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Law School Rankings for 2021

One way to compare schools is the USNews law school rankings of top law schools (but not the only way).

Below you will find the law school rankings for 2021 (which were published in 2020) as well as the GPA and LSAT scores of accepted students. Click on a school name for in-depth information on that school. If you scroll to the bottom you can find Top-5s on different metrics. We hope with these other rankings you will start to look beyond USNews to determine the top law schools for you.

Rankings for other years: 2021 (published 2020), 2022 (published 2021), 2023 (published 2022).

LSAT GPA
Rank Name 25th 50th 75th 25th 50th 75th Acceptance
20 Boston University 161 166 168 3.56 3.78 3.86
31 Boston College 161 164 165 3.45 3.64 3.73
23 George Washington University 159 166 167 3.39 3.73 3.83
47 University of Arizona 160 162 163 3.36 3.65 3.82
37 Brigham Young University 160 164 167 3.6 3.82 3.92
47 Pepperdine University 157 161 163 3.29 3.66 3.79
42 George Mason University 158 164 165 3.39 3.75 3.86
31 Washington and Lee University 157 163 164 3.43 3.64 3.73
24 Arizona State University 156 164 165 3.39 3.81 3.91
13 Cornell University 165 168 169 3.71 3.81 3.91
27 University of California—Irvine 162 165 167 3.39 3.59 3.74
38 Ohio State University 158 161 163 3.61 3.76 3.86
38 Indiana University - Bloomington 155 162 163 3.57 3.79 3.93
3 Harvard University 170 173 175 3.79 3.89 3.96
4 Columbia University 169 172 173 3.69 3.8 3.89
14 Georgetown University 163 168 169 3.55 3.78 3.89
38 University of Wisconsin 156 162 164 3.42 3.65 3.79
47 University of Maryland 153 159 161 3.49 3.66 3.79
15 University of California—Los Angeles 164 168 169 3.51 3.79 3.89
8 University of Virginia 164 170 172 3.47 3.9 3.96
9 Northwestern University 165 169 171 3.56 3.85 3.92
6 New York University 167 170 172 3.63 3.8 3.89
42 Wake Forest University 156 162 163 3.5 3.68 3.81
7 University of Pennsylvania 163 170 171 3.54 3.89 3.96
27 Fordham University 161 164 166 3.43 3.64 3.76
4 University of Chicago 167 170 172 3.78 3.9 3.96
18 University of Southern California 163 166 167 3.65 3.8 3.91
31 University of Illinois—Urbana Champaign 157 162 164 3.42 3.7 3.82
17 Washington University in St. Louis 162 169 170 3.4 3.83 3.93
50 University of Connecticut 157 159 161 3.27 3.49 3.67
27 University of North Carolina 158 161 162 3.46 3.63 3.77
27 University of Iowa 156 161 163 3.41 3.64 3.77
9 University of California—Berkeley 165 168 170 3.7 3.81 3.9
12 Duke University 167 169 170 3.65 3.78 3.87
2 Stanford University 169 171 174 3.79 3.91 3.96
21 University of Minnesota 161 165 166 3.48 3.75 3.87
42 University of Washington 158 162 164 3.5 3.68 3.79
31 University of Alabama 157 164 166 3.42 3.88 3.95
56 Southern Methodist University 155 161 163 3.33 3.7 3.83
56 University of Houston 156 160 161 3.33 3.61 3.75
24 University of Florida (Levin) 156 164 166 3.34 3.8 3.89
50 Florida State University 155 160 161 3.48 3.73 3.84
38 University of California—Davis 159 162 164 3.41 3.61 3.75
16 University of Texas at Austin 165 168 169 3.48 3.72 3.89
53 Yeshiva University (Cardozo) 157 162 163 3.39 3.6 3.74
59 University of California (Hastings) 154 158 160 3.2 3.45 3.62
56 Temple University 158 161 163 3.28 3.56 3.72
31 University of Georgia 157 164 165 3.46 3.73 3.87
54 Tulane University 154 159 161 3.27 3.5 3.65
22 University of Notre Dame 160 165 166 3.5 3.74 3.87
24 Emory University 158 165 166 3.43 3.8 3.9
18 Vanderbilt University 162 167 168 3.56 3.8 3.87
1 Yale University 170 173 175 3.85 3.93 3.99
9 University of Michigan 163 169 170 3.56 3.81 3.88
31 William & Mary Law School 159 163 164 3.46 3.76 3.89
46 University of Colorado—Boulder 157 163 165 3.36 3.61 3.81
45 University of Utah 157 160 162 3.43 3.6 3.8
54 University of Richmond 155 161 162 3.27 3.6 3.7
