LAW SCHOOL RANKING 
SECTION FOUR 

LAW SCHOOL RANKING
THE HUNDRED MOST SELECTIVE

In this section, we shall concentrate on the one hundred most selective law schools. In
  • EIGHTY LEAST SELECTIVE LAW SCHOOLS,
    we shall concentrate on the bottom 84 of the 184 fully accredited law schools. In 
  • MORE ON SELECTIVE LAW SCHOOLS,
    we shall consider the top fifteen ranking law schools and the bottom fifteen law schools in each of the four categories involving the twenty-fifth and seventh-fifth percentile of the GPA and LSAT.   
  •  

    LAW SCHOOL RANKING
    SELECTIVE LAW SCHOOLS I
    METHODOLOGY

     
    To calculate the top 100 Selective Law School Ranking, we used the GPA 25th percentile (counts 16 percent), GPA 75th percentile (counts 24 percent), LSAT 25th percentile (counts 24 percent), and LSAT 75th percentile (counts 36 percent). Note that GPA counts forty percent (16+24) and that LSAT counts sixty percent (24+36); also notice that the twenty-fifth percentile counts forty percent (16+24) and that the seventy-fifth percentile counts sixty percent (24+36). When we calculate the 80 LEAST SELECTIVE law schools, we shall use a different weighted average.



    THE 2008 (APRIL 9, 2007)
    RANKING OF LAW SCHOOLS
    BY SELECTIVITY (Top 100)

     

    Some law schools may be able to use this table to see the strengths and weaknesses of their admission policy. Note that we work with the 25th percentile and the 75th percentile for both GPA and LSAT; also for each of these four pencentiles we give the rank of each of our hundred most selective law schools; note that this rank may vary from 1 to 184. The last two columns give the selective rank of the top one hundred most selective law schools.
    * Note that Wayne State University (Detroit) is a USN Tier Four law school but ranks 85 in selectivity. The University of Memphis is a USN Tier Three law school but ranks 88 in selectivity.

     

     

     

    GPA

    GPA

    GPA

    LSAT

    LSAT

    LSAT

    Selec-

    Selec-

    USN

    USN

     

    25th-75th

    25th Pct

    75th Pct

    25th-75th

    25th Pct

    75th Pct

    tivity

    tivity

    RANK

    SCORE

    LAW SCHOOL

    Percentile

    Rank

    Rank

    Percentile

    Rank

    Rank

    Score

    Rank

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1

    100

    Yale U (CT)

    3.83-3.97

    1.0

    1.0

    170-176

    1

    1

    100.00

    1

    2.5

    90

    Harvard U (MA)

    3.72-3.95

    3.0

    3.0

    169-175

    3

    2

    94.43

    2

    2.5

    90

    Stanford U (CA)

    3.77-3.96

    2.0

    2.0

    167-172

    7.5

    5.5

    88.92

    3

    4

    87

    New York U 

    3.58-3.89

    6.0

    4.5

    168-172

    5

    5.5

    83.02

    4

    5

    85

    Columbia U (NY)

    3.51-3.82

    9.5

    21.5

    169-174

    3

    3

    82.10

    5

    6.5

    80

    U Chicago 

    3.51-3.77

    9.5

    41.5

    169-172

    3

    5.5

    76.17

    6

    6.5

    80

    U Pennsylvania 

    3.47-3.84

    16.0

    12.5

    167-171

    7.5

    9

    75.73

    7

    10.5

    77

    U Virginia 

    3.49-3.82

    13.5

    21.5

    167-171

    7.5

    9

    74.90

    8

    14

    72

    Georgetown U (DC)

    3.47-3.82

    16.0

    21.5

    167-171

    7.5

    9

    74.58

    9

    10.5

    77

    Duke U (NC)

    3.66-3.85

    4.0

    9.0

    165-169

    13.5

    13

    73.98

    10

    8.5

    78

    UC Berkeley 

    3.65-3.89

    5.0

    4.5

    163-169

    19

    13

    73.83

    11

    12

    76

    Northwestern U (IL)

    3.40-3.80

    27.5

    29.0

    166-172

    11

    5.5

    72.71

    12

    8.5

    78

    U Michigan

    3.53-3.80

    7.0

    29.0

    166-170

    11

    11

    71.72

    13

    16.5

    69

    Vanderbilt U (TN)

