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              THE TOP 100 SCHOOLS
                                                                                         ’09                                                              School’s
                                                               Peer      Assessment undergrad      ’09 LSAT                ’09   ’08 grads Employed          bar     Jurisdiction’s
                                                            assessment    score by      GPA          score       ’09    student/ employed 9 months        passage overall bar
                                                    Overall    score   lawyers/judges 25th-75th    25th-75th acceptance faculty      at       after        rate in     passage
Rank/School                                         score (5.0=highest) (5.0=highest) percentile   percentile   rate      ratio graduation graduation   jurisdiction     rate*
 1.   Yale University (CT)                          100        4.8          4.8      3.82-3.96 170-176           8%       7.3 93.5% 98.1%               96.5%/NY 81%
 2.   Harvard University (MA)                         97       4.8          4.8      3.76-3.96 171-176          11%      11.0 97.1% 99.3%               98.2%/NY 81%
 3.   Stanford University (CA)                        93       4.7          4.8      3.77-3.97    167-172        9%       8.0    98.3%    98.4%         96.2%/CA    71%
 4.   Columbia University (NY)                        91       4.7          4.6       3.6-3.81 170-175          15%      10.1 98.8% 99.5%               96.7%/NY 81%
 5.   University of Chicago                           88       4.7          4.6      3.63-3.84    169-173       18%       9.5    97.1%    99.0%         95.1%/IL    91%
 6.   New York University                             87       4.5          4.4      3.57-3.86 169-173          23%       9.4 99.0% 99.2%               97.2%/NY 81%
 7.   University of California–Berkeley               85       4.5          4.4      3.68-3.95    165-170       10%      11.4    96.6%    98.6%         87.7%/CA    71%
 7.   University of Pennsylvania                      85       4.4          4.5       3.57-3.9 166-171          14%      10.7 97.6% 99.6%               98.4%/NY 81%
 9.   University of Michigan–Ann Arbor                84       4.6          4.4      3.55-3.84 167-170          22%      11.3 97.9% 99.8%               91.2%/NY 81%
10.   University of Virginia                          83       4.4          4.6      3.54-3.92 165-171          15%      12.6 96.0% 99.5%               97.5%/NY 81%
11.   Duke University (NC)                            82       4.2          4.3       3.6-3.84 167-171          18%       9.7 100.0% 100.0%             96.0%/NY 81%
11.   Northwestern University (IL)                    82       4.1          4.3       3.4-3.81    166-172       18%       8.8    98.2%   100.0%         98.3%/IL    91%
13.   Cornell University (NY)                         78       4.2          4.3         3.5-3.8 165-168         21%      10.0 96.8% 98.4%               99.2%/NY 81%
14.   Georgetown University (DC)                      77       4.2          4.3      3.42-3.79 167-171          23%      12.4 93.5% 97.0%               96.8%/NY 81%
15.   University of California–Los Angeles            76       4.0          3.8      3.57-3.88    164-169       17%      11.3    96.9%    99.1%         88.5%/CA    71%
15.   University of Texas–Austin                      76       4.1          4.2      3.54-3.87    164-168       23%      11.3    96.7%    98.1%         88.9%/TX    84%
17.   Vanderbilt University (TN)                      75       3.9          4.0       3.5-3.86    164-169       24%      14.4    96.8%    98.4%         95.7%/TN    83%
18.   University of Southern California (Gould)       71       3.7          3.5      3.47-3.71    165-167       22%      12.4    91.9%    97.1%         89.6%/CA    71%
19.   Washington University in St. Louis              70       3.7          3.8         3.3-3.8    161-168      27%      10.7    89.4%    95.0%         100.0%/MO 91%
20.   George Washington University (DC)               69       3.5          3.8      3.41-3.86 163-168          22%      14.2 93.4% 98.9%               95.1%/NY 81%
21.   University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign         68       3.5          3.6         3.2-3.9    160-167      29%      13.1    85.4%    96.8%         91.2%/IL    91%
22.   Boston University                               67       3.4          3.6       3.5-3.83    164-167       24%      12.1    90.6%    99.1%         97.7%/MA   89%
22.   Emory University (GA)                           67       3.6          3.8      3.37-3.68    165-167       25%      10.5    96.7%    95.3%         93.5%/GA    89%
22.   University of Minnesota–Twin Cities             67       3.6          3.8       3.3-3.85    160-168       25%      11.9    83.8%    96.5%         97.1%/MN   91%
22.   University of Notre Dame (IN)                   67       3.4          3.7      3.36-3.74    163-167       25%      10.9    89.8%    98.7%         100.0%/IL   91%
26.   University of Iowa                              66       3.5          3.9      3.43-3.81    158-164       44%      15.5    84.9%   100.0%         93.9%/IA    90%
27.   Indiana University–Bloomington (Maurer)         65       3.3          3.4      3.26-3.83    156-165       32%       9.5    89.2%    96.2%         95.3%/IN    84%
28.   Boston College                                  63       3.4          3.6      3.34-3.68    163-167       20%      13.2    86.0%    97.4%         94.3%/MA   89%
28.   Col. of William and Mary (Marshall-Wythe) (VA)  63       3.3          3.7      3.42-3.77    161-166       22%      15.7    87.9%    96.7%         88.9%/VA    82%
28.   University of California–Davis                  63       3.4          3.5      3.23-3.72    160-165       32%      11.6    97.3%    98.1%         79.9%/CA    71%
28.   University of Georgia                           63       3.1          3.4         3.4-3.8    161-165      28%      12.2    90.3%    98.4%         98.8%/GA    89%
28.   University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill        63       3.6          3.9      3.43-3.73    157-164       15%      15.4    74.8%    94.7%         89.8%/NC   83%
28.   University of Wisconsin–Madison                 63       3.5          3.7      3.31-3.76    156-163       24%      12.7    80.8%    98.3%         99.3%/WI    92%
34.   Fordham University (NY)                         62       3.3          3.3      3.37-3.74 162-167          22%      13.6 85.3% 95.1%               94.1%/NY 81%
34.   Ohio State University (Moritz)                  62       3.3          3.5      3.49-3.81    158-164       34%      13.3    88.2%    98.2%         90.3%/OH   88%
34.   University of Washington                        62       3.1          3.5       3.47-3.8    160-166       25%      10.0    90.5%    98.2%         84.7%/WA   74%
34.   Washington and Lee University (VA)              62       3.3          3.8      3.28-3.78    160-167       26%       9.4    82.2%    89.2%         83.7%/VA    82%
38.   Arizona State University (O’Connor)             60       3.0          3.0      3.34-3.78    158-163       28%       8.5    90.7%    99.7%         89.5%/AZ    84%
38.   University of Alabama                           60       3.0          3.1       3.32-3.9    159-165       33%      10.2       N/A    96.9%        96.9%/AL    79%
38.   University of Colorado–Boulder                  60       3.1          3.1      3.42-3.78    160-165       23%      11.5    79.9%    96.0%         93.3%/CO    83%
38.   Wake Forest University (NC)                     60       3.1          3.6         3.2-3.7    160-164      33%       9.8    74.5%    95.8%         96.3%/NC   83%
42.   Brigham Young University (Clark) (UT)           59       2.9          3.2      3.52-3.85    160-165       30%      17.3    86.5%    99.0%         92.4%/UT    87%
42.   George Mason University (VA)                    59       2.8          3.3      3.21-3.83    158-165       25%      13.2    95.9%    99.2%         87.1%/VA    82%
42.   University of Arizona (Rogers)                  59       3.2          3.2      3.34-3.71    159-163       33%      10.6    77.4%    97.3%         92.2%/AZ    84%
42.   University of California (Hastings)             59       3.3          3.7      3.39-3.71    161-165       24%      16.5    69.8%    92.7%         80.4%/CA    71%
42.   University of Utah (Quinney)                    59       2.9          3.1      3.41-3.76    156-163       29%       8.1    92.2%   100.0%         86.5%/UT    87%
47.   University of Florida (Levin)                   57       3.2          3.4      3.42-3.85    158-163       25%      15.4    76.2%    96.6%         88.9%/FL    81%
48.   American University (Washington) (DC)           55       3.0          3.2      3.13-3.56 158-164          22%      13.4 86.6% 95.5%               92.0%/NY 81%
48.   Southern Methodist University (Dedman) (TX)  55          2.7          3.1      3.24-3.84    155-165       27%      14.9    75.6%    98.6%         93.7%/TX    84%
48.   Tulane University (LA)                          55       3.1          3.4      3.34-3.75    160-164       30%      14.1    70.7%    91.1%         75.9%/LA    66%
48.   University of Maryland                          55       3.0          3.0      3.21-3.66    159-166       19%      11.7    89.2%    94.6%         90.1%/MD   85%




