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Top 2014 Law School Rankings

Published October 2006, last updated March 2014

Top Law Schools consolidates law school rankings, thereby giving you necessary information to help determine which law schools you should apply to. The variability in these rankings should illustrate that the 2014 law school rankings can act only as a guide, and that you should be the final evaluator of what law school is best for you.

After acceptance, we recommend that you personally visit each law school that you are seriously considering attending. Which law school you attend not only impacts where you will spend three enjoyable and educational years, but also where you will get a job and probably settle down.

Below the 2014 Law School Rankings is a short description of all of the law school ratings listed below. A* indicates that this school is tied with another law school for that position.




The links in the table below lead to exclusive, in-depth profiles of the law schools.

2014 Law School Rankings

2014 USN
Rank
(March, 2014)
2013 USN
Rank
2012 USN
Rank
2011 USN
Rank
2010 USN
Rank
2009 USN
Rank
Law School ATL
Rankings
(May 2013)
111111 Yale U (CT) 1
22*3222 Harvard U (MA) 3
32*2333 Stanford U (CA) 2
4*4*4444 Columbia U (NY) 8
4*4*5556* U Chicago 4
666665 New York U 10
77*7*7*7*8 U Pennsylvania 5
87*7*9*1010* U Virginia 7
99*7*9*7*6* UC Berkeley (Boalt) 9
10*11111111*10* Duke U (NC) 6
10*9*107*99 U Michigan-Ann Arbor 12
1212121211*10* Northwestern U (IL) 13
13*1314131313 Cornell U (NY) 11
13*141314*1414 Georgetown U (DC) 16
1515*16*14*15*15* U Texas-Austin 14
16*171516*15*15* UCLA 17
16*15*16*16*1717 Vanderbilt U (TN) 15
1819*2318*1919 Washington U (MO) 25
1923*24*30*22*20* Emory U (GA) 29
20*21*20*20*2028* George Washington U 31
20*19*1920*22*20* U Minnesota-Twin Cities 32
20*181818*1818 U Southern California 20
2321*29*35*38*30* U Alabama 27
24*33*35*27*28*28* William and Mary (VA) 34
24*2820*30*34*30* U Washington 41
2623*2223*22*23* U Notre Dame (IN) 18
27*29*26*2222*20* Boston U 23
27*26*29*27*2626* U Iowa 37
29*2526*23*2723* Indiana U-Bloomington 40
29*33*3435*28*35* U Georgia 19
31*29*26*40*38*55* Arizona State U 50
31*36*39*35*34*35* Ohio State U 46
31*31*3830*28*30* U North Carolina 24
31*33*35*35*28*35* U Wisconsin-Madison -
31*36*44*3938*40 Wake Forest U (NC) 30
36*31*29*27*28*26* Boston College 21
36*44*39*42*42*41* Brigham Young U (UT) 28
36*38*29*30*34*30* Fordham U (NY) 48
36*38*29*23*28*35* UC Davis 45
40*38*4342*42*43* U Arizona (Rogers) -
40*4735*23*2123* U Illinois (UIUC) 33
4248*51*50*48*49* Southern Methodist U 22
43*44*44*47*38*45* U Colorado-Boulder -
43*26*24*30*34*30* Washington & Lee U 38
4548*51*50*54*51 Florida State U -
46*41*39*40*42*41* George Mason U (VA) -
46*48*51*47*48*45* Tulane U (LA) 39
46*41*39*42*48*43* U Maryland -
49*464847*4751 U Florida 44
49*41*4742*42*45* U Utah -
51*54*51*56*64*65* Baylor U (TX) -
51*64*76*6072*65* Pennsylvania State U -
51*5358*67*86*77* U Richmond (VA) -
54*61*49*54*52*55* Pepperdine U (CA) -
54*48*44*42*42*39 UC (Hastings) -
54*58*62*56*54*52* U Connecticut -
54*61*89*84*93*>100 U Nebraska-Lincoln -
58*48*5756*60*59* U Houston 35
58*58*62*71*64*55* U Kentucky -
58*68*82*71*72*71* U Oklahoma -
61*56*58*61*72*65* Temple U (PA) -
61*68*89*84*86*94* U of Arkansas-Fayetteville -
61*76*69*77*60*71* U Miami (FL) 49
64*68*67*61*56*55* Case Western Reserve -
64*54*58*61*60*65* Georgia State U 42
64*76*79*>10093*65* U Missouri-Columbia -
64*58*5650*52*49* Yeshiva U (Cardozo) -
68*76*67*71*78*87* Loyola U Chicago -
68*64*69*61*72*77* Seton Hall U (NJ) 36
68*64*69*77*80*77* U Denver (Sturm) -
68*86*89*79*67*65* U Kansas -
72*56*49*50*48*45* American U (DC) -
72*68*62*61*80*77* IIT (Chicago-Kent) -
72*80*58*67*64*61* Lewis and Clark (OR) -
72*76*79*84*80*75* Louisiana State U -
72*64*69*79*67*77* U New Mexico 26
72*61*69*56*60*59* U Tennessee-Knoxville -
72*86*99*>100>100>100 University of Tulsa (OK) -
79*80*69*61*56*52* U Cincinnati -
79*68*65*67*56*61* U San Diego -
81*91*99*84*80*77* Rutgers-Camden (NJ) 43
81*91*69*71*67*71* U Pittsburgh -
83*80*65*67*67*61* Brooklyn Law School -
83*86*82*84*80*87* Rutgers-Newark (NJ) -
83*68*76*71*78*75* U Nevada-Las Vegas -
83*91*>10095*93*>100 West Virginia University -
87*98*89*79*86*87* IU McKinney Law -
87*68*51*54*56*71* Loyola (Los Angeles) -
87*80*82*95*>100>100 Michigan State -
87*>10082*84*86*77* Seattle U -
87*68*89*100*>10098* U Louisville (KY) -
87*>100>100>100>100>100 Wayne State University (MI) -
93*94*96*95*>10087* Marquette U (WI) -
93*86*76*71*86*94* Northeastern U (MA) -
93*>100>100>100>100>100 Stetson University (FL) -
93*>100>100>100>10094* St. Louis U 47
93*>100>100>100>100>100 University of New Hampshire -
93*98*>100>100>10087* U South Carolina -
93*98*>10084*67*61* Villanova U (PA) -
100*>100>100>100>100>100 Florida International University -
100*86*82*84*>10085* U at Buffalo-SUNY -
100*80*>10095*72*>100 U Hawaii -
100*94*82*79*80*77* U Oregon -
Below are schools that were in the top 100 at some point from 2009 to 2013. View all 3rd/4th tier schools.
107*80*82*79*98*94* Catholic U (DC) -
107*96*96*84*93*85* Santa Clara U (CA) -
107*96*96*100*86*>100 Syracuse University -
107*98*79*95*72*87* St. John's U (NY) -
107*>100>100>100>100100* Gonzaga University -
121*>10089*84*98*87* DePaul U (IL) -
129*>100>100>100>100100* University of Maine -
135*>10089*84*86*100* Hofstra University -
135*>100>100>10098*>100 William Mitchell College of Law (MN) -
140*>100>100>10093*>100 Chapman University (CA) -
146*>100>100100*98*>100 University of the Pacific -
n/a>100>100100*98*98* U of San Francisco -


You may also be interested in third tier and fourth tier law schools.

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 Top Law Schools. You may also want to check out our lists of top law school books such as the top LSAT prep books and the top law school admissions books.

A final note of caution on the 2014 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.



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