What Are Some Top-Tier Law Schools in the U.S.?

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks the top-tier law schools in the United States. Many of the same law schools remain on the list year after year. This article discusses the 2016 (ranked in 2015) top-tier law schools in the U.S. Schools offering Juris Doctor degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Top-Tier Law School Rankings

U.S. News & World Report annually ranks the top-tier law schools according to surveys taken from 184 American Bar Association-accredited law programs (www.usnews.com). The rankings are weighted on twelve quality factors, including peer assessment, lawyer/judge assessment, LSAT scores, undergraduate GPA, acceptance rate, placement success, graduate employment rates, bar passage rate, resources for faculty, library resources and student/faculty ratio. The list for 2015 includes Yale, Harvard and Stanford, among others.

Important Facts About Law School Rankings

Yale University Harvard University Stanford University
Total Enrollment (full-time) 607 1,752 577
Tuition & Fees (per year) $56,200 $55,842* $54,366
Acceptance Rate 8.9% 15.4% 9.1%
Bar Passage Rate (first-time test takers) 97.9% 97% 90.3%

Source: U.S. News and World Report

2015 Rankings

Based on the above methodology, the following U.S. institutions were the top law schools in order of ranking as taken from U.S. News and World Report's Best Law Schools list for 2015:

  1. Yale University
  2. Harvard University
  3. Stanford University
  4. Columbia University
  5. University of Chicago
  6. New York University
  7. University of Pennsylvania
  8. Duke University
  9. University of California - Berkeley
  10. University of Virginia

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