Paul L. Caron
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Monday, February 1, 2021

Kinsler: The Best Law Schools For Passing The Bar Exam

TaxProf Blog op-ed:  The Best Law Schools For Passing the Bar Exam, by Jeffrey S. Kinsler (Belmont):

KinslerAccording to the American Bar Association, bar passage rates are “the single best outcome measure . . . in assessing whether a law school is maintaining a ‘rigorous program of legal education.’”[1]  Bar passage rates are better measures of the quality of legal education than graduation rates or employment results, for these outcomes “are not as directly relevant . . . to determining whether a law school is offering an educational program that is comprehensive and sufficiently rigorous. . . .”[2]  Bar passage rates are—and should be—important to all law students and potential law students.  Students “are entitled . . . to an education that provides them with a reasonable chance of passing the bar and entering the profession. . . . [L]aw students often incur substantial debt to earn a law degree.  Whether students pass the bar influences their future livelihood and quality of life immensely, including their abilities to pay back their loans while maintaining an acceptable quality of life.”[3] 

Undergraduate GPAs (UGPAs) and LSAT scores are the two primary factors considered by law school admissions offices.[4]  Statistically, students with higher UGPAs and LSAT scores are more likely to pass the bar exam than students with lower UGPAs and LSAT scores.[5]  As a consequence, a predicted bar passage rate may be calculated for each law school based upon its UGPA and LSAT scores.  Once a predicted bar passage rate is calculated, it is possible to determine which law schools are over-performing or under-performing in terms of preparing their students to pass the bar exam.  In other words, it is possible to show which law schools are adding the most bar-passage value to (or subtracting the most from) their students. 

Utilizing linear regression models, the performance of 187 ABA-approved law schools was assessed using four metrics (reported by the ABA) for each calendar year for the five-year period of 2015-2019: [6] (1) Median LSAT and Composite Average First-Time Bar Pass Rate;[7] (2) Median UGPA and Composite Average First-Time Bar Pass Rate; (3) Median LSAT and Composite Average First-Time Bar Pass Rate Differential;[8] and (4) Median UGPA and Composite Average First-Time Bar Pass Rate Differential.  An annual rank was then calculated for each law school based on its over-performance (or under-performance) of predicted expectations for bar passage.  An average annual rank was then calculated based on each law school’s performance over the period of 2015-2019.

Best Law Schools.  Based upon this analysis, the top 15 law schools in terms of over-performing predicted expectations for bar passage based upon UGPA and LSAT scores of incoming students are as follows [the spreadsheet with 5-year bar passage ranking data for 187 law schools is here]:

Rank

Top 15 Law Schools for Bar Passage

1

BELMONT UNIVERSITY

2

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

3

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

4

CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY

5

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

6

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY

7

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

8

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

9

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

10

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

11

REGENT UNIVERSITY

12

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

13

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

14

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

15

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

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February 1, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

A New Study Identifies Law Schools Whose Graduates Overperform And Underperform On The Bar Exam

Bar Exam Standouts: A New Study Identifies Law Schools Whose Graduates Overperform on the Crucial Test, Nat'l  Jurist, Jan./Feb. 2021, at 16: 

National JuristThe bar exam is the price of admittance for those who want to practice law, and passing the dreaded exam, particularly on the first try, is far from a given.

In 2019, statistics show, 79.6% of first-time test-takers passed the bar in their states. That means more than 20% of law grads failed, and that’s a big number given how much time and money they had invested.

When Paul Caron became dean of Pepperdine Caruso School of Law in Malibu, Calif., in 2017, improving the school’s bar passage rate was a top priority.

“Historically our students had done much better on the California bar exam than their incoming LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs would have predicted,” Caron said. “But around 2015, we had begun to see a slump.”

In an effort to turn things around, Caron hired a new director of academic excellence to expand the school’s bar prep efforts and provide additional support and mentorship to students.

And it worked. The school’s bar passage rate went from 87.2% within two years of graduation in 2015 to 91.4% within one year of graduation in 2018.

“While it helps to have entering 1Ls with top LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs, there is also a definite correlation between how well a school prepares its students and the school’s bar passage rate,” Caron said.

Indeed, a recent study by Jeffry Kinsler, founding dean of Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, Tenn., confirms the important role schools play in their students’ ability to pass the bar [The Best Law Schools For Passing the Bar Exam].

Using linear regression models — translation: serious math — Kinsler and his colleague, professor Jeffrey Usman, assessed the performance of graduates from 187 ABA-approved schools for a five-year period (2015-19) to determine which schools were providing the most bar-passage value to their students. (Twenty schools were excluded because of missing or inconsistent data.)

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February 1, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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

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

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

 

Law

School

Acceptance Rate Rank UPGA Rank LSAT Rank

Weighted Ranks

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

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January 26, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, January 22, 2021

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

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

The 2022 U.S. News Law School Rankings (based in part on 2020 admissions data) will be released in March (the 2021 rankings are here). In the current methodology, a law school's median LSAT and GRE scores count 12.5% in the overall ranking. Because the ABA only reports GRE scores for law schools with 10 or more admitted students with GRE scores, the ranking below are based solely on median LSAT scores: 

Rank School 2020 LSAT 2019 LSAT
1 Harvard  173 173 (1)
1 Yale  173 173 (2)
3 Columbia  172 172 (3)
4 Chicago 171 170 (5)
4 Stanford  171 171 (4)
6 NYU 170 170 (5)
6 Pennsylvania 170 170 (5)
6 Virginia 170 170 (5)
9 Duke  169 169 (9)
9 Michigan 169 169 (9)
9 Northwestern  169 169 (9)
9 UCLA 169 168 (13)
9 Washington Univ. 169 169 (9)
14 Cornell  168 168 (13)
14 Georgetown  168 168 (13)
14 Texas 168 168 (13)
14 UC-Berkeley 168 168 (13)
18 Boston Univ. 167 166 (19)
18 Notre Dame 167 165 (22)
18 USC 167 166 (19)
18 Vanderbilt  167 167 (18)
22 BYU 166 164 (26)
22 Emory  166 165 (22)
22 George Washington  166 166 (19)
22 UC-Irvine 166 165 (22)
26 Arizona State  165 164 (26)
26 Florida 165 164 (26)
26 Georgia 165 164 (26)
26 Minnesota 165 165 (22)
30 Alabama 164 164 (26)
30 Boston College 164 164 (26)
30 Fordham  164 164 (26)
30 George Mason  164 164 (26)
34 Arizona 163 162 (37)
34 Colorado 163 163 (34)
34 North Carolina 163 161 (46)
34 UC-Davis 163 162 (37)
34 Wake Forest  163 162 (37)
34 Washington & Lee 163 163 (34)
34 William & Mary  163 163 (34)
34 Wisconsin 163 162 (37)
42 Cardozo  162 162 (37)
42 Illinois 162 162 (37)
42 Indiana-Bloom. 162 162 (37)
42 Northeastern  162 162 (37)
42 Pepperdine  162 161 (46)
42 SMU 162 161 (46)
42 Washington 162 162 (37)
49 Florida State  161 160 (54)
49 Iowa 161 161 (46)
49 Ohio State  161 161 (46)
49 Richmond 161 161 (46)
49 Temple  161 161 (46)
49 Utah 161 160 (54)

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January 22, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, January 21, 2021

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

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

The 2022 U.S. News Law School Rankings (based in part on 2020 admissions data) will be released in March (the 2021 rankings are here). In the current methodology, a law school's median undergraduate GPA counts 10% in the overall ranking. Here are the rankings by median UGPA from ABA data:

Rank School 2020 UGPA 2019 UGPA
1 Alabama 3.94 3.91 (2)
1 Yale  3.94 3.93 (1)
3 Virginia 3.90 3.90 (4)
4 Chicago 3.89 3.90 (4)
4 Pennsylvania 3.89 3.89 (6)
4 Stanford  3.89 3.91 (2)
7 Harvard  3.88 3.89 (6)
7 Washington Univ. 3.88 3.83 (9)
9 Cornell  3.86 3.81 (11)
10 Northwestern  3.85 3.85 (8)
11 Florida 3.84 3.80 (15)
12 Arizona State  3.83 3.81 (11)
12 USC 3.83 3.80 (15)
14 BYU 3.82 3.82 (10)
14 Columbia  3.82 3.80 (15)
14 NYU 3.82 3.80 (15)
14 Vanderbilt  3.82 3.80 (15)
18 UC-Berkeley 3.81 3.81 (11)
19 Boston Univ. 3.80 3.78 (23)
19 Duke  3.80 3.78 (23)
19 Emory  3.80 3.80 (15)
22 Ohio State  3.79 3.76 (26)
22 UCLA 3.79 3.79 (21)
24 Georgetown  3.78 3.78 (23)
24 Georgia 3.78 3.73 (31)
24 Indiana-Bloom. 3.78 3.79 (22)
27 George Mason  3.77 3.75 (28)
27 Minnesota 3.77 3.75 (28)
27 Utah 3.77 3.60 (67)
30 George Washington  3.76 3.73 (31)
30 Michigan 3.76 3.81 (11)
30 Texas A&M  3.76 3.62 (60)
30 Texas 3.76 3.72 (35)
34 Notre Dame 3.75 3.74 (30)
34 SMU 3.73 3.70 (36)
34 Wake Forest  3.73 3.68 (39)
37 Florida State  3.72 3.73 (31)
37 Penn State-Univ. Park 3.72 3.65 (43)
37 UC-Davis 3.72 3.61 (63)
40 Boston College 3.69 3.64 (48)
41 North Carolina 3.68 3.63 (54)
41 Pepperdine  3.68 3.66 (41)
41 Washington 3.68 3.68 (39)
44 UNLV 3.67 3.69 (38)
45 Kansas 3.66 3.65 (43)
45 Maryland 3.66 3.66 (41)
45 Missouri-Columbia 3.66 3.64 (48)
48 Cardozo  3.65 3.60 (67)
48 Cincinnati 3.65 3.64 (48)
48 Colorado 3.65 3.61 (63)
48 Florida Int'l 3.65 3.61 (63)
48 Northeastern  3.65 3.63 (54)
48 San Diego 3.65 3.57 (74)
48 Wayne State  3.65 3.56 (76)

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January 21, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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

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

The 2022 U.S. News Law School Rankings (based in part on 2020 admissions data) will be released in March (the 2021 rankings are here). In the current methodology, a law school's acceptance rate counts 2.5% in the overall ranking. Here are the rankings by acceptance rate from ABA data:

