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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Projected 2025-26 U.S. News Law School Rankings: The Biggest Winners And Losers

Derek Muller (Notre Dame; Google Scholar), Projecting the 2025-2026 USNWR Law School Rankings (To Be Released March 2025 Or So)

US News (2023)Fifty-eight percent of the new USNWR law school rankings turn on three highly-volatile categories: employment 10 months after graduation[33%], first-time bar passage [18%], and ultimate bar passage [7%]. USNWR has tried to smooth these out by using a two-year average of these scores. (Next year, it might well use a three-year average or three-year weighted average.)

Because USNWR releases its rankings in the spring, at the same time the ABA releases new data on these categories, the USNWR law school rankings are always a year behind. This year’s data include the ultimate bar passage rate for the Classes of 2019 and 2020, the first-time bar passage rate for the Classes of 2021 and 2022, and the employment outcomes of the Classes of 2021 and 2022.

Derek projects the Top 100 schools in next year's 2025-26 rankings. Here are the largest projected increases among those schools:

Rank School Projected 2025-26 Rank Current  2024-25 Rank Difference
1 Maine 84 120 +36
2 Pittsburgh 65 91 +26
3 Catholic 71 94 +23
4 Penn State-Dickinson 58 75 +17
5 San Diego 56 68 +12
6 Florida State 37 48 +11
6 Louisiana State 80 91 +11
6 Nebraska 71 82 +11
9 Chapman 98 108 +10
9 Dayton 98 108 +10
9 Penn State-Univ. Park 58 68 +10
9 SUNY-Buffalo 98 108 +10
13 UC-Irvine 33 42 +9

Here are the largest projected decreases among those schools:

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May 22, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Law School Class Of 2023 Jobs Rankings For All 195 Law Schools In Seven Categories

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Law School Class Of 2023 Jobs Rankings: Bar-Passage Required, BigLaw, Federal Judicial Clerkships, And Government|Public Interest

Reuters, These Law Schools Ranked Tops For Jobs in 2023:

The University of Virginia School of Law sent the highest percentage of graduates into full-time law jobs in 2023, marking the second consecutive year that the school snagged the top spot. A full 97.18% of Virginia's 2023 juris doctor graduates went on to full-time, permanent jobs that require bar passage—the highest of all 195 American Bar Association-accredited law schools for the second straight year. ... . Among the 30,160 newly minted JDs last year, [79.3%] landed full-time, permanent jobs that ... require bar passage ... according to new ABA data released this week.

Jobs BPR

Reuters, These Law Schools Sent the Most Graduates into Big Law Jobs in 2023:

Columbia Law School snagged the top spot among U.S. law schools for having the highest percentage of 2023 graduates who landed large law firm jobs, according to new employment data from the American Bar Association. ... Nearly 76% of the school's juris doctor graduates took jobs at firms of 251 or more lawyers within 10 months of leaving campus, the data shows.

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May 1, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, April 25, 2024

2024 World Law School Rankings

QS RankingsQuacquarelli Symonds has released the 2024 World Law School Rankings as part of its World University Rankings. The methodology uses five indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper, h-index, International Research Network (IRN).  The rankings consist of 370 law schools, 61 in the United States.  Here are the U.S. law schools, along with each school's position in the latest U.S. News rankings):

QS Ranking School US News Ranking
1 Harvard 4
4 Yale 1
5 Stanford 1
6 NYU 9
8 Columbia 8
9 UC-Berkeley 12
11 Chicago 3
19 UCLA 13
23 Georgetown 14
29 Penn 4
30 Duke 4
34 Cornell 14
36 Michigan 9
50 Virginia 4
68 Northwestern 9
79 Texas 16
85 American 98
89 George Washington 41
92 Boston University 24
101-150 Johns Hopkins N/A
101-150 UC-Davis 55
101-150 UC-Irvine 42
101-150 Notre Dame 20
101-150 University of Washington 48
151-200 Fordham 33
151-200 Michigan State 108
151-200 Penn State-Univ. Park 68
151-200 Illinois 36
151-200 USC 20
151-200 Wisconsin 36
151-200 Washington Univ. 16
201-250 Arizona State 36
201-250 Boston College 28
201-250 Indiana (Maurer) 42
201-250 Texas A&M 26
201-250 Tulane 78
201-250 Maryland 55
201-250 Vanderbilt 19
251-300 CUNY 150
251-300 Emory 42
251-300 Florida State 48
251-300 Ohio State 26
251-300 University of Arizona 55
251-300 UC-San Diego N/A
251-300 Florida 28
251-300 Illinois-Chicago 161
251-300 Miami 82
251-300 Minnesota 16
251-300 North Carolina 20
251-300 San Diego 68
301-350 William & Mary 36
301-350 George Mason 28
301-350 Loyola-Chicago 78
301-350 Northeastern 68
301-350 Purdue N/A
301-350 Cincinnati 78
351-370 Temple 54
351-370 Tufts N/A
351-370 Colorado 48
351-370 Hawaii 127
351-370 Washington State N/A

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April 25, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

2024-25 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings v. Overall Rankings

Following up on yesterday's post, 2024-25 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings:

Here are the law schools whose U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Ranking most exceeds their overall U.S. News Ranking:

  School Specialty Rank Overall Rank Difference
1 Santa Clara 71 158 +87
2 American* 27 98 +71
3 Illinois-Chicago 97 161 +64
3 Suffolk 66 130 +64
5 Pacific 96 159 +63
6 Mitchell | Hamline* 103 164 +61
7 Denver 29 89 +60
7 Howard 70 130 +60
9 Baltimore 82 140 +58
10 Brooklyn* 57 114 +57
11 Widener (DE) 125 178 +53
12 Hofstra 79 130 +51
13 Nova 130 178 +48
14 Case Western 42 89 +47
15 Rutgers* 60 103 +43
16 CUNY 111 150 +39
16 DePaul 95 134 +39
18 San Francisco* 130 165 +35
19 Pace 102 136 +34
20 Houston 35 68 +33
21 George Washington 9 41 +32
21 UNLV 46 78 +32
23 Syracuse* 89 120 +31
24 Loyola-Chicago 48 78 +30
24 UC-Davis* 25 55 +30
26 Seattle* 85 114 +29
27 Cal-Western* 150 178 +28
27 UC-San Francisco* 54 82 +28
29 Chicago-Kent 81 108 +27
29 Tulane* 51 78 +27
29 Vermont 141 168 +27
32 Miami 56 82 +26
32 Temple 28 54 +26
34 UC-Irvine* 18 42 +24
35 Loyola-L.A. 39 61 +22
35 Maryland 33 55 +22
37 Creighton* 132 153 +21
38 Hawaii 107 127 +20
39 District of Columbia 159 178 +19
39 Fordham 14 33 +19
39 New York Law School 108 127 +19
39 Widener (PA) 146 165 +19
43 Louisville 118 136 +18
43 Willamette 127 145 +18
45 Georgia State 58 75 +17
45 Michigan State 91 108 +17
45 Quinnipiac* 126 143 +17
48 Emory 26 42 +16
49 Golden Gate* 164 178 +14
49 University of Arizona 41 55 +14

Here are the law schools whose U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Ranking most trails their overall U.S. News Ranking:

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April 24, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

2024-25 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings

Update: Omnibus Specialty Rankings v. Overall Rankings

The new 2024-25 U.S. News Specialty Rankings include the rankings for 13 specialty programs at 196 law schools. Here are the Top 100 law schools, determined by giving equal weight to each of the 13 separate specialty rankings:

  1. US News (2023)Business/Corporate Law
  2. Clinical Law
  3. Constitutional Law
  4. Contracts/Commercial Law
  5. Criminal Law
  6. Dispute Resolution
  7. Environmental Law
  8. Health Care Law
  9. Intellectual Property Law
  10. International Law
  11. Legal Writing 
  12. Tax Law
  13. Trial Advocacy