147-193 St. Thomas University (Florida) 151 154 158 3.25 3.51 3.69
105 Drake University 152 154 158 3.17 3.44 3.73
60 Pennsylvania State - Penn State Law 153 160 161 3.34 3.65 3.8
74 University of Denver 155 159 161 3.18 3.49 3.66
90 Florida International University 155 157 158 3.23 3.61 3.77
133 University of Wyoming 150 152 154 3.11 3.32 3.55
118 Gonzaga University 152 154 156 3.16 3.41 3.63
147-193 Ave Maria School Of Law 146 148 152 2.87 3.21 3.5
147-193 New England Law | Boston 148 152 155 2.9 3.25 3.58
90 Saint Louis University 152 155 158 3.18 3.45 3.68
136 Pace University 149 151 153 3.0 3.28 3.55
147-193 Texas Southern University 143 145 147 2.78 3.07 3.33
76 American University 155 159 161 3.24 3.5 3.62
60 Texas A&M University 154 159 160 3.34 3.62 3.8
105 Stetson University 153 155 158 3.05 3.3 3.55
147-193 Barry University 146 148 151 2.75 3.07 3.39
118 University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) 146 149 151 2.89 3.25 3.51
147-193 North Carolina Central University 144 146 149 2.94 3.24 3.48
147-193 Northern Illinois University 147 150 153 3.07 3.28 3.56
147-193 Touro College 147 149 151 2.75 3.1 3.39
62 Loyola Marymount University—Los Angeles 157 160 162 3.3 3.57 3.73
136 Suffolk University 149 152 156 3.08 3.33 3.55
107 CUNY 151 154 158 3.11 3.36 3.63
76 Case Western Reserve University 156 159 161 3.36 3.63 3.76
122 Indiana University - Indianapolis 150 154 157 3.14 3.44 3.64
90 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville 153 156 158 3.15 3.5 3.69
147-193 California Western School Of Law 149 151 153 2.99 3.26 3.44
147-193 University of Arkansas, Little Rock 148 152 155 3.06 3.35 3.61
76 Georgia State University 156 158 160 3.34 3.51 3.66
62 Pennsylvania State - Dickinson Law 158 161 162 3.05 3.4 3.73
147-193 Campbell University 150 153 155 3.08 3.33 3.54
107 Howard University 149 152 156 3.09 3.33 3.58
122 Quinnipiac University 150 152 154 3.26 3.46 3.77
136 University of Idaho 148 153 155 2.98 3.28 3.57
93 Drexel University 152 157 158 3.15 3.47 3.67
147-193 Northern Kentucky University 148 151 154 3.0 3.28 3.53
136 University of Toledo 148 152 155 3.0 3.31 3.62
147-193 Nova Southeastern University 149 151 153 2.85 3.16 3.4
107 Santa Clara University 153 156 159 3.1 3.33 3.53
93 Lewis And Clark College 155 158 161 3.19 3.46 3.67
62 Seton Hall University 153 158 160 3.18 3.5 3.69
122 University of Maine 151 154 158 3.2 3.48 3.68
76 Rutgers University 153 156 158 3.13 3.41 3.63
147-193 University of Detroit Mercy 150 153 155 3.02 3.24 3.46
147-193 Capital University 147 150 155 2.89 3.22 3.6
50 Baylor University 157 160 161 3.38 3.6 3.72
140 University of Illinois—Chicago 147 150 153 2.95 3.22 3.43
93 Michigan State University 152 155 157 3.29 3.58 3.77
76 University of Nebraska 154 157 160 3.51 3.73 3.91
122 University of Montana 152 154 157 3.12 3.4 3.66
107 Washburn University 150 154 157 3.03 3.41 3.71
147-193 Charleston School Of Law 146 148 151 2.75 3.12 3.39
147-193 Ohio Northern University 147 151 155 2.95 3.31 3.67
62 University of Nevada—Las Vegas 154 159 161 3.28 3.69 3.81
147-193 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 147 149 153 2.98 3.22 3.53
62 Villanova University 154 159 161 3.37 3.6 3.78
147-193 Oklahoma City University 146 149 152 2.95 3.29 3.5
76 University of Oklahoma 153 157 159 3.34 3.63 3.78
126 University of Baltimore 150 153 156 2.92 3.19 3.44
111 Catholic University Of America 152 155 158 3.21 3.42 3.61
96 Louisiana State University 152 155 157 3.19 3.48 3.72
147-193 University of North Dakota 145 149 152 2.97 3.3 3.66
76 University of Pittsburgh 155 158 160 3.22 3.49 3.71
147-193 University of San Francisco 151 153 155 3.0 3.29 3.51
67 Northeastern University 156 162 163 3.4 3.63 3.75
141 University of Akron 151 153 155 3.05 3.45 3.67
126 Loyola University—New Orleans 148 151 154 3.0 3.3 3.5
