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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The Top 100 Law Schools, Based On 5-, 10-, And 15-Year Rolling Average U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News Law (2019)Bradley A. Areheart (Tennessee), The Top 100 Law Reviews: A Reference Guide Based on Historical USNWR Data:

The best proxy for how other law professors react and respond to publishing in main, or flagship, law reviews is the US News and World Report (USNWR) rankings. This paper utilizes historical USNWR data to rank the top 100 law reviews. The USNWR rankings are important in shaping many – if not most – law professors’ perceptions about the relative strength of a law school (and derivatively, the home law review). This document contains a chart that is sorted by the 10-year rolling average for each school, but it also contains the 5-year and 15-year rolling averages. This paper also describes my methodology and responds to a series of frequently asked questions. The document was last updated in August 2022.

Here are the Top 75 law schools based on their 5-year rolling average overall U.S. News ranking:

Rank School 5-Year Rank
1 Yale 1.0
2 Stanford 2.0
3 Harvard 3.2
4 Chicago 3.8
5 Columbia 4.4
6 NYU 6.2
7 Penn 6.6
8 Virginia 8.2
9 UC-Berkeley (4.5) 9.2
10 Michigan (4.4) 9.2
11 Duke (4.2) 11.0
11 Northwestern (4.2) 11.0
13 Cornell 13.0
14 Georgetown 14.0
15 UCLA 15.0
16 Texas 16.0
17 Vanderbilt (4.0) 17.0
18 Washington University (3.8) 17.0
19 USC 19.0
20 Boston University 20.0
21 Minnesota 21.0
22 Notre Dame 23.0
23 George Washington 24.0
24 Emory 26.0
25 Arizona State (3.3) 27.0
26 Alabama (3.2) 27.0
27 Iowa (3.4) 28.0
28 Florida (3.3) 28.0
29 UC-Irvine (3.6) 29.0
30 Georgia (3.2) 29.0
31 Boston College 30.0
32 North Carolina 31.0
33 Washington & Lee 32.0
34 William & Mary (3.4) 34.0
35 Wisconsin (3.3) 34.0
36 Illinois (3.2) 34.0
37 BYU (2.9) 34.0
38 Ohio State (3.3) 35.0
38 Fordham (3.3) 35.0
40 UC-Davis 36.0
41 Wake Forest 37.0
42 Indiana (Maurer) (3.2) 38.0
43 George Mason 40.0
44 Washington 42.0
45 Arizona 44.0
46 Utah 45.0
47 Colorado 47.0
48 Florida State 48.0
49 Maryland (3.1) 49.0
50 Pepperdine (2.8) 49.0
51 Richmond 52.0
52 Cardozo (3.0) 53.0
53 Temple (2.8) 53.0
54 Baylor (2.5) 53.0
55 Tulane (3.1) 54.0
56 SMU (2.7) 54.0
57 Connecticut 55.0
58 UC-Hastings 56.0
59 Houston 58.0
60 Villanova (2.7) 61.0
61 UNLV (2.6) 61.0
62 Tennessee (2.6) 62.0
63 Penn State (Dickinson) (2.5) 62.0
64 Texas A&M (2.8) 64.0
65 Penn State (Univ. Park) (2.5) 64.0
66 Seton Hall (2.5) 65.0
66 Missouri (2.5) 65.0
68 Loyola-L.A. 66.0
69 Miami (2.7) 69.0
70 Northeastern (2.6) 69.0
71 Kansas 70.0
72 Kentucky 71.0
73 San Diego (2.9) 72.0
74 Case Western (2.7) 72.0
75 Georgia State (2.8) 73.0

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2022/08/the-top-100-law-schools-based-on-5-10-and-15-year-rolling-average-us-news-rankings.html

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