28    USN&WR • AMERICA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS
                                                                                               ’09                                                                            School’s
                                                                     Peer      Assessment undergrad             ’09 LSAT                ’09   ’08 grads Employed                 bar     Jurisdiction’s
                                                                  assessment    score by      GPA                 score       ’09    student/ employed 9 months               passage overall bar
                                                          Overall    score   lawyers/judges 25th-75th           25th-75th acceptance faculty      at       after               rate in     passage
Rank/School                                               score (5.0=highest) (5.0=highest) percentile          percentile   rate      ratio graduation graduation          jurisdiction     rate*
52.   Pepperdine University (CA)                       53              2.5            3.1      3.43-3.79    160-163            27%       16.0      75.5%    96.5%           87.2%/CA    71%
52.   Yeshiva University (Cardozo) (NY)                53              2.8            2.8      3.37-3.73 160-165               27%       15.6      74.5% 94.3%              92.0%/NY 81%
54.   Florida State University                         52              2.8            2.8      3.23-3.74    159-162            26%       14.2      76.4%    97.6%           86.9%/FL    81%
54.   University of Connecticut                        52              2.9            2.9       3.2-3.59    158-162            28%       11.4      71.5%    94.2%           92.3%/CT    87%
56.   Case Western Reserve University (OH)             51              2.8            3.3       3.2-3.63    156-160            42%       12.2      79.4%    95.2%           88.0%/OH   88%
56.   Loyola Marymount University (CA)                 51              2.6            2.8      3.31-3.67    157-163            32%       14.8         N/A    97.4%          85.5%/CA    71%
56.   University of Cincinnati                         51              2.6            3.1      3.29-3.79    156-161            50%        9.9      73.9%    95.8%           82.3%/OH   88%
56.   University of San Diego                          51              2.9            2.9      3.22-3.59    158-162            34%       14.2         N/A    98.4%          78.9%/CA    71%
60.   Georgia State University                         50              2.4            2.6       3.2-3.78    159-162            17%       10.7         N/A    98.6%          94.2%/GA    89%
60.   University of Houston (TX)                       50              2.6            3.0      3.08-3.62    159-163            25%       11.8      76.1%    97.2%           91.3%/TX    84%
60.   University of Miami (FL)                         50              2.9            3.1      3.25-3.66    155-159            52%       16.5      77.7%    96.4%           90.5%/FL    81%
60.   University of Tennessee–Knoxville                50              2.7            3.0      3.28-3.77    157-161            27%       13.9      72.3%    95.1%           89.7%/TN    83%
64.   Baylor University (Umphrey) (TX)                 49              2.3            3.1         3.4-3.8    156-162           30%       15.1         N/A    94.6%          93.0%/TX    84%
64.   Lewis & Clark College (Northwestern) (OR)        49              2.4            3.1       3.2-3.71    157-164            35%       10.0         N/A    94.3%          80.5%/OR   79%
64.   University of Kentucky                           49              2.5            3.0      3.33-3.82 156-161               38%       16.8      75.8% 98.1%              93.7%/KY 83%
67.   Brooklyn Law School (NY)                         48              2.7            2.5      3.26-3.63 159-164               28%       18.4      79.7% 92.3%              89.1%/NY 81%
67.   University of Kansas                             48              2.7            3.2      3.25-3.71 155-160               35%       12.4      69.4% 93.6%              94.2%/KS 89%
67.   University of New Mexico                         48              2.5            2.8      3.12-3.67    152-158            24%       11.3      81.9%    96.2%           92.0%/NM   92%
67.   University of Pittsburgh                         48              2.8            3.1      3.18-3.63    157-161            37%       12.9      71.8%    94.2%           90.6%/PA    87%
67.   Villanova University (PA)                        48              2.6            3.3      3.17-3.63    160-163            43%       17.0      64.5%    94.2%           91.9%/PA    87%
72.   Pennsylvania State University (Dickinson)        47              2.5            3.0      3.28-3.68    157-160            29%        9.4         N/A    90.8%          85.0%/PA    87%
72.   Seton Hall University (NJ)                       47              2.5            3.0      3.13-3.64 154-160               49%       15.4      80.7% 96.7%              88.9%/NJ 85%
72.   St. John’s University (NY)                       47              2.4            2.7      3.16-3.73 154-162               37%       14.6      77.9% 95.8%              90.6%/NY 81%
72.   Temple University (Beasley) (PA)                 47              2.7            3.0      3.11-3.61    159-163            40%       13.0      66.2%    91.4%           89.1%/PA    87%
72.   University of Hawaii–Manoa (Richardson)          47              2.4            2.6      3.18-3.68    153-158            23%        7.8      70.7%   100.0%           86.5%/HI    88%
72.   University of Oklahoma                           47              2.5            3.0      3.29-3.72    155-161            31%       14.2      60.6%    95.6%           96.3%/OK   93%
78.   Loyola University Chicago                        46              2.5            2.9       3.24-3.6    156-161            30%       14.3      69.9%    93.7%           94.3%/IL    91%
78.   University of Nevada–Las Vegas (Boyd)            46              2.3            2.6      3.18-3.66    155-160            22%       16.8      86.7%    97.8%           81.5%/NV    77%
80.   Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-Kent)  45              2.7            2.5      3.11-3.67    156-163            43%       10.9      70.5%    89.5%           96.3%/IL    91%
80.   Louisiana State Univ.–Baton Rouge (Hebert)  45                   2.3            2.9      3.22-3.66    155-159            37%       17.5      67.6%    96.1%           81.0%/LA    66%
80.   Rutgers, the State U. of New Jersey–Camden 45                    2.5            2.9       3.18-3.7 158-162               31%       11.8      75.3% 90.0%              84.5%/NJ 85%
80.   Rutgers, the State U. of New Jersey–Newark 45                    2.6            2.8       3.09-3.6 155-161               27%       17.6      84.4% 95.6%              86.9%/NJ 85%
80.   University of Denver (Sturm)                     45              2.5            2.8      3.23-3.69    155-160            33%       15.5      71.2%    94.2%           80.4%/CO    83%
80.   University of Oregon                             45              2.8            3.3      3.12-3.56    157-161            42%       16.4      57.9%    90.4%           84.8%/OR   79%
86.   Hofstra University (NY)                          44              2.4            2.6       3.27-3.7    155-159            39%       15.4         N/A    96.3%          86.5%/NY    81%
86.   Indiana University–Indianapolis                  44              2.5            2.8       3.15-3.7    151-159            40%       17.7      72.2%    96.1%           83.8%/IN    84%
86.   Northeastern University (MA)                     44              2.4            2.6       3.2-3.63    155-163            34%       15.4         N/A    94.1%          93.7%/MA   89%
86.   Seattle University                               44              2.4            3.0      3.15-3.63    155-160            38%       12.3      59.1%    96.6%           79.0%/WA   74%
86.   Syracuse University (NY)                         44              2.4            2.8      3.13-3.51    153-157            38%       10.9         N/A    95.4%          84.1%/NY    81%
86.   University of Arkansas–Fayetteville              44              2.3            2.8      3.16-3.74    153-158            34%       12.2         N/A    95.7%          82.0%/AR    83%
86.   University of Richmond (Williams) (VA)           44              2.4            2.8      3.19-3.63    159-163            29%       13.8      60.6%    90.7%           90.6%/VA    82%
93.   Chapman University (CA)                          43              1.9            2.3      3.11-3.56    156-159            31%        8.9      91.1%    96.5%           75.4%/CA    71%
93.   Santa Clara University (CA)                      43              2.5            2.9      3.03-3.59    157-161            43%       17.8      79.4%    92.6%           78.5%/CA    71%
93.   University of Missouri                           43              2.7            3.1       3.24-3.7    156-161            44%       16.8      50.7%    89.6%           91.9%/MO   91%
93.   University of Nebraska–Lincoln                   43              2.5            2.9      3.29-3.82    154-158            52%       13.6      64.2%    93.8%           90.8%/NE   89%
93.   West Virginia University                         43              2.1            2.8       3.12-3.7    151-156            50%       12.9      70.4%    98.1%           76.1%/WV   79%
98.   Catholic University of America (Columbus) (DC) 42                2.5            2.9      3.13-3.55    156-160            33%       12.8      68.3%    91.9%           88.0%/MD   85%
98.   DePaul University (IL)                           42              2.3            2.8      3.09-3.53    154-161            39%       13.3      81.4%    94.0%           89.1%/IL    91%
98.   University of San Francisco                      42              2.1            2.8      3.12-3.57    155-160            35%       15.2         N/A    93.0%          86.0%/CA    71%
98.   University of the Pacific (McGeorge) (CA)        42              2.1            2.6      3.05-3.58    153-159            42%       14.0         N/A    95.5%          79.6%/CA    71%
98.   William Mitchell College of Law (MN)             42              2.0            2.5       3.19-3.6    150-158            56%       20.4         N/A    96.8%          89.8%/MN   91%