147-193 Regent University 150 155 157 3.12 3.45 3.69
96 University of Hawaii 153 156 159 3.15 3.45 3.71
147-193 Elon University 146 149 152 2.99 3.2 3.53
111 Chapman University 155 158 160 3.28 3.49 3.64
129 Seattle University 151 155 157 3.08 3.37 3.57
141 University of Dayton 147 150 153 3.05 3.38 3.67
147-193 University of the District of Columbia 146 148 150 2.87 3.08 3.35
67 University of Miami 156 158 161 3.24 3.44 3.64
111 Syracuse University 152 154 157 3.04 3.33 3.61
83 Brooklyn Law School 155 157 160 3.24 3.44 3.58
147-193 Roger Williams University 146 149 152 2.93 3.21 3.54
126 Mercer University 151 153 155 3.12 3.37 3.6
96 University of South Carolina 153 155 158 3.23 3.43 3.67
99 University of Buffalo—SUNY 151 154 157 3.19 3.49 3.75
83 Illinois Institute of Technology (Kent) 153 158 160 3.11 3.49 3.69
111 Texas Tech University 153 155 157 3.2 3.42 3.6
67 University of Missouri 152 157 160 3.32 3.64 3.84
147-193 University of the Pacific (Mcgeorge) 150 153 156 3.03 3.35 3.54
129 Belmont University 153 156 158 3.28 3.63 3.84
141 University of Memphis 148 152 155 2.93 3.32 3.55
147-193 Florida A&M University 145 146 149 2.87 3.1 3.43
147-193 Samford University 150 153 156 3.25 3.48 3.65
147-193 South Texas College Of Law—Houston 150 152 155 2.85 3.15 3.38
147-193 Western Michigan University (Cooley) 141 145 150 2.62 2.95 3.32
70 Loyola University—Chicago 157 159 161 3.2 3.4 3.57
111 University of Mississippi 151 155 157 3.16 3.48 3.75
83 University of Cincinnati 153 157 159 3.39 3.64 3.82
99 University of Louisville 151 154 157 3.16 3.46 3.67
129 Duquesne University 150 152 155 3.17 3.4 3.69
141 University of South Dakota 147 152 154 3.15 3.44 3.78
147-193 Florida Coastal School Of Law 146 147 151 2.66 2.94 3.36
141 Vermont Law School 145 150 154 2.88 3.24 3.51
83 University of San Diego 155 159 161 3.29 3.57 3.68
129 New York Law School 150 153 155 3.11 3.35 3.59
147-193 Western New England University 146 148 152 2.95 3.36 3.67
147-193 Southern Illinois University—Carbondale 147 149 153 2.99 3.22 3.5
147-193 Golden Gate University 147 150 152 2.79 3.14 3.38
70 University of Kansas 152 157 159 3.34 3.65 3.87
99 University of New Mexico 151 155 157 3.16 3.47 3.72
111 University of Tulsa 151 154 156 3.13 3.42 3.63
70 University of Kentucky 154 155 158 3.36 3.62 3.8
102 Cleveland State University 150 154 157 3.23 3.43 3.69
147-193 Western State College Of Law 147 148 152 2.68 3.17 3.4
111 West Virginia University 152 154 157 3.15 3.45 3.7
83 Wayne State University 154 159 161 3.16 3.56 3.73
147-193 Liberty University 149 152 154 3.02 3.37 3.76
141 Willamette University 149 153 156 2.77 3.16 3.51
147-193 Southern University 142 145 147 2.68 2.99 3.31
147-193 Appalachian School of Law 143 145 149 2.64 3.13 3.4
147-193 Widener University—Delaware 147 149 151 2.9 3.21 3.46
102 Hofstra University 150 154 156 3.19 3.53 3.73
118 Albany Law School Of Union University 151 153 156 3.07 3.37 3.64
147-193 Southwestern Law School 151 153 155 3.03 3.3 3.56
133 Creighton University 150 152 155 2.95 3.19 3.54
88 University of New Hampshire 152 156 158 3.16 3.45 3.61
70 University of Tennessee 156 159 161 3.32 3.65 3.85
147-193 St. Mary's University 149 151 154 2.87 3.24 3.5
118 DePaul University 152 155 156 3.05 3.39 3.61
74 St. John's University 153 159 161 3.32 3.62 3.78
88 University of Oregon 154 157 160 3.26 3.51 3.65
147-193 Mississippi College 145 148 152 2.89 3.19 3.43
102 Marquette University 150 154 156 3.25 3.44 3.63
147-193 Atlanta's John Marshall Law School 147 150 152 2.65 3.13 3.48
133 University of Missouri—Kansas City 151 153 156 3.19 3.41 3.67
A rank of 147-193 means that the school is in the bottom tier as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
* The data in this table is user-reported and may be inaccurate.
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Summary

