three posts on the impact of that data on the forthcoming 2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings (the 2022 rankings are here). In the current methodology, a law school's acceptance rate counts 1% in the overall ranking. 

Rank School 2021 Acceptance Rate 2020 Acceptance Rate
1 Yale 4.12 7.40 (1)
2 Stanford 6.28 10.48 (2)
3 Harvard 6.90 13.00 (3)
4 Penn 9.39 14.30 (5)
5 Virginia 9.66 14.05 (4)
6 Michigan 10.65 16.36 (6)
7 Columbia 11.42 16.69 (7)
8 Chicago 11.91 17.86 (9)
9 Georgetown 12.88 20.10 (16)
10 USC 12.96 17.18 (8)
11 UC-Berkeley 13.66 21.53 (20)
12 Northwestern 13.91 19.2 (13)
13 Vanderbilt 14.25 22.57 (25)
14 Duke 14.45 22.34 (23)
15 NYU 14.52 21.58 (21)
16 Texas 15.24 18.43 (11)
17 Cornell 15.41 19.03 (12)
18 UCLA 15.43 22.75 (26)
19 North Carolina 15.46 21.62 (22)
20 Washington University 15.88 20.31 (19)
21 UC-Irvine 16.83 20.30 (18)
22 Florida 17.43 19.77 (15)
23 Notre Dame 17.51 20.28 (17)
24 Fordham 17.69 27.37 (31)
25 Villanova 17.80 29.75 (36)
26 Boston University 18.33 24.93 (28)
27 Texas A&M 18.41 22.43 (24)
28 Georgia 18.48 19.35 (14)
29 Florida Int'l 20.56 27.33 (30)
30 Arizona State 20.61 26.19 (29)
31 George Washington 21.57 34.15 (49)
32 Florida State 22.47 29.70 (35)
33 Boston College 23.49 31.84 (39)
34 Northeastern 24.40 35.56 (55)
35 Howard 24.53 34.22 (50)
36 University of Arizona 24.73 27.74 (32)
37 Pepperdine 24.97 28.20 (33)
38 Utah 25.52 33.45 (45)
39 University of Washington 25.57 34.51 (52)
40 Dayton 25.76 36.21 (59)
41 Georgia State 26.96 28.57 (34)
42 George Mason 27.07 22.80 (27)
43 Emory 27.31 32.21 (40)
44 Minnesota 27.57 36.45 (62)
45 Colorado 27.69 36.50 (63)
46 American 27.94 36.35 (60)
47 UC-Hastings 28.04 38.66 (72)
48 Texas Southern 28.18 30.43 (37)
49 UC-Davis 28.26 33.06 (43)
50 Chapman 28.26 32.55 (41)