  School 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Avg.
1 Georgetown* 11 1 11 7 5 18 10 6 15 5 11 2 23 9.6
2 Michigan* 8 5 7 7 5 21 17 28 18 6 11 8 90 17.8
3 Harvard* 2 16 1 2 2 3 10 7 12 2 132 10 36 18.1
4 Northwestern* 16 5 11 11 15 7 45 36 27 20 40 3 20 19.7
5 Stanford* 1 12 3 4 2 16 10 10 2 13 115 15 82 21.9
6 UC-Berkeley* 7 5 5 11 4 18 2 74 1 7 119 20 13 22.0
7 UCLA* 11 23 16 15 7 29 5 19 15 16 127 6 4 22.5
8 NYU* 4 2 5 7 1 36 10 80 3 1 86 1 71 23.6
9 George Washington 35 16 29 36 24 42 17 19 5 9 40 28 42 26.3
10 Texas 17 30 11 15 20 26 30 36 15 25 71 13 36 26.5
11 Virginia* 8 53 7 5 7 36 25 47 23 9 66 5 82 28.7
12 Columbia* 2 19 7 1 7 26 6 60 12 4 128 6 103 29.3
13 Duke* 11 46 10 17 7 57 15 33 18 13 78 10 71 29.7
14 Fordham 17 23 29 18 15 13 70 67 8 18 86 25 4 30.2
15 Yale* 8 5 3 7 12 42 25 13 48 2 128 15 90 30.6
16 Penn* 4 30 11 5 7 36 36 24 12 24 102 23 126 33.8
17 Cornell* 11 30 11 11 20 42 50 47 27 7 51 32 103 34.0
18 UC-Irvine* 54 12 25 29 24 29 23 80 36 18 7 8 103 34.5
19 Washington Univ. 20 12 19 18 18 21 70 24 30 29 134 32 25 34.8
20 Boston University 20 38 25 24 24 51 65 3 8 26 78 15 90 35.9
21 Vanderbilt 11 46 17 11 14 57 10 47 23 20 94 40 82 36.3
22 Ohio State 35 58 29 36 15 1 65 15 44 45 32 49 55 36.8
23 Arizona State 47 71 45 41 24 11 17 13 48 38 5 40 82 37.1
24 Minnesota 22 46 19 18 24 42 30 28 36 38 57 25 103 37.5
25 UC-Davis* 35 38 19 24 18 26 15 60 44 20 128 25 60 39.4
26 Emory 22 95 25 21 34 51 42 21 44 33 51 49 27 39.6
27 American* 57 2 62 58 24 57 53 15 8 9 86 54 36 40.1
28 Temple 57 58 57 48 61 57 70 15 30 16 26 28 1 40.3
29 Denver 64 5 52 54 43 64 21 52 53 38 20 62 8 41.2
29 Florida 22 85 39 29 48 17 25 41 68 45 66 3 48 41.2
31 Chicago 4 46 2 2 12 93 53 60 36 9 124 10 90 41.6
32 North Carolina 22 23 29 23 20 93 45 28 53 52 20 20 118 42.0
33 Maryland 35 5 39 64 34 7 21 4 53 71 111 70 36 42.3
34 William & Mary 28 80 17 24 24 51 65 74 30 33 40 54 42 43.2
35 Houston 57 108 78 58 80 42 30 7 8 38 16 32 13 43.6
36 Boston College 22 38 34 29 52 42 53 41 36 29 71 15 118 44.6
37 Texas A&M 54 80 78 41 52 5 25 52 6 52 11 76 66 46.0
38 Indiana (Maurer) 28 85 45 41 34 93 36 36 30 29 40 23 90 46.9
39 Loyola-L.A. 57 46 62 64 34 57 94 41 44 59 40 13 8 47.6
40 Georgia 28 38 39 29 48 36 70 47 68 20 134 36 27 47.7
41 University of Arizona 42 53 52 48 43 57 30 34 82 38 8 54 90 48.5
42 Case Western 64 58 57 58 73 51 36 15 53 13 37 92 42 49.9
43 Univ. of Washington* 47 23 52 48 52 93 30 41 27 59 26 36 134 51.4
44 Colorado 42 58 39 54 52 74 7 74 36 45 78 40 71 51.5
45 Wisconsin 40 53 22 24 34 93 53 67 82 26 51 40 90 51.9
46 UNLV 64 38 68 41 61 7 81 36 48 104 2 49 90 53.0
47 USC 17 85 25 21 34 29 36 80 36 59 126 15 134 53.6
48 Loyola-Chicago 73 38 68 80 68 29 81 4 53 45 86 62 23 54.6
48 SMU 42 58 68 41 33 93 53 36 53 52 86 40 55 54.6
50 Wake Forest 47 85 57 48 24 93 53 21 78 77 5 76 55 55.3
51 Tulane* 28 53 52 36 34 67 30 74 82 38 115 62 55 55.8
52 Notre Dame 22 71 22 29 52 93 53 91 68 26 94 49 60 56.2
53 Utah 47 85 34 41 34 93 7 34 26 38 134 70 103 57.4
54 UC-San Francisco* 73 30 68 91 61 14 36 12 53 77 134 32 71 57.8
55 San Diego 42 71 22 48 61 93 65 67 18 52 134 20 60 57.9
56 Miami 54 30 57 64 68 51 36 80 68 29 111 40 71 58.4
57 Brooklyn* 40 38 45 54 20 74 120 121 78 52 20 49 52 58.7
58 Georgia State 64 19 45 64 52 74 108 1 62 77 134 54 36 60.8
59 Florida State 47 123 39 36 43 82 17 67 62 45 119 28 90 61.4
60 Rutgers* 73 30 62 64 48 93 88 52 91 59 11 76 71 62.9
61 Washington & Lee 28 71 45 36 68 67 88 80 62 33 71 54 118 63.2
62 Pepperdine Caruso 57 23 45 64 92 2 114 111 62 59 111 28 66 64.2
63 Illinois 42 113 34 29 24 42 70 91 68 71 134 70 48 64.3
64 Iowa 28 95 34 24 34 93 70 67 62 59 134 54 103 65.9
65 Northeastern 85 23 78 116 52 74 108 7 48 52 32 102 90 66.7
66 Suffolk 115 12 116 120 73 21 108 41 36 84 3 113 31 67.2
67 Alabama 47 71 29 48 43 93 101 60 111 101 86 36 55 67.8
68 Cardozo* 57 58 52 58 43 5 140 97 6 66 134 40 134 68.5
69 Oregon 64 85 78 75 73 11 7 97 97 94 1 62 150 68.8
70 Howard 107 30 68 64 48 93 108 97 68 77 57 92 25 71.8
71 BYU 28 129 45 29 80 81 94 121 53 66 94 40 90 73.1
71 Santa Clara 73 58 105 85 61 64 88 97 4 33 51 81 150 73.1
73 Villanova 73 46 68 64 80 82 101 80 82 77 134 36 42 74.2
74 Richmond 73 138 39 75 61 93 50 97 30 84 71 54 103 74.5
75 Tennessee 35 19 62 54 92 93 124 47 128 77 37 84 118 74.6
76 Wayne State 85 46 68 91 73 93 70 52 101 45 78 84 103 76.1
77 South Carolina 73 30 78 80 52 93 70 80 111 122 134 54 13 76.2
78 Connecticut 57 58 62 58 80 74 88 52 111 52 102 70 150 78.0
79 Hofstra 85 113 88 64 68 67 140 97 91 71 40 84 13 78.5
80 Kansas 64 85 78 58 73 36 47 132 101 84 57 81 126 78.6
81 Chicago-Kent 96 159 68 75 80 89 114 80 18 94 40 102 12 79.0
82 Baltimore 128 5 88 141 52 42 65 74 91 104 37 76 126 79.2
83 Lewis & Clark 96 71 99 85 80 93 3 132 68 71 16 113 103 79.2
84 Pittsburgh* 85 123 68 64 61 93 94 28 48 66 134 40 150 81.1
85 Drexel 85 58 88 91 124 93 151 24 101 104 26 113 8 82.0
85 Seattle* 73 23 105 91 92 82 70 91 53 104 8 92 182 82.0
87 Seton Hall 85 95 88 80 92 93 88 10 82 104 134 62 60 82.5
88 St. John's* 83 123 68 64 104 42 151 108 82 94 20 113 27 83.0
89 Syracuse* 85 108 105 91 80 93 88 67 97 84 78 92 13 83.2
90 Indiana (McKinney) 96 95 88 91 110 93 101 24 101 71 20 70 150 85.4
91 Michigan State 73 80 88 75 80 93 81 121 82 94 111 84 60 86.3
92 St. Louis 85 80 99 104 92 93 140 2 68 71 134 62 103 87.2
93 George Mason 47 142 34 41 117 93 131 121 23 66 134 84 103 87.4
94 Stetson 128 95 116 91 92 51 81 121 156 122 3 81 1 87.5
95 DePaul 107 113 105 104 80 74 151 23 30 104 78 113 71 88.7
96 Pacific 96 148 139 104 124 21 81 132 97 33 40 126 20 89.3
97 Illinois-Chicago 115 71 116 130 124 93 131 97 62 94 20 92 31 90.5
98 Baylor 64 127 116 80 92 93 140 91 128 116 51 92 3 91.8
99 Louisiana State 96 108 105 104 124 93 47 111 118 104 40 102 42 91.8
100 Missouri-Columbia 64 129 78 75 80 3 124 108 78 104 134 92 134 92.5

*Denotes schools that did not submit statistical information to U.S.News. From the U.S News methodology:  "schools that declined to provide statistical information to U.S. News and its readers had their academic peer ratings programmatically discarded before any computations were made. To be clear, nonresponders were still scored using the full complement of eligible ratings submitted by peer schools; but any ratings they made of other schools were omitted."

If anyone at a law school outside the Top 100 would like the data for their school's rank, email me.

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April 23, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, April 22, 2024

2024-25 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings

US News (2023)The new 2024-25 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings include the trial advocacy programs at 196 law schools (the faculty survey had a 50% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank School
1 Stetson
1 Temple
3 Baylor
4 Fordham
4 UCLA
6 Samford
6 South Texas
8 Denver
8 Drexel
8 Loyola-L.A.
8 Mercer
12 Chicago-Kent
13 Hofstra
13 Houston
13 Pace
13 South Carolina
13 St. Mary's
13 Syracuse
13 UC-Berkeley
20 Campbell
20 Northwestern
20 Pacific
23 Georgetown
23 Loyola-Chicago
25 Howard
25 Washington Univ.
27 Emory
27 Georgia
27 St. John's
27 Texas Tech
31 Illinois-Chicago
31 Nova
31 Ohio Northern
31 Quinnipiac
31 Suffolk
36 American
36 Georgia State
36 Harvard
36 Inter-American (PR)
36 Maryland
36 Texas
42 Akron
42 Case Western
42 George Washington
42 Louisiana State
42 Villanova
42 William & Mary
48 Catholic
48 Florida
48 Illinois
48 Missouri-Kansas City

2023-24 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings

2024-25 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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April 22, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Sunday, April 21, 2024

2024-25 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings

US News (2023)The new 2024-25 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings include the legal writing programs at 133 law schools (the faculty survey had a 64% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank School
1 Oregon
2 UNLV
3 Stetson
3 Suffolk
5 Arizona State
5 Wake Forest
7 UC-Irvine
8 Nova
8 Seattle
8 University of Arizona
11 Drake
11 Georgetown
11 Michigan
11 Rutgers
11 Texas A&M
16 Houston
16 Lewis & Clark
16 Missouri-Kansas City
16 Washburn
20 Brooklyn
20 Denver
20 Illinois-Chicago
20 Indiana (McKinney)
20 North Carolina
20 St. John's
26 Drexel
26 Marquette
26 Mercer
26 Temple
26 Texas Tech
26 University of Washington
32 North Dakota
32 Northeastern
32 Ohio State
32 South Texas
32 Wyoming
37 Baltimore
37 Case Western
37 Tennessee
40 Chicago-Kent
40 George Washington
40 Gonzaga
40 Hofstra
40 Indiana (Maurer)
40 Louisiana State
40 Loyola-L.A.
40 Mitchell | Hamline
40 Northwestern
40 Pacific
40 William & Mary

2023-24 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings

2024-25 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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April 21, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Saturday, April 20, 2024

2024-25 U.S. News International Law Rankings

US News (2023)The new 2024-25 U.S. News International Law Rankings include the international law programs at 193 law schools (the faculty survey had a 43% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank School
1 NYU
2 Harvard
2 Yale
4 Columbia
5 Georgetown
6 Michigan
7 Cornell
7 UC-Berkeley
9 American
9 Chicago
9 George Washington
9 Virginia
13 Case Western
13 Duke
13 Stanford
16 Temple
16 UCLA
18 Fordham
18 UC-Irvine
20 Georgia
20 Northwestern
20 UC-Davis
20 Vanderbilt
24 Penn
25 Texas
26 Boston University
26 Notre Dame
26 Wisconsin
29 Boston College
29 Indiana (Maurer)
29 Miami
29 Washington Univ.
33 Emory
33 Pacific
33 Santa Clara
33 Washington & Lee
33 William & Mary
38 Arizona State
38 Denver
38 Houston
38 Minnesota
38 Tulane
38 University of Arizona
38 Utah
45 Colorado
45 Florida
45 Florida Int'l
45 Florida State
45 Loyola-Chicago
45 Ohio State
45 Wayne State

2023-24 U.S. News International Law Rankings

2024-25 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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April 20, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, April 19, 2024

2024-25 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings

US News (2023)The new 2024-25 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings include the intellectual property law programs at 195 law schools (the faculty survey had a 47% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank School
1 UC-Berkeley
2 Stanford
3 NYU
4 Santa Clara
5 George Washington
6 Cardozo
6 Texas A&M
8 American
8 Boston University
8 Fordham
8 Houston
12 Columbia
12 Harvard
12 Penn
15 Georgetown
15 Texas
15 UCLA
18 Chicago-Kent
18 Duke
18 Michigan
18 New Hampshire
18 San Diego
23 George Mason
23 Vanderbilt
23 Virginia
26 Utah
27 Cornell
27 Northwestern
27 University of Washington
30 DePaul
30 Indiana (Maurer)
30 Richmond
30 Temple
30 Washington Univ.
30 William & Mary
36 Akron
36 Boston College
36 Chicago
36 Colorado
36 Minnesota
36 Suffolk
36 UC-Irvine
36 USC
44 Emory
44 Loyola-L.A.
44 Ohio State
44 UC-Davis
48 Arizona State
48 Northeastern
48 Pittsburgh
48 UNLV
48 Yale

2023-24 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings

2024-25 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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April 19, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, April 18, 2024

2024-25 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings

US News (2023)The new 2024-25 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings include the health care law programs at 191 law schools (the faculty survey had a 49% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank School
1 Georgia State
2 St. Louis
3 Boston University
4 Loyola-Chicago
4 Maryland
6 Georgetown
7 Harvard
7 Houston
7 Northeastern
10 Seton Hall
10 Stanford
12 UC-San Francisco
13 Arizona State
13 Yale
15 American
15 Case Western
15 Ohio State
15 Temple
19 George Washington
19 UCLA
21 Emory
21 Wake Forest
23 DePaul
24 Drexel
24 Indiana (McKinney)
24 Penn
24 Washington Univ.
28 Michigan
28 Minnesota
28 Mitchell | Hamline
28 North Carolina
28 Pittsburgh
33 Duke
34 University of Arizona
34 Utah
36 Indiana (Maurer)
36 Northwestern
36 SMU
36 Texas
36 UNLV
41 Boston College
41 Florida
41 Loyola-L.A.
41 Nova
41 Suffolk
41 University of Washington
47 Cornell
47 Georgia
47 Tennessee
47 Vanderbilt
47 Virginia

2023-24 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings

2024-25 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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April 18, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

2024-25 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings

US News (2023)The new 2024-25 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings include the environmental law programs at 195 law schools (the faculty survey had a 55% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank School
1 Pace
2 UC-Berkeley
3 Lewis & Clark
4 Vermont
5 UCLA
6 Columbia
7 Colorado
7 Oregon
7 Utah
10 Georgetown
10 Harvard
10 NYU
10 Stanford
10 Vanderbilt
15 Duke
15 UC-Davis
17 Arizona State
17 Florida State
17 George Washington
17 Michigan
21 Denver
21 Maryland
23 Hawaii
23 UC-Irvine
25 Florida
25 New Mexico
25 Texas A&M
25 Virginia
25 Yale
30 Houston
30 Minnesota
30 Texas
30 Tulane
30 University of Arizona
30 University of Washington
36 Case Western
36 Indiana (Maurer)
36 Miami
36 Penn
36 UC-San Francisco
36 USC
42 Emory
42 Montana
42 Wyoming
45 North Carolina
45 Northwestern
47 Kansas
47 Louisiana State
47 Maine
50 Cornell
50 Richmond
50 Widener (DE)

2023-24 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings

2024-25 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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April 17, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

U.S. News Rankings Potpourri: Waning Influence, Penalizing 53 Boycotting Law Schools, And Declining T14 Lawyer|Judge Reputation Scores

Reuters, After Setbacks, U.S. News Law School Rankings Show Signs of Waning Influence:

US News (2023)[T]he influence of U.S. News’ law school rankings is waning following a widespread boycott by schools that began in 2022 and a series of data errors that plagued the rollout of the 2023 list. According to U.S. News, 53 schools out of the nation's 197 accredited by the American Bar Association declined to provide data this year.

