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)
#16 Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

$48,160 per year (full-time) 566
#72 American University (Washington)

Washington, DC

$48,148 per year (full-time) 1,240
#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
#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
#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
#46 Tulane University

New Orleans, LA

$47,080 per year (full-time) 697
#118 Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT

$47,076 per year (full-time) 252
#64 Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

$46,826 per year (full-time) 418
#54 Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

$46,740 per year (full-time) 602
#42 Southern Methodist University (Dedman)

Dallas, TX

$46,519 per year (full-time) 524
#129 Vermont Law School

South Royalton, VT

$46,111 per year (full-time) 422
#107 Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

$46,050 per year (full-time) 605
#87 Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

$45,980 per year (full-time) 975
#79 University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

$45,860 per year (full-time) 696
#27 Boston University

Boston, MA

$45,786 per year (full-time) 676
Rank Not Published Southwestern Law School

Los Angeles, CA

$45,380 per year (full-time) 686
#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
Rank Not Published Suffolk University

Boston, MA

$45,054 per year (full-time) 1,051
#107 Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

$1,500 per credit (full-time) 624
#121 DePaul University

Chicago, IL

$44,999 per year (full-time) 720
#36 Boston College

Newton, MA

$44,860 per year (full-time) 728
#140 Chapman University (Fowler)

Orange, CA

$44,830 per year (full-time) 422
Rank Not Published California Western School of Law

San Diego, CA

$44,800 per year (full-time) 581
Unranked University of California—​Irvine

Irvine, CA

$44,717 per year (in-state, full-time); $51,211 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 339

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