51 Connecticut 28.79 45.11 (98)
52 Tennessee 28.86 33.33 (44)
53 Loyola-L.A. 29.36 35.73 (57)
54 CUNY 29.63 34.53 (53)
55 Illinois 29.80 42.53 (84)
56 Miami 30.07 51.36 (126)
57 William & Mary 30.09 42.07 (81)
58 Houston 30.69 33.59 (46)
59 Cardozo 30.84 37.71 (70)
60 Alabama 30.96 35.72 (56)
61 San Diego 30.99 39.04 (73)
62 Wake Forest 31.27 17.99 (10)
63 UNLV 31.37 31.07 (38)
64 Washington & Lee 31.44 36.73 (66)
65 Drexel 32.01 43.24 (87)
66 Ohio State 32.10 35.18 (54)
67 Hawaii 32.739 40.30 (76)
68 Syracuse 32.744 39.08 (74)
69 Temple 32.75 36.05 (58)
70 Maryland 32.77 36.42 (61)
71 Wayne State 32.87 36.62 (64)
72 SMU 33.42 40.77 (77)
73 Puerto Rico 33.48 43.16 (86)
74 Texas Tech 34.26 36.85 (67)
75 Baylor 34.34 34.02 (48)
76 St. John's 35.63 41.11 (78)
77 Penn State-University Park 35.64 37.59 (69)
78 Mercer 35.98 44.55 (94)
79 Indiana (Maurer) 36.13 43.29 (88)
80 Wisconsin 36.15 42.45 (83)
81 Richmond 36.29 43.50 (89)
82 North Texas 36.46 34.26 (51)
83 Pittsburgh 36.61 41.66 (79)
84 Florida A&M 37.03 33.82 (47)
85 Mississippi 37.33 42.24 (82)
86 Denver 37.66 51.42 (128)
87 North Carolina Central 37.87 44.25 (92)
88 South Carolina 38.26 47.30 (111)
89 SUNY-Buffalo 38.66 44.87 (97)
90 Penn State-Dickinson 39.58 38.60 (71)
91 Brooklyn 39.63 48.83 (115)
92 Regent 39.70 51.38 (127)
93 Catholic 39.72 41.85 (80)
94 BYU 39.92 36.70 (65)
95 Loyola-Chicago 39.97 44.39 (93)
96 Tulane 40.06 53.34 (136)
97 Pontifical Catholic (PR) 40.79 54.64 (141)
98 Belmont 40.84 39.44 (75)
99 Stetson 40.88 52.06 (132)
100 Montana 40.91 59.91 (166)
101 Rutgers 41.63 43.54 (90)
102 District of Columbia 42.15 32.63 (42)
103 Appalachian 42.21 44.81 (96)
104 Hofstra 42.28 45.95 (101)
105 Iowa 42.51 60.32 (170)
106 Marquette 42.72 51.23 (124)
107 John Marshall (GA) 43.07 37.04 (68)
108 Elon 43.74 45.69 (100)
109 South Texas 43.93 45.68 (99)
110 Cleveland State 44.26 46.99 (108)
111 DePaul 44.30 50.00 (119)
112 Faulkner 44.47 44.63 (95)
113 Lewis & Clark 45.18 60.72 (173)
114 Louisiana State 45.74 52.15 (133)
115 Kentucky 45.75 60.67 (172)
116 Western State 46.03 42.86 (85)
117 Case Western 46.60 46.63 (106)
118 Cincinnati 46.62 50.62 (122)
119 Southwestern 46.85 46.73 (107)
120 San Francisco 46.93 48.72 (113)
121 Inter-American (PR) 47.16 53.76 (138)
122 Ohio Northern 47.29 49.54 (116)
123 Arkansas-Fayetteville 47.78 54.44 (140)
124 St. Thomas (FL) 47.96 51.92 (131)
125 Michigan State 48.05 59.23 (163)
126 Pace 48.10 51.30 (125)
127 St. Mary's 48.46 58.30 (159)
128 Memphis 48.48 47.07 (110)
129 New York Law School 48.53 51.58 (130)
130 Seton Hall 48.71 46.20 (103)
131 Ave Maria 48.797 51.56 (129)
132 Oregon 48.801 60.42 (171)
133 Nova SE 48.91 47.49 (112)
134 Western Michigan 48.95 43.78 (91)
135 Washburn 49.02 50.54 (121)
136 New Hampshire 49.70 56.92 (154)
137 Oklahoma 50.11 54.01 (139)
138 Albany 50.37 50.65 (123)
139 Wyoming 50.83 56.98 (156)
140 New Mexico 51.44 46.22 (104)
141 Louisville 51.46 48.74 (114)
142 Golden Gate 51.55 55.34 (145)
143 Missouri-Columbia 51.73 55.49 (148)
144 Seattle 51.95 59.66 (164)
145 Touro 51.97 49.77 (117)
146 Maine 52.28 46.28 (105)
147 Detroit 52.63 53.68 (137)
148 Chicago-Kent 53.14 47.02 (109)
149 Duquesne 53.32 57.44 (157)
150 Santa Clara 53.34 55.43 (147)
151 Pacific 53.61 55.88 (150)
152 Kansas 53.86 59.86 (165)
153 Southern 53.94 61.64 (174)
154 Baltimore 54.17 55.13 (144)
155 Missouri-Kansas City 54.24 54.90 (142)
156 Campbell 54.57 62.61 (177)
157 North Dakota 54.66 66.35 (189)
158 Gonzaga 55.27 59.22 (162)
159 Cal-Western 56.05 53.00 (134)
160 Lincoln Memorial 56.11 55.58 (149)
161 Suffolk 56.42 69.37 (194)
162 Barry 57.27 58.99 (161)
163 Western New England 57.42 60.19 (169)
164 Tulsa 57.79 59.97 (167)
165 Liberty 57.83 55.41 (146)
166 Quinnipiac 58.41 60.18 (168)
167 Loyola-New Orleans 58.54 63.73 (181)
168 Indiana (McKinney) 58.63 55.96 (151)
169 Widener (PA) 58.87 56.28 (153)
170 Idaho 58.89 67.47 (190)
171 West Virginia 59.15 63.49 (180)
172 Southern Illinois 59.21 49.78 (118)
173 Oklahoma City 59.34 62.56 (176)
174 John Marshall (IL) 59.56 56.94 (155)
175 Akron 59.62 53.26 (135)
176 Arkansas-Little Rock 59.63 50.44 (120)
177 Charleston 60.00 55.10 (143)
178 St. Louis 60.43 61.69 (175)
179 Samford 60.66 67.59 (191)
180 Willamette 61.06 64.22 (183)
181 Mississippi College 61.97 70.05 (195)
182 Widener (DE) 62.12 62.69 (178)
183 Northern Illinois 62.27 58.76 (160)
184 Mitchell | Hamline 62.38 57.66 (158)
185 Nebraska 62.61 66.23 (188)
186 Roger Williams 63.02 64.87 (185)
187 St. Thomas (MN) 63.64 69.15 (193)
188 Toledo 64.08 65.58 (187)
189 Massachusetts 64.47 56.06 (152)
190 Northern Kentucky 65.18 65.28 (186)
191 Vermont 65.83 64.53 (184)
192 New England 66.14 70.51 (196)
193 Creighton 66.38 62.95 (179)
194 Drake 66.48 69.13 (192)
195 South Dakota 68.98 64.00 (182)
196 Capital 75.62 76.12 (197)

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