Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

The Choosiest Law Schools: Wash U Is Top 5, Yale Is No. 1 (Mostly)

ABA Journal, Which Law Schools Are Choosiest? Washington University Is In Top Five, While Yale Is Mostly No. 1:

Yale Law School is No. 1 based on ABA admissions data showing that it is the choosiest law school in terms of acceptance rate and median LSAT scores for fall 2022.

But Yale Law falls to No. 2 in a tie with two other law schools based on the median undergraduate grade-point average of its fall 2022 admittees, according to Paul L. Caron, dean of the Pepperdine University Rick J. Caruso School of Law who published his findings at the TaxProf Blog hereherehere and here. ...

Top 5

TaxProf Blog combined the rankings using the above weights and a Z score calculation to standardize data and approximate U.S. News & World Report’s methodology. Based on those measures, these are the top 14 law schools by admissions data:

Update:  Brian Leiter (Chicago), These Are *Not* the "Choosiest" Law Schools, These Are the Ones Most Busy Gaming Rankings:

[P]laces like Alabama, Wash U, and Texas A&M can be in the "top five" for median GPA but nowhere near the top for five median LSAT: they made a choice to sacrifice LSAT in order to inflate GPA. That's a good strategy for rising in rankings. It doesn't make them "choosy," it makes them strategic. 

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