2012 US News Law School Rankings


Here are the US News 2012 Rankings, released today March 15, 2011.

Remember, there is no longer a Tier 3 or Tier 4 - it's now Top 150 then Tier 2.

1. Yale University (100)
2. Harvard University (96)
3. Stanford University (94)
4. Columbia University (92)
5. University of Chicago (90)
6. New York University (89)
7. University of MichiganAnn Arbor (86)
7. University of Pennsylvania (86)
9. University of CaliforniaBerkeley (85)
9. University of Virginia (85)
11. Duke University (83)
12. Northwestern University (82)
13. Cornell University (80)
14. Georgetown University (77)
14. University of TexasAustin (77)
16. University of CaliforniaLos Angeles (76)
16. Vanderbilt University (76)
18. University of Southern California (73)
18. Washington University in St. Louis (73)
20. George Washington University (71)
20. University of MinnesotaTwin Cities (71)
22. Boston University (68)
23. Indiana UniversityBloomington (67)
23. University of CaliforniaDavis (67)
23. University of IllinoisUrbana-Champaign (67)
23. University of Notre Dame (67)
27. Boston College (65)
27. Col. of William and Mary (65)
27. University of Iowa (65)
30. Emory University (64)
30. Fordham University (64)
30. University of North CarolinaChapel Hill (64)
30. University of Washington (64)
30. Washington and Lee University (64)
35. Ohio State University (62)
35. University of Alabama (62)
35. University of Georgia (62)
35. University of WisconsinMadison (62)
39. Wake Forest University (61)
40. Arizona State University (60)
40. George Mason University (60)
42. Brigham Young University (59)
42. University of Arizona (59)
42. University of California (59)
42. University of Maryland (59)
42. University of Utah (59)
47. Tulane University (56)
47. University of ColoradoBoulder (56)
47. University of Florida (56)
50. American University (54)
50. Florida State University (54)
50. Southern Methodist University (54)
50. Yeshiva University (54)
54. Loyola Marymount University (53)
54. Pepperdine University (53)
56. Baylor University (52)
56. University of Connecticut (52)
56. University of Houston (52)
56. University of TennesseeKnoxville (52)
60. Pennsylvania State University (51)
61. Case Western Reserve University (50)
61. Georgia State University (50)
61. ITT Chicago-Kent (50)
61. Seton Hall University (50)
61. Temple University (50)
61. University of Cincinnati (50)
67. Brooklyn Law School (49)
67. Lewis & Clark College (49)
67. University of Richmond (49)
67. University of San Diego (49)
71. Loyola University Chicago (48)
71. Northeastern University (48)
71. University of Kentucky (48)
71. University of NevadaLas Vegas (48)
71. University of Oklahoma (48)
71. University of Pittsburgh (48)
77. University of Denver (47)
77. University of Miami (47)
79. Catholic University of America (46)
79. Indiana UniversityIndianapolis (46)
79. University of Kansas (46)
79. University of New Mexico (46)
79. University of Oregon (46)
84. DePaul University (45)
84. Hofstra University (45)
84. Louisiana State Univ.Baton Rouge (45)
84. Rutgers, the State U. of New JerseyCamden (45)
84. Rutgers, the State U. of New JerseyNewark (45)
84. Santa Clara University (45)
84. Seattle University (45)
84. University at BuffaloSUNY (45)
84. University of ArkansasFayetteville (45)
84. University of NebraskaLincoln (45)