Sources: U.S. News and the schools. Assessment data collected by Synovate. N/A means that the data were not provided by the school. University of La Verne in California, Charleston School of 
Law in South Carolina, Liberty University in Virginia, Phoenix School of Law in Arizona, Charlotte School of Law and Elon University in North Carolina, and Drexel University in Pennsylvania are not 
ranked because as of February 2010 they were only provisionally approved by the American Bar Association. Three law schools in Puerto Rico—Catholic University, Inter-America University, and the 
University of Puerto Rico—are not ranked. 
*The state bar examination pass rates for first-time test takers in summer 2008 and winter 2008 were provided by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. 


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          SPECIALTIES


PROGRAMS RANKED BEST BY FACULTY WHO TEACH IN THE FIELD
DISPUTE RESOLUTION                             3. University of California–Berkeley          7. University of Michigan–                     9. Arizona State University 
 1. Pepperdine University (CA)                 4. Pace University (NY)                          Ann Arbor                                      (O’Connor)
 2. Hamline University (MN)                    5. Florida State University                   8. University of Houston (TX)                  9. Ohio State University (Moritz)
 2. University of Missouri                     6. Georgetown University (DC)                 9. Duke University (NC)
 4. Harvard University (MA)                    6. University of Colorado–Boulder             9. Franklin Pierce Law Center             TRIAL ADVOCACY
 5. Ohio State University (Moritz)             8. Stanford University (CA)                      (NH)                                        1. Stetson University (FL)
 6. Marquette University (WI)                  8. University of Oregon                                                                      2. Temple University (Beasley) 
 7. University of Oregon                      10. New York University                       INTERNATIONAL LAW                                  (PA)
 8. Fordham University (NY)                   10. University of Maryland                     1. New York University                         3. South Texas College of Law
 8. Yeshiva Univ. (Cardozo) (NY)                                                             2. Columbia University (NY)                    4. Baylor University (Umphrey) 
10. University of Nevada–                    HEALTH LAW                                      3. Georgetown University (DC)                     (TX)
    Las Vegas (Boyd)                           1. St. Louis University                       4. Harvard University (MA)                     5. Georgetown University (DC)
                                               2. University of Maryland                     5. Yale University (CT)                        5. University of the Pacific 
CLINICAL TRAINING                              3. Case Western Reserve                       6. George Washington Univ. (DC)                   (McGeorge) (CA)
 1. Georgetown University (DC)                    University (OH)                            6. University of Michigan–                     7. Illinois Institute of Technology 
 2. American University                        4. Boston University                             Ann Arbor                                      (Chicago-Kent)
    (Washington) (DC)                          4. Georgia State University                   8. American University                         7. Northwestern University (IL)
 3. CUNY–Queens College                        4. University of Houston (TX)                    (Washington) (DC)                           7. University of Akron (OH)
 4. New York University                        7. Georgetown University (DC)                 9. University of Virginia                      7. Washington Univ. in St. Louis
 5. Washington Univ. in St. Louis              8. Seton Hall University (NJ)                10. Duke University (NC)
 6. University of New Mexico                   9. Loyola University Chicago                                                            TAX LAW
 7. University of Michigan–                   10. University of Minnesota–                  LEGAL WRITING                                1. New York University
    Ann Arbor                                     Twin Cities                                1. Mercer University (George) (GA)          2. Georgetown University (DC)
 8. Yale University (CT)                                                                     1. Seattle University                       3. University of Florida (Levin)
 9. University of Maryland                   INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW                       3. Stetson University (FL)                  4. Northwestern University (IL)
10. University of the District of              1. University of California–Berkeley          4. University of Nevada–                    5. University of Miami (FL)
    Columbia (Clarke)                          2. Stanford University (CA)                      Las Vegas (Boyd)                         6. Boston University
                                               3. George Washington University               5. Indiana University–Indianapolis          6. University of San Diego
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW                                 (DC)                                       6. John Marshall Law School (IL)            8. Harvard University (MA)
  1. Vermont Law School                        4. Boston University                          7. University of Oregon                     9. Loyola Marymount University 
  2. Lewis & Clark College                     5. New York University                        8. Temple University (Beasley)                 (CA)
     (Northwestern) (OR)                       6. Columbia University (NY)                      (PA)                                    10. University of Virginia




