The Only Law School Rankings That Really Matter: Getting Jobs and Making Money!

By | April 30, 2014

 

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Top 50 US Law Schools based on what are likely (or should be) the two most important results for future graduates!

The Above The Law website has put together a Top 50 list of law schools that gets down to the nitty gritty criteria that should matter most to those who are applying: Success graduates have getting a bona fide job in the legal profession and earning enough from that job to pay off any loans that were required to earn the degree!

This is a snapshot of the components that went into creating the list and the reasons why each one was deemed to be important (click on the picture to make it larger).

Based on these specific inputs the following are the Top 50 Law Schools in the US, many of which you would suspect would be on any Top 50 law school list regardless of the criteria used to rank them!

How do law schools fare when assessed using this outcome-based methodology?

2014 Rank School 2013Rank Change Score
1 Yale Law School 1 → 0 87.45
2 Harvard Law School 3 ↑ 1 86.59
3 Stanford Law School 2 ↓ 1 85.76
4 Columbia Law School 8 ↑ 4 77.7
5 University of Chicago Law School 4 ↓ 1 77.05
6 NYU School of Law 10 ↑ 4 76.69
7 Duke Law School 6 ↓ 1 75.16
8 University of Pennsylvania Law School 5 ↓ 3 74.43
9 University of Virginia Law School 7 ↓ 2 73.89
10 University of Michigan Law School 12 ↑ 2 69.56
11 Northwestern University School of Law 13 ↑ 2 69.49
12 UC Berkeley School of Law 9 ↓ 3 69.31
13 Cornell University Law School 11 ↓ 2 68.76
14 Vanderbilt Law School 15 ↑ 1 64.62
15 University of Texas at Austin School of Law 14 ↓ 1 62.25
16 Georgetown University Law Center 16 → 0 59.37
17 University of Notre Dame Law School 18 ↑ 1 54.99
18 University of Iowa College of Law 37 ↑ 19 50.48
19 UCLA School of Law 17 ↓ 2 50.19
20 University of Georgia Law School 19 ↓ 1 49.61
21 Boston College Law School 21 → 0 49.51
22 University of New Mexico School of Law 26 ↑ 4 48.68
23 University of North Carolina School of Law 24 ↑ 1 48.58
24 BYU – J. Reuben Clark Law School 28 ↑ 4 48.5
25 SMU Dedman School of Law 22 ↓ 3 47.81
26 Washington University of St. Louis School of Law 25 ↓ 1 47.08
27 University of Illinois College of Law 33 ↑ 6 46.66
28 University of Alabama School of Law 27 ↓ 1 46.43
29 George Washington University Law School 31 ↑ 2 46.12
30 Boston University School of Law 23 ↓ 7 44.65
31 Indiana University – Maurer School of Law (Bloomington) 40 ↑ 9 44.63
32 University of Florida – Levin College of Law 44 ↑ 12 44.5
33 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 32 ↓ 1 44.08
34 University of Houston Law Center 35 ↑ 1 43.83
35 USC Gould School of Law 20 ↓ 15 43.6
36 Emory University School of Law 29 ↓ 7 43.14
37 Washington and Lee University School of Law 38 ↑ 1 42.69
38 Ohio State – Moritz College of Law 46 ↑ 8 41.69
39 William & Mary School of Law 34 ↓ 5 41.53
40 Seton Hall Law School 36 ↓ 4 41.16
41 University of Washington School of Law 41 → 0 40.31
42 UC Davis School of Law 45 ↑ 3 39.75
43 Arizona State University – Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law 50 ↑ 7 39.32
44 Temple University, James E. Beasley Law NR 39
45 Georgia State University College of Law 42 ↓ 3 38.88
46 Wake Forest University School of Law 30 ↓ 16 38.77
47 Case Western Reserve Law NR 38.33
48 Rutgers School of Law, Camden 43 ↓ 5 38.12
49 University of Miami School of Law 49 → 0 37.26
50 Tulane University Law School 39 ↓ 11 37.24


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