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Top 2015 Law School Rankings

Published October 2006, last updated April 2015

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 2015 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 2015 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.

2015 Law School Rankings

2015 USN
Rank
(March, 2015)
2014
USN
Rank
2013
USN
Rank
2012
USN
Rank
2011
USN
Rank
2010
USN
Rank
2009
USN
Rank
Law School ATL
Rankings
(May 2014)
ATL
Rankings
(2013)
1111111 Yale U (CT) 11
2*22*3222 Harvard U (MA) 23
2*32*2333 Stanford U (CA) 32
4*4*4*4444 Columbia U (NY) 48
4*4*4*5556* U Chicago 54
6666665 New York U 610
777*7*7*7*8 U Pennsylvania 85
8*10*11111111*10* Duke U (NC) 76
8*99*7*9*7*6* UC Berkeley (Boalt) 129
8*87*7*9*1010* U Virginia 97
1110*9*107*99 U Michigan-Ann Arbor 1012
121212121211*10* Northwestern U (IL) 1113
1313*1314131313 Cornell U (NY) 1311
1413*141314*1414 Georgetown U (DC) 1616
151515*16*14*15*15* U Texas-Austin 1514
1616*171516*15*15* UCLA 1917
1716*15*16*16*1717 Vanderbilt U (TN) 1415
181819*2318*1919 Washington U (MO) 2625
191923*24*30*22*20* Emory U (GA) 3629
20*20*19*1920*22*20* U Minnesota-Twin Cities 3332
20*20*181818*1818 U Southern California 3520
22*20*21*20*20*2028* George Washington U 2931
22*2321*29*35*38*30* U Alabama 2827
22*27*26*29*27*2626* U Iowa 1837
22*2623*2223*22*23* U Notre Dame (IN) 1718
26*31*29*26*40*38*55* Arizona State U 4350
26*27*29*26*2222*20* Boston U 3023
2824*2820*30*34*30* U Washington 4141
2924*33*35*27*28*28* William and Mary (VA) 3934
30RNPRNPRNPRNPRNPRNP UC Irvine --
31*36*38*29*23*28*35* UC Davis 4245
31*29*33*3435*28*35* U Georgia 2019
31*31*33*35*35*28*35* U Wisconsin-Madison --
34*36*31*29*27*28*26* Boston College 2121
34*36*44*39*42*42*41* Brigham Young U (UT) 2428
34*36*38*29*30*34*30* Fordham U (NY) -48
34*29*2526*23*2723* Indiana U-Bloomington 3140
34*31*36*39*35*34*35* Ohio State U 3846
34*31*31*3830*28*30* U North Carolina 2324
4043*44*44*47*38*45* U Colorado-Boulder --
4140*4735*23*2123* U Illinois (UIUC) 2733
42*46*41*39*40*42*41* George Mason U (VA) --
42*40*38*4342*42*43* U Arizona (Rogers) --
42*49*41*4742*42*45* U Utah --
42*43*26*24*30*34*30* Washington & Lee U 3738
464248*51*50*48*49* Southern Methodist U 2522
47*49*464847*4751 U Florida 3244
47*46*41*39*42*48*43* U Maryland --
47*31*36*44*3938*40 Wake Forest U (NC) 4630
50*4548*51*50*54*51 Florida State U --
50*46*48*51*47*48*45* Tulane U (LA) 5039
52*54*61*49*54*52*55* Pepperdine U (CA) --
52*61*56*58*61*72*65* Temple U (PA) 44-
52*51*5358*67*86*77* U Richmond (VA) --
52*72*61*69*56*60*59* U Tennessee-Knoxville --
56*51*54*51*56*64*65* Baylor U (TX) --
56*64*54*58*61*60*65* Georgia State U 4542
56*54*61*89*84*93*>100 U Nebraska-Lincoln --
59*64*68*67*61*56*55* Case Western Reserve 47-
59*54*48*44*42*42*39 UC (Hastings) --
59*58*48*5756*60*59* U Houston 3435
59*64*76*79*>10093*65* U Missouri-Columbia --
63*68*64*69*61*72*77* Seton Hall U (NJ) 4036
63*54*58*62*56*54*52* U Connecticut --
63*58*58*62*71*64*55* U Kentucky --
63*61*76*69*77*60*71* U Miami (FL) 4949
67*68*64*69*77*80*77* U Denver (Sturm) --
67*68*86*89*79*67*65* U Kansas --
67*83*68*76*71*78*75* U Nevada-Las Vegas --
67*58*68*82*71*72*71* U Oklahoma --
71*72*56*49*50*48*45* American U (DC) --
71*51*64*76*6072*65* Pennsylvania State U --
71*72*64*69*79*67*77* U New Mexico 2226
71*79*68*65*67*56*61* U San Diego --
75*87*68*51*54*56*71* Loyola (Los Angeles) --
75*61*68*89*84*86*94* U of Arkansas-Fayetteville --
75*64*58*5650*52*49* Yeshiva U (Cardozo) --
78*83*80*65*67*67*61* Brooklyn Law School --
78*72*68*62*61*80*77* IIT (Chicago-Kent) --
78*68*76*67*71*78*87* Loyola U Chicago --
78*81*91*69*71*67*71* U Pittsburgh --
82*>10098*79*95*72*87* St. John's U (NY) --
82*79*80*69*61*56*52* U Cincinnati --
82*100*80*>10095*72*>100 U Hawaii --
82*100*94*82*79*80*77* U Oregon --
82*72*86*99*>100>100>100 University of Tulsa (OK) --
87*93*86*76*71*86*94* Northeastern U (MA) --
87*83*86*82*84*80*87* Rutgers-Newark (NJ) --
87*93*>100>100>100>10094* St. Louis U -47
87*100*86*82*84*>10085* U at Buffalo-SUNY --
87*>10096*96*100*86*>100 Syracuse University --
87*93*>100>100>100>100>100 University of New Hampshire --
87*93*98*>10084*67*61* Villanova U (PA) --
94*72*80*58*67*64*61* Lewis and Clark (OR) --
94*72*76*79*84*80*75* Louisiana State U --
94*87*80*82*95*>100>100 Michigan State --
94*>10096*96*84*93*85* Santa Clara U (CA) --
94*87*68*89*100*>10098* U Louisville (KY) --
94*>100>100>100>100>100>100 U Mississippi --
94*93*98*>100>100>10087* U South Carolina --
94*83*91*>10095*93*>100 West Virginia University --
Below are schools that were in the top 100 at some point from 2009 to 2015. View all 3rd/4th tier schools.
102*100*>100>100>100>100>100 Florida International University --
102*87*98*89*79*86*87* IU McKinney Law --
102*81*91*99*84*80*77* Rutgers-Camden (NJ) 4843
105*93*94*96*95*>10087* Marquette U (WI) --
105*93*>100>100>100>100>100 Stetson University (FL) --
105*87*>100>100>100>100>100 Wayne State University (MI) --
108*>10080*82*79*98*94* Catholic U (DC) --
110*>100>100>100>100>100100* Gonzaga University --
110*>100>100>100>100>100100* University of Maine --
113*87*>10082*84*86*77* Seattle U --
122*>100>10089*84*98*87* DePaul U (IL) --
122*>100>10089*84*86*100* Hofstra University --
127*>100>100>100>10093*>100 Chapman University (CA) --
138*RNP>100>100100*98*98* U of San Francisco --
142*>100>100>100>10098*>100 William Mitchell (MN) --
RNP>100>100>100100*98*>100 University of the Pacific --


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

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 2015 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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