Other Schools to Consider                                                                   most of its students from the United States. Remember that 
The next two quartiles of schools are listed alphabetically in                              in considering a law school, you should look not only at its 
two groups, the Third Tier and Fourth Tier. Law schools within                              ranking or tier but also at other characteristics—its location, 
each of these tiers should be considered broadly similar in                                 price, course offerings, and faculty expertise, to name a few. 
quality. To be listed, a law school must be accredited and fully                            More information on all the schools is available in the direc-
approved by the American Bar Association and must draw                                      tory, beginning on Page 144. 

  THIRD TIER              (ranking begins at 103; schools are listed alphabetically)
                                                                                  ’09                                                                       School’s
                                                   Peer        Assessment      undergrad     ’09 LSAT                   ’09      ’08 grads Employed            bar     Jurisdiction’s
                                                assessment      score by          GPA          score          ’09    student/   employed 9 months           passage     overall bar
                                                   score     lawyers/judges    25th-75th     25th-75th    acceptance faculty         at       after          rate in     passage
Rank/School                                    (5.0=highest) (5.0=highest)     percentile    percentile      rate      ratio    graduation graduation     jurisdiction     rate*
Albany Law School (NY)                             2.1           2.4          3.03-3.56   153-157           44%       13.1         N/A        93.9%    80.8%/NY    81% 
Cleveland State University (Cleveland-Marshall)    2.0           2.6          3.19-3.64   153-158           34%       13.1    76.1%           91.1%    90.3%/OH    88% 
Creighton University (NE)                          2.1           2.8          3.13-3.64   151-156           56%       17.6    50.3%           92.4%    88.4%/NE    89% 
Drake University (IA)                              2.1           2.9           3.1-3.64   153-158           53%       14.5         N/A        96.8%       90.1%/IA    90% 
Franklin Pierce Law Center (NH)                    2.0           2.5          3.06-3.62   149-155           50%       14.2         N/A        94.1%    93.3%/NH    88% 
Gonzaga University (WA)                            2.2           2.9          3.05-3.51   153-157           43%       15.3         N/A        93.9%    81.7%/WA    74% 
Howard University (DC)                             2.3           2.7          2.92-3.51   150-156           21%       16.5    72.4%           85.5%    64.1%/MD    85% 
Loyola University New Orleans                      2.1           2.9          3.01-3.51   150-155           51%       17.1    60.0%           94.6%    67.4%/LA    66% 