    3.49-3.88

    13.5

    6.5

    164-167

    15.5

    20.5

    68.79

    14

    13

    74

    Cornell U (NY)

    3.50-3.80

    11.5

    29.0

    166-168

    11

    15.5

    68.17

    15

    15

    71

    UCLA

    3.44-3.80

    19.0

    29.0

    162-169

    25.5

    13

    64.18

    16

    20.5

    63

    Boston U 

    3.52-3.83

    8.0

    17.0

    163-166

    19

    29

    63.72

    17

    16.5

    69

    U Southern California

    3.47-3.75

    16.0

    51.0

    165-167

    13.5

    20.5

    62.15

    18

    22.5

    62

    George Washington U

    3.45-3.81

    18.0

    24.5

    163-166

    19

    29

    61.46

    19

    18

    68

    U Texas-Austin 

    3.33-3.80

    43.0

    29.0

    162-168

    25.5

    15.5

    60.90

    20

    32

    58

    William and Mary  (VA)

    3.33-3.84

    43.0

    12.5

    162-166

    25.5

    29

    60.13

    21

    29

    59

    U Washington 

    3.50-3.84

    11.5

    12.5

    159-166

    45

    29

    59.41

    22

    26

    60

    Fordham U (NY)

    3.41-3.74

    23.0

    56.5

    163-167

    19

    20.5

    58.34

    23

    44.5

    54

    Brigham Young U (UT)

    3.40-3.80

    27.5

    29.0

    161-166

    31

    29

    57.81

    24

    29

    59

    Boston College 

    3.41-3.76

    23.0

    46.5

    162-166

    25.5

    29

    56.81

    25

    20.5

    63

    U Minnesota-TC 

    3.25-3.74

    64.5

    56.5

    163-167

    19

    20.5

    55.80

    26

    26

    60

    Washington & Lee U

    3.28-3.73

    54.0

    61.5

    162-167

    25.5

    20.5

    54.56

    27

    29

    59

    U Notre Dame (IN)

    3.28-3.69

    54.0

    84.5

    164-167

    15.5

    20.5

    54.55

    28

    39.5

    55

    U Alabama 

    3.29-3.83

    51.0

    17.0

    159-165

    45

    36

    53.96

    29

    39.5

    55

    U Maryland 

    3.40-3.77

    27.5

    41.5

    160-165

    36

    36

    53.41

    30

    54.5

    48

    Baylor U (TX)

    3.41-3.88

    23.0

    6.5

    158-162

    56.5

    65.5

    53.00

    31

    46

    53

    Southern Methodist U

    3.33-3.83

    43.0

    17.0

    158-164

    56.5

    44

    51.93

    32

    39.5

    55

    U Georgia 

    3.39-3.85

    31.0

    9.0

    156-164

    79

    44

    51.74

    33

    19

    64

    Washington U (MO) 

    3.20-3.70

    80.5

    81.0

    162-167

    25.5

    20.5

    51.57

    34

    24

    61

    U Iowa 

    3.40-3.83

    27.5

    17.0

    158-163

    56.5

    55

    51.51

    35

    22.5

    62

    Emory U (GA)

    3.30-3.69

    48.5

    84.5

    162-166

    25.5

    29

    51.05

    36

    34.5

    56

    George Mason U (VA)

    3.10-3.78

    113.5

    36.0

    160-166

    36

    29

    50.75

    37

    39.5

    55

    U Colorado-Boulder 

    3.37-3.75

    34.0

    51.0

    159-165

    45

    36

    50.64

    38

    52

    49

    Yeshiva U (Cardozo)

    3.23-3.72

    73.5

    68.0

    161-166

    31

    29

    50.52

    39

    39.5

    55

    U North Carolina

    3.39-3.77

    31.0

    41.5

    158-164

    56.5

    44

    49.44

    40

    39.5

    55

    UC (Hastings) 

    3.41-3.74

    23.0

    56.5

    159-164

    45

    44

    49.17

    41

    26

    60

    U Illinois (UIUC)

    3.15-3.71

    98.0

    76.0

    160-167

    36

    20.5

    49.06

    42

    34.5

    56

    UC Davis 

    3.35-3.73

    39.5

    61.5

    160-164

    36

    44

    48.79

    43

    32

    58

    Ohio State U

    3.36-3.79

    37.0

    33.0

    158-163

    56.5

    55

    48.57

    44

    62.5

    45

    IIT (Chicago-Kent) 