Top 5 schools according to U.S. News & World Report.

  • Yale University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Harvard University

USNews Law School rankings are the most often used ranking system for law school. When people talk about T3 schools, or T14 schools they are (almost) always talking about USNews’ law school ranking.

Top 5 Law schools according to Above the Law

  • Duke
  • University of Virginia
  • Cornell
  • University of Chicago
  • Vanderbilt

The main reason that Above the Law (ATL) Rankings are different from USNews Rankings is because ATL focuses on employment outcomes and school cost above all other things. US News looks at things like student:faculty ratio and peer review score which ATL doesn’t really think matter.

Law schools with best quality of life according to Princeton Review

Based on student ratings of the beauty, safety, and friendliness on campus, among other ratings.

  • University of Virginia - School of Law
  • Vanderbilt University - Law School
  • Florida State University - College of Law
  • Samford University - Cumberland School of Law
  • University of Pennsylvania - Law School

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CurvedAbsurdKobold
19:31
and it does look like this cycle is going to be less competitive
bites = waitlist lmaooo
I'm hoping!
CurvedAbsurdKobold
19:31
scores above both 160 and 170 are way down so it looks like we're in luck
@CurvedAbsurdKobold: do I have short term memory loss or did you not tell us yet if you've been accepted to any schools?
@CurvedAbsurdKobold: oh plz plz plz
CurvedAbsurdKobold
19:32
oh sorry i must have missed that question lmfao
CurvedAbsurdKobold
19:32
i've gotten into washu, asu, and cornell
No, I don't think I asked it lolll
Wtf! Cornell! Congrats! Any aid?
Can I ask your LSAT?
CurvedAbsurdKobold
19:32
not yet they're making me apply for ittttttttttt which is annoying
CurvedAbsurdKobold
19:32
yea i'll dm!
cool!
GreatSelectiveDolphin
19:45
Hello all, I saw the above that said LSAT/applicant numbers are down, where did y'all see that or is that from general observation of this site?
RubberGooseChocolateMoose
19:51
it doesnt matter medians are going up
RubberGooseChocolateMoose
19:51
i wouldnt waste time reading it
want2belawyer
19:55
do all law schools have the same fafsa due date?
want2belawyer
21:57
brutal!
Aren't medians expected to be up at this point for the first couple weeks of admissions? Because they're accepting the top scores right now? So if scores are overall down that's good for us?
tbh it's hard to speculate
23:26
RubberGoose is perpetually dooming about medians it's kind of a meme, medians certainly won't be up and may be down
23:27
I mean a few schools might go up as an anomaly but it seems every indication is the general trend will be down for LSAT medians
23:27
GPA... eh
GreatSelectiveDolphin
0:33
GPA will prolly be a bit down especially for younger folks, this age group was stuck in COVID-conditions in uni for like 2 years lmao
GreatSelectiveDolphin
0:34
idk about LSAT I haven't seen a ton of firm numbers so far.
pablo
2:48
has anyone gotten their LSAC status checkers to work on here?
hennes
4:19
Back on CEST. Gm everyone
9:34
Medians will be hold generally, with the exception of WUSTL which will get a 173 (+1)
9:35
Source: Trust me bro