Ranking the Top 50 Law Schools Relative to their Central University Rankings


Note: University of Richmond and Washington & Lee are excluded in these rankings because they are classified as "National Liberal Arts Colleges" rather than National Universities by US News and World Report.

School USNWR Law School Ranking USNWR National University Ranking Difference
1 George Mason University 41 140 99
2 Arizona State University 27 115 88
3 University of Alabama 27 110 83
3 University of Arizona 41 124 83
5 Temple University 47 115 68
6 Indiana University Bloomington 32 90 58
7 University of Iowa 27 78 51
8 University of Minnesota 20 69 49
9 University of Colorado 46 90 44
10 University of Texas at Austin 15 56 41
11 Florida State University 47 81 34
12 George Washington University 24 56 32
13 Baylor University 50 75 25
14 New York University 6 30 24
14 University of Washington 32 56 24
14 Fordham University 37 61 24
17 Ohio State University 32 54 22
17 University of Georgia 32 54 22
19 University of California Irvine 21 42 21
20 Brigham Young University 41 61 20
20 University of Michigan 8 28 20
22 University of Wisconsin 27 46 19
23 University of Virginia 9 25 16
24 Boston University 22 37 15
24 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 37 52 15
26 University of California Berkeley 9 21 12
26 University of Maryland 49 61 12
28 Southern Methodist University 50 61 11
29 University of California Davis 37 46 9
30 Georgetown University 14 20 6
30 University of Connecticut 50 56 6
32 University of California Los Angeles 16 21 5
32 Boston College 27 32 5
34 Stanford University 2 5 3
35 Yale University 1 3 2
35 University of Southern California 19 21 2
37 University of Pennsylvania 7 8 1
37 Cornell University 13 14 1
37 University of Florida 41 42 1
40 Columbia University 5 5 0
40 Northwestern University 11 11 0
40 Washington University in St. Louis 18 18 0
43 Harvard University 3 2 -1
43 University of Chicago 4 3 -1
43 Emory University 22 21 -1
46 Duke University 11 9 -2
47 Vanderbilt University 17 14 -3
48 Wake Forest University 32 27 -5
48 William & Mary 37 32 -5
50 Notre Dame University 24 18 -6
51 University of North Carolina 45 30 -15