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)
#2 Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

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

Washington, DC

$50,890 per year (full-time) 1,694
#6 New York University

New York, NY

$54,678 per year (full-time) 1,418
#20 George Washington University

Washington, DC

$49,840 per year (full-time) 1,287
#4 Columbia University

New York, NY

$57,838 per year (full-time) 1,248
#72 American University (Washington)

Washington, DC

$48,148 per year (full-time) 1,240
#61 University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

$44,626 per year (full-time) 1,142
Rank Not Published Charlotte School of Law

Charlotte, NC

$40,146 per year (full-time) 1,141
Rank Not Published Florida Coastal School of Law

Jacksonville, FL

$41,256 per year (full-time) 1,109
#36 Fordham University

New York, NY

$50,996 per year (full-time) 1,109
#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
Rank Not Published Suffolk University

Boston, MA

$45,054 per year (full-time) 1,051
#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
#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
#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
#64 Yeshiva University (Cardozo)

New York, NY

$51,778 per year (full-time) 983
#87 Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

$45,980 per year (full-time) 975
#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 The John Marshall Law School

Chicago, IL

$44,074 per year (full-time) 970
#49 University of Florida (Levin)

Gainesville, FL

$22,190 per year (in-state, full-time); $41,546 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 944
#146 South Texas College of Law

Houston, TX

$28,110 per year (full-time) 933
#83 Brooklyn Law School

Brooklyn, NY

$1,795 per credit (full-time) 909
#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
#140 New York Law School

New York, NY

$49,240 per year (full-time) 829
#135 Hofstra University (Deane)

Hempstead, NY

$49,780 per year (full-time) 821

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