Those factors have hurt the credibility of the rankings, [Mike] Spivey said, and amplified longstanding criticism that a one-size-fits-all ranking can’t capture meaningful differences between schools.

Above the Law, U.S. News Law School Rankings Makes Its Smartest Methodological Change: Telling Holdout Schools To Suck It:

Law schools that refused to cooperate with U.S. News saw their peer surveys ignored. It's the right call. ...

Maryland Law’s Donald Tobin wrote an op-ed for TaxProf Blog laying out his pros and cons of the new USNWR methodology. Some of his points are pretty good (“using two-year averages for bar passage and employment data” to cut back on volatility), some less so (suggesting that outcome measurements should be downplayed), but all in all it’s a thoughtful critique that concludes by re-weighting the raw numbers to generate a ranking in a way that makes a lot more sense and is worth checking out.

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April 16, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

2024-25 U.S. News Dispute Resolution Rankings

US News (2023)The new 2024-25 U.S. News Dispute Resolution Rankings include the dispute resolution programs at 92 law schools (the faculty survey had a 54% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank School
1 Ohio State
2 Pepperdine Caruso
3 Harvard
3 Missouri-Columbia
5 Cardozo
5 Texas A&M
7 Maryland
7 Mitchell | Hamline
7 Northwestern
7 UNLV
11 Arizona State
11 Oregon
13 Fordham
14 Quinnipiac
14 UC-San Francisco
16 Stanford
17 Florida
18 Georgetown
18 South Texas
18 UC-Berkeley
21 Creighton
21 Michigan
21 Pacific
21 Suffolk
21 Washington Univ.
26 Columbia
26 Texas
26 UC-Davis
29 Arkansas-Little Rock
29 Loyola-Chicago
29 Nebraska
29 Pace
29 UC-Irvine
29 UCLA
29 USC
36 Georgia
36 Kansas
36 Marquette
36 NYU
36 Penn
36 Virginia
42 Baltimore
42 Boston College
42 Cornell
42 George Washington
42 Houston
42 Illinois
42 Minnesota
42 St. John's
42 Yale

2023-24 U.S. News Dispute Resolution Rankings

2024-25 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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April 16, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, April 15, 2024

2024-25 U.S. News Criminal Law Rankings

US News (2023)The new 2024-25 U.S. News Criminal Law Rankings include the criminal law programs at 196 law schools (the faculty survey had a 49% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank School
1 NYU
2 Harvard
2 Stanford
4 UC-Berkeley
5 Georgetown
5 Michigan
7 Columbia
7 Duke
7 Penn
7 UCLA
7 Virginia
12 Chicago
12 Yale
14 Vanderbilt
15 Fordham
15 Northwestern
15 Ohio State
18 UC-Davis
18 Washington Univ.
20 Brooklyn
20 Cornell
20 North Carolina
20 Texas
24 American
24 Arizona State
24 Boston University
24 George Washington
24 Illinois
24 Minnesota
24 UC-Irvine
24 Wake Forest
24 William & Mary
33 SMU
34 Emory
34 Indiana (Maurer)
34 Iowa
34 Loyola-L.A.
34 Maryland
34 Tulane
34 USC
34 Utah
34 Wisconsin
43 Alabama
43 Cardozo
43 Denver
43 Florida State
43 University of Arizona
48 Florida
48 Georgia
48 Howard
48 Rutgers

2023-24 U.S. News Criminal Law Rankings

2024-25 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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April 15, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Sunday, April 14, 2024

2024-25 U.S. News Contracts/Commercial Law Rankings

US News (2023)The new 2024-25 U.S. News Contracts/Commercial Law Rankings include the contracts/commercial law programs at 196 law schools (the faculty survey had a 43% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank School
1 Columbia
2 Chicago
2 Harvard
4 Stanford
5 Penn
5 Virginia
7 Georgetown
7 Michigan
7 NYU
7 Yale
11 Cornell
11 Northwestern
11 UC-Berkeley
11 Vanderbilt
15 Texas
15 UCLA
17 Duke
18 Fordham
18 Minnesota
18 Washington Univ.
21 Emory
21 USC
23 North Carolina
24 Boston University
24 Iowa
24 UC-Davis
24 William & Mary
24 Wisconsin
29 Boston College
29 BYU
29 Florida
29 Georgia
29 Illinois
29 Notre Dame
29 UC-Irvine
36 Florida State
36 George Washington
36 Ohio State
36 Tulane
36 Washington & Lee
41 Arizona State
41 George Mason
41 Indiana (Maurer)
41 SMU
41 Texas A&M
41 UNLV
41 Utah
48 Alabama
48 San Diego
48 Temple
48 University of Arizona
48 University of Washington
48 Wake Forest

2023-24 U.S. News Contracts/Commercial Law Rankings

2024-25 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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April 14, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Saturday, April 13, 2024

2024-25 U.S. News Constitutional Law Rankings

US News (2023)The new 2024-25 U.S. News Constitutional Law Rankings include the constitutional law programs at 196 law schools (the faculty survey had a 43% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank School
1 Harvard
2 Chicago
3 Stanford
3 Yale
5 NYU
5 UC-Berkeley
7 Columbia
7 Michigan
7 Virginia
10 Duke
11 Cornell
11 Georgetown
11 Northwestern
11 Penn
11 Texas
16 UCLA
17 Vanderbilt
17 William & Mary
19 UC-Davis
19 Minnesota
19 Washington Univ.
22 Notre Dame
22 San Diego
22 Wisconsin
25 Boston University
25 Emory
25 UC-Irvine
25 USC
29 Fordham
29 George Washington
29 Ohio State
29 Alabama
29 North Carolina
34 Boston College
34 George Mason
34 Illinois
34 Iowa
34 Utah
39 Florida State
39 Colorado
39 Florida
39 Georgia
39 Maryland
39 Richmond
45 Arizona State
45 BYU
45 Brooklyn
45 Georgia State
45 Indiana (Maurer)
45 Pepperdine Caruso
45 Washington & Lee

2023-24 U.S. News Constitutional Law Rankings

2024-25 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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April 13, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, April 12, 2024

2024-25 U.S. News Clinical Training Rankings

US News (2023)The new 2024-25 U.S. News Clinical Training Rankings include the clinical training law programs at 158 law schools (the faculty survey had a 56% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank School
1 Georgetown
2 American
2 CUNY
2 NYU
5 Baltimore
5 Denver
5 Maryland
5 Michigan
5 Northwestern
5 UC-Berkeley
5 Yale
12 Stanford
12 Suffolk
12 UC-Irvine
12 Washington Univ.
16 District of Columbia
16 George Washington
16 Harvard
19 Columbia
19 Georgia State
19 New Mexico
19 Tennessee
23 Fordham
23 North Carolina
23 Northeastern
23 Pepperdine Caruso
23 Seattle
23 UCLA
23 University of Washington
30 Cornell
30 Howard
30 Miami
30 Penn
30 Rutgers
30 South Carolina
30 Texas
30 UC-San Francisco
38 Boston College
38 Boston University
38 Brooklyn
38 Georgia
38 Loyola-Chicago
38 Mitchell | Hamline
38 UC-Davis
38 UNLV
46 Chicago
46 Duke
46 Loyola-L.A.
46 Minnesota
46 Vanderbilt
46 Villanova
46 Wayne State

2023-24 U.S. News Clinical Law Rankings 

2024-25 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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April 12, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, April 11, 2024

2024-25 U.S. News Business/Corporate Law Rankings


US News (2023)The new 2024-25 U.S. News Business/Corporate Law Rankings include the business/corporate law programs at 196 law schools (the faculty survey had a 50% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank School
1 Stanford
2 Columbia
2 Harvard
4 Chicago
4 NYU
4 Penn
7 UC-Berkeley
8 Michigan
8 Virginia
8 Yale
11 Cornell
11 Duke
11 Georgetown
11 UCLA
11 Vanderbilt
16 Northwestern
17 Fordham
17 Texas
17 USC
20 Boston University
20 Washington Univ.
22 Boston College
22 Emory
22 Florida
22 Minnesota
22 North Carolina
22 Notre Dame
28 BYU
28 Georgia
28 Indiana (Maurer)
28 Iowa
28 Tulane
28 Washington & Lee
28 William & Mary
35 George Washington
35 Maryland
35 Ohio State
35 Tennessee
35 UC-Davis
40 Brooklyn
40 Wisconsin
42 Colorado
42 Illinois
42 San Diego
42 SMU
42 University of Arizona
47 Alabama
47 Arizona State
47 Florida State
47 George Mason
47 University of Washington
47 Utah
47 Wake Forest

2023-24 U.S. News Business/Corporate Law Rankings 

2024-25 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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April 11, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Muller: Law Schools That Don't Double The Size Of Their Career Development Departments In Response To U.S. News Are Committing 'Academic Malpractice'

U.S. News, Methodology: 2024 Best Law Schools Rankings:

US News (2023)There were a couple differences in how the rankings were calculated, described below. In summary, U.S. News averaged its bar passage and employment indicators over two years. ...

Placement success and bar passage comprise three indicators that total 58% of each school's rank.

  • Outcomes 10 months after graduation (weighted 33%): ... To improve measurement of this indicator – given the common year-to-year fluctuations associated with outcome measures and the small sizes of some graduating J.D. classes – this indicator was derived from the average of the 2021 and 2022 graduating class outcomes 10 months after graduation. Specifically, U.S. News took a nonweighted average by aggregating the score it previously computed from the 2021 graduating class with the newly calculated 2022 class score, then divided it by two. Previously, this indicator was based only on the most recent year. ...
  • Bar passage rate for first-time test-takers (18%): ... As was done with the 10 months after graduation indicator, this bar passage indicator was newly calculated as a two-year, nonweighted average pertaining to the 2021 and 2022 graduating classes.
  • Ultimate bar passage rate (7%): ... Like the previous two outcome measures, the ultimate bar passage rate indicator was newly calculated as a two-year, nonweighted average.

Derek Muller (Notre Dame; Google Scholar), The 2024-2025 USNWR Law School Rankings: Methodology Tweaks May Help Entrench Elite Schools, But Elite Schools See Reputation Decline Among Lawyers and Judges:

[E]mployment effects have now effectively doubled. A good year will redound to a school for two years; a bad year will need to be managed across two years. No more opportunities to rip the bandage off and move to the next year; a bad year will linger. And yes, while it receives less weight in a given year, a school is seeking to maximize the effect each time every year.

So what I said before, about career development being the most valuable job in legal education? Doubly true.

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April 10, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Commentary On The 2024-25 U.S. News Law School Rankings

2024-25 U.S. News Tax Rankings

US News (2023)The new 2024-25 U.S. News Tax Rankings include the tax programs at 196 law schools (the faculty survey had a 59% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank School
1 NYU
2 Georgetown
3 Florida
3 Northwestern
5 Virginia
6 Columbia
6 UCLA
8 Michigan
8 UC-Irvine
10 Chicago
10 Duke
10 Harvard
13 Loyola-L.A.
13 Texas
15 Boston College
15 Boston University
15 Stanford
15 USC
15 Yale
20 North Carolina
20 San Diego
20 UC-Berkeley
23 Indiana (Maurer)
23 Penn
25 Fordham
25 Minnesota
25 UC-Davis
28 Florida State
28 George Washington
28 Pepperdine Caruso
28 Temple
32 Cornell
32 Houston
32 UC-San Francisco
32 Washington Univ.
36 Alabama
36 Georgia
36 University of Washington
36 Villanova
40 Arizona State
40 BYU
40 Cardozo
40 Colorado
40 Miami
40 Pittsburgh
40 SMU
40 Vanderbilt
40 Wisconsin
49 Brooklyn
49 Emory
49 Notre Dame
49 Ohio State
49 UNLV

Among the law schools in the tax rankings last year, here are the biggest upward moves:

  • 14: Georgia (#36)
  • 12: Houston (#32)
  • 10: Colorado (#40), SMU (#40)
  • 9: USC (#15) 
  • 8: Florida State (#28), Washington University (#32), University of Washington (#36) 
  • 7: Yale (#15) 
  • 6: UC-Davis (#25), Cardozo (#40) 

Here are the biggest downward moves:

  • -16: Denver (#62) 
  • -14: UC-San Francisco (#32), Washington & Lee (#54) 
  • -12: Loyola-Chicago (#62), Seton Hall (#62), Tulane (#62) 
  • -9: BYU (#40), Pittsburgh (#40), Wisconsin (#40), Brooklyn (#49) 
  • -5: Indiana-Maurer (#23), Penn (#23), Villanova (#36) 
  • -4: George Washington (#28), Arizona State (#40), American (#54), Iowa (#54), Georgia State (#54), Richmond (#54), South Carolina (#54)
  • -3: Chicago (#10), Loyola-L.A. (#13), Minnesota (#25), Notre Dame (#49), UNLV (#49)

Here are the rankings of law schools with graduate tax programs:

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April 10, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Daily, Tax Rankings | Permalink

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Muller: Did U.S. News Change Its Law School Rankings Methodology To Avoid A Steeper Fall For Cornell And NYU?

