Law School Rankings

Written by Jared Vincenti
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Every year, many publications try to compile "best of" lists. While many of these are just opinion pieces, when it comes to education, editors make sure to have the most accurate information on their lists. A lot of research goes into the school rankings, whether for colleges, medical schools, or law schools--and although the final rankings are always disputable, the collected information on each school is undeniably an asset for potential students.

Law School Ranking Criteria

There are many factors that go into the ranking of law schools. Granted, every publication does it differently, but there are a few elements that are relatively constant between methods. For example, the average LSAT score and average undergraduate GPA give a quick glance at the caliber of the student body.

Other factors include statistics such as student-faculty ratios, and admittance rate. These statistics give an idea of how hard it is to get into a school, and how much personal attention you might expect while there. These are factors that are more reflective of the school than of the students, which usually weigh in about evenly with student statistics.

Finally, every method has other factors that aren't so easily quantified. Some judge schools based on location, name-recognition, student body diversity, or quality of campus resources. These factors cannot be so easily ranked, but still do play a role in the final rankings for the schools. Thankfully, most rankings will list their criteria, and explain how they came to their final standings. That way, you can figure out which school is your number one, even if it isn't at the top of their list.


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