84. Villanova University (45)
95. Marquette University (44)
95. Michigan State University (44)
95. St. Johns University (44)
95. University of HawaiiManoa (44)
95. West Virginia University (44)
100. Syracuse University (43)
100. University of Louisville (43)
100. University of San Francisco (43)
100. University of the Pacific (43)
104. Chapman University (42)
104. St. Louis University (42)
104. University of South Carolina (42)
107. Quinnipiac University (41)
107. University of Mississippi (41)
107. University of Missouri (41)
110. Drake University (40)
110. Stetson University (40)
110. University of Tulsa (40)
113. Albany Law School (39)
113. University of MissouriKansas City (39)
113. University of Wyoming (39)
113. Willamette University (39)
117. Pace University (38)
117. Texas Tech University (38)
117. University of Baltimore (38)
117. Vermont Law School (38)
121. CUNY (37)
121. Gonzaga University (37)
121. Howard University (37)
121. Southwestern Law School (37)
121. University of Maine (37)
121. Wayne State University (37)
127. Creighton University (36)
127. Mercer University (36)
127. Samford University (36)
127. University of Akron (36)
127. University of Idaho (36)
132. Cleveland State University (35)
132. Florida International University (35)
132. University of Montana (35)
135. New York Law School (34)
135. Ohio Northern University (34)
135. University of ArkansasLittle Rock (34)
135. University of St. Thomas (34)
135. William Mitchell College of Law (34)
140. John Marshall Law School (33)
140. University of Memphis (33)
140. Washburn University (33)
143. Campbell University (32)
143. Loyola University New Orleans (32)
143. Univ. of New Hampshire School of Law (32)
T2. Appalachian School of Law (VA)
T2. Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
T2. Ave Maria School of Law (FL)
T2. Barry University (FL)
T2. California Western School of Law
T2. Capital University (OH)
T2. Duquesne University (PA)
T2. Faulkner University (Jones) (AL)
T2. Florida A&M University
T2. Florida Coastal School of Law
T2. Golden Gate University (CA)
T2. Hamline University (MN)
T2. Liberty University (VA)
T2. Mississippi College
T2. New England School of Law (MA)
T2. North Carolina Central University
T2. Northern Illinois University
T2. Northern Kentucky University (Chase)
T2. Nova Southeastern University (Broad) (FL)
T2. Oklahoma City University
T2. Phoenix School of Law
T2. Regent University (VA)
T2. Roger Williams University (RI)
T2. South Texas College of Law
T2. Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondale
T2. Southern University Law Center (LA)
T2. St. Mary's University (TX)
T2. St. Thomas University (FL)
T2. Suffolk University (MA)
T2. Texas Southern University (Marshall)
T2. Texas Wesleyan University
T2. Thomas Jefferson School of Law (CA)
T2. Thomas M. Cooley Law School (MI)
T2. Touro College (Fuchsberg) (NY)
T2. University of Dayton (OH)
T2. University of Detroit Mercy
T2. University of North Dakota
T2. University of South Dakota
T2. University of the District of Columbia (Clarke)
T2. University of Toledo (OH)
T2. Valparaiso University (IN)
T2. Western New England College (MA)
T2. Western State University (CA)
T2. Whittier College (CA)
T2. Widener University (DE)
Here are the US News 2012 Rankings, released today March 15, 2011.

