Rankings

06 May 2019

Create Your Own Law School Rankings (coming soon)

Good or bad, it seems almost everyone has something to say about law school rankings. One of the primary flaws of rankings, however, is that they dictate what is important by assigning weight to different categories. When algorithms and methodologies behind rankings change, or when new rankings are created, it is often with the purpose of adjusting the importance of the metrics that go into them to make them better or more meaningful to the people who are looking at those rankings. But no matter

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06 May 2019

What the U.S. News Law School Rankings Looked Like in 1987

The U.S. News & World Report law school rankings have changed quite a bit over the years. In 1987, the methodology included just one metric—the percentage of law school deans who ranked the school, in their subjective estimation, as a "top 10 law school." See below the resulting top 20. As a bonus, you can also see what tuition rates looked like in 1987—the highest figure of which is under $14,000 (Columbia), and the lowest of which is just $4,500 (UT Austin—which is out-of-state) (note that all

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29 Mar 2019

How to choose between a higher ranked school at sticker price and a lower ranked school with a scholarship

Introduction We were asked to write about choosing between a T14 school at sticker (full tuition) versus a T20 to T30 school with merit aid. The below constitutes our best stab at that, but please keep in mind that, as always, these are arbitrary cutoff points based on one flawed rankings system and not designed for you as an individual. Point being that a school ranked 18 may be much more valuable to you for any number of reasons that a school ranked 13, etc. If you want to read or watch more

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15 Mar 2019

When a school drops in rank significantly, does that affect how "desperate" schools get?

This is an applicant question, and a timely one due to the recent USNWR rankings release and upcoming seat deposit deadlines. The applicant asking the question, I believe, uses “desperate” to mean, will a school that just dropped in the rankings suffer applicant pool consequences and thus need to go deeper into their own pool to admit? I will get to that a bit later in this post (and there is available data that anyone could look up by looking at schools that have dropped in the rankings in past

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06 Mar 2019

2020 USNWR Rankings (2019 Release)

Please note, at the request of USNWR we have decided to take down this year's rankings. As a firm, we will always seek to give applicants critical information to help them with important and time-sensitive decisions. Going forward, we will be even more active on this blog in giving advice and value-added information. We will continue to break various rankings, admissions cycle numbers, future admissions cycle predictions, and employment numbers via our Twitter account [https://twitter.com/Spi

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18 Feb 2019

Five U.S. News Rankings Failures

By Kyle McEntee, executive director of Law School Transparency [http://www.lawschooltransparency.com/]. Originally published on Above the Law [https://abovethelaw.com/] in 2016. Reposted with permission. In this post, I examine five U.S. News rankings failures. I consider the methodology and underlying rankings theory from the perspective of a student who features job prospects prominently in his application and enrollment decisions. Considering the near universal support for prioritizing job o

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01 Jun 2018

Composite 2019 USNWR and 2018 ATL Rankings

Composite RankingSchoolUSNWR RankingATL RankingAverage Ranking 1 University of Chicago41 2.5 2 (tie) Stanford 2 5 3.5 2 (tie) Harvard 3 4 3.5 4 Yale 1 7 4 5 University of Virginia 9 2 5.5 6 University of Pennsylvania7 6 6.5 7 Duke 11 3 7 8 University of Michigan 8 8 8 9Columbia University 5 13 9 10 (tie) University of California - Berkeley9 11 10 10 (tie) NYU 6 14 10 12 Northwestern11 10 10.5 13 Cornell 13 9 11 14 Vanderbilt17 12 14.5 15 (tie) University of Texas 15 15 15 15 (tie) Georgetown

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21 Mar 2018

Law Schools Ranked by Acceptance Rate

1 Yale University (CT) — 8% 2 Stanford University (CA) — 10% 3 Harvard University (MA) — 16% 4 University of Pennsylvania — 18% 5 University of Virginia — 18% 6 Columbia University (NY) — 20% 7 University of Chicago (IL) — 21% 8 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor — 22% 9 Cornell University (NY) — 22% 10 University of California--Berkeley — 23% 11 Duke University (NC) — 23% 12 Northwestern University (Pritzker) (IL) — 24% 13 University of Southern California (Gould) — 24% 14 University of Texas--A

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21 Mar 2018

Law School Rankings Visualized

Just for fun! (note we had a former law student do the asigning of law schools to Game of Thrones characters. Please send all angry emails to that person).

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19 Mar 2018

Raw Scores for 2019 USNWR Top 50 Law Schools

RankingScoreSchool 1 100Yale University 99 2 98Stanford University 97 3 96 Harvard University 4 95University of Chicago 94 93 592Columbia University 6 91 New York University 90 7 89University of Pennsylvania 88 8 87University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 86 9 85University of California - Berkeley | University of Virginia 11 84Duke University | Northwestern University 83 82 13 81Cornell University 80 79 14 78Georgetown University 77 15 76University of Texas - Austin 16 75University of California - Lo

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