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                                                                                     ’09                                                                          School’s
                                                      Peer        Assessment      undergrad       ’09 LSAT                   ’09        ’08 grads Employed           bar     Jurisdiction’s
                                                   assessment      score by          GPA            score          ’09    student/     employed 9 months          passage     overall bar
                                                      score     lawyers/judges    25th-75th       25th-75th    acceptance faculty           at       after         rate in     passage
Rank/School                                       (5.0=highest) (5.0=highest)     percentile      percentile      rate      ratio      graduation graduation    jurisdiction     rate*
Marquette University (WI)                             2.4           3.1          3.07-3.61   154-159             44%        19.1    61.0%           92.8%    100.0%/WI    92% 
Mercer University (George) (GA)                       2.2           2.4          3.13-3.67   153-158             38%        13.0          N/A       92.1%    95.8%/GA    89% 
Michigan State University                             2.2           2.8          3.07-3.61   153-159             46%        16.6          N/A       91.5%    83.7%/MI    82% 
New York Law School                                   2.3           2.3          2.96-3.48   152-157             54%        23.6          N/A       92.6%    91.3%/NY    81% 
Ohio Northern University (Pettit)                     1.6           2.1          2.96-3.65   149-157             36%        12.7          N/A       93.4%    93.5%/OH    88% 
Pace University (NY)                                  2.0           2.2           3.15-3.6   152-157             39%        12.7          N/A       91.5%    83.3%/NY    81% 
Quinnipiac University (CT)                            1.9           2.2           3.09-3.6   154-159             41%        11.2          N/A       96.4%    93.1%/CT    87% 
Samford University (Cumberland) (AL)                  1.9           2.3          3.01-3.59   153-157             52%        18.0          N/A       93.7%    95.7%/AL    79% 
Southwestern Law School (CA)                          2.0           1.8          3.06-3.51   152-156             32%        14.3    85.0%           95.5%    69.7%/CA    71% 
Stetson University (FL)                               2.1           2.5          3.19-3.65   153-158             39%        15.8          N/A       95.1%    82.0%/FL    81% 
St. Louis University                                  2.5           3.1          3.16-3.61   153-159             50%        17.0    70.0%           92.9%    94.2%/MO    91% 
Suffolk University (MA)                               2.1           2.3               3-3.5   153-158            52%        16.5          N/A       89.7%    92.8%/MA    89% 
Texas Tech University                                 2.0           2.5          3.13-3.62   153-158             37%        15.3          N/A       87.8%    86.6%/TX    84% 
University at Buffalo–SUNY                            2.4           2.4          3.19-3.73       153-159         32%        15.3      75.6%         91.2%       81.2%/NY         81%
University of Akron (OH)                              1.9           2.6          3.12-3.67   150-157             40%        11.2    74.1%           87.6%    89.9%/OH    88% 
University of Arkansas–Little Rock (Bowen)            2.2           2.6           2.9-3.67   150-157             26%        16.2    37.5%           95.8%    81.3%/AR    83% 
University of Baltimore                               2.0           2.4          2.97-3.59   151-157             41%        15.8    93.4%           96.3%    84.6%/MD    85% 
University of Idaho                                   2.1           2.5          2.85-3.58   152-157             48%        16.5          N/A       87.8%    81.1%/ID    80% 
University of Louisville (Brandeis) (KY)              2.3           2.6          3.14-3.73       153-159         37%        15.4      65.4%         95.1%       88.0%/KY         83%
University of Maine                                   2.2           2.6          3.06-3.61   152-158             48%        14.2          N/A       91.9%    91.5%/ME    91% 
University of Memphis (Humphreys)                     1.9           2.4          3.16-3.68   153-158             32%        17.7    41.1%           93.3%    93.1%/TN    83% 
University of Mississippi                             2.3           2.9          3.27-3.71   151-157             41%        18.2    53.8%           89.6%    90.0%/MS    88% 
University of Missouri–Kansas City                    2.3           2.5          2.99-3.58   152-157             47%        14.1          N/A       95.6%    97.6%/MO    91% 
University of Montana                                 2.1           2.4          3.26-3.69   151-157             50%        12.3          N/A       92.3%    88.1%/MT    93% 
University of South Carolina                          2.3           2.7           3.14-3.7   156-160             37%        14.8    56.1%           91.2%    91.0%/SC    82% 
University of South Dakota                            1.9           2.5          3.13-3.65   149-155             57%        12.3    54.1%           94.3%    94.9%/SD    95% 
University of St. Thomas (MN)                         1.9           2.5          3.07-3.59   153-161             51%        17.7          N/A       90.9%    89.7%/MN    91% 
University of Toledo (OH)                             1.9           2.4          2.92-3.54   150-156             60%        13.4    88.5%           96.3%    87.8%/OH    88% 
University of Tulsa (OK)                              2.1           2.5          2.83-3.55   152-157             51%        11.9          N/A       92.3%    92.6%/OK    93% 
University of Wyoming                                 2.1           2.9          3.25-3.68       150-157         34%        12.3      58.6%         88.9%      76.3%/WY          67%
Vermont Law School                                    2.3           2.8          3.05-3.57       152-158         67%        13.5      60.4%         95.2%       83.3%/NY         81%
Washburn University (KS)                              2.0           2.3          2.95-3.68   152-157             47%        12.9          N/A       93.5%    89.4%/KS    89% 
Wayne State University (MI)                           2.2           2.7          3.17-3.69   153-159             38%        14.4          N/A       87.5%    95.9%/MI    82% 
Willamette University (Collins) (OR)                  2.1           2.8          3.05-3.51   153-157             39%        15.0          N/A       91.1%    84.4%/OR    79% 



   FOURTH TIER                (ranking begins at 145; schools are listed alphabetically)
                                                                                     ’09                                                                          School’s
                                                      Peer        Assessment      undergrad       ’09 LSAT                   ’09        ’08 grads Employed           bar     Jurisdiction’s
                                                   assessment      score by          GPA            score          ’09    student/     employed 9 months          passage     overall bar
                                                      score     lawyers/judges    25th-75th       25th-75th    acceptance faculty           at       after         rate in     passage
Rank/School                                       (5.0=highest) (5.0=highest)     percentile      percentile      rate      ratio      graduation graduation    jurisdiction     rate*
Appalachian School of Law (VA)                        1.4           1.6          2.61-3.31       147-152         48%        15.8          N/A       66.2%       83.3%/VA    82% 
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School                    1.4           1.8          2.67-3.28       149-153         40%        12.9      44.8%         96.2%   83.9%/GA    89% 
Ave Maria School of Law (FL)                          1.2           1.5          2.91-3.53       147-155         50%        17.5          N/A       81.5%       79.5%/MI    82% 
Barry University (FL)                                 1.3           1.6          2.58-3.25       148-152         56%        26.7          N/A       70.7%       76.5%/FL    81% 
California Western School of Law                      1.8           2.1           3.04-3.5       150-155         46%        18.3          N/A       84.0%       84.2%/CA    71% 
Campbell University (Wiggins) (NC)                    1.5           2.1          3.12-3.59       154-159         30%        17.9          N/A       93.8%   95.3%/NC    83% 
Capital University (OH)                               1.8           2.2           2.96-3.5       150-156         57%        15.8          N/A       76.5%   94.8%/OH    88% 
CUNY–Queens College                                   2.0           2.2           3.1-3.54       151-156         27%        10.0          N/A       81.7%   82.0%/NY    81% 
Duquesne University (PA)                              1.8           2.5          3.19-3.63       150-154         45%        19.4          N/A       85.2%       95.7%/PA    87% 
Faulkner University (Jones) (AL)                      1.3           1.6          2.76-3.33       147-152         54%        14.0          N/A       94.9%       93.1%/AL    79% 
Florida A&M University                                1.4           1.6          2.75-3.32       144-150         31%        18.5          N/A       87.4%       65.7%/FL    81% 
Florida Coastal School of Law                         1.4           1.6          2.94-3.42       147-153         66%        20.9          N/A       95.4%       83.0%/FL    81% 

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*The state bar examination pass rates for first-time test takers in summer 2008 and winter 2008 were provided by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. 
Note: Numbers with * are from the fall 2008 entering class or school year and 2007 graduating class as reported to the American Bar Association.