Derek Muller (Notre Dame; Google Scholar), The 2024-2025 USNWR Law School Rankings: Methodology Tweaks May Help Entrench Elite Schools, But Elite Schools See Reputation Decline Among Lawyers and Judges:

US News (2023)Hours after the release of last year’s dramatic change to the USNWR methodology, I noted the dramatic increase in “compression and volatility” in the coming rankings.

USNWR changed a couple of things in its methodology:

There were a couple differences in how the rankings were calculated, described below. In summary, U.S. News averaged its bar passage and employment indicators over two years. Also, the lawyers and judges assessment score had a second source of ratings besides names supplied by law schools. ...

[W]hy did USNWR decide to change this year? There are two possible explanations for this change, and, tellingly, either explanation looks bad for USNWR.

One explanation is that USNWR was simply unaware of the potential volatility in their ranking sand is responding now. That is a bad look for USNWR. It took me minutes to spot this likely problem. If it escaped their entire data team’s months-long vetting, it’s a telling concession.

The other explanation is that USNWR was aware of the potential volatility, but it took a step this year to react to reduce it. That’s a bad look, too—if it was aware of the problem, why didn’t it address the problem then? It did, after all, have all of the granular employment data in previous years. And if it was aware last year, what prompted the change this year?

The related answer to both, by the way, is that it saw something problematic in what the outputs would be, and it modified the weighing to avoid undesirable results. This is not something I have proof for, I admit. I can only infer from the actions take in response to some events of the last year.

But we saw a few schools—notably, as I pointed out, NYU and Cornell—that would disproportionately suffer under the new system. I projected NYU to slide to 11 and Cornell to 18. Instead, with a re-weighing, NYU slid only to 9, and Cornell to 14. Other schools—particularly Washington University in St. Louis, North Carolina, and Texas A&M—were projected to rise much faster. The rankings changes are designed to put a governor on moves down—or up—the rankings.

Now, it’s not possible to prove that USNWR saw that NYU and Cornell would slide much faster than they thought appropriate and changed the methodology.

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April 9, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

2024-25 U.S. News Law School Peer Reputation Rankings (And Overall Rankings)

 

US News (2023)Continuing a TaxProf Blog tradition (see links below for 2008-09 to 2023-24), here is the full list of the 196 law schools ranked by academic peer reputation, as well as their overall rank, in the new 2024-25 U.S. News Law School Rankings (methodology):

Peer Rank Peer Score School Overall Rank
1 4.6 Harvard 4
1 4.6 Stanford 1
3 4.5 Chicago 3
3 4.5 Columbia 8
3 4.5 NYU 9
3 4.5 Yale 1
7 4.4 UC-Berkeley 12
8 4.3 Michigan 9
8 4.3 Virginia 4
10 4.2 Duke 4
10 4.2 Northwestern 9
10 4.2 Penn 4
13 4.1 Cornell 14
13 4.1 Georgetown 14
13 4.1 UCLA 13
16 4 Texas 16
17 3.9 Vanderbilt 19
18 3.7 Washington Univ. 16
19 3.6 Boston University 24
19 3.6 Emory 42
19 3.6 Minnesota 16
19 3.6 Notre Dame 20
19 3.6 USC 20
24 3.5 North Carolina 20
24 3.5 UC-Davis 55
24 3.5 UC-Irvine 42
27 3.4 Boston College 28
27 3.4 George Washington 41
27 3.4 Georgia 20
27 3.4 Ohio State 26
27 3.4 William & Mary 36
32 3.3 Alabama 33
32 3.3 Arizona State 36
32 3.3 Florida 28
32 3.3 Fordham 33
32 3.3 Iowa 36
32 3.3 Wisconsin 36
38 3.2 Colorado 48
38 3.2 Illinois 36
38 3.2 Indiana (Maurer) 42
38 3.2 University of Arizona 55
38 3.2 University of Washington 48
38 3.2 Washington & Lee 33
44 3.1 Maryland 55
44 3.1 Utah 28
44 3.1 Wake Forest 25
47 3 Connecticut 55
47 3 Florida State 48
47 3 Texas A&M 26
47 3 Tulane 78
51 2.9 American 98
51 2.9 BYU 28
51 2.9 Cardozo 61
51 2.9 Howard 130
51 2.9 Loyola-L.A. 61
51 2.9 San Diego 68
51 2.9 Temple 54
58 2.8 Georgia State 75
58 2.8 Houston 68
58 2.8 Miami 82
58 2.8 Oregon 82
58 2.8 Pepperdine Caruso 52
58 2.8 Tennessee 52
64 2.7 Case Western 89
64 2.7 Denver 89
64 2.7 George Mason 28
64 2.7 Kansas 46
64 2.7 Loyola-Chicago 78
64 2.7 Richmond 66
64 2.7 SMU 42
64 2.7 UC-San Francisco 82
64 2.7 UNLV 78
64 2.7 Villanova 48
74 2.6 Brooklyn 114
74 2.6 Hawaii 127
74 2.6 Kentucky 61
74 2.6 Missouri-Columbia 61
74 2.6 Northeastern 68
74 2.6 Oklahoma 55
74 2.6 Pittsburgh 91
74 2.6 Rutgers 103
74 2.6 Seton Hall 61
74 2.6 South Carolina 66
84 2.5 Arkansas-Fayetteville 114
84 2.5 Baylor 46
84 2.5 Indiana (McKinney) 98
84 2.5 Lewis & Clark 82
84 2.5 Michigan State 108
84 2.5 Santa Clara 158
90 2.4 Chicago-Kent 108
90 2.4 Cincinnati 78
90 2.4 Drexel 75
90 2.4 Louisiana State 91
90 2.4 Nebraska 82
90 2.4 Penn State-Dickinson 75
90 2.4 Penn State-University Park 68
90 2.4 Seattle 114
90 2.4 St. John's 68
90 2.4 St. Louis 94
90 2.4 Syracuse 120
90 2.4 Wayne State 55
102 2.3 Catholic 94
102 2.3 DePaul 134
102 2.3 Marquette 68
102 2.3 Mississippi 120
102 2.3 New Mexico 94
102 2.3 SUNY-Buffalo 108
108 2.2 Baltimore 140
108 2.2 CUNY 150
108 2.2 Florida Int'l 68
108 2.2 Hofstra 130
108 2.2 Louisville 136
108 2.2 Loyola-New Orleans 130
108 2.2 Pace 136
108 2.2 Stetson 98
108 2.2 Suffolk 130
117 2.1 Albany 117
117 2.1 Arkansas-Little Rock 143
117 2.1 Gonzaga 120
117 2.1 Illinois-Chicago 161
117 2.1 Maine 120
117 2.1 Missouri-Kansas City 117
117 2.1 Pacific 159
117 2.1 West Virginia 117
117 2.1 Willamette 145
126 2 Creighton 153
126 2 Drake 82
126 2 Duquesne 94
126 2 Idaho 145
126 2 Mercer 103
126 2 New Hampshire 98
126 2 New York Law School 127
126 2 St. Thomas (MN) 98
126 2 Texas Tech 82
126 2 Vermont 168
126 2 Washburn 120
126 2 Wyoming 120
138 1.9 Akron 136
138 1.9 Cleveland State 103
138 1.9 Dayton 108
138 1.9 Detroit Mercy 136
138 1.9 Memphis 140
138 1.9 Mitchell | Hamline 164
138 1.9 Montana 103
138 1.9 North Dakota 168
138 1.9 Quinnipiac 143
138 1.9 San Francisco 165
138 1.9 Southwestern 145
138 1.9 St. Mary's 153
138 1.9 Toledo 148
138 1.9 Tulsa 120
152 1.8 Elon 148
152 1.8 Florida A&M Tier 2
152 1.8 Northern Illinois 157
152 1.8 Roger Williams 172
152 1.8 South Dakota 127
152 1.8 South Texas 150
152 1.8 Widener (DE) Tier 2
159 1.7 Cal-Western Tier 2
159 1.7 Chapman 108
159 1.7 District of Columbia Tier 2
159 1.7 North Carolina Central Tier 2
159 1.7 Nova Tier 2
159 1.7 Samford 103
159 1.7 Southern Illinois 172
166 1.6 Belmont 91
166 1.6 Massachusetts 161
166 1.6 North Texas 172
166 1.6 Northern Kentucky 150
166 1.6 Ohio Northern 153
166 1.6 Oklahoma City 153
166 1.6 Puerto Rico Tier 2
166 1.6 Texas Southern Tier 2
166 1.6 Touro 168
166 1.6 Widener (PA) 165
176 1.5 Campbell 134
176 1.5 Capital Tier 2
176 1.5 Mississippi College 168
176 1.5 New England 159
176 1.5 Southern Tier 2
176 1.5 St. Thomas (FL) 172
176 1.5 Western New England Tier 2
183 1.4 Charleston Tier 2
183 1.4 Inter-American (PR) Tier 2
183 1.4 John Marshall (GA) 176
183 1.4 Lincoln Memorial 165
183 1.4 Pontifical Catholic (PR) Tier 2
183 1.4 Regent 108
189 1.3 Appalachian Tier 2
189 1.3 Ave Maria 161
189 1.3 Barry Tier 2
189 1.3 Faulkner 176
189 1.3 Golden Gate Tier 2
189 1.3 Liberty 140
195 1.2 Western Michigan Tier 2
195 1.2 Western State Tier 2

Prior Years' U.S. News Peer Reputation And Overall Rankings:

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April 9, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tobin: The Silly U.S. News Law School Rankings

TaxProf Blog op-ed:  The Silly U.S. News Law School Rankings, by Donald Tobin (Maryland; Google Scholar):

Donald tobinIt is silly season again!  Last year, after U.S. News announced its new methodology regarding law school rankings, I highlighted how the changed methodology in the rankings, and the changes that U.S. News made to those changes, highlighted how silly these rankings are in the first place.  Schools, based on U.S. News waving a statistical wand, suddenly, at least according to U.S. News, became significantly better or significantly worse overnight [A Preliminary Analysis Of The New U.S. News Law School Rankings].  The new rankings shed light on this silliness once again, further highlighting the uselessness of the rankings.

First the good news!

One thing I predicted last year is that the heavy reliance on bar passage and employment data in the rankings would create tremendous volatility unless U.S. News moved to using some type of moving average. Sure enough, probably to stabilize the rankings, U.S. News has changed its methodology once again, and is now using two-year averages for bar passage and employment data. Good for those of you who like some level of stability in the rankings but surprising that wasn’t considered when they changed the methodology last year.

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April 9, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Preliminary U.S. News Law School Rankings Release Raises Questions

Law.com, Preliminary US News Law School Rankings Release Raises Questions:

US News (2023)As far as anyone can tell, U.S. News & World Report is still expected to release its 2024-25 law school rankings on Tuesday, even though the preliminary embargoed rankings released to law schools last week were fraught with errors.

Paul Caron reported on his TaxProf Blog Friday that after U.S. News released the preliminary rankings on Wednesday—a day later than planned—the survey was re-released on Thursday showing “80 (!) law schools in the April 3 release as originally sorted was corrected in the April 4 rankings, including 9 law schools in the Top 50.”

