Best Law Schools

Ranked in 2018 | Best Law Schools Rankings Methodology

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Rank School name Tuition and fees Enrollment (full-time) LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) Acceptance rate Employed 10 months after graduation2 Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) GPA (25th-75th percentile) Employed at graduation2 Peer assessment score (out of 5)
#1
Overall Score: Overall Score: 100 out of 100.
Yale University 

New Haven, CT

$62,170 (full-time) 625
#2
Overall Score: Overall Score: 98 out of 100.
Stanford University 

Stanford, CA

$60,270 (full-time) 565
#3
Overall Score: Overall Score: 96 out of 100.
Harvard University 

Cambridge, MA

$62,792 (full-time) 1,757
#4
Overall Score: Overall Score: 95 out of 100.
University of Chicago 

Chicago, IL

$62,865 (full-time) 597
#5
Overall Score: Overall Score: 92 out of 100.
Columbia University 

New York, NY

$67,564 (full-time) 1,264
#6
Overall Score: Overall Score: 91 out of 100.
New York University 

New York, NY

$63,986 (full-time) 1,364
#7
Overall Score: Overall Score: 89 out of 100.
University of Pennsylvania 

Philadelphia, PA

$63,364 (full-time) 736
#8
Overall Score: Overall Score: 87 out of 100.
University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor 

Ann Arbor, MI

$57,262 (in-state, full-time); $60,508 (out-of-state, full-time) 931
#9Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 85 out of 100.
University of California—​Berkeley 

Berkeley, CA

$49,364 (in-state, full-time); $53,315 (out-of-state, full-time) 936
#9Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 85 out of 100.
University of Virginia 

Charlottesville, VA

$58,300 (in-state, full-time); $61,300 (out-of-state, full-time) 912
#11Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 84 out of 100.
Duke University 

Durham, NC

$62,247 (full-time) 666
#11Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 84 out of 100.
Northwestern University (Pritzker) 

Chicago, IL

$62,084 (full-time) 657
#13
Overall Score: Overall Score: 81 out of 100.
Cornell University 

Ithaca, NY

$63,327 (full-time) 597
#14
Overall Score: Overall Score: 78 out of 100.
Georgetown University 

Washington, DC

$59,850 (full-time) 1,749
#15
Overall Score: Overall Score: 76 out of 100.
University of Texas—​Austin 

Austin, TX

$35,015 (in-state, full-time); $51,995 (out-of-state, full-time) 889
#16
Overall Score: Overall Score: 75 out of 100.
University of California—​Los Angeles 

Los Angeles, CA

$45,657 (in-state, full-time); $52,151 (out-of-state, full-time) 942
#17
Overall Score: Overall Score: 74 out of 100.
Vanderbilt University 

Nashville, TN

$55,083 (full-time) 557
#18
Overall Score: Overall Score: 73 out of 100.
Washington University in St. Louis 

St. Louis, MO

$55,423 (full-time) 677
#19
Overall Score: Overall Score: 72 out of 100.
University of Southern California (Gould) 

Los Angeles, CA

$62,711 (full-time) 624
#20
Overall Score: Overall Score: 68 out of 100.
University of Minnesota 

Minneapolis, MN

$44,066 (in-state, full-time); $52,586 (out-of-state, full-time) 558
#21
Overall Score: Overall Score: 66 out of 100.
University of California—​Irvine 

Irvine, CA

$45,155 (in-state, full-time); $51,649 (out-of-state, full-time) 420
#22Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 65 out of 100.
Boston University 

Boston, MA

$53,236 (full-time) 719
#22Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 65 out of 100.
Emory University 

Atlanta, GA

$55,116 (full-time) 853
#24Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 64 out of 100.
George Washington University 

Washington, DC

$58,520 (full-time) 1,296
#24Tie
Overall Score: Overall Score: 64 out of 100.
University of Notre Dame 

Notre Dame, IN

$56,292 (full-time) 600

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