Remember, there is no longer a Tier 3 or Tier 4 - it's now Top 150 then Tier 2.

1. Yale University (100)
2. Harvard University (96)
3. Stanford University (94)
4. Columbia University (92)
5. University of Chicago (90)
6. New York University (89)
7. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (86)
7. University of Pennsylvania (86)
9. University of California–Berkeley (85)
9. University of Virginia (85)
11. Duke University (83)
12. Northwestern University (82)
13. Cornell University (80)
14. Georgetown University (77)
14. University of Texas–Austin (77)
16. University of California–Los Angeles (76)
16. Vanderbilt University (76)
18. University of Southern California (73)
18. Washington University in St. Louis (73)
20. George Washington University (71)
20. University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (71)
22. Boston University (68)
23. Indiana University–Bloomington (67)
23. University of California–Davis (67)
23. University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign (67)
23. University of Notre Dame (67)
27. Boston College (65)
27. Col. of William and Mary (65)
27. University of Iowa (65)
30. Emory University (64)
30. Fordham University (64)
30. University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (64)
30. University of Washington (64)
30. Washington and Lee University (64)
35. Ohio State University (62)
35. University of Alabama (62)
35. University of Georgia (62)
35. University of Wisconsin–Madison (62)
39. Wake Forest University (61)
40. Arizona State University (60)
40. George Mason University (60)
42. Brigham Young University (59)
42. University of Arizona (59)
42. University of California (59)
42. University of Maryland (59)
42. University of Utah (59)
47. Tulane University (56)
47. University of Colorado–Boulder (56)
47. University of Florida (56)
50. American University (54)
50. Florida State University (54)
50. Southern Methodist University (54)
50. Yeshiva University (54)
54. Loyola Marymount University (53)
54. Pepperdine University (53)
56. Baylor University (52)
56. University of Connecticut (52)
56. University of Houston (52)
56. University of Tennessee–Knoxville (52)
60. Pennsylvania State University (51)
61. Case Western Reserve University (50)
61. Georgia State University (50)
61. ITT Chicago-Kent (50)
61. Seton Hall University (50)
61. Temple University (50)
61. University of Cincinnati (50)
67. Brooklyn Law School (49)
67. Lewis & Clark College (49)
67. University of Richmond (49)
67. University of San Diego (49)
71. Loyola University Chicago (48)
71. Northeastern University (48)
71. University of Kentucky (48)
71. University of Nevada–Las Vegas (48)
71. University of Oklahoma (48)
71. University of Pittsburgh (48)
77. University of Denver (47)
77. University of Miami (47)
79. Catholic University of America (46)
79. Indiana University–Indianapolis (46)
79. University of Kansas (46)
79. University of New Mexico (46)
79. University of Oregon (46)
84. DePaul University (45)
84. Hofstra University (45)
84. Louisiana State Univ.–Baton Rouge (45)
84. Rutgers, the State U. of New Jersey–Camden (45)
84. Rutgers, the State U. of New Jersey–Newark (45)
84. Santa Clara University (45)
84. Seattle University (45)
84. University at Buffalo–SUNY (45)
84. University of Arkansas–Fayetteville (45)
84. University of Nebraska–Lincoln (45)
84. Villanova University (45)
95. Marquette University (44)
95. Michigan State University (44)
95. St. John’s University (44)
95. University of Hawaii–Manoa (44)
95. West Virginia University (44)
100. Syracuse University (43)
100. University of Louisville (43)
100. University of San Francisco (43)
100. University of the Pacific (43)
104. Chapman University (42)
104. St. Louis University (42)
104. University of South Carolina (42)
107. Quinnipiac University (41)
107. University of Mississippi (41)
107. University of Missouri (41)
110. Drake University (40)
110. Stetson University (40)
110. University of Tulsa (40)
113. Albany Law School (39)
113. University of Missouri–Kansas City (39)
113. University of Wyoming (39)
113. Willamette University (39)
117. Pace University (38)
117. Texas Tech University (38)
117. University of Baltimore (38)
117. Vermont Law School (38)
121. CUNY (37)
121. Gonzaga University (37)
121. Howard University (37)
121. Southwestern Law School (37)
121. University of Maine (37)
121. Wayne State University (37)
127. Creighton University (36)
127. Mercer University (36)
127. Samford University (36)
127. University of Akron (36)
127. University of Idaho (36)
132. Cleveland State University (35)
132. Florida International University (35)
132. University of Montana (35)
135. New York Law School (34)
135. Ohio Northern University (34)
135. University of Arkansas–Little Rock (34)
135. University of St. Thomas (34)
135. William Mitchell College of Law (34)
140. John Marshall Law School (33)
140. University of Memphis (33)
140. Washburn University (33)
143. Campbell University (32)
143. Loyola University New Orleans (32)
143. Univ. of New Hampshire School of Law (32)
T2. Appalachian School of Law (VA)
T2. Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
T2. Ave Maria School of Law (FL)
T2. Barry University (FL)
T2. California Western School of Law
T2. Capital University (OH)
T2. Duquesne University (PA)
T2. Faulkner University (Jones) (AL)
T2. Florida A&M University
T2. Florida Coastal School of Law
T2. Golden Gate University (CA)
T2. Hamline University (MN)
T2. Liberty University (VA)
T2. Mississippi College
T2. New England School of Law (MA)
T2. North Carolina Central University
T2. Northern Illinois University
T2. Northern Kentucky University (Chase)
T2. Nova Southeastern University (Broad) (FL)
T2. Oklahoma City University
T2. Phoenix School of Law
T2. Regent University (VA)
T2. Roger Williams University (RI)
T2. South Texas College of Law
T2. Southern Illinois University–Carbondale
T2. Southern University Law Center (LA)
T2. St. Mary's University (TX)
T2. St. Thomas University (FL)
T2. Suffolk University (MA)
T2. Texas Southern University (Marshall)
T2. Texas Wesleyan University
T2. Thomas Jefferson School of Law (CA)
T2. Thomas M. Cooley Law School (MI)
T2. Touro College (Fuchsberg) (NY)
T2. University of Dayton (OH)
T2. University of Detroit Mercy
T2. University of North Dakota
T2. University of South Dakota
T2. University of the District of Columbia (Clarke)
T2. University of Toledo (OH)
T2. Valparaiso University (IN)
T2. Western New England College (MA)
T2. Western State University (CA)
T2. Whittier College (CA)
T2. Widener University (DE)
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finkel
Berkeley dropped to 9th place from 7th. I just got in. I might be the cause hahahaha.