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  FOURTH TIER                 (ranking begins at 140; schools are listed alphabetically)
                                                                                      ’09                                                                      School’s
                                                       Peer        Assessment      undergrad      ’09 LSAT                   ’09      ’08 grads Employed          bar     Jurisdiction’s
                                                    assessment      score by          GPA           score          ’09    student/   employed 9 months         passage     overall bar
                                                       score     lawyers/judges    25th-75th      25th-75th    acceptance faculty         at       after        rate in     passage
Rank/School                                        (5.0=highest) (5.0=highest)     percentile     percentile      rate      ratio    graduation graduation   jurisdiction     rate*
Florida International University                       1.6           1.8          3.13-3.62      151-156         26%       16.2         N/A      88.7%       88.0%/FL    81% 
Golden Gate University (CA)                            1.7           2.1          2.84-3.39      151-155         50%       15.2         N/A      90.3%       71.6%/CA    71% 
Hamline University (MN)                                1.9           2.2          3.16-3.66      150-158         49%       14.8         N/A      90.3%   92.8%/MN    91% 
John Marshall Law School (IL)                          1.9           2.4          2.98-3.51      150-155         46%       14.4      63.9%       89.0%       87.9%/IL    91% 
Mississippi College                                    1.5           2.1          3.01-3.53      148-153         57%       18.2         N/A      94.4%   93.9%/MS    88% 
New England School of Law (MA)                         1.8           2.3          2.97-3.45      150-154         59%       23.1         N/A      81.2%   90.8%/MA    89% 
North Carolina Central University                      1.6           2.2          3.02-3.49      143-150         20%       16.5         N/A      80.5%   80.5%/NC    83% 
Northern Illinois University                           1.7           2.2          2.93-3.51      153-156         40%       18.7         N/A      89.1%       96.1%/IL    91% 
Northern Kentucky University (Chase)                   1.6           2.1          3.19-3.56      151-157         43%       15.1         N/A      92.5%   85.5%/OH    88% 
Nova Southeastern University (Broad) (FL)              1.8           2.1          3.01-3.47      147-152         43%       16.7         N/A      85.5%       84.1%/FL    81% 
Oklahoma City University                               1.6           2.1          2.88-3.47      148-152         54%       17.6         N/A      92.1%   90.3%/OK    93% 
Regent University (VA)                                 1.3           1.7             3-3.71      150-156         42%       16.2      67.5%       94.4%       73.1%/VA    82% 
Roger Williams University (RI)                         1.8           2.1              3-3.5      150-157         58%       16.7         N/A      88.0%   85.6%/MA    89% 
Southern Illinois University–Carbondale                1.9           2.4          3.01-3.52      151-157         48%       11.7         N/A      84.9%       94.7%/IL    91% 
Southern University Law Center (LA)                    1.4           1.7            2.5-3.2 *  142-149 *  34% *            11.5 *       N/A         N/A             N/A        N/A 
South Texas College of Law                             1.7           2.2          2.99-3.51      151-156         47%       20.0         N/A      85.1%       89.2%/TX    84% 
St. Mary’s University (TX)                             1.7           2.3          2.82-3.49      151-156         42%       20.9      86.0%       91.3%       87.2%/TX    84% 
St. Thomas University (FL)                             1.5           1.9          2.63-3.25 *  148-151 *  45% *            20.9 *       N/A      80.4% *            N/A        N/A 
Texas Southern University (Marshall)                   1.5           1.8          2.66-3.21      144-148         34%       12.8         N/A      83.3%       59.6%/TX    84% 
Texas Wesleyan University                              1.7           1.7          2.88-3.44      151-155         44%       21.0      56.6%       76.0%       77.8%/TX    84% 
Thomas Jefferson School of Law (CA)                    1.6           1.9           2.7-3.19      148-153         51%       17.9         N/A      92.1%       70.3%/CA    71% 
Thomas M. Cooley Law School (MI)                       1.4           1.8          2.62-3.33 *  144-149 *  61% *            21.1 *       N/A      77.8% *            N/A        N/A 
Touro College (Fuchsberg) (NY)                         1.7           1.7          2.86-3.39      149-153         46%       15.9         N/A      72.3%   79.0%/NY    81% 
University of Dayton (OH)                              1.9           2.6           2.87-3.4      148-153         58%       16.7         N/A      92.1%   91.8%/OH    88% 
University of Detroit Mercy                            1.5           1.8          2.93-3.38      146-153         45%       14.1         N/A      78.4%       71.4%/MI    82% 
University of North Dakota                             1.9           2.3           3.3-3.73      149-155         35%       16.8         N/A      90.1%   91.5%/ND    86% 
University of the District of Columbia (Clarke)        1.4           1.4           2.8-3.26      149-153         22%       12.2         N/A      79.6%   92.3%/MD    85% 
Valparaiso University (IN)                             2.0           2.7          3.08-3.59      148-152         59%       15.8         N/A      88.9%       82.7%/IN    84% 
Western New England College (MA)                       1.6           1.8          2.99-3.51      150-155         53%       12.7         N/A      81.3%       76.6%/CT    87% 
Western State University (CA)                          1.3           1.7          2.81-3.38      149-154         49%       22.6         N/A      70.8%       64.9%/CA    71% 
Whittier College (CA)                                  1.4           2.1          2.83-3.35      149-153         41%       17.6      51.3%       96.4%       82.6%/CA    71% 
Widener University (DE)                                2.0           2.5          2.81-3.46      149-153         54%       19.0      55.2%       83.8%       88.0%/PA    87% 




                                                 Selectivity (.25):  Combined                   not seeking jobs are excluded.              percent); and total number of 
         METHODOLOGY
                                              fall 2009 data for all full-time                  All others are counted as un-               volumes and titles in library (5 
The rankings of 188 accred-                   and part-time entering students;                  employed. The bar passage                   percent).
ited law schools are based on a               this measure combines median                      rate indicator is the ratio of a               Overall rank: Schools’ scores 
weighted average of the 12 fac-               LSAT scores (50 percent), medi-                   school’s rate in the cited juris-           on each indicator were standard-
tors below.                                   an undergrad GPA (40 percent),                    diction to the overall state rate,          ized about their means. Then 
   Quality assessment (weighted               and the acceptance rate (10                       computed for first-time test tak-           scores were weighted, totaled, 
by .40): Quality was measured                 percent).                                         ers in summer 2008 and winter               and rescaled so that the top 
by two surveys conducted in fall                 Placement success (.20): Suc-                  2008. The jurisdiction cited                school received 100 and other 
2009. The dean and three facul-               cess is determined by employ-                     is the state where the largest              schools received a percentage of 
ty members at each school were                ment rates for 2008 graduates                     number of 2008 grads first took             the top score.
asked to rate schools from “mar-              at graduation (20 percent) and                    the test.                                      Specialty rankings: Rankings 
ginal” (1) to “outstanding” (5);              nine months after (70 percent)                       Faculty resources (.15): Re-             are based solely on votes by 
65 percent voted. Their average               as well as their bar passage rate                 sources are based on average                law faculty who are listed in the 
rating for a school weights .25 in            (10 percent). Employment rates                    fiscal year 2008 and 2009                   AALS Directory of Law Teachers 
the ranking. Lawyers and judges               include graduates reported as                     expenditures per student for                2007–2008 as teaching in the 
also rated schools; 21 percent                working or pursuing graduate                      instruction, library, and sup-              field or by directors of clinical 
responded. The two most recent                degrees; for the nine-month                       porting services (65 percent)               and legal writing programs. They 
years of surveys of lawyers and               rate only, 25 percent of those                    and on all other items, includ-             named up to 15 of the best in 
judges  were averaged and are                 whose status is unknown are                       ing financial aid (10 percent);             each field. Schools receiving the 
weighted by .15.                              also counted as working. Those                    2009 student/teacher ratio (20              most votes are listed.