Rank School 2020 Acceptance Rate 2019 Acceptance Rate
1 Yale 7.40 8.22 (1)
2 Stanford 10.48 9.72 (2)
3 Harvard 13.00 12.49 (3)
4 Virginia 14.05 14.69 (5)
5 Pennsylvania 14.30 14.51 (4)
6 Michigan 16.36 16.63 (7)
7 Columbia  16.69 15.86 (6)
8 USC 17.18 17.69 (9)
9 Chicago 17.86 18.61 (11)
10 Wake Forest  17.99 40.45 (70)
11 Texas 18.43 17.53 (8)
12 Cornell  19.03 21.33 (19)
13 Northwestern  19.20 18.01 (10)
14 Georgia 19.35 20.77 (16)
15 Florida 19.77 20.65 (15)
16 Georgetown  20.10 19.54 (13)
17 Notre Dame 20.28 24.05 (24)
18 UC-Irvine 20.30 20.81 (17)
19 Washington Univ. 20.31 24.82 (25)
20 UC-Berkeley 21.53 19.68 (14)
21 NYU 21.58 21.60 (20)
22 North Carolina 21.62 33.87 (45)
23 Duke  22.34 18.91 (12)
24 Texas A&M  22.43 28.73 (32)
25 Vanderbilt  22.57 21.91 (21)
26 UCLA 22.75 22.41 (22)
27 George Mason  22.80 20.85 (18)
28 Boston Univ. 24.93 23.14 (23)
29 Arizona State  26.19 29.41 (34)
30 Florida Int'l 27.33 28.59 (31)
31 Fordham  27.37 27.25 (28)
32 Arizona 27.74 26.29 (26)
33 Pepperdine  28.20 29.81 (35)
34 Georgia State  28.57 29.30 (33)
35 Florida State  29.70 32.67 (41)
36 Villanova  29.75 34.18 (47)
37 Texas Southern  30.43 28.17 (30)
38 UNLV 31.07 27.24 (27)
39 Boston College 31.84 31.31 (40)
40 Emory  32.21 31.00 (37)
41 Chapman  32.55 33.96 (46)
42 District of Columbia 32.63 35.78 (54)
43 UC-Davis 33.06 31.03 (38)
44 Tennessee 33.33 34.36 (49)
45 Utah 33.45 40.87 (74)
46 Houston 33.59 35.05 (51)
47 Florida A&M  33.82 50.17 (112)
48 Baylor  34.02 35.45 (52)
49 George Washington  34.15 31.03 (38)
50 Howard  34.22 38.19 (61)

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January 20, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Political Ideology And The U.S. News Law School Rankings: Measuring The Conservative Penalty And Liberal Bonus

Michael Conklin (Angelo State University), Political Ideology and Law School Rankings: Measuring the Conservative Penalty and Liberal Bonus:

US News Logo 2U.S. News & World Report conducts overall rankings and peer rankings of law schools. This Article reports the findings of a first-of-its-kind study designed to measure whether peer rankings are affected by a law school’s ideological reputation. The extreme disparity uncovered — combined with consistent findings in studies that measure other forms of ideological bias in legal academia — make a strong case for the existence of a conservative penalty and liberal bonus in law school rankings. This Article concludes by proposing a simple solution to circumvent this particular manifestation of ideological bias.

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January 20, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

2021 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Overall Ranking

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2021 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. Last week, I highlighted the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Yesterday, I blogged the Top 50 law school professor rankings, equal weight (50%) to the Professors: Teaching and Professors: Accessibility rankings.

Today, in my concluding post, I blog the Princeton Review's overall law school rankings, giving equal weight (20%) to each of the Admissions Selectivity, Academic Experience, Professors: Teaching, Professors: Accessibility, and Career Rating rankings:

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January 19, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, January 18, 2021

2021 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Teaching And Accessibility)

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2021 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. Last week, I highlighted the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Here are the Top 50 law school professor rankings, giving equal weight (50%) to the Professors: Teaching and Professors: Accessibility rankings:

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January 18, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, January 15, 2021

2021 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Career Rating

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2021 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts this week, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Career Rating:  This rating measures the confidence students have in their school's ability to lead them to fruitful employment opportunities, as well as the school's own record of having done so. This rating takes into account both student survey responses and school-reported statistical data. We ask students about how much the law program encourages practical experience; the opportunities for externships, internships, and clerkships; and how prepared to practice law they expect to feel after graduating. We ask law schools for the median starting salaries of graduating students; the percentage employed in a job that requires bar passage (and not employed by the school); and the percentage of these students who pass the bar exam the first time they take it. This rating is on a scale of 60–99.

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January 15, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, January 14, 2021

2021 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Accessibility)

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2021 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts this week, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Professors: Accessible:  This rating is based on how law students rate the accessibility of law faculty members at their school. The rating is on a scale of 60 to 99. 

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January 14, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

2021 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Teaching)

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2021 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts this week, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Professors: Interesting:  This rating is based on how students rate the quality of teaching at their law school. This rating is on a scale of 60-99.

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January 13, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

2021 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Academic Experience

Princeton Review

I previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2021 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts this week, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Academic Experience:  This rating measures the quality of the school's learning environment on a scale of 60 to 99. Factors taken into consideration include the Admissions Selectivity Rating, as well as how students rate each of the following: the quality of teaching and the accessibility of their professors, the research resources at their school, the range of available courses, the balance of curricular emphasis on legal theory and practical lawyering, the tolerance for diverse opinions in the classroom, and the degree of intellectual challenge that the coursework presents.

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January 12, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, January 11, 2021

2021 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Admissions Selectivity

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 5 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2021 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts this week, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Admissions Selectivity:  This rating measures the competitiveness of admissions at each law school on a scale of 60–99. Factors taken into consideration include the median LSAT score and undergraduate GPA of entering 1L students, the percentage of applicants who are accepted, and the percentage of applicants who are accepted and ultimately enroll. 

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January 11, 2021 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Monday, December 21, 2020

Organ: 2020 Legal Ed Data Show Rebound In Transfer Market

This blog posting updates my blog postings over the last several years — 2015, 2016, 2017,  2018, 2019,  regarding what we know about the transfer market. With the ABA’s posting of the 2020 Standard 509 Reports, we now have seven years (2014-2020) of more detailed transfer data from which to glean insights about the transfer market among law schools.

NUMBERS AND PERCENTAGES OF TRANSFERS REBOUND IN 2020

As shown in Table 1 below, the number of transfers in 2020 increased to 1612 (4.2%).  For the last several years, the transfer market had been shrinking, having declined from 5.5% in 2014, to 4.7% in 2016, to 4.0% in 2018, and down to 3.4% in 2019.  Aside from a slight bump in 2017, this is the first meaningful increase in transfers in many years, although the level is still less than in 2015-2017 when there were more than 1700 transfers.

Table 1 – Number of Transfers and Percentage of Transfers from 2014-2020

 

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Number of Transfers

2187

1979

1749

1797

1494

1294

1612

Previous Year First Year Enrollment

39,800

38,000

37,100

37,100

37,300

38,400

38,500

%   of Previous First-Year Total

5.5%

5.2%

4.7%

4.8%

4.0%

3.4%

4.2%

Some of this increase is attributable to the students transferring from Concordia to Idaho.  Idaho doesn't normally show up on the transfer list, but this year it has 105 transfers as a result of Concordia announcing its closure.  But that only explains part of the increase of more than 300 transfers between 2019 and 2020.  I believe the most likely additional explanation for this bump in transfers was the financial uncertainty for law schools associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly uncertainty regarding the number of first-year students who would show up at law schools that had announced during the summer a shift to online instruction for the fall semester.  With uncertainty regarding first-year enrollment and revenue, some law schools may have hedged by looking for more transfers.  For example, Harvard took 65 transfer students — the largest class of transfers it has taken in a number of years.  Its entering class this year was only 501 — when it has consistently welcomed 560 students almost every year for the last several years.  Knowing it might be welcoming a smaller entering class, I suspect Harvard made a conscious decision to welcome more transfers to counterbalance the loss of revenue from a smaller first-year class.  Other law schools on the list that showed an increase between 2019 and 2020 included George Washington (up 22), Berkeley (up 19) and Florida (up 11).  Relatedly, some students might have considered transferring because online learning might have made it possible for them to attend another law school without having to move, such that the transaction costs of transferring might have seemed smaller than in prior years.  And if students were going to be taking online courses anyway at the law school at which they started, why not transfer and take online courses at a law school that is more highly ranked.

SOME LAW SCHOOLS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE TRANSFER MARKET

Table 2 lists the top 15 law schools participating in the transfer market in descending order in Summer 2017 (fall 2016 entering class), Summer 2018 (fall 2017 entering class), Summer 2019 (fall 2018 entering class), and Summer 2020 (fall 2019 entering class).  The nine law schools on the list all four years include Cal. Berkeley, Columbia, Florida, Georgetown, George Washington, Harvard, Loyola Marymount, NYU, UCLA.  Arizona State and Northwestern have been on the list three of the four years.

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December 21, 2020 in Jerry Organ, Law School, Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Princeton Review's Best 164 Law Schools (2021 Edition)

Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review has published the 2021 edition of The Best 164 Law Schools (press release) (FAQs) (methodology):

The ranking lists, reported in 14 categories, each name the top 10 law schools. The education services company tallied the lists based on its surveys of 14,000 students attending 164 law schools [an average of 85 per school] in the U.S., and of administrators at those schools. The Princeton Review's 80-question student survey for this project asked students to rate their law schools on dozens of topics and report on their school experiences. The survey of law school administrators, which numbered more than 200 questions, covered topics from academic offerings and admission requirements to data about currently enrolled students as well as graduates' employment. Six of the 14 ranking lists were tallied using both student and administrator-reported data, five solely from student data, and three solely from administrator data.

Best Quality of Life:  Based on student answers to survey questions on: whether there is a strong sense of community at the school, whether differing opinions are tolerated in the classroom, the location of the school, the quality of social life at the school, the school's research resources (library, computer and database resources).

  1. Virginia
  2. Vanderbilt
  3. Florida State
  4. Samford
  5. Stanford
  6. Colorado
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. St. Thomas (MN)
  9. Duke
  10. Pepperdine

Best Professors:  Based on student answers to survey questions concerning how good their professors are as teachers and how accessible they are outside the classroom.

  1. Virginia
  2. Duke
  3. Chicago
  4. Washington & Lee
  5. Stanford

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December 9, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

2019 Tax Journal Rankings: Tax Notes #1, Florida Tax Review #2

Here are the Washington & Lee tax law review rankings of the six major tax journals:

  • Columbia Journal of Tax Law ("Columbia")
  • Florida Tax Review ("Florida")
  • Tax Law Review ("NYU")
  • Tax Lawyer ("ABA")
  • Tax Notes
  • Virginia Tax Review ("Virginia")

The rankings are based on citations to articles published in 2015-2019 (methodology):

 

Combined

Impact

Journals

Cases

Currency

1. Tax Notes

15.16

0.02

406

5

0.03

2. Florida

14.30

0.75

188

1

1.45

3. NYU

12.29

0.65

161

0

1.16

4. Virginia

8.52

0.46

108

2

0.61

5. Columbia

6.98

0.45

69

0

0.53

6. ABA

5.82

0.16

115

4

0.23

As I have previously noted, Tax Notes fares poorly in the Impact Factor category (citations/number of articles published) because W&L apparently counts as "articles" all of the advance sheet material in Tax Notes. Tax Notes is #1 by a wide margin in the number of citations in law reviews, with more than double the citations of its nearest competitor.

December 1, 2020 in Law Review Rankings, Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Analysts, Tax Rankings, Tax Scholarship, W&L Tax Journal Rankings | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 9, 2020

U.S. News To Publish Law Faculty Scholarly Impact Ranking In 2021

After announcing that it would publish in 2019 a faculty scholarly impact ranking based on citations in HeinOnline (February 2019 FAQ; May 2019 Additional Guidance), U.S. News & World Report on Friday informed law schools that the ranking will be published in 2021:

U.S. News Law (2019)I hope that you and your law school are doing well.

As you may know, U.S. News has been working to create a law school scholarly impact ranking. We last wrote about this decision in May 2019. We are continuing to work with HeinOnline, as the source of the data, based on their industry leading collection of legal publications. In Fall 2019 and earlier this year, HeinOnline obtained a list of your law school’s faculty from the 2019-2020 academic year for this project.

U.S. News’ goal is to publish the law school scholarly impact ranking in 2021.

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November 9, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 5, 2020

Bob Morse Discusses The U.S. News Law School Rankings Today At Texas A&M Virtual Conference

2020 US News Law SchoolI am delighted to be speaking on a U.S. News law school rankings panel today at Texas A&M University School of Law's virtual Conference for Associate Deans (at 11:30 am - 12:45 pm ET). Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist at U.S. News, will make a presentation on The U.S. News Law School Rankings: All Things Considered. After Bob's presentation, Gary Lucas (Senior Associate Dean, Texas A&M) and I will ask Bob some questions, followed by Q&A with the audience. Among the issues I hope we will discuss are:

  • In light of this current moment in our nation, is US News going to add a diversity component to the rankings (as it does in its college rankings using Pell Grants)?
    • If so, would U.S. News use its existing stand alone Law School Diversity Index?
    • Why does U.S. News use national diversity data rather than data from the state in which a law school is located, like it does for the bar exam component of the rankings?
    • Would U.S. News consider other measures, such as the percentage of students who are first-generation students (law school or college)?
    • UPDATE: Bob said U.S. News is open to perhaps including a diversity component to the rankings. U.S. News is working with LSAC on getting appropriate data (such as Pell Grants received by law students during their undergraduate years).
  • Is U.S. News considering suspending the law school rankings due to COVID-19, as it has been asked to do for the college and business school rankings? 
    • What does U.S. News think about Businessweek's decision to suspend its business school rankings due to COVID-19?
    • UPDATE: Bob Said U.S. News is considering the issue but it is too early to make a determination.
    • If U.S. News does not suspend the law school rankings:
      • How will U.S. News adjust the bar exam component of the rankings in light of the decision by states to permit graduate to practice law prior to passing a bar exam under diploma privilege and supervised practice systems?
      • How will U.S. News adjust the job placement component of the rankings?
        • How will U.S. News define jobs at graduation for schools that have not yet held graduation ceremonies due to COVID-19? Do virtual graduations matter?
        • How will U.S. News define jobs ten months after graduation for law schools located in states that have delayed their July bar exams? Will U.S. News adjust the 10-month period for law schools located in those states?
        • UPDATE: Bob recognized the problem and said U.S. News likely would follow the lead of the ABA and NALP.
  • When will the stand alone U.S. News scholarly impact rankings (FAQ; Update #1; Update #2; Update #3) be published?
  • UPDATE: Bob said 2020. 
    • How does U.S. News respond to the many criticisms of the scholarly impact rankings (e.g., here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here)?
    • Will U.S. News ever include the scholarly impact rankings in the law school rankings?
    • UPDATE: Bob said U.S. News has no current plans to do so.
  • U.S. News ranks universities in several different categories (e.g., national universities, liberal arts colleges), based on Carnegie classifications.
    • Would U.S. News ever consider ranking law schools in different categories rather than in a single ranking?
    • What categories might U.S. News consider?
    • Might law schools opt-in to a category?
  • U.S. News reported that 32 schools (16% the total) reported GRE scores for their Fall 2019 entering class.
    • How does U.S. News weight the three GRE components: quantitative, verbal, analytical writing?
    • UPDATE: Bob said 40%/40%/20%.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

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. [Were there any ties? If two law school’s 10-year rolling averages were within 2/10 of a point, I tied them and then attempted to break those ties based on the current year’s peer reputation scores. You’ll see that where there was a tie, I have included the peer rep scores in parentheses for those schools. If the peer rep scores were the same, I allowed the tie to remain.] The document was updated in April 2020.

Here are the Top 75 law schools based on their 10-year rolling average overall U.S. News ranking:

Rank School 10-Year Rank
1 Yale 1.0
2 Stanford 2.3
3 Harvard 2.5
4 Columbia (4.7) 4.3
5 Chicago (4.6) 4.2
6 NYU 6.0
7 Pennsylvania 7.0
8 Virginia 8.0
9 UC-Berkeley (4.5) 8.9
10 Michigan (4.4) 8.9
11 Duke 10.5
12 Northwestern 11.2
13 Cornell 13.1
14 Georgetown 13.9
15 Texas 15.1
16 UCLA 15.8
17 Vanderbilt 16.6
18 Washington Univ. (3.7) 18.5
19 USC (3.6) 18.4
20 Minnesota 20.4
21 Notre Dame 22.5
22 George Washington 22.7
23 Emory 23.1
24 Boston University 23.8
25 Iowa 25.2
26 UC-Irvine 26.2
27 Alabama 26.7
28 Arizona State 28.0
29 Indiana (Maurer) 29.5
30 Boston College 29.8
31 Washington 31.1
32 Georgia 31.5
33 Washington & Lee 32.4
34 Wisconsin 32.7
35 William & Mary 32.9
36 UC-Davis 33.2
37 Ohio State 33.9
38 Fordham 34.3
39 North Carolina 34.7
40 Wake Forest 37.0
41 Illinois 37.7
42 BYU 39.6
43 Arizona 42.0
44 Florida (3.3) 42.2
45 George Mason (2.7) 42.2
46 Colorado 43.1
47 Utah 45.6
48 Maryland 45.9
49 Florida State (3.1) 48.7
50 SMU (2.7) 48.6
51 Tulane 49.6
52 Baylor 52.2
53 UC-Hastings 53.0
54 Temple 54.2
55 Richmond 54.9
56 Houston 55.3
57 Pepperdine 56.1
58 Connecticut 56.4
59 Cardozo 60.3
60 Georgia State 62.3
61 Tennessee (2.7) 62.6
62 Seton Hall (2.5) 62.7
63 Kentucky 63.5
64 Case Western 65.0
65 Loyola-L.A. 65.4
66 Penn State (Dickinson) 66.5
67 Miami 68.2
68 UNLV 68.4
69 Oklahoma (2.5) 68.8
69 Penn State (Univ. Park) (2.5) 68.8
71 Nebraska 69.1
72 American 69.5
73 Denver 69.7
74 Missouri 70.8
75 Kansas 73.0

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2020 World Law School Rankings

QS RankingsQuacquarelli Symonds has released the 2020 World Law School Rankings as part of its World University Rankings. The methodology is 50% academic reputation, 30% employer reputation, 15% h-index per faculty member, and 5% citations per paper.  The rankings consist of 300 law schools, 48 in the United States.  Here are the U.S. law schools, along with each school's position in the latest SSRN Top 750 Law School Faculty Rankings -- Total Downloads):

QS Ranking School SSRN Ranking
1 Harvard 1
4 Yale 5
5 Stanford 2
7 UC-Berkeley 4
8 Columbia 6
9 NYU 3
11 Chicago 7
18 Georgetown 9
26 UCLA 15
29 Michigan 13
31 Penn 11
32 Duke 18
41 Cornell 27
46 Northwestern 14
51-100 American 44
51-100 Boston University 29
51-100 George Washington 8
51-100 Texas 31
51-100 Virginia 24
101-150 Fordham 17
101-150 Notre Dame 55
101-150 UC-Irvine 28
101-150 USC 30
101-150 Washington  66
101-150 Washington Univ. 41
101-150 Wisconsin 102
151-200 Boston College 84
151-200 Florida 53
151-200 Michigan State 76
151-200 North Carolina 68
201-250 Florida State 51
201-250 George Mason 20
201-250 Illinois 33
201-250 Loyola-Chicago 65
201-250 Minnesota 26
201-250 Ohio State 37
201-250 Penn State (Univ. Park) 96
201-250 UC-Davis 32
201-250 Vanderbilt 16
251-300 Arizona State 57
251-300 CUNY 167
251-300 Arizona 46
251-300 Colorado 71
251-300 Emory 56
251-300 Indiana (Maurer) 34
251-300 Iowa 106
251-300 UIC-John Marshall 162

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Law School Rankings By Debt-To-Income Ratios Of Graduates

What Law Grads Earn

What Law Grads Earn, Nat'l Jurist, Spr. 2020, at 16:

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education has unveiled median salaries earned by first-year graduates [in the Class of 2016].

Here are the Top 50 law schools with the lowest average debt-to-income ratios of their graduates with federal student loan debt:

Rank School Ratio
1 Stanford 0.77
2 Harvard 0.84
3 Duke 0.85
4 Chicago 0.86
4 Penn 0.86
6 Cornell 0.88
7 BYU 0.91
7 Northwestern 0.91
9 Columbia 0.92
10 Yale 0.98
11 Iowa 0.99
12 Connecticut 1.01
13 Washington University 1.02
14 NYU 1.05
14 Virginia 1.05
16 Wisconsin 1.10
17 Georgia State 1.11
18 UC-Berkeley 1.12
19 Boston College 1.14
19 Michigan 1.14
19 Temple 1.14
22 Nebraska 1.16
22 Tennessee 1.16
22 Texas Tech 1.16
22 Wayne State 1.16
26 Texas 1.18
27 Arkansas-Fayetteville 1.19
27 Vanderbilt 1.19
29 Mitchell Hamline 1.21
30 North Dakota 1.26
30 UCLA 1.26
32 Kansas 1.27
33 Kentucky 1.28
34 Mississippi 1.32
35 Alabama 1.33
36 Illinois 1.34
37 Houston 1.36
38 Baylor 1.37
38 Boston University 1.37
40 Utah 1.38
41 Hawaii 1.39
41 Oklahoma 1.39
43 Louisiana State 1.41
44 CUNY 1.43
44 Georgia 1.43
44 UNLV 1.43
47 Missouri 1.45
47 USC 1.45
49 Villanova 1.47
50 Tulsa 1.48

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Law School Rankings By Debt Of Graduates

What Law Grads Earn

What Law Grads Earn, Nat'l Jurist, Spr. 2020, at 16:

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education has unveiled median salaries earned by first-year graduates [in the Class of 2016].

Here are the Top 50 law schools with the lowest average debt loads of their graduates with federal student loan debt:

Rank School Debt
1 BYU $51,250
2 Nebraska $59,124
3 Arkansas-Fayetteville $61,500
3 North Dakota $61,500
3 Tennessee $61,500
3 Wisconsin $61,500
7 Iowa $62,249
8 Mississippi $64,300
9 Mitchell Hamline $64,429
10 Kansas $66,415
11 Wayne State $67,640
12 Alabama $68,992
13 Connecticut $69,085
14 Georgia State $69,200
15 Temple $69,583
16 Kentucky $69,860
17 Texas Tech $70,006
18 Louisiana State $71,422
19 Liberty $71,534
20 Missouri $71,603
21 Akron $73,756
22 Oklahoma $74,250
23 Tulsa $75,326
24 Cincinnati $76,173
25 Memphis $76,622
26 Montana $76,666
27 Arkansas-Little Rock $77,208
28 Hawaii $77,849
29 CUNY $78,224
30 South Dakota $79,143
31 Utah $79,768
32 N. Kentucky $79,951
33 Florida State $81,159
34 Arizona $81,178
35 Washington Univ. $81,500
36 Toledo $81,546
37 Quinnipiac $82,000
37 Rutgers $82,000
39 Washburn $82,194
40 Georgia $82,480
41 Case Western $82,570
42 N. Illinois $83,660
43 Villanova $83,761
44 Cleveland-Marshall $83,868
45 New Mexico $83,999
46 Wyoming $84,032
47 West Virginia $84,227
48 St. Thomas (MN) $84,261
49 Duquesne $84,428
50 Florida $84,508

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Law School Rankings By Salary Of Graduates

What Law Grads Earn

What Law Grads Earn, Nat'l Jurist, Spr. 2020, at 16:

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education has unveiled median salaries earned by first-year graduates [in the Class of 2016].

Here are the Top 50 law schools with the highest average salaries of their graduates:

Rank School Income
1 Columbia $180,300
2 NYU $175,800
3 Cornell $175,200
4 Penn $175,100
5 Northwestern $171,900
6 Chicago $170,500
7 Duke $162,200
8 Harvard $158,200
9 Stanford $156,700
10 Virginia $151,500
11 UC-Berkeley $135,400
12 Yale $128,900
13 Michigan $126,800
14 Vanderbilt $108,800
15 Georgetown $105,000
16 Fordham $99,000
17 UCLA $96,600
18 Texas $90,100
19 USC $89,300
20 Boston College $88,300
21 Boston University $81,200
22 Washington Univ. $79,800
23 SMU $75,600
24 Notre Dame $75,500
25 George Washington $74,300
26 UC-Irvine $68,700
27 Connecticut $68,600
28 Illinois $67,700
29 Houston $67,600
29 UC-Hastings $67,600
31 UC-Davis $67,100
32 George Mason $66,900
33 Baylor $66,800
33 Emory $66,800
35 Santa Clara $66,200
36 Brooklyn $66,100
37 Cardozo $66,000
38 St. John's $65,900
38 UNLV $65,900
40 Loyola-Chicago $64,400
41 Washington & Lee $64,200
42 Loyola-Los Angeles $63,700
43 Washington $63,000
44 Iowa $62,700
45 Georgia State $62,400
46 San Diego $62,100
47 Pepperdine $61,400
48 Temple $61,300
49 Pace $60,700
50 Texas Tech $60,200

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

2021 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings v. Overall Rankings

Following up on yesterday's post, 2021 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 Suffolk 75 136 +61
2 American 18 76 +58
3 Seattle 72 129 +57
4 Pacific 94 148 +54
5 UIC-John Marshall 97 140 +43
6 Brooklyn 47 83 +36
6 Indiana (McKinney) 86 122 +36
6 UC-Hastings 23 59 +36
9 Denver 40 74 +34
9 Pace 102 136 +34
11 New York Law School 98 129 +31
12 Baltimore 96 126 +30
12 Santa Clara 77 107 +30
14 Chicago-Kent 54 83 +29
14 Mitchell Hamline 112 141 +29
16 Case Western 50 76 +26
16 DePaul 92 118 +26
18 Georgia State 51 76 +25
18 Loyola-New Orleans 101 126 +25
20 Loyola-L.A. 38 62 +24
20 Missouri (KC) 109 133 +24
22 Arkansas (Little Rock) 125 148 +23
23 Widener (DE) 126 148 +22
24 San Francisco 127 148 +21
24 Syracuse 90 111 +21
24 Temple 35 56 +21
27 Howard 87 107 +20
28 Rutgers 58 76 +18
29 Hofstra 85 102 +17
30 Ohio State 22 38 +16
30 South Carolina 80 96 +16
30 UC-Irvine 11 27 +16
33 Loyola-Chicago 55 70 +15
33 Miami 52 67 +15
35 Lewis & Clark 79 93 +14
35 Maryland 33 47 +14
35 Oregon 74 88 +14
35 San Diego 69 83 +14
35 Stetson 91 105 +14
40 Georgetown 1 14 +13
40 Golden Gate 135 148 +13
40 Vermont 128 141 +13
43 Houston 45 56 +11
44 George Washington 13 23 +10
44 New Mexico 89 99 +10
46 Drexel 84 93 +9
46 Southwestern 139 148 +9
46 Texas 7 16 +9
46 UNLV 53 62 +9
50 Fordham 19 27 +8
50 UC-Davis 30 38 +8
50 Willamette 133 141 +8

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

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

2021 U.S. News Omnibus Specialty Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings include the rankings for 13 specialty programs at 194 law schools. Here are the Top 100 law schools, determined by giving equal weight to each of the 13 separate specialty rankings:

  1. 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 8 1 9 13 5 25 10 7 13 3 12 2 12 9.2
2 NYU 3 2 5 3 1 16 6 48 3 1 76 1 31 15.1
3 Stanford 5 8 3 6 1 18 10 5 2 9 92 7 44 16.2
4 Michigan 12 8 13 8 10 37 37 19 13 7 12 11 59 18.9
5 Northwestern 12 6 13 13 16 6 49 48 21 21 24 3 19 19.3
6 UC-Berkeley 4 8 7 3 3 32 1 29 1 11 127 23 15 20.3
7 Texas 17 32 11 8 17 16 26 19 18 14 44 15 36 21.0
8 Harvard 1 22 2 3 3 1 10 9 18 2 167 7 36 21.6
9 UCLA 8 27 13 11 10 25 4 32 25 17 101 5 23 23.2
10 Duke 12 54 9 15 10 25 19 25 12 9 44 18 78 25.4
11 UC-Irvine 37 8 19 29 17 22 33 40 25 25 11 11 65 26.3
12 Penn 6 27 11 6 6 32 41 22 8 14 101 15 78 28.2
13 George Washington 30 22 25 34 22 44 15 32 5 8 44 42 50 28.7
14 Washington Univ. 26 14 19 21 26 25 73 29 45 17 51 23 12 29.3
15 Virginia 8 82 7 11 6 18 26 46 31 11 76 5 78 31.2
16 Columbia 1 20 5 1 6 37 6 46 13 4 154 10 105 31.4
17 Yale 8 5 1 8 6 37 20 16 62 4 167 11 65 31.5
18 American 68 2 44 51 26 48 37 11 10 4 51 55 4 31.6
19 Fordham 17 17 25 23 17 13 63 93 21 21 101 32 9 34.8
20 Boston University 19 32 19 18 30 56 55 5 10 32 51 21 105 34.8
21 North Carolina 26 44 25 18 22 48 37 22 55 46 7 26 78 34.9
22 Ohio State 37 69 28 23 15 2 55 29 40 43 38 32 44 35.0
23 UC-Hastings 37 27 44 46 33 13 20 13 45 28 114 23 20 35.6
24 Cornell 16 44 13 15 17 22 41 71 40 13 70 42 65 36.1
25 Minnesota 19 32 19 21 22 78 20 19 40 25 76 26 78 36.5
26 Vanderbilt 12 61 17 17 10 32 17 25 25 14 136 48 65 36.8
27 Arizona State 52 61 38 51 33 10 20 22 51 25 7 37 78 37.3
28 Emory 26 69 28 23 33 56 49 40 36 40 44 48 23 39.6
29 Boston College 26 27 31 29 43 48 33 48 31 40 38 18 105 39.8
30 UC-Davis 23 54 19 23 22 25 20 54 36 32 136 26 50 40.0
31 Chicago 7 22 4 1 10 48 63 71 40 17 154 7 78 40.2
32 Indiana (Maurer) 23 82 44 23 43 56 31 40 21 28 51 20 78 41.5
33 Maryland 61 6 44 46 57 13 10 7 79 69 63 63 31 42.2
34 William & Mary 37 61 19 29 17 18 41 48 45 32 101 63 44 42.7
35 Temple 52 86 59 59 53 25 85 17 71 17 12 37 2 44.2
36 Notre Dame 37 44 18 34 43 56 55 102 25 28 76 45 25 45.2
37 Wisconsin 48 44 38 29 33 37 41 40 79 32 51 55 78 46.5
38 Loyola-L.A. 48 69 54 63 33 67 85 48 31 57 44 11 5 47.3
39 Florida 37 82 67 39 33 37 20 61 71 69 76 3 25 47.7
40 Denver 68 8 59 63 43 56 26 93 79 52 7 63 9 48.2
41 Washington 61 44 59 39 43 99 31 32 18 43 51 42 65 48.2
42 Arizona 59 61 38 46 57 86 33 32 55 36 24 68 50 49.6
42 Colorado 30 96 44 51 30 72 10 71 25 52 51 63 50 49.6
42 Georgia 23 32 31 39 33 99 85 40 71 21 101 45 25 49.6
45 Houston 59 69 71 34 64 99 26 3 5 46 101 26 44 49.8
46 Wake Forest 37 86 54 39 29 99 41 17 95 69 6 55 25 50.2
47 Brooklyn 30 32 35 34 26 72 106 90 62 46 32 48 59 51.7
48 Tulane 37 39 54 34 53 37 17 61 62 28 148 63 44 52.1
49 USC 22 82 31 18 33 32 96 48 55 46 114 15 96 52.9
50 Case Western 61 44 59 51 64 67 55 9 40 24 92 98 50 54.9
51 Georgia State 52 27 44 86 57 56 85 2 62 98 92 55 25 57.0
52 Miami 52 32 59 46 53 78 55 93 55 36 101 26 59 57.3
53 UNLV 78 39 69 51 68 6 85 32 62 106 1 48 105 57.7
54 Chicago-Kent 52 86 54 72 74 86 85 54 13 75 32 75 5 58.7
55 Loyola-Chicago 75 54 59 72 82 56 126 3 45 69 76 48 12 59.8
55 Washington & Lee 52 69 44 51 43 44 79 40 90 36 101 32 96 59.8
57 Cardozo 52 61 38 59 30 5 106 114 13 75 114 48 65 60.0
58 Rutgers 83 22 59 81 57 83 63 54 85 52 18 80 59 61.2
59 Florida State 48 96 44 39 53 99 15 54 79 62 136 37 36 61.4
60 Utah 30 106 44 39 33 99 9 32 71 62 136 55 121 64.4
61 Texas A&M 68 54 111 69 119 6 37 102 8 62 29 75 105 65.0
62 Pepperdine 61 39 44 59 91 3 96 114 100 46 114 37 50 65.7
63 Iowa 30 86 38 46 43 99 106 78 62 57 51 68 105 66.8
64 Northeastern 113 22 71 107 57 48 106 11 21 62 38 110 105 67.0
65 Villanova 78 69 83 86 74 90 79 61 45 91 29 37 50 67.1
66 Alabama 61 61 31 29 43 99 63 102 100 98 127 32 31 67.5
67 Illinois 30 117 35 23 33 93 79 90 51 83 101 45 105 68.1
68 SMU 68 61 71 69 43 72 96 61 55 46 136 48 65 68.5
69 San Diego 30 121 28 72 57 99 79 71 31 62 166 21 59 68.9
70 BYU 19 136 54 39 68 67 55 144 55 75 76 32 96 70.5
71 Pittsburgh 75 121 69 69 57 99 85 32 51 43 76 26 131 71.8
72 Seattle 83 20 71 107 91 99 79 78 62 91 3 80 78 72.5
73 Seton Hall 83 69 71 81 82 67 116 13 71 57 92 68 78 72.9
74 Oregon 61 121 71 63 74 10 6 144 100 98 2 68 131 73.0
75 Suffolk 95 14 136 116 111 22 96 61 45 106 5 132 20 73.8
76 Richmond 37 121 35 63 43 99 63 144 25 69 101 55 105 73.8
77 Santa Clara 75 121 93 98 91 44 55 102 4 40 44 68 131 74.3
78 Tennessee 37 17 83 63 74 99 106 78 123 118 32 75 65 74.6
79 Lewis & Clark 95 86 71 107 91 48 1 122 55 69 18 92 121 75.1
80 South Carolina 83 39 93 86 74 99 63 61 114 106 70 55 36 75.3
81 Kansas 78 86 83 51 68 25 63 122 100 91 51 80 121 78.4
82 St. John's 68 117 71 72 74 37 152 102 71 57 32 132 36 78.5
83 Connecticut 61 96 59 59 82 72 63 61 108 57 76 68 160 78.6
84 Drexel 78 54 71 98 100 83 130 32 108 103 18 132 15 78.6
85 Hofstra 92 69 83 90 68 93 130 61 95 62 76 89 36 80.3
86 Indiana (McKinney) 95 86 83 81 111 99 85 15 85 83 24 98 121 82.0
87 Howard 92 44 71 72 64 67 143 122 62 106 63 120 59 83.5
88 Michigan State 68 86 83 63 91 93 96 114 71 75 101 98 65 84.9
89 New Mexico 113 17 111 81 100 99 33 78 137 106 70 92 78 85.8
90 Syracuse 95 96 111 98 100 99 73 78 85 83 76 110 15 86.1
91 Stetson 95 96 111 72 100 72 106 122 137 106 3 110 1 87.0
92 DePaul 95 106 93 98 82 97 152 25 36 91 92 92 78 87.5
93 George Mason 48 155 38 51 74 99 136 114 31 75 148 80 105 88.8
94 Pacific 106 136 146 98 125 56 73 102 114 36 32 126 9 89.2
95 Missouri (Columbia) 88 127 83 72 82 3 136 90 90 91 136 98 65 89.3
96 Baltimore 123 14 93 120 100 78 116 122 95 75 38 75 149 92.2
97 UIC-John Marshall 135 69 136 148 111 90 152 122 36 75 7 98 36 93.5
98 New York Law School 95 54 93 156 100 78 136 78 62 83 38 98 145 93.5
99 St. Louis 88 86 71 90 100 99 159 1 90 98 127 80 131 93.8
100 Marquette 88 127 93 90 91 10 126 144 79 118 12 126 121 94.2

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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Thursday, April 2, 2020

2021 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Trial Advocacy Rankings include the trial advocacy programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 52% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.1 Stetson
2 4.0 Baylor
2 4.0 Temple
4 3.9 American
5 3.8 Chicago-Kent
5 3.8 Loyola-L.A.
7 3.6 Samford
7 3.6 South Texas
9 3.5 Fordham
9 3.5 Denver
9 3.5 Pacific
12 3.4 Georgetown
12 3.4 Loyola-Chicago
12 3.4 Washington University
15 3.3 Campbell
15 3.3 Drexel
15 3.3 Syracuse
15 3.3 UC-Berkeley
19 3.2 Northwestern
20 3.1 St. Mary's 
20 3.1 Suffolk
20 3.1 UC-Hastings
23 3.0 Emory
23 3.0 UCLA
25 2.9 Georgia State
25 2.9 Akron
25 2.9 Florida
25 2.9 Georgia
25 2.9 Notre Dame
25 2.9 Wake Forest
31 2.8 Faulkner
31 2.8 NYU
31 2.8 Texas Tech
31 2.8 Alabama
31 2.8 Maryland
36 2.7 Florida State
36 2.7 Harvard
36 2.7 Hofstra
36 2.7 St. John's
36 2.7 UIC-John Marshall
36 2.7 Missouri (Kansas City)
36 2.7 South Carolina
36 2.7 Texas
44 2.6 Ohio State
44 2.6 Pace
44 2.6 Stanford
44 2.6 Tulane
44 2.6 Houston
44 2.6 William & Mary
50 2.5 Case Western
50 2.5 George Washington
50 2.5 Loyola-New Orleans
50 2.5 Nova
50 2.5 Pepperdine
50 2.5 Arizona
50 2.5 UC-Davis
50 2.5 Colorado
50 2.5 Villanova

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

2021 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Legal Writing Rankings include the legal writing programs at 179 law schools (the faculty survey had a 54% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.3 UNLV
2 4.2 Oregon
3 4.1 Seattle
3 4.1 Stetson
5 4.0 Suffolk
6 3.9 Wake Forest
7 3.8 Arizona State
7 3.8 Denver
7 3.8 UIC-John Marshall
7 3.8 North Carolina
11 3.7 UC-Irvine
12 3.6 Drake
12 3.6 Georgetown
12 3.6 Marquette
12 3.6 Temple
12 3.6 Texas Tech
12 3.6 Michigan
18 3.5 Drexel
18 3.5 Lewis & Clark
18 3.5 Mercer
18 3.5 Nova
18 3.5 Rutgers
18 3.5 Washburn
24 3.4 Indiana (McKinney)
24 3.4 Northwestern
24 3.4 Arizona
24 3.4 Arkansas (Little Rock)
24 3.4 Missouri (Kansas City)
29 3.3 Duquesne
29 3.3 Texas A&M
29 3.3 Villanova
32 3.2 Brooklyn
32 3.2 Chicago-Kent
32 3.2 St. John's
32 3.2 Arkansas (Fayetteville)
32 3.2 Tennessee
32 3.2 Pacific
38 3.1 Boston College
38 3.1 New York Law School
38 3.1 Northeastern
38 3.1 Ohio State
38 3.1 Baltimore
38 3.1 Memphis
44 3.0 Duke
44 3.0 Elon
44 3.0 Emory
44 3.0 George Washington
44 3.0 Loyola-L.A.
44 3.0 Santa Clara
44 3.0 Texas

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

2021 U.S. News International Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News International Law Rankings include the international law programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 52% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 NYU
2 4.4 Harvard
3 4.3 Georgetown
4 4.2 American
4 4.2 Columbia
4 4.2 Yale
7 4.1 Michigan
8 4.0 George Washington
9 3.9 Duke
9 3.9 Stanford
11 3.8 UC-Berkeley
11 3.8 Virginia
13 3.7 Cornell
14 3.6 Penn
14 3.6 Texas
14 3.6 Vanderbilt
17 3.5 Temple
17 3.5 UCLA
17 3.5 Chicago
17 3.5 Washington Univ.
21 3.4 Fordham
21 3.4 Northwestern
21 3.4 Georgia
24 3.3 Case Western
25 3.2 Arizona State
25 3.2 UC-Irvine
25 3.2 Minnesota
28 3.1 Indiana (Maurer)
28 3.1 Tulane
28 3.1 UC-Hastings
28 3.1 Notre Dame
32 3.0 Boston University
32 3.0 UC-Davis
32 3.0 Wisconsin
32 3.0 William & Mary
36 2.9 Arizona
36 2.9 Miami
36 2.9 Pacific
36 2.9 Washington & Lee
40 2.8 Boston College
40 2.8 Emory
40 2.8 Santa Clara
43 2.7 Ohio State
43 2.7 Pittsburgh
43 2.7 Washington
46 2.6 Brooklyn
46 2.6 Pepperdine
46 2.6 SMU
46 2.6 Houston
46 2.6 North Carolina
46 2.6 USC

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Monday, March 30, 2020

2021 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Intellectual Property Law Rankings include the intellectual property law programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 58% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 UC-Berkeley
2 4.6 Stanford
3 4.4 NYU
4 4.0 Santa Clara
5 3.8 George Washington
5 3.8 Houston
5 3.8 New Hampshire
8 3.7 Texas A&M
8 3.7 Penn
10 3.6 American
10 3.6 Boston University
12 3.5 Duke
13 3.4 Columbia
13 3.4 Georgetown
13 3.4 Chicago-Kent
13 3.4 Michigan
13 3.4 Cardozo
18 3.3 Harvard
18 3.3 Texas
18 3.3 Washington
21 3.2 Fordham
21 3.2 Indiana (Maurer)
21 3.2 Northeastern
21 3.2 Northwestern
25 3.1 UC-Irvine
25 3.1 UCLA
25 3.1 Colorado
25 3.1 Notre Dame
25 3.1 Richmond
25 3.1 Vanderbilt
31 3.0 Boston College
31 3.0 George Mason
31 3.0 Loyola-L.A.
31 3.0 San Diego
31 3.0 Virginia
36 2.9 DePaul
36 2.9 Emory
36 2.9 UC-Davis
36 2.9 UIC-John Marshall
40 2.8 Case Western
40 2.8 Cornell
40 2.8 Ohio State
40 2.8 Chicago
40 2.8 Minnesota
45 2.7 Loyola-Chicago
45 2.7 Suffolk
45 2.7 UC-Hastings
45 2.7 Villanova
45 2.7 Washington Univ.
45 2.7 William & Mary

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Friday, March 27, 2020

2021 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Health Care Law Rankings include the health care law programs at 143 law schools (the faculty survey had a 54% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.4 St. Louis
2 4.2 Georgia State
3 4.1 Loyola-Chicago
3 4.1 Houston
5 4.0 Boston University
5 4.0 Stanford
7 3.9 Georgetown
7 3.9 Maryland
9 3.8 Case Western
9 3.8 Harvard
11 3.7 American
11 3.7 Northeastern
13 3.6 Seton Hall
13 3.6 UC-Hastings
15 3.5 Indiana (McKinney)
16 3.4 Yale
17 3.3 Temple
17 3.3 Wake Forest
19 3.2 Michigan
19 3.2 Minnesota
19 3.2 Texas
22 3.1 Arizona State
22 3.1 North Carolina
22 3.1 Penn
25 3.0 DePaul
25 3.0 Duke
25 3.0 Mitchell Hamline
25 3.0 Vanderbilt
29 2.9 Ohio State
29 2.9 UC-Berkeley
29 2.9 Washington University
32 2.8 Drexel
32 2.8 George Washington
32 2.8 Arizona
32 2.8 UCLA
32 2.8 UNLV
32 2.8 Pittsburgh
32 2.8 Utah
32 2.8 Washington
40 2.7 Emory
40 2.7 Indiana (Maurer)
40 2.7 UC-Irvine
40 2.7 Georgia
40 2.7 Wisconsin
40 2.7 Washington & Lee
46 2.6 Columbia
46 2.6 Virginia
48 2.5 Boston College
48 2.5 Loyola-L.A.
48 2.5 NYU
48 2.5 Northwestern
48 2.5 USC
48 2.5 William & Mary

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

2021 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Environmental Law Rankings include the environmental law programs at 184 law schools (the faculty survey had a 56% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.5 Lewis & Clark
1 4.5 UC-Berkeley
3 4.4 Pace
4 4.3 UCLA
5 4.2 Vermont
6 4.1 Columbia
6 4.1 NYU
6 4.1 Oregon
9 4.0 Utah
10 3.9 Georgetown
10 3.9 Harvard
10 3.9 Stanford
10 3.9 Colorado
10 3.9 Maryland
15 3.8 Florida State
15 3.8 George Washington
17 3.7 Tulane
17 3.7 Vanderbilt
19 3.6 Duke
20 3.5 Arizona State
20 3.5 UC-Hastings
20 3.5 UC-Davis
20 3.5 Florida
20 3.5 Minnesota
20 3.5 Yale
26 3.4 Denver
26 3.4 Houston
26 3.4 Texas
26 3.4 Virginia
30 3.3 Hawaii
31 3.2 Indiana (Maurer)
31 3.2 Washington
33 3.1 Boston College
33 3.1 Arizona
33 3.1 UC-Irvine
33 3.1 New Mexico
37 3.0 American
37 3.0 Texas A&M
37 3.0 Michigan
37 3.0 North Carolina
41 2.9 Cornell
41 2.9 Penn State (Univ. Park)
41 2.9 Montana
41 2.9 Penn
41 2.9 Wisconsin
41 2.9 Wake Forest
41 2.9 Widener (PA)
41 2.9 William & Mary
49 2.8 Emory
49 2.8 Loyola-New Orleans
49 2.8 Northwestern
49 2.8 Idaho
49 2.8 Wyoming
49 2.8 Widener (DE)

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2021 U.S. News Dispute Resolution Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Dispute Resolution Rankings include the dispute resolution programs at 98 law schools (the faculty survey had a 51% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.5 Harvard
2 4.4 Ohio State
3 4.3 Pepperdine
3 4.3 Missouri (Columbia)
5 4.0 Cardozo
6 3.9 Mitchell Hamline
6 3.9 Northwestern
6 3.9 Texas A&M
6 3.9 UNLV
10 3.8 Arizona State
10 3.8 Marquette
10 3.8 Oregon
13 3.7 Fordham
13 3.7 UC-Hastings
13 3.7 Maryland
16 3.6 NYU
16 3.6 Texas
18 3.5 Quinnipiac
18 3.5 Stanford
18 3.5 Virginia
18 3.5 William & Mary
22 3.4 Cornell
22 3.4 Suffolk
22 3.4 UC-Irvine
25 3.3 Duke
25 3.3 Georgetown
25 3.3 Temple
25 3.3 UC-Davis
25 3.3 UCLA
25 3.3 Kansas
25 3.3 Washington University
32 3.2 Pace
32 3.2 UC-Berkeley
32 3.2 Penn
32 3.2 USC
32 3.2 Vanderbilt
37 3.1 Columbia
37 3.1 St. John's
37 3.1 Tulane
37 3.1 Florida
37 3.1 Michigan
37 3.1 Wisconsin
37 3.1 Yale
44 3.0 George Washington
44 3.0 Santa Clara
44 3.0 South Texas
44 3.0 Washington & Lee
48 2.9 American
48 2.9 Boston College
48 2.9 Creighton
48 2.9 Lewis & Clark
48 2.9 Northeastern
48 2.9 Chicago
48 2.9 North Carolina
48 2.9 St. Thomas (MN)

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

2021 U.S. News Criminal Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Criminal Law Rankings include the criminal law programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 53% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.5 NYU
1 4.5 Stanford
3 4.4 Harvard
3 4.4 UC-Berkeley
5 4.3 Georgetown
6 4.2 Columbia
6 4.2 Penn
6 4.2 Virginia
6 4.2 Yale
10 4.1 Duke
10 4.1 UCLA
10 4.1 Chicago
10 4.1 Michigan
10 4.1 Vanderbilt
15 4.0 Ohio State
16 3.9 Northwestern
17 3.8 Cornell
17 3.8 Fordham
17 3.8 UC-Irvine
17 3.8 Texas
17 3.8 William & Mary
22 3.7 George Washington
22 3.7 UC-Davis
22 3.7 Minnesota
22 3.7 North Carolina
26 3.6 American
26 3.6 Brooklyn
26 3.6 Washington Univ.
29 3.5 Wake Forest
30 3.4 Boston University
30 3.4 Colorado
30 3.4 Cardozo
33 3.3 Arizona State
33 3.3 Emory
33 3.3 Loyola-L.A.
33 3.3 UC-Hastings
33 3.3 Florida
33 3.3 Georgia
33 3.3 Illinois
33 3.3 USC
33 3.3 Utah
33 3.3 Wisconsin
43 3.2 Boston College
43 3.2 Indiana (Maurer)
43 3.2 SMU
43 3.2 Alabama
43 3.2 Denver
43 3.2 Iowa
43 3.2 Notre Dame
43 3.2 Richmond
43 3.2 Washington
43 3.2 Washington & Lee

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Monday, March 23, 2020

2021 U.S. News Contracts/Commercial Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Contracts/Commercial Law Rankings include the contracts/commercial law programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 44% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 Columbia
1 4.7 Chicago
3 4.6 Harvard
3 4.6 NYU
3 4.6 UC-Berkeley
6 4.5 Stanford
6 4.5 Penn
8 4.4 Michigan
8 4.4 Texas
8 4.4 Yale
11 4.3 UCLA
11 4.3 Virginia
13 4.2 Georgetown
13 4.2 Northwestern
15 4.1 Cornell
15 4.1 Duke
17 3.9 Vanderbilt
18 3.8 Boston University
18 3.8 North Carolina
18 3.8 USC
21 3.7 Minnesota
21 3.7 Washington University
23 3.6 Emory
23 3.6 Fordham
23 3.6 Indiana (Maurer)
23 3.6 Ohio State
23 3.6 UC-Davis
23 3.6 Illinois
29 3.5 Boston College
29 3.5 Alabama
29 3.5 UC-Irvine
29 3.5 Wisconsin
29 3.5 William & Mary
34 3.4 Brooklyn
34 3.4 George Washington
34 3.4 Tulane
34 3.4 Houston
34 3.4 Notre Dame
39 3.3 BYU
39 3.3 Florida State
39 3.3 Florida
39 3.3 Georgia
39 3.3 Utah
39 3.3 Washington
39 3.3 Wake Forest
46 3.2 Arizona
46 3.2 UC-Hastings
46 3.2 Iowa
46 3.2 Maryland
46 3.2 Miami

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

2021 U.S. News Constitutional Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Constitutional Law Rankings include the constitutional law programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 57% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.9 Yale
2 4.8 Harvard
3 4.7 Stanford
4 4.6 Chicago
5 4.5 Columbia
5 4.5 NYU
7 4.4 UC-Berkeley
7 4.4 Virginia
9 4.3 Duke
9 4.3 Georgetown
11 4.2 Penn
11 4.2 Texas
13 4.1 Cornell
13 4.1 Northwestern
13 4.1 UCLA
13 4.1 Michigan
17 3.8 Vanderbilt
18 3.6 Notre Dame
19 3.5 Boston University
19 3.5 UC-Davis
19 3.5 UC-Irvine
19 3.5 Minnesota
19 3.5 Washington University
19 3.5 William & Mary
25 3.4 Fordham
25 3.4 George Washington
25 3.4 North Carolina
28 3.3 Emory
28 3.3 Ohio State
28 3.3 San Diego
31 3.2 Boston College
31 3.2 Alabama
31 3.2 Georgia
31 3.2 USC
35 3.1 Brooklyn
35 3.1 Illinois
35 3.1 Richmond
38 3.0 Arizona State
38 3.0 George Mason
38 3.0 Arizona
38 3.0 Iowa
38 3.0 Wisconsin
38 3.0 Cardozo
44 2.9 American
44 2.9 Florida State
44 2.9 Georgia State
44 2.9 Indiana (Maurer)
44 2.9 Pepperdine
44 2.9 UC-Hastings
44 2.9 Colorado
44 2.9 Maryland
44 2.9 Utah
44 2.9 Washington & Lee

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Friday, March 20, 2020

2021 U.S. News Clinical Training Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Clinical Training Rankings include the clinical training law programs at 179 law schools (the faculty survey had a 65% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.7 Georgetown
2 4.4 American
2 4.4 CUNY
2 4.4 NYU
5 4.3 Yale
6 4.2 Northwestern
6 4.2 Maryland
8 4.1 Stanford
8 4.1 UC-Berkeley
8 4.1 UC-Irvine
8 4.1 Denver
8 4.1 Michigan
8 4.1 District of Columbia
14 4.0 Suffolk
14 4.0 Baltimore
14 4.0 Washington University
17 3.9 Fordham
17 3.9 New Mexico
17 3.9 Tennessee
20 3.8 Columbia
20 3.8 Seattle
22 3.7 George Washington
22 3.7 Harvard
22 3.7 Northeastern
22 3.7 Rutgers
22 3.7 Chicago
27 3.6 Boston College
27 3.6 Georgia State
27 3.6 UC-Hastings
27 3.6 UCLA
27 3.6 Penn
32 3.5 Boston University
32 3.5 Brooklyn
32 3.5 Mitchell Hamline
32 3.5 Georgia
32 3.5 Miami
32 3.5 Minnesota
32 3.5 Texas
39 3.4 Loyola-New Orleans
39 3.4 Pepperdine
39 3.4 Tulane
39 3.4 UNLV
39 3.4 South Carolina
44 3.3 Albany
44 3.3 Case Western
44 3.3 Cornell
44 3.3 Howard
44 3.3 Catholic
44 3.3 North Carolina
44 3.3 Notre Dame
44 3.3 Washington
44 3.3 Wisconsin
44 3.3 Washburn

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

2021 U.S. News Business/Corporate Law Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Business/Corporate Law Rankings include the business/corporate law programs at 188 law schools (the faculty survey had a 52% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.8 Columbia
1 4.8 Harvard
3 4.7 NYU
4 4.6 UC-Berkeley
5 4.5 Stanford
6 4.4 Penn
7 4.3 Chicago
8 4.2 Georgetown
8 4.2 UCLA
8 4.2 Virginia
8 4.2 Yale
12 4.1 Duke
12 4.1 Northwestern
12 4.1 Michigan
12 4.1 Vanderbilt
16 3.9 Cornell
17 3.8 Fordham
17 3.8 Texas
19 3.6 Boston University
19 3.6 BYU
19 3.6 Minnesota
22 3.5 USC
23 3.4 Indiana (Maurer)
23 3.4 UC-Davis
23 3.4 Georgia
26 3.3 Boston College
26 3.3 Emory
26 3.3 North Carolina
26 3.3 Washington University
30 3.2 Brooklyn
30 3.2 George Washington
30 3.2 Colorado
30 3.2 Illinois
30 3.2 Iowa
30 3.2 San Diego
30 3.2 Utah
37 3.1 Ohio State
37 3.1 Tulane
37 3.1 UC-Hastings
37 3.1 UC-Irvine
37 3.1 Florida
37 3.1 Notre Dame
37 3.1 Richmond
37 3.1 Tennessee
37 3.1 Wake Forest
37 3.1 Widener (DE)
37 3.1 William & Mary
48 3.0 Florida State
48 3.0 George Mason
48 3.0 Loyola-L.A.
48 3.0 Wisconsin

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

2021 U.S. News Tax Rankings

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiThe new 2021 U.S. News Tax Rankings include the tax programs at 187 law schools (the faculty survey had a 59% response rate). Here are the Top 50:

Rank Score School
1 4.8 NYU
2 4.4 Georgetown
3 4.3 Northwestern
3 4.3 Florida
5 4.1 UCLA
5 4.1 Virginia
7 4.0 Harvard
7 4.0 Stanford
7 4.0 Chicago
10 3.9 Columbia
11 3.8 Loyola-L.A.
11 3.8 UC-Irvine
11 3.8 Michigan
11 3.8 Yale
15 3.7 Penn
15 3.7 USC
15 3.7 Texas
18 3.6 Boston College
18 3.6 Duke
20 3.5 Indiana (Maurer)
21 3.4 Boston University
21 3.4 San Diego
23 3.3 UC-Hastings
23 3.3 UC-Berkeley
23 3.3 Washington Univ.
26 3.2 UC-Davis
26 3.2 Houston
26 3.2 Miami
26 3.2 Minnesota
26 3.2 North Carolina
26 3.2 Pittsburgh
32 3.1 BYU
32 3.1 Fordham
32 3.1 Ohio State
32 3.1 Alabama
32 3.1 Washington & Lee
37 3.0 Arizona State
37 3.0 Florida State
37 3.0 Pepperdine
37 3.0 Temple
37 3.0 Villanova
42 2.9 Cornell
42 2.9 George Washington
42 2.9 Washington
45 2.8 Georgia
45 2.8 Illinois
45 2.8 Notre Dame
48 2.7 Brooklyn
48 2.7 Emory
48 2.7 Loyola-Chicago
48 2.7 SMU
48 2.7 UNLV
48 2.7 Vanderbilt
48 2.7 Cardozo

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

  • +14: Ohio State (#32), Washington University (#23)
  • +11: Houston (#26)
  • +9: Yale (#11)
  • +6: Arizona State (#37), UC-Davis (#26)

Here are the biggest downward moves:

  • -17: Washington (#42)
  • -12: Temple (#37), Villanova (#37)
  • -10: George Washington (#42)
  • -8: Georgia (#45)
  • -7: Boston University (#21)

Derek Muller (Pepperdine) notes the absurd volatility of USNWR specialty law rankings by pointing out changes in the peer reputation scores of tax programs at these law schools:

South Carolina: 2.6 (+0.6)
Loyola Chicago: 2.7 (+0.4)
Albany: 1.8 (+0.4)
Cornell: 2.9 (+0.4)
Ohio State: 3.1 (+0.4)
Baltimore: 2.3 (+0.4)
Cincinnati: 2.4 (+0.4)
Richmond: 2.6 (+0.4)
Washington University: 3.3 (+0.4)
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Suffolk: 1.5 (-0.4)
Wyoming: 1.5 (-0.4)
Vermont: 1.3 (-0.4)
New England Law: 1.2 (-0.4)
Montana: 2.0 (-0.5)

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

2021 U.S. News Law School Peer Reputation Rankings (And Overall Rankings)

6a00d8341c4eab53ef0240a490199b200b-250wiContinuing a TaxProf Blog tradition (see links below for 2009-2020), here is the full list of the 194 law schools ranked by academic peer reputation, as well as their overall rank, in the new 2021 U.S. News Law School Rankings (methodology here):

