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)
#26 University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

$48,730 per year (full-time) 520
#83 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—​Newark

Newark, NJ

$25,457 per year (in-state, full-time); $37,189 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 523
#42 Southern Methodist University (Dedman)

Dallas, TX

$46,519 per year (full-time) 524
#118 Albany Law School

Albany, NY

$43,523 per year (full-time) 535
#24 University of Washington

Seattle, WA

$31,983 per year (in-state, full-time); $45,024 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 541
Rank Not Published Mississippi College

Jackson, MS

$30,590 per year (full-time) 542
#40 University of Illinois—​Urbana-​Champaign

Champaign, IL

$41,226 per year (in-state, full-time); $48,976 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 543
Rank Not Published Barry University

Orlando, FL

$34,300 per year (full-time) 547
Rank Not Published Thomas Jefferson School of Law

San Diego, CA

$44,000 per year (full-time) 548
#135 William Mitchell College of Law

St. Paul, MN

$37,100 per year (full-time) 553
#93 St. Louis University

St. Louis, MO

$37,615 per year (full-time) 559
#16 Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

$48,160 per year (full-time) 566
#31 Arizona State University (O'Connor)

Tempe, AZ

$26,268 per year (in-state, full-time); $40,818 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 567
#93 Northeastern University

Boston, MA

$43,910 per year (full-time) 569
#31 Ohio State University (Moritz)

Columbus, OH

$28,033 per year (in-state, full-time); $42,985 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 574
#3 Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$52,530 per year (full-time) 574
#13 Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

$57,270 per year (full-time) 576
Rank Not Published California Western School of Law

San Diego, CA

$44,800 per year (full-time) 581
#87 Indiana University—​Indianapolis (McKinney)

Indianapolis, IN

$24,172 per year (in-state, full-time); $43,882 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 581
Rank Not Published Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

$43,432 per year (full-time) 581
#93 Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

$39,850 per year (full-time) 581
#72 Louisiana State University—​Baton Rouge (Hebert)

Baton Rouge, LA

$19,816 per year (in-state, full-time); $38,118 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 585
#81 University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

$30,400 per year (in-state, full-time); $37,604 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 590
#93 Villanova University

Villanova, PA

$40,060 per year (full-time) 594
#61 Temple University (Beasley)

Philadelphia, PA

$20,462 per year (in-state, full-time); $33,780 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 601

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