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Part-Time Law Schools
Part-time J.D. law programs play a vital role in legal                                           may be offered either in the evening or the day. Part-time 
    c t
edu  a ion. According to the American Bar Association,                                           programs generally take four years to complete instead of 
in fall 2008 about 16 percent of all J.D. students were                                          three years for full time programs. This year, U.S. News
enrolled part time. For many working adults, attending                                           presents its second annual ranking of the top among the 
part time is the only way they can afford to go to law                                           84 accredited law schools with part-time J.D. programs. 
school and meet their other commitments. Fewer than                                              This year’s part-time J.D. program ranking is improved 
half of all law schools have part-time programs, which                                           since it is now based on four factors of academic quality. 

           THE TOP SCHOOLS                                                                                                                               METHODOLOGY
                                                                       Peer          ’09 part-time
                                                       Overall   assessment score     LSAT score            ’09 part-time ’09 part-time      The rankings of 84 part-time law 
School                                                 score       (5.0=highest)  25th-75th percentile     acceptance rate enrollment        school programs are based on a 
 1. Georgetown University (DC)                          100            4.2               163-168               20.2%            354          weighted average of four measures 
 2. George Washington University (DC)                    84            3.5               162-167               16.9%            304          of quality described below. For a 
 3. Fordham University (NY)                              72            3.3               161-165               17.4%            309          school’s program to be considered 
 4. Yeshiva University (Cardozo) (NY)                    68            2.8               158-161               26.6%            101
                                                                                                                                             in the part-time rankings, it must 
 5. University of Maryland                               67            3.0               154-161               20.7%            230
 6. George Mason University (VA)                         64            2.8               157-163                8.7%            217
                                                                                                                                             have reported at least 20 part-time 
 7. American University (Washington) (DC)                63            3.0               159-162               21.2%            290          students enrolled in fall 2009 and 
 7. Brooklyn Law School (NY)                             63            2.7               157-160               18.6%            180          reported fall 2009 applications 
 9. Temple University (Beasley) (PA)                     62            2.7               156-161               28.9%            192          and acceptances for its part-time 
10. University of San Diego                              61            2.9               156-160               22.3%            184          program.
10. Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-Kent)      61            2.7               155-160               38.2%            179          Quality assessment (weighted by 
10. University of Houston (TX)                           61            2.6               156-161               13.6%            183          .50): In fall 2009, deans and three 
13. University of Connecticut                            60            2.9               156-160               25.7%            191          faculty members at each school that 
13. Southern Methodist University (Dedman) (TX)          60            2.7               153-160               20.5%            379          had reported at least 10 students 
15. Rutgers, the State U.of New Jersey–Camden            57            2.5               157-161               22.7%            191          enrolled in part-time programs dur-
16. Loyola Marymount University (CA)                     56            2.6               155-163                4.4%            285          ing the 2008–2009 academic year 
16. Santa Clara University (CA)                          56            2.5               156-159               26.8%            252
                                                                                                                                             were asked to rate part-time pro-
18. University of Denver (Sturm)                         55            2.5               154-158               29.3%            232
19. Rutgers, the State U. of New Jersey–Newark           53            2.6               154-159               18.1%            242
                                                                                                                                             grams from “marginal” (1) to “out-
20. Seattle University                                   51            2.4               153-159               40.9%            228          standing” (5); 58 percent voted. 
21. University of Nevada–Las Vegas (Boyd)                50            2.3               152-158               21.2%            118          Their average rating was weighted 
21. Wayne State University (MI)                          50            2.2               154-160               21.2%            112          by .50 in the ranking model.
21. Catholic University of America (Columbus) (DC)       50            2.5               154-158               29.8%            316          Selectivity (weighted by .275): 
24. Marquette University (WI)                            49            2.4               151-158               33.0%            180          For part-time students entering in 
24. St. John’s University (NY)                           49            2.4               147-155               27.2%            178          2009, this combines median LSAT 
24. Hofstra University (NY)                              49            2.4               152-158               11.6%            170          scores (.225) and undergraduate 
24. Chapman University (CA)                              49            1.9               151-160               19.4%             37          GPAs of entrants to the part-time 
28. St. Louis University                                 48            2.5               152-155               35.6%            196          program (.05).
28. University of Hawaii–Manoa (Richardson)              48            2.4               147-154               14.2%             41          Part-time focus (weighted by .225): 
28. Lewis & Clark College (Northwestern) (OR)            48            2.4               153-160               31.1%            194          An index was created from data 
28. DePaul University (IL)                               48            2.3               154-157               47.0%            255
                                                                                                                                             reported by the schools about their 
32. Loyola University Chicago                            47            2.5               153-158               22.5%            188
32. University of San Francisco                          47            2.1               153-160               21.4%            132          2009 part-time programs. Factors 
34. University of Louisville (Brandeis) (KY)             46            2.3               151-155               35.5%             67          used in the creation of this index: 
35. Seton Hall University (NJ)                           45            2.5               150-156               38.4%            367          the size of part-time first-year sec-
36. Indiana University–Indianapolis                      44            2.5               147-155               55.3%            319          tions; the size of part-time first-year 
36. Stetson University (FL)                              44            2.1               151-156               21.6%            208          small sections; and the number 
38. University of Arkansas–Little Rock (Bowen)           43            2.2               148-156               34.3%            155          of positions filled by part-time 
39. Cleveland State University (Cleveland-Marshall)      42            2.0               151-158               25.6%            157          students in seminars, simulation 
39. New York Law School                                  42            2.3               149-155               39.5%            448          courses, faculty-supervised clinical 
41. Quinnipiac University (CT)                           39            1.9               151-154               12.5%            124          courses, field placements, law jour-
41. Georgia State University                             39            2.4               158-161               25.2%            193          nals, interschool skills competitions, 
43. Case Western Reserve University (OH)                 38            2.8               150-157               13.8%             22          and independent study. Schools 
43. Suffolk University (MA)                              38            2.1               151-156               57.5%            603
                                                                                                                                             received credit for reporting data 
43. University of the Pacific (McGeorge) (CA)            38            2.1               151-157               39.4%            377
46. Loyola University New Orleans                        36            2.1               149-155               66.0%            156
                                                                                                                                             and additional credit for surpassing 
47. California Western School of Law                     35            1.8               148-154               30.1%            101          a threshold value in the factors.
47. Pace University (NY)                                 35            2.0               149-155               28.2%            185          Overall rank: Schools’ scores on 
47. University of Akron (OH)                             35            1.9               148-153               48.4%            238          each indicator were standardized, 
50. University of Toledo (OH)                            34            1.9               149-152               67.2%            147          weighted, totaled, and rescaled so 
50. Southwestern Law School (CA)                         34            2.0               151-155               35.8%            323          that the top school received 100 
50. Golden Gate University (CA)                          34            1.7               151-155               32.9%            108          and other schools received a per-
                                                                                                                                             centage of the top score. 