U of Wisconsin dropped to 35th again. I just got in as well T-T.
UC Davis and Indiana made it to 23th. A big appause for them. UC davis is definitely a rising star that we need to watch closely.
And Lastly Texas made it to Top 14. I'm in as well!
Berkeley dropped to 9th place from 7th. I just got in. I might be the cause hahahaha.

U of Wisconsin dropped to 35th again. I just got in as well T-T.
UC Davis and Indiana made it to 23th. A big appause for them. UC davis is definitely a rising star that we need to watch closely.
And Lastly Texas made it to Top 14. I'm in as well!
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Hi!!

Does anybody have the rankings for corporate law?I can't find Corporate Law or Securitites Law rankings on US News...Somebody help please...
Hi!!

Does anybody have the rankings for corporate law?I can't find Corporate Law or Securitites Law rankings on US News...Somebody help please...

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There are no U.S. news rankings for Corporate/Securities Law. The U.S. News only ranks JD programs (*not LLM programs*) in:
* Dispute Resolution
* Environmental Law
* Healthcare Law
* Intellectual Property Law
* International Law
* Clinical Training
* Legal Writing
* Tax Law
* Trial Advocacy
There are no U.S. news rankings for Corporate/Securities Law. The U.S. News only ranks JD programs (<b><i>*not LLM programs*</b></i>) in:
* Dispute Resolution
* Environmental Law
* Healthcare Law
* Intellectual Property Law
* International Law
* Clinical Training
* Legal Writing
* Tax Law
* Trial Advocacy
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Good Gosh
what's the distinction between jd and llm? they're both taught by the same faculties, indeed, they both have the same classes, the rankings for the jd surely apply in their entirety to the llms too..
what's the distinction between jd and llm? they're both taught by the same faculties, indeed, they both have the same classes, the rankings for the jd surely apply in their entirety to the llms too..
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Most, but not all, US law schools force their LLM students to take classes with JDs. Outside of tax, however, I agree that the JD rankings are a very good proxy for "prestige" of the USA LLMs.

That said, I don't think people should choose solely on rankings. I've known two JDs who chose their schools only for the ranking in a part of the rankings where rank doesn't matter, which seemed silly, e.g., choosing #36 over #37 simply because one was ranked higher than the other.
Most, but not all, US law schools force their LLM students to take classes with JDs. Outside of tax, however, I agree that the JD rankings are a very good proxy for "prestige" of the USA LLMs.

That said, I don't think people should choose solely on rankings. I've known two JDs who chose their schools only for the ranking in a part of the rankings where rank doesn't matter, which seemed silly, e.g., choosing #36 over #37 simply because one was ranked higher than the other.
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Good Gosh
agree with you entirely..
agree with you entirely..
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