It is also unclear how many schools actually—fully—participated in the survey. Last year, 63 schools were noted with an asterisk as having “declined to report law data to U.S. News during U.S. News’s most recent data collection.” ... There are 10 schools that didn’t participate last year listed in this year’s survey as “participating.” ... The 10 schools that boycotted last year but are showing as participating this year include

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Friday, April 5, 2024

U.S. News Updates Embargoed Law School Rankings, Impacting Overall Ranking Of 80 Schools

Yesterday (April 4), U.S. News announced it had updated the embargoed law school rankings released on Wednesday (April 3):

US News (2023)An update has been made to the preliminary embargoed Best Graduate Schools rankings. Please review the updated data to ensure the accuracy of any prepared communications. Adjustments were made to how ranks were displayed and sorted for Academic Insight users in the Law School rankings dataset. ...

Please note that the rankings and their related data are subject to change and are not considered final until published on usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

The display of the rankings of 80 (!) law schools in the April 3 release as originally sorted was corrected in the April 4 rankings, including 9 law schools in the Top 50.

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

U.S. News 2024-25 Top 25 Law Schools

Mike Spivey has published the U.S. News 2024-25 Top 25 law school rankings despite the embargo:

US News (2023)Earlier today, U.S. News released their rankings to law school administrations under an embargo. Multiple law schools passed those rankings along to us, however, and we feel, for multiple reasons, that it makes sense to publish them. Among those reasons is the fact that just last year, U.S. News published their top 14 in advance of the full rankings release, and those top 14 turned out to include errors. This year, over 50 law schools opted not to participate in U.S. News' survey, and given that fact plus the immense scrutiny on the rankings and their trustworthiness, we think it's worthwhile for everyone to be aware of this initially-released top 25.

If the public release next week is different from the below, it is our view that law schools, students, and applicants should be aware of that. We'll publish the full list with +/-, plus commentary and analysis on the methodology and what changes they made in their calculations, next week.

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April 4, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

U.S. News Delays Release Of Embargoed 2024-25 Law School Rankings

U.S. News previously announced that law schools would receive an embargoed copy of the 2024-25 law school rankings today (April 2). U.S. News has delayed the release of the embargoed rankings until tomorrow (April 3):

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Monday, April 1, 2024

U.S. News Releases 2024-25 Law School Top 50 Rankings

Update:  For more, see here.

U.S. News announced today that, with the retirement of Chief Data Strategist Robert Morse at the age of 76, the 2024-25 and future law school rankings will be based on artificial intelligence licensed from ChatGPT. Here are the 2024-25 U.S. News-ChatGPT Top 50 law schools. The complete rankings of all 196 law schools will be released on April 9.

ChatGPT Law School Rankings

  1. ChatGPT USNYale Law School
  2. Stanford Law School
  3. Harvard Law School
  4. Columbia Law School
  5. University of Chicago Law School
  6. New York University School of Law
  7. University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  8. University of Michigan Law School
  9. University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
  10. Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  11. Duke University School of Law
  12. University of Virginia School of Law
  13. Cornell Law School
  14. Georgetown University Law Center
  15. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law
  16. University of Texas School of Law
  17. Vanderbilt University Law School
  18. University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  19. Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  20. University of Minnesota Law School
  21. Boston University School of Law
  22. University of Notre Dame Law School
  23. Emory University School of Law
  24. University of North Carolina School of Law
  25. University of California, Irvine School of Law

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April 1, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Reading The U.S. News Law School Rankings Tea Leaves

Reuters, U.S. News Law School Rankings Release Date Set, Methodology Changes Expected:

US News (2023)Rankings watchers expect that U.S. News will modify its formula to make it more difficult for people to use publicly available American Bar Association data to forecast the results months before the official list comes out and to reduce volatility in schools’ rankings. ...

Projections of the rankings by [Mike] Spivey, Pepperdine Law Dean Paul Caron, and Notre Dame professor Derek Muller suggest New York University School of Law this year would drop to either No. 10 or 11 from the current No. 5 without a change in methodology. The University of Virginia School of law, now No. 8, would jump to No. 4 in all three projections. Year-over-year moves of that magnitude among the top 14 schools are unusual. ... U.S. News may seek to reduce the volatility of the upcoming rankings by adding new metrics or reducing the weight of certain metrics, Muller said.

Law.com, US News Law School Rankings Shrouded in Mystery:

The U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings are set to release on April 9. While the organization is doing some things differently this year, it hasn’t revealed anything about possible changes in methodology.

One certain change this year, however, includes each law school receiving only its own data this week to check for accuracy instead of law schools receiving a full early report of all schools to review. ...

Since some of the data wasn’t part of the calculations last year, this might suggest changes in methodology, but that’s hard to say for sure, a couple of law deans told Law.com. ...

“We expect to see some methodology changes to the rankings this year,” Dave Killoran, chief executive officer of PowerScore Test Preparation, told Law.com on Wednesday. “If they were to use the same methodology as last year, then anyone could predict the final outcomes since the rankings are built on public data,” which U.S. News doesn’t want, “so they will change the weighting on some items, and this will produce movement among their top schools.”

This is exactly what Paul Caron, the Duane and Kelly Roberts dean and professor of law at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, has been doing in his TaxProf blog. On Monday, he ranked Yale as No. 1 and Stanford as No. 2—they were tied in last year’s U.S. News rankings.

“Most commentators anticipate that U.S. News will tinker with the methodology in the forthcoming 2024-25 rankings,” Caron wrote.

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March 21, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

2024-25 U.S. News Law School Rankings

U.S. News & World Report has announced that the new 2024-25 law school rankings will be publicly released on Tuesday, April 9 (law schools will receive an embargoed copy on Tuesday, April 2). Here is my coverage of the current 2023-24 law school rankings:

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

2024 Law School Rankings By Graduates In BigLaw Jobs

Go-To Law Schools

Law.com, The 2024 Top 50 Go-To Law Schools:

The Go-To Law Schools: Big Law report ranks the top 50 law schools by percentage of 2023 juris doctor graduates who took associate positions at the largest 100 firms as identified in The National Law Journal’s annual survey of the nation’s 500 largest law firms.

For the first time this year, data for this report was provided to Law.com by the law schools instead of from law firms as has been done in the past.

  1. Northwestern
  2. Columbia
  3. Virginia
  4. Penn
  5. Cornell
  6. Duke
  7. Chicago
  8. Vanderbilt
  9. USC
  10. Georgetown

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Monday, March 18, 2024

Preview Of The 2024-25 U.S. News Law School Rankings: Overall Ranking

Update: ABA Journal, Which Law Schools Will Top the US News Rankings? Here Are Three Predictions

Following up on my previous posts: 

In this post, I project the forthcoming 2024-25 U.S. News law school rankings using the 2023-24 rankings methodology and the publicly available ABA data, which accounted for 75% of the 2023-24 rankings:

My projected rankings below assume the same dean|faculty (12.5%) and lawyer|judge (12.5%) reputation scores for the remaining 25% of the 2023-24 rankings. I also include the projected rankings from Derek Muller (Notre Dame) and Mike Spivey (Spivey Consulting). Most commentators anticipate that U.S. News will tinker with the methodology in the forthcoming 2024-25 rankings.

School Caron Projected Rank Muller Projected Rank Spivey Projected Rank   Admissions Rank Student Outcomes Rank Resources Rank Reputation Rank
Yale 1 2 2   1 3 2 5
Stanford 2 1 1   2 15 3 1
Chicago 3 3 3   4 4 19 3
Virginia 4 4 4   6 1 24 8
Penn 5 6 4   7 6 10 8
Harvard 6 4 4   3 12 72 2
Duke 7 6 7   17 2 21 11
Columbia 8 9 8   9 14 29 3
Michigan 9 6 8   20 9 45 6
NYU 10 11 10   10 11 46 7
Northwestern 11 9 10   8 8 11 13
UC-Berkeley 12 11 10   21 18 37 10
UCLA 13 13 13   11 10 18 16
Georgetown 14 14 14   13 24 17 13
Washington Univ. 15 14 14   5 13 26 18
Texas 16 16 16   18 23 41 15
Cornell 17 18 16   12 38 15 12
North Carolina 18 16 18   33 5 31 21
Vanderbilt 19 19 20   16 28 55 17
Minnesota 20 19 18   30 17 8 23
Notre Dame 21 19 20   28 19 62 19
USC 22 22 22   19 30 63 20
Boston Univ. 23 24 22   25 27 30 25
Georgia 24 22 22   27 20 42 34
Texas A&M 25 24 28   14 7 22 68
Wake Forest 26 24 25   43 16 40 40
Alabama 27 28 28   23 22 64 43
Boston College 28 28 28   32 31 66 26
Utah 29 28 25   37 21 4 50
William & Mary 30 28 32   40 32 78 26
Florida 31 27 28   15 48 20 29
Ohio State 32 32 34   36 34 53 36
Washington & Lee 33 32 34   51 29 68 35
Fordham 34 36 38   35 41 82 29
Wisconsin 35 48 25   45 37 90 36
Iowa 36 34 32   59 39 80 29
George Mason 37 34 34   24 36 5 64
Illinois 38 46 34   52 33 61 44
Colorado 39 39 41   46 43 44 45
Indiana (Maurer) 40 36 38   44 50 52 38
George Washington 41 44 43   29 68 69 24
UC-Irvine 42 44 46   39 62 28 32
SMU 43 39 41   42 26 101 57
Arizona State 44 39 43   26 55 94 39
Baylor 45 39 43   48 35 58 56
Florida State 46 36 46   31 46 39 53
Emory 47 48 48   38 75 95 21
BYU 48 39 38   22 63 35 46
University of Washington 49 48 48   54 58 51 42
UC-Davis 50 48 51   55 60 168 28

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Friday, March 15, 2024

Preview Of The 2024-25 U.S. News Law School Rankings: Resources

Following up on my previous posts: 

In the current 2023-24 methodology, resources count 7% in the overall ranking:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio (5%)
  • Librarian-Student Ratio (2%)

Below are two resource 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.

Rank School Student-Faculty Ratio Rank Librarian-Student Ratio Rank Weighted Rank
1 University of Arizona 1 (3.66) 6 (38.95) 2.43
2 Stanford 5 (4.38) 2 (35.94) 4.14
3 Utah 2 (4.21) 15 (46.33) 5.71
4 Yale 8 (4.43) 1 (31.65) 6.00
5 George Mason 9 (4.49) 9 (40.86) 9.00
6 Hawaii 6 (4.39) 17 (47.83) 9.14
7 Minnesota 13 (4.68) 8 (40.55) 11.57
8 Cleveland State 7 (4.41) 26 (53.81) 12.43
9 Penn 16 (4.82) 11 (42.53) 14.57
10 Pittsburgh 3 (4.22) 50 (69.09) 16.43
11 New Mexico 18 (4.86) 14 (44.86) 16.86
12 Northwestern 4 (4.31) 52 (69.36) 17.71
13 Connecticut 22 (5.11) 10 (41.15) 18.57
14 Richmond 19 (4.99) 24 (53) 20.43
15 Cornell 14 (4.78) 49 (68.82) 24.00
16 UCLA 28 (5.5) 16 (46.79) 24.57
17 Duke 27 (5.48) 27 (53.86) 27.00
18 Virginia 29 (5.5) 31 (56.13) 29.57
19 Catholic 37 (5.82) 12 (42.94) 29.86
20 UC-Irvine 36 (5.81) 18 (49.16) 30.86
21 Vermont 12 (4.68) 84 (84.47) 32.57
22 Texas A&M 20 (5.03) 71 (78.22) 34.57
23 Western New England 23 (5.11) 64 (75) 34.71
24 Boston Univ. 35 (5.78) 36 (58.38) 35.29
25 Georgetown 10 (4.64) 100 (90.26) 35.71
26 North Carolina 43 (6) 19 (49.33) 36.14
27 Chicago 15 (4.82) 91 (87.14) 36.71
28 Columbia 31 (5.55) 53 (69.59) 37.29
29 District of Columbia 34 (5.71) 46 (67.22) 37.43
30 Florida 17 (4.84) 89 (86.5) 37.57
31 Cincinnati 42 (5.94) 29 (55.43) 38.29
32 Golden Gate 21 (5.04) 94 (88) 41.86
33 Wayne State 26 (5.44) 83 (84.22) 42.29
34 BYU 59 (6.33) 3 (38.4) 43.00
35 Wake Forest 48 (6.18) 32 (57.43) 43.43
36 Washington Univ. 11 (4.65) 125 (104) 43.57
37 UNLV 41 (5.92) 54 (69.72) 44.71
38 Florida State 46 (6.07) 42 (62.75) 44.86
39 Texas 40 (5.88) 60 (73.63) 45.71
39 UC-Berkeley 30 (5.51) 85 (85.17) 45.71
41 Quinnipiac 25 (5.41) 98 (90.08) 45.86
42 Colorado 47 (6.12) 44 (63.25) 46.14
43 Georgia 55 (6.27) 25 (53.7) 46.43
44 Maryland 57 (6.28) 23 (52.96) 47.29
45 Michigan 39 (5.87) 75 (81) 49.29
46 NYU 38 (5.85) 79 (83.12) 49.71
47 Univ. of Washington 49 (6.21) 63 (74.57) 53.00
48 SUNY-Buffalo 76 (6.73) 5 (38.5) 55.71
49 Cooley 71 (6.61) 21 (51.5) 56.71
50 Case Western 56 (6.28) 62 (74.33) 57.71

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Preview Of The 2024-25 U.S. News Law School Rankings: Student Outcomes

Update:

Following up on my previous posts: 

In the current 2023-24 methodology, student outcomes count 58% in the overall ranking:

Below are two student outcome 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.

