U.S. News released its annual rankings of the best U.S. law schools earlier this week.
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Check out the 2020 U.S. News law school rankings to see how you measure up against other law school applicants at your target programs.
2020 U.S. News law school ranking methodology
U.S. News bases its law school ranking on expert judgements about program excellence and statistical information that tries to capture and reflect the quality of a school’s faculty, research, and students. Peer assessment data gathered from deans, program directors, and senior faculty also contribute to the ranking. They were requested to evaluate the quality of programs in their field on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being marginal and 5 being outstanding.
This year, U.S. News added the GRE analytical writing score to both the full-time and part-time Law ranking methodologies. Prior to this ranking, only the GRE quantitative and verbal scores were utilized. This is also the first time in the nine law school specialty rankings that the average peer assessment among legal teachers instructing in those fields was used. This caused a very large gain in the number of schools ranked in each of the nine areas, which include tax, legal writing, international, intellectual property, and health law.
U.S. News Top 20 law schools
|2020 Rank||School||2019 Rank||City, State|
|1||Yale University||1||New Haven, CT|
|2||Stanford University||2||Stanford, CA|
|3||Harvard University||3||Cambridge, MA|
|4||University of Chicago||4||Chicago, IL|
|5||Columbia University||5||New York, NY|
|6||New York University||6||New York, NY|
|7||University of Pennsylvania||7||Philadelphia, PA|
|8||University of Virginia||9||Charlottesville, VA|
|9||University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||8||Ann Arbor, MI|
|10||Duke University||11||Durham, NC|
|10||Northwestern University (Pritzker)||11||Chicago, IL|
|10||University of California - Berkeley||9||Berkeley, CA|
|13||Cornell University||13||Ithaca, NY|
|14||Georgetown University||14||Washington, DC|
|15||University of California - Los Angeles||16||Los Angeles, CA|
|16||University of Texas, Austin||15||Austin, TX|
|17||University of Southern California (Gould)||19||Los Angeles, CA|
|18||Vanderbilt University||17||Nashville, TN|
|18||Washington University in St. Louis||18||St. Louis, MO|
|20||University of Minnesota||20||Minneapolis, MS|
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