Best Law Schools

Ranked in 2014 | 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 9 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)
#24 College of William and Mary (Marshall-​Wythe)

Williamsburg, VA

$29,000 per year (in-state, full-time); $38,000 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 623
#24 University of Washington

Seattle, WA

$31,983 per year (in-state, full-time); $45,024 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 541
#23 University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

$20,770 per year (in-state, full-time); $34,840 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 465
#20 George Washington University

Washington, DC

$49,840 per year (full-time) 1,287
#20 University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

$40,058 per year (in-state, full-time); $47,330 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 721
#20 University of Southern California (Gould)

Los Angeles, CA

$55,023 per year (full-time) 602
#19 Emory University

Atlanta, GA

$48,174 per year (full-time) 811
#18 Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

$49,945 per year (full-time) 687
#16 University of California—​Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$45,226 per year (in-state, full-time); $51,720 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 975
#16 Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

$48,160 per year (full-time) 566
#15 University of Texas—​Austin

Austin, TX

$33,162 per year (in-state, full-time); $49,244 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,046
#13 Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

$57,270 per year (full-time) 576
#13 Georgetown University

Washington, DC

$50,890 per year (full-time) 1,694
#12 Northwestern University

Chicago, IL

$55,064 per year (full-time) 763
#10 Duke University

Durham, NC

$53,596 per year (full-time) 629
#10 University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

$49,784 per year (in-state, full-time); $52,784 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,055
#9 University of California—​Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

$48,058 per year (in-state, full-time); $52,009 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 854
#8 University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

$47,900 per year (in-state, full-time); $52,900 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,048
#7 University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

$54,992 per year (full-time) 786
#6 New York University

New York, NY

$54,678 per year (full-time) 1,418
#4 Columbia University

New York, NY

$57,838 per year (full-time) 1,248
#4 University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

$53,301 per year (full-time) 612
#3 Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$52,530 per year (full-time) 574
#2 Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

$53,308 per year (full-time) 1,741
#1 Yale University

New Haven, CT

$54,650 per year (full-time) 625

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