Rank School First-Time Bar Passage Rank Ultimate Bar Passage Rank Employment Rank Weighted
Ranks
1 Virginia 4 9 2 3.47
2 Duke 10 6 3 5.53
3 Yale 6 19 4 6.43
4 Chicago 11 1 11 9.79
5 Penn 14 23 6 10.53
6 North Carolina 3 45 8 10.91
7 Northwestern 13 37 5 11.34
8 Texas A&M 33 14 1 12.50
9 Michigan 5 13 18 13.36
10 UCLA 9 17 16 13.95
11 Washington Univ. 19 26 9 14.16
12 NYU 17 15 14 15.05
13 Columbia 21 53 7 16.90
14 Harvard 2 18 26 17.59
15 Stanford 7 1 27 17.66
16 Wake Forest 23 38 12 18.55
17 Minnesota 31 7 17 20.14
18 UC-Berkeley 8 8 30 20.52
19 Georgia 41 20 15 23.67
20 Notre Dame 15 69 19 23.79
21 Utah 38 1 21 23.86
22 Alabama 39 12 20 24.93
23 Texas 26 16 29 26.50
24 Boston Univ. 27 21 33 29.69
25 Georgetown 30 68 22 30.03
26 Vanderbilt 20 48 34 31.34
27 SMU 57 71 10 31.95
28 Washington & Lee 25 78 32 35.38
29 Boston College 34 39 37 36.31
30 USC 29 24 45 37.50
31 George Mason 53 44 28 37.69
32 Wisconsin 52 10 36 37.83
33 Ohio State 40 42 38 39.10
34 Illinois 22 59 46 40.12
35 Cornell 43 33 41 40.66
36 William & Mary 12 28 59 40.67
37 Marquette 1 25 66 40.88
38 Iowa 76 89 13 41.72
39 Baylor 18 11 62 42.19
40 Kentucky 60 102 25 45.16
41 Colorado 59 30 42 45.83
42 Florida State 72 87 23 45.93
43 Penn State-Dickinson 35 85 44 46.16
44 Fordham 47 34 49 46.57
45 Florida 80 74 24 47.41
46 Penn State-Univ. Park 49 79 40 47.50
47 Oklahoma 42 61 50 48.84
48 Indiana (Maurer) 74 58 35 49.88
49 Kansas 68 57 43 52.45
50 Regent 16 22 79 52.57

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Preview Of The 2024-25 U.S. News Law School Rankings: Employment

Update: 

Following up on my previous posts: 

The current 2023-24 methodology is: 

Outcomes 10 months after graduation (weighted by 0.33, previously 0.14): This measures the extent by which graduates obtain the most in-demand jobs – namely those that are long term, full time and requiring (or taking advantage of) bar passage. A change this year was that maximum credit was assigned for graduates with school-funded fellowships – as long as those fellowships were otherwise full-time, long-term jobs in which bar passage was required or the J.D. degree was an advantage. Maximum credit was also assigned to law school graduates pursuing additional graduate studies.

U.S. News published an outcomes 10 months after graduation employment value for information purposes on usnews.com that equals the percentage of 2021 graduates in positions awarded 100% credit in the rankings. However, the actual value used in the rankings is an index that also awards partial credit for other outcomes values described below.

These non-fully weighted jobs that were some combination of particular factors, namely short term, part time, in many cases funded by the law school and/or not utilizing bar passage received less credit by varying amounts, determined by an allocation of some or all of these factors.

Law schools are required to report these highly differentiated outcome measures each year to the ABA. For a more detailed explanation, see Notes on Employment Rates below.

Below are two previews of the 2024-2025 employment rankings. As noted below, U.S. News does not reveal the weights it gives to the 45 different job types, employment statuses, and durations. The first is a simple ranking for the Class of 2022, showing the 2024 methodology (including school-funded jobs and pursuit of a graduate degree). The second uses Z-scores to better approximate the U.S. News methodology.

School BPR & JD Adv Funded BPR & JD Adv Graduate Studies BPR & JD Adv, Funded, Graduate Rank
Texas A&M 98.3% 0.0% 1.2% 99.4% 1
Virginia 96.3% 2.1% 0.6% 99.1% 2
Duke 98.1% 0.9% 0.0% 99.1% 3
Yale 85.9% 11.7% 0.9% 98.6% 4
Northwestern 95.5% 2.6% 0.4% 98.5% 5
Penn 93.9% 3.8% 0.8% 98.5% 6
Columbia 96.8% 1.5% 0.0% 98.3% 7
North Carolina 96.8% 0.0% 1.1% 97.9% 8
Washington Univ. 96.5% 0.0% 1.3% 97.8% 9
SMU 96.3% 0.4% 1.1% 97.8% 10
Chicago 94.5% 2.3% 0.9% 97.7% 11
Wake Forest 96.0% 0.0% 1.5% 97.5% 12
Iowa 96.3% 0.0% 1.2% 97.5% 13
NYU 94.7% 2.7% 0.0% 97.5% 14
Georgia 96.4% 0.0% 1.0% 97.4% 15
UCLA 92.9% 3.8% 0.3% 97.0% 16
Minnesota 95.7% 0.4% 0.9% 97.0% 17
Michigan 95.4% 1.5% 0.0% 96.9% 18
Notre Dame 94.8% 1.4% 0.5% 96.7% 19
Alabama 93.9% 0.0% 2.3% 96.2% 20
Utah 95.2% 0.0% 1.0% 96.2% 21
Georgetown 93.7% 1.7% 0.8% 96.1% 22
Florida State 92.1% 0.0% 3.7% 95.8% 23
Florida 91.2% 0.0% 4.1% 95.4% 24
Kentucky 95.3% 0.0% 0.0% 95.3% 25
Harvard 91.8% 2.5% 1.0% 95.3% 26
Stanford 86.2% 6.3% 2.6% 95.2% 27
George Mason 93.8% 0.7% 0.7% 95.2% 28
Texas 91.7% 2.4% 1.0% 95.2% 29
UC-Berkeley 89.4% 5.0% 0.6% 95.0% 30
Drexel 92.4% 0.0% 2.5% 94.9% 31
Washington & Lee 94.1% 0.0% 0.8% 94.9% 32
Boston Univ. 89.2% 3.0% 2.2% 94.4% 33
Vanderbilt 92.1% 1.1% 1.1% 94.4% 34
Indiana (Maurer) 93.7% 0.0% 0.6% 94.3% 35
Wisconsin 92.0% 0.0% 2.2% 94.2% 36
Boston College 92.6% 1.2% 0.4% 94.2% 37
Ohio State 92.6% 0.0% 1.6% 94.1% 38
UNLV 92.6% 0.0% 1.5% 94.1% 39
Penn State-Univ. Park 92.6% 0.0% 1.5% 94.1% 40
Cornell 92.1% 1.0% 1.0% 94.1% 41
Colorado 93.4% 0.0% 0.6% 94.0% 42
Kansas 93.9% 0.0% 0.0% 93.9% 43
Penn State-Dickinson 90.2% 0.0% 3.7% 93.9% 44
USC 92.0% 0.9% 0.9% 93.9% 45
Illinois 93.8% 0.0% 0.0% 93.8% 46
Nebraska 91.4% 0.0% 2.2% 93.5% 47
UC-Davis 89.4% 3.2% 0.9% 93.5% 48
Fordham 92.8% 0.0% 0.8% 93.5% 49
Oklahoma 91.0% 0.0% 1.8% 92.8% 50

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Preview Of The 2024-25 U.S. News Law School Rankings: Ultimate Bar Passage

Update: 

Following up on my previous posts: 

The current 2023-24 methodology is: 

Ultimate bar passage rate (0.07 – new indicator): While passing the bar on the first try is optimal, passing eventually is critical. Underscoring this, the ABA has an accreditation standard that at least 75% of a law school’s test-taking graduates must pass a bar exam within two years of earning a diploma.

With that in mind, the ultimate bar passage ranking factor measures the percentage of each law school's 2019 graduates who sat for a bar exam and passed it within two years of graduation, including diploma privilege graduates.

Both the first-time bar passage and ultimate bar passage indicators were used to determine if a particular law school is offering a rigorous program of legal education to students. The first-time bar passage indicator was assigned greater weight because of the greater granularity of its data and its wider variance of outcomes.

Below are two 2024-25 ultimate 2-year bar passage rankings of law schools' 2020 graduates. The first is a simple ranking using the pass rate. The second uses Z-scores to better approximate the U.S. News methodology.

Rank School  Pass Rate Pass Rate (Including Diploma Privilege)
1 BYU 100.00% 100.00%
1 Chicago 100.00% 100.00%
1 Stanford 100.00% 100.00%
1 Utah 100.00% 100.00%
5 Louisiana State 99.37% 99.64%
6 Duke 99.52% 99.53%
7 Minnesota 99.48% 99.48%
8 UC-Berkeley 99.36% 99.38%
9 Virginia 99.35% 99.36%
10 Wisconsin 75.00% 99.32%
11 Baylor 99.23% 99.24%
12 Alabama 99.21% 99.21%
13 Michigan 99.20% 99.20%
14 Texas A&M 99.19% 99.19%
15 NYU 99.14% 99.15%
16 Texas 99.03% 99.04%
17 UCLA 99.00% 99.01%
18 Harvard 99.01% 99.01%
19 Yale 98.96% 98.96%
20 Georgia 98.85% 98.86%
21 Boston Univ. 98.64% 98.65%
22 Regent 98.53% 98.53%
23 Penn 98.34% 98.37%
24 USC 98.34% 98.35%
25 Marquette 57.14% 98.22%
26 Washington Univ. 98.19% 98.21%
27 Willamette 91.67% 98.08%
28 William & Mary 97.71% 97.73%
29 Florida Int'l 97.67% 97.67%
30 Colorado 97.65% 97.66%
31 Oregon 93.02% 97.54%
32 Missouri-Columbia 97.37% 97.44%
33 Cornell 97.41% 97.42%
34 Fordham 97.33% 97.33%
35 Samford 97.20% 97.20%
36 Univ. of Washington 90.70% 97.18%
37 Northwestern 97.11% 97.11%
38 Wake Forest 97.10% 97.10%
39 Boston College 97.07% 97.10%
40 Dayton 97.01% 97.06%
40 Montana 96.92% 97.06%
42 New Hampshire 97.01% 97.01%
42 Ohio State 97.00% 97.01%
44 George Mason 96.88% 96.97%
45 North Carolina 96.86% 96.89%
46 Northeastern 96.83% 96.88%
47 St. Louis 96.79% 96.82%
48 Vanderbilt 96.63% 96.63%
49 Texas Tech 96.61% 96.61%
50 New Mexico 96.46% 96.46%

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Thursday, March 7, 2024

Preview Of The 2024-25 U.S. News Law School Rankings: First-Time Bar Passage

Update: 

Following up on my previous posts: 

The current 2023-24 methodology is: 

Bar passage rate for first-time test-takers (0.18, previously 0.03): For the second consecutive year, U.S. News used its treatment of bar passage rates to incorporate all graduates who took the bar for the first time. Computations were again modified to de-emphasize the impact of geography on law schools' relative performance.