Sources:  U.S. News and the schools. Assessment data collected by Synovate. The part-time J.D. law program data listed for fall 2009 acceptance rate and fall 2009 enrollment is for infor-
mation purposes only and is not used in the computation of the part-time J.D. program ranking. Only schools ranked in the top 50 are published. 


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Law School Diversity
To identify law schools where students are most likely to                                       non-Hispanic whites. Our formula produces a diversity 
encounter classmates from a different racial or ethnic                                          index that ranges from 0.0 to 1.0. The closer a school’s 
group, U.S. News has created a diversity index based on                                         number is to 1.0, the more diverse is the student popu-
the total proportion of minority students—not includ-                                             t
                                                                                                la ion. Law schools that enroll a large proportion of 
ing international students—and the mix of racial and                                            students from one ethnic group, even if it is a minority 
ethnic groups on campus. The index is calculated using                                          group, don’t score high in this index. To be included in 
demographic data reflecting each law school’s student                                           the table, a law school must be accredited by the Ameri-
body during the 2009–2010 academic year, including                                              can Bar Association. Because student-body ethnic diver-
both full- and part-time students. The groups that form                                         sity data are not consistently compiled and reported as 
the basis for our calculations are African-Americans,                                           yet for other types of graduate schools, U.S. News has 
Asian-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and                                               prepared a diversity table for law schools only.


                                                                      THE MOST DIVERSE SCHOOLS


                                                Diversity index           Largest minority                                                      Diversity index           Largest minority
School                                           (1.0=highest)           and its proportion     School                                           (1.0=highest)           and its proportion
Florida A&M University                           0.66        African-American, 41%              Northern Illinois University                        0.46  African-American, 13%
Texas Southern University (Marshall)             0.64        African-American, 51%              University of Pennsylvania                          0.46  Asian-American, 14%
University of the District of Columbia (Clarke)  0.64        African-American, 29%              California Western School of Law                    0.45  Asian-American, 14%
Florida International University                 0.60                Hispanic, 44%              Hofstra University (NY)                             0.45  Asian-American, 10%
University of New Mexico                         0.60                Hispanic, 28%              Loyola University New Orleans                       0.45  African-American, 15%
Santa Clara University (CA)                      0.58         Asian-American, 30%               University of Arizona (Rogers)                      0.45     Asian-American, 9%
University of Southern California (Gould)        0.58         Asian-American, 21%               University of the Pacific (McGeorge) (CA)           0.45  Asian-American, 15%
Loyola Marymount University (CA)                 0.57         Asian-American, 22%               Whittier College (CA)                               0.45  Asian-American, 14%
Northwestern University (IL)                     0.57         Asian-American, 19%               Florida Coastal School of Law                       0.44          Hispanic, 10%
American University (Washington) (DC)            0.56                Hispanic, 14%              University of San Diego                             0.44  Asian-American, 17%
North Carolina Central University                0.56        African-American, 50%              Brooklyn Law School (NY)                            0.43  Asian-American, 16%
Rutgers, the State U. of New Jersey–Newark  0.56             African-American, 15%              South Texas College of Law                          0.43          Hispanic, 11%
Stanford University (CA)                         0.56         Asian-American, 13%               Seattle University                                  0.42  Asian-American, 15%
Southwestern Law School (CA)                     0.54         Asian-American, 15%               Washington University in St. Louis                  0.42  Asian-American, 12%
University of San Francisco                      0.54         Asian-American, 17%               Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School                  0.41  African-American, 19%
University of California–Berkeley                0.53         Asian-American, 17%               DePaul University (IL)                              0.41          Hispanic, 11%
Western State University (CA)                    0.53         Asian-American, 17%               St. John’s University (NY)                          0.41     Asian-American, 9%
Cornell University (NY)                          0.52         Asian-American, 15%               Texas Tech University                               0.41          Hispanic, 16%
Thomas Jefferson School of Law (CA)              0.52                Hispanic, 14%              Texas Wesleyan University                           0.41          Hispanic, 10%
University of California–Davis                   0.52         Asian-American, 27%               University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill            0.41  African-American, 8%
University of Hawaii–Manoa (Richardson)          0.52         Asian-American, 58%               University of Wisconsin–Madison                     0.41     Asian-American, 8%
Emory University (GA)                            0.51                Hispanic, 11%              Boston University                                   0.40  Asian-American, 12%
University of California–Los Angeles             0.51         Asian-American, 18%               New York University                                 0.40  Asian-American, 11%
Northeastern University (MA)                     0.50                Hispanic, 11%              Southern Methodist University (Dedman) (TX)         0.40          Hispanic, 10%
St. Mary’s University (TX)                       0.50                Hispanic, 25%              University of Florida (Levin)                       0.40          Hispanic, 10%
University of California (Hastings)              0.50         Asian-American, 21%               University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign             0.40     Asian-American, 9%
University of Maryland                           0.50        African-American, 13%              University of Miami (FL)                            0.40          Hispanic, 12%
Columbia University (NY)                         0.49         Asian-American, 17%               University of Michigan–Ann Arbor                    0.40  Asian-American, 13%
CUNY–Queens College                              0.49                Hispanic, 12%              University of Notre Dame (IN)                       0.40           Hispanic, 9%
Golden Gate University (CA)                      0.48         Asian-American, 21%               Boston College                                      0.39  Asian-American, 12%
Harvard University (MA)                          0.48        African-American, 12%              Duke University (NC)                                0.39  African-American, 9%
Nova Southeastern University (Broad) (FL)   0.48                     Hispanic, 20%              Georgetown University (DC)                          0.39     Asian-American, 9%
University of Chicago                            0.47         Asian-American, 12%               John Marshall Law School (IL)                       0.39           Hispanic, 8%
University of Houston (TX)                       0.47         Asian-American, 10%               Temple University (Beasley) (PA)                    0.39  Asian-American, 10%
University of Nevada–Las Vegas (Boyd)            0.47         Asian-American, 11%               Fordham University (NY)                             0.38           Hispanic, 9%
University of Texas–Austin                       0.47                Hispanic, 16%              Touro College (Fuchsberg) (NY)                      0.38  African-American, 9%
Yale University (CT)                             0.47         Asian-American, 12%               University of Washington                            0.38  Asian-American, 14%



Note: The diversity index is based on ethnicity data collected by U.S. News from each law school. The methodology used to compute the index was published in a 1992 article by Philip 
Meyer and Shawn McIntosh in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research. For this index, students classified as ethnicity unknown/unreported were counted as white. A more 
detailed explanation of the methodology is available at www.usnews.com/grad.


         More at www.usnews.com/grad                                                                                         USN&WR • AMERICA’S BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS    35

				
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