    3.30-3.77

    48.5

    41.5

    158-164

    56.5

    44

    48.01

    45

    39.5

    55

    Wake Forest U (NC)

    3.19-3.71

    83.0

    76.0

    161-165

    31

    36

    47.78

    46

    44.5

    54

    U Arizona (Rogers) 

    3.27-3.77

    58.0

    41.5

    158-164

    56.5

    44

    47.53

    47

    62.5

    45

    U Kentucky 

    3.37-3.85

    34.0

    9.0

    155-162

    92

    65.5

    47.22

    48

    58

    47

    U Utah 

    3.36-3.81

    37.0

    24.5

    157-162

    68

    65.5

    47.05

    49

    39.5

    55

    Indiana U-Bloomington 

    3.24-3.78

    69.0

    36.0

    157-164

    68

    44

    46.48

    50

    48.5

    52

    U Florida

    3.42-3.83

    20.0

    17.0

    155-161

    92

    78

    45.33

    51

    48.5

    52

    Tulane U (LA)

    3.35-3.70

    39.5

    81.0

    159-163

    45

    55

    44.39

    52

    58

    47

    U Cincinnati 

    3.31-3.80

    46.0

    29.0

    157-161

    68

    78

    44.15

    53

    62.5

    45

    Brooklyn Law School

    3.22-3.62

    77.5

    115.0

    162-164

    25.5

    44

    42.70

    54

    73

    43

    Loyola U Chicago 

    3.21-3.66

    79.0

    97.0

    160-164

    36

    44

    42.55

    55

    51

    50

    Arizona State U

    3.31-3.78

    46.0

    36.0

    155-162

    92

    65.5

    42.25

    56

    67.5

    44

    Pepperdine U (CA)

    3.34-3.72

    41.0

    68.0

    156-163

    79

    55

    41.95

    57

    54.5

    48

    U Tennessee-Knoxville 

    3.37-3.78

    34.0

    36.0

    155-161

    92

    78

    41.67

    58

    62.5

    45

    U Houston 

    3.27-3.74

    58.0

    56.5

    157-162

    68

    65.5

    41.60

    59

    54.5

    48

    Florida State U 

    3.26-3.74

    61.0

    56.5

    158-161

    56.5

    78

    41.05

    60

    79

    42

    U Nebraska-Lincoln 

    3.27-3.84

    58.0

    12.5

    154-160

    105

    92.5

    40.85

    61

    48.5

    52

    U Connecticut 

    3.27-3.66

    58.0

    97.0

    159-163

    45

    55

    40.83

    62

    73

    43

    St. John's U (NY)

    3.28-3.72

    54.0

    68.0

    157-162

    68

    65.5

    40.61

    63

    32

    58

    U Wisconsin-Madison 

    3.23-3.72

    73.5

    68.0

    156-163

    79

    55

    40.21

    64

    62.5

    45

    Villanova U (PA)

    3.27-3.62

    58.0

    115.0

    160-163

    36

    55

    39.67

    65

    83

    41

    Lewis and Clark (OR)

    3.10-3.63

    113.5

    109.5

    159-165

    45

    36

    39.47

    66

    67.5

    44

    U Kansas 

    3.23-3.77

    73.5

    41.5

    155-161

    92

    78

    38.87

    67

    73

    43

    Seton Hall U (NJ)

    3.17-3.66

    87.5

    97.0

    158-163

    56.5

    55

    38.10

    68

    102

    37

    U Nevada-Las Vegas

    3.31-3.71

    46.0

    76.0

    156-161

    79

    78

    37.84

    69

    73

    43

    U Oklahoma 

    3.36-3.76

    37.0

    46.5

    154-160

    105

    92.5

    37.69

    70

    87.5

    40

    U Toledo (OH)

    3.02-3.82

    135.5

    21.5

    155-160

    92

    92.5

    36.87

    71

    62.5

    45

    Temple U (PA)

    3.23-3.60

    73.5

    124.5

    159-163

    45

    55

    36.75

    72

    67.5

    44

    U Missouri-Columbia 

    3.24-3.72

    69.0

    68.0

    156-160

    79

    92.5

    35.77

    73

    87.5

    40

    St. Louis U 

    3.29-3.75

    51.0

    51.0

    155-159

    92

    106

    35.61

    74

    93.5

    39

    U South Carolina 

    3.19-3.69

    83.0

    84.5

    156-161

    79

    78

    34.79

    75

    93.5

    39

    U Hawaii

    3.15-3.72

    98.0

    68.0

    155-161

    92

    78

    34.73

    76

    98

    38

    U Louisville (KY)

    3.17-3.74

    87.5

    56.5

    155-160

    92

    92.5

    34.66

    77

    48.5

    52

    American U (DC)

    3.15-3.60

    98.0

    124.5

    158-163

    56.5

    55

    34.33

    78.5

    67.5

    44

    Loyola (Los Angeles)

    3.15-3.58

    98.0

    137.0

    159-163

    45

    55

    34.33

    78.5

    93.5

    39

    Louisiana State U

    3.16-3.78

    91.5

    36.0

    154-159

    105

    106

    34.12

    80

    87.5

    40

    Indiana U-Indianapolis 

    3.25-3.75

    64.5

    51.0

    154-159

    105

    106

    33.83

    81

    87.5

    40

    Northeastern U (MA)

    3.17-3.65

    87.5

    103.0

    156-162

    79

    65.5

    33.70

    82

    87.5

    40

    U San Diego 

    3.06-3.56

    125.0

    143.5

    159-164

    45

    44

    33.28

    83

    73

    43

    Rutgers-Camden (NJ)

    3.00-3.60

    146.5

    124.5

    160-162

    36

    65.5

    32.71

    84

    Tier 4

     

    Wayne State U (MI)

    3.29-3.69

    51.0

    84.5

    154-160

    105

    92.5

    32.56

    85

    73

    43

    U Miami (FL)

    3.25-3.66

    64.5

    97.0

    156-160

    79

    92.5

    32.49

    86

    58

    47

    U Pittsburgh 

    3.11-3.63

    110.0

    109.5

    158-161

    56.5

    78

    32.36

    87

    Tier 3

     

    U Memphis

    3.39-3.73

    31.0

    61.5

    153-158

    117

    117.5

    32.23

    88

    79

    42

    U Richmond (VA)

    3.07-3.58

    122.0

    137.0

    159-162

    45

    65.5

    31.53

    89

    98

    38

    Marquette U (WI)

    3.25-3.68

    64.5

    88.0

    155-159

    92

    106

    30.96

    90

    83

    41

    U Oregon 

    3.08-3.63

    118.5

    109.5

    157-161

    68

    78

    30.74

    91

    Tier 3

     

    U Mississippi 

    3.25-3.76

    64.5

    46.5

    152-158

    129.5

    117.5

    30.59

    92

    Tier 3

     

    Texas Tech U 

    3.41-3.76

    23.0

    46.5

    151-157

    144

    131.5

    30.46

    93

    Tier 3

     

    Quinnipiac U (CT)

    3.00-3.66

    146.5

    97.0

    157-160

    68

    92.5

    29.66

    94

    83

    41

    Georgia State U 

    3.00-3.61

    146.5

    119.0

    158-161

    56.5

    78

    29.46

    95

    54.5

    48

    Case Western Reserve

    3.07-3.61

    122.0

    119.0

    157-161

    68

    78

    29.43

    96

    87.5

    40

    Seattle U 

    3.20-3.64

    80.5

    106.5

    155-160

    92

    92.5

    29.40

    97

    Tier 3

     

    Michigan State U 

    3.05-3.67

    126.5

    91.5

    155-160

    92

    92.5

    28.74

    98

    93.5

    39

    DePaul U (IL)

    3.02-3.59

    135.5

    131.5

    157-161

    68

    78

    27.49

    99

    79

    42

    U Denver (Sturm) 

    3.11-3.63

    110.0

    109.5

    155-160

    92

    92.5

    27.40

    100



    TAKING A LOOK AT THE AVERAGES
     

    LAW SCHOOL
    USN RANK

             

    AVERAGE GPA
    25th Percentile - 75th Percentile 

          

    AVERAGE  LSAT
     25th Percentile - 75th Percentile 

     

     

     

     

     

    1-10

     

    3.61-3.87

     

    167.5-172.2

    11-25

     

    3.42-3.79

     

    163.4-167.5

    26-50

     

    3.31-3.76

     

    159.2-164.6

    51-75 

     

    3.25-3.71

     

    157.5-162.1

    76-104

     