Specifically, the bar passage rate indicator scored schools on their 2021 first-time test-takers' weighted bar passage rates among all jurisdictions (states), then added or subtracted the percentage point difference between those rates and the weighted state average among ABA accredited schools' first-time test-takers in the corresponding jurisdictions in 2021. This meant schools that performed best on this ranking factor graduated students whose bar passage rates were both higher than most schools overall and higher compared with what was typical among graduates who took the bar in corresponding jurisdictions.

For example, if a fictional law school in upstate New York graduated 100 students who first took the bar exam – and 79 took the New York exam, 18 the Massachusetts exam and three the Vermont exam – the school's weighted average rate would use pass rate results that were weighted 79% for New York, 18% for Massachusetts and 3% for Vermont. This computation would then be compared with an index of these jurisdictions' average pass rates – also weighted 79-18-3. (For privacy, school profiles on usnews.com only display bar passage data for jurisdictions with at least 10 test-takers.) Both weighted averages included any graduates who passed the bar with diploma privilege. Diploma privilege is a method for J.D. graduates to be admitted to a state bar and allowed to practice law in that state without taking that state's actual bar examination. Diploma privilege is generally based on attending and graduating from a law school in that state with the diploma privilege.

Below are two first-time bar passage rankings. The first is a ranking by the school pass rate for the 2022 calendar year plus the total difference between the school pass rate and the average state pass rate as reported by the ABA. The second uses Z-scores to better approximate the U.S. News methodology.

Rank School School Pass Rate Average State Pass Rate Total Difference Pass Rate Including Diploma Privilege Pass Rate Plus Total Difference
1 Marquette 100.00% 79.16% 20.84% 100.00% 120.84%
2 Harvard 98.46% 78.78% 19.68% 98.46% 118.15%
3 North Carolina 93.75% 73.27% 20.48% 93.75% 114.23%
4 Virginia 95.65% 77.93% 17.72% 95.65% 113.37%
5 Michigan 95.48% 77.67% 17.81% 95.48% 113.30%
6 Yale 95.77% 78.40% 17.37% 95.77% 113.15%
7 Stanford 94.41% 75.86% 18.55% 94.41% 112.97%
8 UC-Berkeley 93.35% 74.41% 18.94% 93.35% 112.30%
9 UCLA 92.47% 73.23% 19.24% 92.47% 111.71%
10 Duke 94.39% 77.21% 17.18% 94.39% 111.58%
11 Chicago 94.26% 76.96% 17.30% 94.26% 111.56%
12 William & Mary 93.90% 76.87% 17.03% 93.90% 110.92%
13 Northwestern 92.89% 76.19% 16.70% 92.89% 109.58%
14 Penn 93.77% 78.59% 15.18% 93.77% 108.96%
15 Notre Dame 92.72% 76.53% 16.19% 92.72% 108.91%
16 Regent 92.59% 76.28% 16.31% 92.59% 108.91%
17 NYU 94.90% 81.01% 13.89% 94.90% 108.80%
18 Baylor 91.97% 75.29% 16.68% 91.97% 108.65%
19 Washington Univ. 92.34% 76.98% 15.36% 92.34% 107.70%
20 Vanderbilt 92.05% 76.88% 15.17% 92.05% 107.21%
21 Columbia 93.72% 81.31% 12.41% 93.70% 106.11%
22 Illinois 90.48% 74.99% 15.49% 90.48% 105.96%
23 Wake Forest 89.84% 73.96% 15.88% 89.84% 105.72%
24 New Hampshire 86.90% 68.32% 18.58% 86.90% 105.49%
25 Washington & Lee 91.15% 77.17% 13.98% 91.15% 105.13%
26 Texas 90.39% 75.85% 14.54% 90.39% 104.93%
27 Boston Univ. 91.86% 79.18% 12.68% 91.86% 104.53%
28 Tennessee 88.39% 72.36% 16.03% 88.39% 104.43%
29 USC 89.00% 73.65% 15.35% 89.00% 104.34%
30 Georgetown 91.63% 78.97% 12.66% 91.63% 104.29%
31 Minnesota 93.48% 83.03% 10.45% 93.48% 103.93%
32 BYU 93.16% 82.67% 10.49% 93.16% 103.65%
33 Texas A&M 89.41% 75.53% 13.88% 89.41% 103.29%
34 Boston College 91.77% 80.30% 11.47% 91.77% 103.24%
35 Penn State-Dickinson 88.31% 73.46% 14.85% 88.31% 103.16%
36 Missouri-Columbia 90.80% 78.67% 12.13% 90.80% 102.94%
37 Belmont 87.07% 71.54% 15.53% 87.07% 102.60%
38 Utah 94.17% 86.11% 8.06% 94.17% 102.24%
39 Alabama 91.27% 80.36% 10.91% 91.27% 102.18%
40 Ohio State 89.89% 78.16% 11.73% 89.89% 101.62%
41 Georgia 89.06% 77.48% 11.58% 89.06% 100.65%
42 Oklahoma 85.19% 69.78% 15.41% 85.19% 100.59%
43 Cornell 90.31% 80.52% 9.79% 90.31% 100.09%
44 Seton Hall 85.71% 71.43% 14.28% 85.71% 100.00%
45 Univ. of Washington 89.40% 79.23% 10.17% 89.40% 99.58%
46 Northeastern 89.44% 79.54% 9.90% 89.44% 99.35%
47 Fordham 90.65% 82.09% 8.56% 90.65% 99.21%
48 Emory 88.21% 77.77% 10.44% 88.21% 98.65%
49 Penn State-Univ. Park 86.29% 74.18% 12.11% 86.29% 98.40%
50 Connecticut 85.38% 73.02% 12.36% 85.38% 97.75%

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Preview Of The 2024-25 U.S. News Law School Rankings: Admissions

Update: 

In the current 2023-24 methodology, law school admissions count 10% in the overall 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.

  School Acceptance Rate Rank UGPA Rank LSAT Rank Weighted Ranks
1 Yale 1 2 1 1.40
2 Stanford 2 3 3 2.90
3 Harvard 3 9 2 4.90
4 Chicago 10 6 3 4.90
5 Washington Univ. 23 3 3 5.00
6 Penn 4 10 7 7.90
7 Columbia 7 15 3 8.20
8 Virginia 6 6 11 8.50
9 Northwestern 17 10 7 9.20
10 NYU 19 15 7 11.40
11 Cornell 27 15 7 12.20
12 Georgetown 28 13 11 13.50
13 UCLA 21 10 15 13.60
14 Texas 15 24 11 16.60
15 Duke 5 22 15 16.80
16 Vanderbilt 19 19 15 17.00
17 Florida 22 13 20 17.40
18 Michigan 9 28 11 17.60
19 UC-Berkeley 16 22 15 17.90
20 Texas A&M 13 1 33 18.20
21 BYU 41 6 24 18.50
22 Alabama 36 3 28 18.80
23 USC 8 21 20 19.20
24 Boston Univ. 25 24 15 19.60
25 George Mason 12 19 24 20.80
26 Arizona State 31 15 28 23.10
27 Georgia 14 33 20 24.60
28 Notre Dame 34 33 20 26.60
29 George Washington 40 28 24 27.20
30 Minnesota 88 28 24 32.00
31 Florida State 29 28 37 32.60
32 Boston College 11 50 28 35.10
33 Pepperdine 39 24 44 35.50
34 North Carolina 18 47 33 37.10
35 Ohio State 59 33 37 37.60
36 Utah 48 28 44 38.00
37 Fordham 30 57 28 39.80
38 William & Mary 37 50 33 40.20
39 Emory 91 38 33 40.80
40 SMU 57 33 44 40.90
41 Wake Forest 54 43 37 41.10
42 Villanova 33 40 44 41.30
43 UC-Irvine 26 64 28 42.20
44 Wisconsin 71 43 37 42.80
45 Indiana (Maurer) 115 24 44 43.10
46 Colorado 66 39 44 44.20
47 Wayne State 38 33 59 46.50
48 Cardozo 78 43 44 47.00
49 University of Arizona 45 43 54 48.70
50 Washington & Lee 53 64 37 49.40

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

The Best Law Schools For Practical Training

The Best Law Schools For Practical Training, preLaw (Spring 2024):

These 59 law schools are the best schools for practical training — helping to mold law students into courtroom-ready professionals through various hands-on externship and clinic experiences. ... 

Law schools have faced criticism for failing to turn out attorneys ready for practice. That has prompted a shift toward more comprehensive practical training programs. 

In the past few years, schools have added more offerings, and every year preLaw highlights the schools that do practical training best. ... 

Best schools for practical training 2024

Methodology
We graded schools on a number of data points, focusing on key practical training offerings such as clinics, externships, simulation courses, pro bono hours and moot trial participation.

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Friday, March 1, 2024

Preview Of The 2024-25 U.S. News Law School Rankings: Median LSAT

Update: 

Following up on this week's posts

Rank School 2023 LSAT 2022 LSAT
1 Yale 175 175 (1)
2 Harvard 174 174 (2)
3 Chicago 173 173 (3)
3 Columbia 173 173 (3)
3 Stanford 173 173 (3)
3 Washington Univ. 173 172 (6)
7 Cornell 172 172 (6)
7 Northwestern 172 171 (10)
7 NYU 172 172 (6)
7 Penn 172 172 (6)
11 Georgetown 171 171 (10)
11 Michigan 171 171 (10)
11 Texas 171 170 (15)
11 Virginia 171 171 (10)
15 Boston Univ. 170 170 (15)
15 Duke 170 170 (15)
15 UC-Berkeley 170 170 (15)
15 UCLA 170 171 (10)
15 Vanderbilt 170 170 (15)
20 Florida 169 169 (20)
20 Georgia 169 168 (21)
20 Notre Dame 169 168 (21)
20 USC 169 168 (21)
24 BYU 168 168 (21)
24 George Mason 168 166 (31)
24 George Washington 168 168 (21)
24 Minnesota 168 168 (21)
28 Alabama 167 166 (31)
28 Arizona State 167 167 (28)
28 Boston College 167 166 (31)
28 Fordham 167 167 (28)
28 UC-Irvine 167 167 (28)
33 Emory 166 168 (21)
33 North Carolina 166 166 (31)
33 Texas A&M 166 164 (41)
33 William & Mary 166 165 (36)
37 Florida State 165 165 (36)
37 Illinois 165 166 (31)
37 Ohio State 165 164 (41)
37 UC-Davis 165 165 (36)
37 Wake Forest 165 165 (36)
37 Washington & Lee 165 164 (41)
37 Wisconsin 165 165 (36)
44 Baylor 164 163 (50)
44 Cardozo 164 164 (41)
44 Colorado 164 164 (41)
44 Indiana (Maurer) 164 164 (41)
44 Pepperdine 164 164 (41)
44 Richmond 164 163 (50)
44 SMU 164 164 (41)
44 University of Washington 164 164 (41)
44 Utah 164 163 (50)
44 Villanova 164 163 (50)
54 Iowa 163 163 (50)
54 Maryland 163 163 (50)
54 Northeastern 163 163 (50)
54 Temple 163 163 (50)
54 University of Arizona 163 163 (50)

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Preview Of The 2024-25 U.S. News Law School Rankings: Median UGPA

Update: 

Following up on yesterday's post, Preview Of The 2024-25 U.S. News Law School Rankings: Acceptance Rate