Peer Rank Peer Score School Overall Rank
1 4.8 Yale 1
1 4.8 Stanford 2
1 4.8 Harvard 3
4 4.7 Columbia 4
5 4.6 Chicago 4
5 4.6 NYU 6
7 4.5 UC-Berkeley 9
8 4.4 Penn 7
8 4.4 Virginia 8
8 4.4 Michigan 9
11 4.3 Georgetown 14
12 4.2 Northwestern 9
12 4.2 Duke 12
12 4.2 Cornell 13
15 4.1 UCLA 15
15 4.1 Texas 16
17 4.0 Vanderbilt 18
18 3.7 Washington University 17
18 3.7 Minnesota 21
20 3.6 USC 18
21 3.5 Boston University 20
21 3.5 Notre Dame 22
21 3.5 George Washington 23
21 3.5 Emory 24
21 3.5 UC-Irvine 27
26 3.4 North Carolina 27
26 3.4 Boston College 31
26 3.4 UC-Davis 38
29 3.3 Arizona State 24
29 3.3 Florida 24
29 3.3 Fordham 27
29 3.3 Iowa 27
29 3.3 Alabama 31
29 3.3 Georgia 31
29 3.3 William & Mary 31
29 3.3 Indiana (Maurer) 38
29 3.3 Ohio State 38
29 3.3 Wisconsin 38
39 3.2 Illinois 31
39 3.2 Washington 42
39 3.2 Colorado 46
39 3.2 Arizona 47
43 3.1 Washington & Lee 31
43 3.1 Wake Forest 42
43 3.1 Florida State 50
43 3.1 Tulane 54
43 3.1 UC-Hastings 59
48 3.0 Maryland 47
48 3.0 Connecticut 50
50 2.9 BYU 37
50 2.9 Utah 45
50 2.9 Cardozo 53
50 2.9 Denver 74
50 2.9 American 76
50 2.9 Georgia State 76
56 2.8 Richmond 54
56 2.8 Temple 56
56 2.8 Houston 56
56 2.8 Miami 67
56 2.8 Oregon 88
61 2.7 George Mason 42
61 2.7 Pepperdine 47
61 2.7 SMU 56
61 2.7 Loyola-L.A. 62
61 2.7 Villanova 62
61 2.7 Tennessee 70
61 2.7 Case Western 76
61 2.7 Pittsburgh 76
61 2.7 San Diego 83
61 2.7 Howard 107
71 2.6 Texas A&M 60
71 2.6 UNLV 62
71 2.6 Northeastern 67
71 2.6 Missouri (Columbia) 67
71 2.6 Loyola-Chicago 70
71 2.6 Kansas 70
71 2.6 Kentucky 70
71 2.6 Rutgers 76
71 2.6 Brooklyn 83
71 2.6 Chicago-Kent 83
81 2.5 Baylor 50
81 2.5 Penn State (Univ. Park) 60
81 2.5 Seton Hall 62
81 2.5 Oklahoma 76
81 2.5 Michigan State 93
81 2.5 Hawaii 96
81 2.5 South Carolina 96
81 2.5 Santa Clara 107
81 2.5 Indiana (McKinney) 122
90 2.4 Nebraska 76
90 2.4 Cincinnati 83
90 2.4 St. Louis 90
90 2.4 Lewis & Clark 93
90 2.4 New Mexico 99
90 2.4 Syracuse 111
90 2.4 Seattle 129
97 2.3 Penn State (Dickinson) 62
97 2.3 St. John's 74
97 2.3 Arkansas (Fayetteville) 90
97 2.3 Drexel 93
97 2.3 SUNY-Buffalo 99
97 2.3 Hofstra 102
97 2.3 Marquette 102
97 2.3 CUNY 107
97 2.3 Mississippi 111
97 2.3 DePaul 118
107 2.2 Wayne State 83
107 2.2 Florida Int'l 90
107 2.2 Louisiana State 96
107 2.2 Louisville 99
107 2.2 Stetson 105
107 2.2 West Virginia 111
107 2.2 Loyola-New Orleans 126
107 2.2 Missouri (Kansas City) 133
107 2.2 Arkansas (Little Rock) Tier 2
116 2.1 New Hampshire 88
116 2.1 Catholic 111
116 2.1 Gonzaga 118
116 2.1 Maine 122
116 2.1 Montana 122
116 2.1 Baltimore 126
116 2.1 Suffolk 136
116 2.1 Idaho 136
116 2.1 UIC-John Marshall 140
125 2.0 Drake 105
125 2.0 Washburn 107
125 2.0 Texas Tech 111
125 2.0 Tulsa 111
125 2.0 Albany 118
125 2.0 St. Thomas (MN) 118
125 2.0 Mercer 126
125 2.0 Wyoming 133
125 2.0 Pace 136
125 2.0 Willamette 141
135 1.9 Cleveland 102
135 1.9 Chapman 111
135 1.9 Quinnipiac 122
135 1.9 Duquesne 129
135 1.9 New York Law School 129
135 1.9 Toledo 136
135 1.9 Akron 141
135 1.9 Memphis 141
135 1.9 Vermont 141
135 1.9 Southwestern Tier 2
135 1.9 North Dakota Tier 2
135 1.9 San Francisco Tier 2
135 1.9 Pacific Tier 2
148 1.8 Creighton 133
148 1.8 Mitchell Hamline 141
148 1.8 Dayton 141
148 1.8 South Dakota 141
152 1.7 N. Illinois Tier 2
152 1.7 Roger Williams Tier 2
152 1.7 St. Mary's  Tier 2
152 1.7 Widener (DE) Tier 2
152 1.7 Widener (PA) Tier 2
157 1.6 Campbell Tier 2
157 1.6 Elon Tier 2
157 1.6 Florida A&M Tier 2
157 1.6 N. Kentucky Tier 2
157 1.6 Nova Tier 2
157 1.6 Samford Tier 2
157 1.6 South Texas Tier 2
157 1.6 S. Illinois Tier 2
157 1.6 Detroit Tier 2
157 1.6 Massachusetts Tier 2
157 1.6 District of Columbia Tier 2
168 1.5 California-Western Tier 2
168 1.5 Golden Gate Tier 2
168 1.5 Mississippi College Tier 2
168 1.5 New England  Tier 2
168 1.5 NC Central Tier 2
168 1.5 Ohio Northern Tier 2
168 1.5 Oklahoma City Tier 2
168 1.5 St. Thomas (FL) Tier 2
168 1.5 Touro Tier 2
177 1.4 Belmont 129
177 1.4 Capital Tier 2
177 1.4 Southern Tier 2
177 1.4 Texas Southern Tier 2
177 1.4 W. New England Tier 2
182 1.3 John Marshall (GA) Tier 2
183 1.2 Appalachian Tier 2
183 1.2 Barry Tier 2
183 1.2 Charleston Tier 2
183 1.2 Concordia Tier 2
183 1.2 Faulkner Tier 2
183 1.2 Florida Coastal Tier 2
183 1.2 Liberty Tier 2
183 1.2 Lincoln Memorial Tier 2
183 1.2 Regent Tier 2
192 1.1 Ave Maria Tier 2
192 1.1 W. Michigan Cooley Tier 2
192 1.1 Western State Tier 2

2021 U.S. News Specialty Rankings:

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

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March 17, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pepperdine’s Place In The 2021 U.S. News Law School Rankings

U.S. News Law (2019)By now many of you have seen the news that Pepperdine Caruso Law has risen to #47 in the 2021 U.S. News Law School Rankings. This is the highest ranking in the 50-year history of our law school. 

Our 25-point improvement in three years is the second largest increase of any law school among the Top 100 law schools as ranked by U.S. News (behind only Texas A&M (formerly Texas Wesleyan) from #92 to #60).

We do not chase rankings at Pepperdine Caruso Law. Every decision we make is guided by a single question: what is in the best interest of our students? Often those decisions produce a rankings benefit as well, and we gladly reap those results. I am pleased that our rankings rise is driven by the increasing quality of our students, the improved outcomes achieved by our graduates, the additional resources we have been able to deploy to improve our students’ educational experience, and our growing reputation among legal academics, lawyers, and judges.

Pepperdine Caruso Law also was recognized by U.S. News with Top 50 rankings in six specialty programs (another all-time high) based on our reputation among faculty in those fields:  #3 in dispute resolution, #37 in tax law, #39 in clinical training, #44 in constitutional law, #46 in international law, and #50 in trial advocacy.

We are proud of our past, excited by all we have accomplished thus far, and exhilarated at what we will be able to achieve in the future with the additional resources provided by Rick J. Caruso's $50 million naming gift.

March 17, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

2021 U.S. News Law School Rankings

Robert Morse (Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News & World Report) announced yesterday that the new 2021 law school rankings will be released on Tuesday, March 17.  For the first time, they will include specialty rankings in business/corporate law, criminal law, constitutional law, and contracts/commercial law (in addition to Clinical Training, Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law, Health Care, Intellectual Property, International Law, Legal Writing, Tax, and Trial Advocacy).  Here is my coverage of the current 2020 law school rankings:

February 26, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

2020 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Overall Ranking

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. Last week, I highlighted the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Yesterday, I blogged the Top 50 law school professor rankings, giving equal weight (50%) to the Professors: Teaching and Professors: Accessibility rankings.

Today, in my concluding post, I blog the Princeton Review's overall law school rankings, giving equal weight (20%) to each of the Admissions Selectivity, Academic Experience, Professors: Teaching, Professors: Accessibility, and Career Rating rankings:

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Monday, February 10, 2020

2020 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Teaching And Accessibility)

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. Last week, I highlighted the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Here are the Top 50 law school professor rankings, giving equal weight (50%) to the Professors: Teaching and Professors: Accessibility rankings:

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February 10, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 7, 2020

2020 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Career Rating

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts this week, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Career Rating:  This rating measures the confidence students have in their school's ability to lead them to fruitful employment opportunities, as well as the school's own record of having done so. This rating takes into account both student survey responses and school-reported statistical data. We ask students about how much the law program encourages practical experience; the opportunities for externships, internships, and clerkships; and how prepared to practice law they expect to feel after graduating. We ask law schools for the median starting salaries of graduating students; the percentage employed in a job that requires bar passage (and not employed by the school); and the percentage of these students who pass the bar exam the first time they take it. This rating is on a scale of 60–99.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

2020 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Accessibility)

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts this week, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Professors: Accessible:  This rating is based on how law students rate the accessibility of law faculty members at their school. The rating is on a scale of 60 to 99. 

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

2020 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Professors (Teaching)

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts this week, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Professors: Interesting:  This rating is based on how students rate the quality of teaching at their law school. This rating is on a scale of 60-99.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

2020 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Academic Experience

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts this week, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Academic Experience:  This rating measures the quality of the school's learning environment on a scale of 60 to 99. Factors taken into consideration include the Admissions Selectivity Rating, as well as how students rate each of the following: the quality of teaching and the accessibility of their professors, the research resources at their school, the range of available courses, the balance of curricular emphasis on legal theory and practical lawyering, the tolerance for diverse opinions in the classroom, and the degree of intellectual challenge that the coursework presents.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

2020 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Admissions Selectivity

Princeton ReviewI previously blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in fourteen categories in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review's Best Law Schools. In a series of posts this week, I will highlight the Top 50 schools in the five categories for which the Princeton Review provides individual law school data:

Admissions Selectivity:  This rating measures the competitiveness of admissions at each law school on a scale of 60–99. Factors taken into consideration include the median LSAT score and undergraduate GPA of entering 1L students, the percentage of applicants who are accepted, and the percentage of applicants who are accepted and ultimately enroll. 

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Fifty Hardest Law Schools To Get Into

24/7 Wall St., 50 Hardest Law Schools to Get Into:

Using data from the ABA, 24/7 Wall St. created an index of three measures of selectivity to identify the 50 hardest law schools to get into. The first index measure is the acceptance rate, or the number of offer letters a school sent in 2019 as a share of the number of applications. The second is the median LSAT score of newly enrolled students in fall 2019, and the third measure is the median undergraduate GPA of newly enrolled students. We also reviewed the share of students in the class of 2018 who took the bar exam and passed on their first attempt.

  1. Yale (#1 in U.S. News)
  2. Stanford (#2)
  3. Harvard(#3)
  4. Penn Carey (#7)
  5. Virginia (#8)
  6. Columbia (#5)
  7. Michigan (#9)
  8. Chicago (#4)
  9. Northwestern Pritzker (#10)
  10. USC Gould (#17)
  11. Duke (#10)
  12. Texas (#16)
  13. UC-Berkeley (#10)
  14. Georgetown (#14)
  15. NYU (#6)
  16. Cornell (#14)
  17. Florida Levin (#31)
  18. Vanderbilt (#18)
  19. UCLA (#15)
  20. George Mason Scalia (#45)
  21. Georgia (#27)
  22. Washington University (#18)
  23. Boston University (#23)
  24. UC-Irvine (#23)
  25. Notre Dame (#21)
  26. Arizona State O'Connor (#27)
  27. Arizona Rogers (#39)
  28. Fordham (#39)
  29. University of Washington (#44)
  30. Emory (#26)
  31. Alabama (#25)
  32. UNLV Boyd (#58)
  33. George Washington (#22)
  34. William & Mary (#39)
  35. Pepperdine Caruso (#51)
  36. UC-Davis (#31)
  37. Texas A&M (#83)
  38. Boston College (#27)
  39. Florida International (#91)
  40. Florida State (#48)
  41. Washington & Lee (#34)
  42. Georgia State (#67)
  43. North Carolina (#34)
  44. Colorado (#45)
  45. Loyola-L.A. (#62)
  46. Tennessee (#59)
  47. Indiana-Maurer (#34)
  48. Illinois (#39)
  49. Villanova Widger (#71)
  50. Minnesota (#20)

January 29, 2020 in Law School Rankings, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)