    3.13-3.66

     

    155.5-160.3

    Tier 3

     

    3.09-3.64

     

    151.9-157.2

    Tier 4

     

    2.95-3.49

     

    150.0-154.9

    All

     

    3.17-3.66

     

    155.6-160.5

     


    THE 2008 (APRIL 9, 2007)
    RANKING OF LAW SCHOOLS
    BY LSAT 75th PERCENTILE

     

     

     

     

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    GPA

    GPA

    GPA

    LSAT

    LSAT

    LSAT

    Selec-

    Selec-

    USN

    USN

     

    25th-75th

    25th Pct

    75th Pct

    25th-75th

    25th Pct

    75th Pct

    tivity

    tivity

    RANK

    SCORE

    LAW SCHOOL

    Percentile

    Rank

    Rank

    Percentile

    Rank

    Rank

    Score

    Rank

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1

    100

    Yale U (CT)

    3.83-3.97

    1.0

    1.0

    170-176

    1

    1

    100.00

    1

    2.5

    90

    Harvard U (MA)

    3.72-3.95

    3.0

    3.0

    169-175

    3

    2

    94.43

    2

    5

    85

    Columbia U (NY)

    3.51-3.82

    9.5

    21.5

    169-174

    3

    3

    82.10

    5

    2.5

    90

    Stanford U (CA)

    3.77-3.96

    2.0

    2.0

    167-172

    7.5

    5.5

    88.92

    3

    4

    87

    New York U 

    3.58-3.89

    6.0

    4.5

    168-172

    5

    5.5

    83.02

    4

    6.5

    80

    U Chicago 

    3.51-3.77

    9.5

    41.5

    169-172

    3

    5.5

    76.17

    6

    12

    76

    Northwestern U (IL)

    3.40-3.80

    27.5

    29.0

    166-172

    11

    5.5

    72.71

    12

    6.5

    80

    U Pennsylvania 

    3.47-3.84

    16.0

    12.5

    167-171

    7.5

    9

    75.73

    7

    10.5

    77

    U Virginia 

    3.49-3.82

    13.5

    21.5

    167-171

    7.5

    9

    74.90

    8

    14

    72

    Georgetown U (DC)

    3.47-3.82

    16.0

    21.5

    167-171

    7.5

    9

    74.58

    9

    8.5

    78

    U Michigan

    3.53-3.80

    7.0

    29.0

    166-170

    11

    11

    71.72

    13

    10.5

    77

    Duke U (NC)

    3.66-3.85

    4.0

    9.0

    165-169

    13.5

    13

    73.98

    10

    8.5

    78

    UC Berkeley 

    3.65-3.89

    5.0

    4.5

    163-169

    19

    13

    73.83

    11

    15

    71

    UCLA

    3.44-3.80

    19.0

    29.0

    162-169

    25.5

    13

    64.18

    16

    13

    74

    Cornell U (NY)

    3.50-3.80

    11.5

    29.0

    166-168

    11

    15.5

    68.17

    15

    18

    68

    U Texas-Austin 

    3.33-3.80

    43.0

    29.0

    162-168

    25.5

    15.5

    60.90

    20

    16.5

    69

    Vanderbilt U (TN)

    3.49-3.88

    13.5

    6.5

    164-167

    15.5

    20.5

    68.79

    14

    16.5

    69

    U Southern California

    3.47-3.75

    16.0

    51.0

    165-167

    13.5

    20.5

    62.15

    18

    26

    60

    Fordham U (NY)

    3.41-3.74

    23.0

    56.5

    163-167

    19

    20.5

    58.34

    23

    20.5

    63

    U Minnesota-TC 

    3.25-3.74

    64.5

    56.5

    163-167

    19

    20.5

    55.80

    26

    26

    60

    Washington & Lee U

    3.28-3.73

    54.0

    61.5

    162-167

    25.5

    20.5

    54.56

    27

    29

    59

    U Notre Dame (IN)

    3.28-3.69

    54.0

    84.5

    164-167

    15.5

    20.5

    54.55

    28

    19

    64

    Washington U (MO) 

    3.20-3.70

    80.5

    81.0

    162-167

    25.5

    20.5

    51.57

    34

    26

    60

    U Illinois (UIUC)

    3.15-3.71

    98.0

    76.0

    160-167

    36

    20.5

    49.06

    42


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