Rank School 2023 UGPA 2022 UGPA
1 Texas A&M 3.97 3.93 (5)
2 Yale 3.96 3.94 (2)
3 Alabama 3.95 3.95 (1)
3 Stanford 3.95 3.92 (6)
3 Washington Univ. 3.95 3.94 (2)
6 BYU 3.94 3.92 (6)
6 Chicago 3.94 3.91 (9)
6 Virginia 3.94 3.94 (2)
9 Harvard 3.93 3.92 (6)
10 Northwestern 3.92 3.89 (14)
10 Penn 3.92 3.9 (10)
10 UCLA 3.92 3.9 (10)
13 Florida 3.91 3.9 (10)
13 Georgetown 3.91 3.86 (21)
15 Arizona State 3.90 3.85 (23)
15 Columbia 3.90 3.87 (16)
15 Cornell 3.90 3.87 (16)
15 NYU 3.90 3.88 (15)
19 George Mason 3.89 3.83 (29)
19 Vanderbilt 3.89 3.9 (10)
21 USC 3.88 3.87 (16)
22 Duke 3.87 3.85 (23)
22 UC-Berkeley 3.87 3.83 (29)
24 Boston Univ. 3.86 3.84 (26)
24 Indiana (Maurer) 3.86 3.81 (34)
24 Pepperdine 3.86 3.85 (23)
24 Texas 3.86 3.84 (26)
28 Florida State 3.85 3.83 (29)
28 George Washington 3.85 3.84 (26)
28 Michigan 3.85 3.83 (29)
28 Minnesota 3.85 3.83 (29)
28 Utah 3.85 3.87 (16)
33 Georgia 3.83 3.87 (16)
33 Notre Dame 3.83 3.81 (34)
33 Ohio State 3.83 3.86 (21)
33 SMU 3.83 3.71 (60)
33 Wayne State 3.83 3.8 (36)
38 Emory 3.82 3.8 (36)
39 Colorado 3.81 3.72 (51)
40 Cincinnati 3.80 3.73 (48)
40 San Diego 3.80 3.74 (45)
40 Villanova 3.80 3.76 (39)
43 Cardozo 3.79 3.76 (39)
43 University of Arizona 3.79 3.76 (39)
43 Wake Forest 3.79 3.72 (51)
43 Wisconsin 3.79 3.73 (48)
47 North Carolina 3.78 3.77 (38)
47 Tennessee 3.78 3.76 (39)
47 UNLV 3.78 3.74 (45)
50 Belmont 3.77 3.7 (64)
50 Boston College 3.77 3.74 (45)
50 Penn State-Univ. Park 3.77 3.72 (51)
50 William & Mary 3.77 3.75 (43)

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Preview Of The 2024-25 U.S. News Law School Rankings: Acceptance Rate

Update: 

Rank School  2023 Acceptance Rate 2022 Acceptance Rate
1 Yale 5.58 5.72 (1)
2 Stanford 7.26 6.88 (2)
3 Harvard 9.58 10.06 (4)
4 Penn 9.88 9.74 (3)
5 Duke 10.51 10.74 (6)
6 Virginia 11.46 12.88 (10)
7 Columbia 12.23 11.93 (7)
8 USC 12.52 12.7 (9)
9 Michigan 12.58 13.51 (11)
10 Chicago 12.78 14.24 (12)
11 Boston College 13.38 10.16 (5)
12 George Mason 14.03 19.63 (30)
13 Texas A&M 14.64 16.33 (20)
14 Georgia 14.77 14.83 (16)
15 Texas 14.9 14.56 (14)
16 UC-Berkeley 14.92 12.47 (8)
17 Northwestern 15.53 15.05 (17)
18 North Carolina 16.27 14.61 (15)
19 NYU 16.76 15.65 (19)
19 Vanderbilt 16.76 14.53 (13)
21 UCLA 16.8 15.5 (18)
22 Florida 17.01 16.94 (23)
23 Washington Univ. 17.16 18.02 (26)
24 Baylor 17.77 23.87 (33)
25 Boston Univ. 17.82 16.33 (20)
26 UC-Irvine 18.18 19.45 (28)
27 Cornell 19.3 17.44 (24)
28 Georgetown 19.57 17.64 (25)
29 Florida State 21.12 19.58 (29)
30 Fordham 21.13 18.79 (27)
31 Arizona State 21.28 19.65 (31)
32 Golden Gate 22.43 25.53 (38)
33 Villanova 22.5 16.47 (22)
34 Notre Dame 24.39 24.58 (34)
35 Florida Int'l 25.18 22.6 (32)
36 Alabama 26.62 25.78 (39)
37 William & Mary 27.31 46.01 (116)
38 Wayne State 27.41 35.49 (78)
39 Pepperdine 28.18 27.68 (41)
40 George Washington 28.72 25 (36)
41 BYU 28.77 31.41 (56)
42 Hawaii 28.8 29.65 (48)
43 UC-Davis 28.99 25.18 (37)
44 Connecticut 29.31 27.99 (42)
45 University of Arizona 29.35 24.93 (35)
46 North Texas 30.06 33.3 (63)
47 Maryland 30.18 29.49 (47)
48 Utah 30.2 31.95 (57)
49 Tennessee 30.21 33.18 (61)
50 Chapman 30.68 28.7 (45)

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February 28, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Bush: The FTC Needs To Intervene In Law School Rankings

Darren Bush (Houston; Google Scholar), Why the FTC Needs to Intervene in Law School Rankings:

US News (2023)Since the boycott of the U.S. News and World Report Rankings (“U.S. News Rankings”) by a group of law schools, the U.S. News Rankings have gone a bit haywire. The top law schools, all highly ranked, refused to submit data to U.S. News. Other schools followed their lead. As a result, U.S. News changed its rankings, perhaps focusing a bit more on publicly available data.

But that has led to speculation of potentially wild results. Spivey Consulting projects that some law schools (like Buffalo Law) will drop by over 80 points, while others (like Maine) are expected to climb precipitously. In the past, such dramatic ranking shifts were somewhat limited, but with the changing rankings, and the apparent new norm of frequent changes to methodologies, such radical changes might be in our future. It is striking, though, how the fluctuations rarely seem to affect the higher ranked schools. ...

In this essay, I list five problems with the U.S. News Rankings, and I offer a few concrete solutions. ...

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February 27, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Spivey: U.S. News Likely Will Change Methodology In Forthcoming Law School Rankings

Mike Spivey is "pretty sure" U.S. News will change the methodology of the forthcoming law school rankings because they are easy to predict due to the use of publicly available ABA data for 75% of the rankings and the very sticky peer and lawyer/judge reputation surveys for the remaining 25%. Indeed, the projections by Mike and Derek Muller (Notre Dame) are remarkably similar. Here the Top 100 law schools:

2023-24 Rank School Muller Projected 2024-25 Rank Spivey Projected 2024-25 Rank Average Projected 2024-25 Rank Difference
1 Stanford 1 1 1 0
1 Yale 2 2 2 -1
3 Chicago 3 3 3 0
4 Penn 6 4 5 -1
5 Duke 6 7 6.5 -1.5
5 Harvard 4 4 4 1
5 NYU 11 10 10.5 -5.5
8 Columbia 9 8 8.5 -0.5
8 Virginia 4 4 4 4
10 Michigan 6 8 7 3
10 Northwestern 9 10 9.5 0.5
10 UC-Berkeley 11 10 10.5 -0.5
13 Cornell 18 16 17 -4
14 UCLA 13 13 13 1
15 Georgetown 14 14 14 1
16 Minnesota 19 18 18.5 -2.5
16 Texas 16 16 16 0
16 USC 22 22 22 -6
16 Vanderbilt 19 20 19.5 -3.5
20 Georgia 22 22 22 -2
20 Washington Univ. 14 14 14 6
22 BYU 39 38 38.5 -16.5
22 Florida 27 28 27.5 -5.5
22 North Carolina 16 18 17 5
22 Ohio State 32 34 33 -11
22 Wake Forest 24 25 24.5 -2.5
27 Boston University 24 22 23 4
27 Notre Dame 19 20 19.5 7.5
29 Boston College 28 28 28 1
29 Fordham 36 38 37 -8
29 Texas A&M 24 28 26 3
32 Arizona State 39 43 41 -9
32 George Mason 34 34 34 -2
32 Utah 28 25 26.5 5.5
35 Alabama 28 28 28 7
35 Emory 48 48 48 -13
35 George Washington 44 43 43.5 -8.5
35 Iowa 34 32 33 2
35 UC-Irvine 44 46 45 -10
40 Kansas 55 53 54 -14
40 Washington & Lee 32 34 33 7
40 Wisconsin 48 25 36.5 3.5
43 Illinois 46 34 40 3
43 Villanova 53 51 52 -9
45 Indiana-Maurer 36 38 37 8
45 Pepperdine 55 57 56 -11
45 SMU 39 41 40 5
45 William & Mary 28 32 30 15
49 Baylor 39 43 41 8
49 Univ. of Washington 48 48 48 1
51 Maryland 68 67 67.5 -16.5
51 Oklahoma 60 67 63.5 -12.5
51 Tennessee 48 53 50.5 0.5

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

Will Lawsuit Against U.S. News Over Hospital Rankings Lead To A Lawsuit Over Law School Rankings?

Following up on my previous post, U.S. News Sues San Francisco City Attorney Over Subpoenas Seeking Rankings Data:  Jill Switzer (Alternative Resolution Centers, Los Angeles), Rankings, Shmankings: Has USNWR Law School List Ever Been Relevant?:

US News (2023)Right now in the soggy “Golden State,” a dispute between U.S. News and World Report’s hospital rankings and the San Francisco City Attorney’s office has morphed into litigation. The LA Times has reported that “San Francisco City Atty. David Chiu issued two subpoenas to [U.S. News and World Report] earlier this month” with respect to hospital rankings and other health institutions. “The first demanded answers about the company’s process for ranking hospitals. The outlet also makes money from the healthcare facilities, including through its sale of ‘badges’ that high-scoring institutions can and often do place on their websites and other branding materials. The second subpoena demanded internal business records that might reveal more about U.S. News’ rankings process and whether the financial relationships with hospitals are a factor.”

Any possibility that USNWR’s rankings of law schools could be a possible future target? I would imagine that some law schools, especially lower tier, may be watching this litigation with interest. Some [62] law schools have ditched the rankings and more probably will. ...

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February 3, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

U.S. News Sues San Francisco City Attorney Over Subpoenas Seeking Rankings Data

Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Report Sues S.F. City Attorney Over Hospital Ranking Subpoenas:

U.S. News Generic Rankings (2023)A dispute between U.S. News & World Report and the San Francisco city attorney’s office over the media company’s well-known but increasingly scrutinized system for ranking hospitals and other healthcare institutions has in recent weeks turned into an all-out legal battle.

San Francisco City Atty. David Chiu issued two subpoenas to the media company earlier this month. The first demanded answers about the company’s process for ranking hospitals. The outlet also makes money from the healthcare facilities, including through its sale of “badges” that high-scoring institutions can and often do place on their websites and other branding materials.

The second subpoena demanded internal business records that might reveal more about U.S. News’ rankings process, and whether the financial relationships with hospitals are a factor.

On Tuesday, U.S. News responded by filing a federal lawsuit against Chiu, denouncing his subpoenas as a violation of the 1st Amendment and an attack on the free press. It asked the court to issue an injunction blocking the subpoenas and to order the city to compensate the company for its legal fees and other undetermined costs associated with the dispute.

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January 30, 2024 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Muller: Projected Declines Of NYU & Cornell In 2024-25 U.S. News Law School Rankings Highlight Impact Of New Methodology's Shift From Quality To Quantity

Derek Muller (Notre Dame; Google Scholar), NYU, Cornell, and the New USNWR Law School Rankings Landscape:

US News (2023)After I project next year’s USNWR law school rankings, as I did last May and again here in December, there’s always a lot of chatter about the changes, about schools moving up and down. But the more notable thing is why the schools have changed spots, and there’s not a lot of explanation built into a single ranking metric. And some schools attract more attention than others. I would say I’ve received a decent number of questions about NYU (projected to be around 11) and Cornell (projected to be around 18) than most other schools, as both are significantly lower than their typical ranking. Why?

It has much less to do with any changes at those institutions, and much more about the rankings methodology changes.

And one way of thinking about the change—and specifically the change that adversely affected NYU and Cornell the most—is a change from quality to quantity. ...

NYU and Cornell place an overwhelming number of their graduates into “elite” law firm outcomes, so they suffered when the “at graduation” metric dropped off. And USNWR does not weigh the quality (actual or perceived) of jobs differently—a job is a job. ...

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December 30, 2023 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Saturday, December 23, 2023

July 2023 California Bar Exam Results For Out-Of-State Law Schools

Following up on yesterday's post on the July 2023 California Bar Exam results for in-state law schools: the state bar has released comparable data for out-of-state law schools. Overall, 51.5% of all applicants passed the California bar exam. Among graduates of ABA-accredited law schools, first-time takers from in-state law schools passed at a higher rate (76.3%) than first-time takers from out-of-state law schools (69.6%).

Out-of-state law schools with the highest pass rates:
Yale: 96.3% (27 students took the exam)
Penn (94.7%) (19)
Virginia: 92.6 (27)
Texas: 92.3% (13)
NYU: 92.0% (25)
Michigan: 91.2% (34)
Harvard: 90.0% (80)
Chicago: 89.3% (28)
Notre Dame: 86.7% (15)
Columbia:  86.1% (36)
Northwestern: 83.3% (36)
Duke: 80.8% (26)

Out-of-state law schools with the lowest pass rates:

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December 23, 2023 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink