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 top-tier law schools from 2019 (ranked in 2020) in the U.S.
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 2019 includes Yale, Harvard and Stanford, among others.
Important Facts About Law School Rankings
|Yale University||Harvard University||Stanford University|
|Total Enrollment (full-time)||621||1,737||565|
|Tuition & Fees (per year)||$64,267||$64,978*||$62,373|
|Bar Passage Rate (first-time test takers)||98.3%||97.2%||95.3%|
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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 2019:
- Yale University
- Stanford University
- Harvard University
- University of Chicago
- Columbia University
- New York University
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Virginia
- University of Michigan--Ann Arbor
- Duke University