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Top 2013 Law School Rankings
Published October 2006, last updated May 2013
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Note: UC Irvine School of Law was opened in 2009 and is currently not ranked by US News.
For another excellent source on law school rankings, visit the Prelaw Handbook which lists the most prestigious law schools and also includes law school rankings on selectivity and other factors.
US News law school rankings - the most well known and controversial of all national law school rankings, this report has defined what are perceived as the top law schools. Rankings of previous years are also included to help you see trends. Details of their approach to rankings can be found on their page about Best Law Schools Rankings Methodology.
Above The Law Rankings - the ATL Rankings do not look at inputs like GPA and LSAT scores and instead look at outputs like the quality and prestige of employment outcomes. Details of their methodology can be found on the ATL Top 50 Law School rankings.
With law school admissions becoming increasingly competitive, be prepared and spend time on every aspect of your law school application. The best book I have found for increasing your chances of admission is How to Get Into the Great Law Schools. We also recommend several other excellent books for law school applicants.
A final note of caution on the 2013 law school rankings - what is the best law school is a personal choice and should not be solely determined by national law school ratings but instead by what school best suits all of your desires. For example, because I wanted to live and practice law in California, I choose to attend the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) over other top law schools that were ranked higher.
The best advice, personally visit the law schools you are seriously thinking of attending after you have been accepted. Put time and thought in to what is one of the most important decisions of your life.