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)
#27 Boston University

Boston, MA

$45,786 per year (full-time) 676
#79 University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

$45,860 per year (full-time) 696
#87 Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

$45,980 per year (full-time) 975
#107 Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

$46,050 per year (full-time) 605
#129 Vermont Law School

South Royalton, VT

$46,111 per year (full-time) 422
#42 Southern Methodist University (Dedman)

Dallas, TX

$46,519 per year (full-time) 524
#54 Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

$46,740 per year (full-time) 602
#64 Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

$46,826 per year (full-time) 418
#118 Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT

$47,076 per year (full-time) 252
#46 Tulane University

New Orleans, LA

$47,080 per year (full-time) 697
#36 University of California—​Davis

Davis, CA

$47,286 per year (in-state, full-time); $56,537 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 499
#54 University of California (Hastings)

San Francisco, CA

$47,634 per year (in-state, full-time); $53,634 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,041
#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
#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
#72 American University (Washington)

Washington, DC

$48,148 per year (full-time) 1,240
#16 Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

$48,160 per year (full-time) 566
#19 Emory University

Atlanta, GA

$48,174 per year (full-time) 811
#26 University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

$48,730 per year (full-time) 520
#68 Seton Hall University

Newark, NJ

$49,070 per year (full-time) 477
#140 New York Law School

New York, NY

$49,240 per year (full-time) 829
#51 Baylor University

Waco, TX

$49,481 per year (full-time) 371
#107 St. John's University

Jamaica, NY

$49,750 per year (full-time) 671
#135 Hofstra University (Deane)

Hempstead, NY

$49,780 per year (full-time) 821
#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
#20 George Washington University

Washington, DC

$49,840 per year (full-time) 1,287

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