Predicted 2024 U.S. News Law School Rankings

With today’s release of the 2023 ABA-required 509 disclosures, we don’t just have the full set of law schools’ new medians and class sizes (compiled data with +/- here), but we can also calculate next year’s upcoming U.S. News law school rankings using the current methodology. Because of the rankings boycott, U.S. News now relies primarily on publicly available data from ABA reports. With today's 509 release, 75% of the current methodology's weight is now available, and the remaining 25% comes from the Assessment Scores (which are, in aggregate, very stable—some schools' will change, but overall they will be much the same as last year). That means it's possible to calculate the upcoming rankings under the current methodology with a good deal of accuracy.

All of the above said, please know that these predictions won’t be 100% accurate. For one, there are a few errors in the ABA data that we expect to be corrected by the time the rankings come out (in those instances, we've used last year's data for the schools in question). U.S. News will also almost certainly make some methodology changes (one such possibility would be introducing a faculty citation metric, as they did with the undergraduate rankings), and again, the below calculated rankings are based on the current methodology.

As you'll see below, our predictions show a lot of big changes. That is a consequence of the new methodology. With so much more weight now assigned to the more volatile Outcome metrics (58% compared to 21% two years ago), expect to see big swings going forward.

Importantly, as we have discussed many times in interviews with journalists, in blogs and podcasts (including this one), and across social media, one-size-fits-all rankings tend to be far more harmful than helpful, and applicants should not rely on them when making decisions about where to matriculate. The human mind craves ordinal rankings, because they allow us to drown out extraneous information, but the problem with law school rankings is that you need that extra information—and you need to decide what kind of information matters to you. Who is better at deciding what is most relevant to you: a singular media source, or your personal life experiences and future goals?

While rankings may, at best, serve as a starting point for looking at some schools to apply to, they should never be used in determining where you ultimately desire to go to school. Nor should one- or two-year fluctuations be over-interpreted. Remember that U.S. News (and any rankings outlet) needs change every year, or there would be no interest in their publications. That change is often arbitrary and vastly overstated.

All of this is a long way of saying that rankings are fun, and they can at times serve as a starting point in your law school journey. But as far as actually aligning with your goals and which school(s) are best for you, they are inherently flawed. That's why we caution anyone to use the below list just for interest and entertainment, not for important life decisions of any kind. 

– Mike Spivey


Law School 2024-2025 Calculated Ranking 2023-2024 Ranking
Stanford University 1 1
Yale University 2 1
University of Chicago 3 3
University of Virginia 4 8
Harvard University 4 5
University of Pennsylvania (Carey) 4 4
Duke University 7 5
University of Michigan–Ann Arbor 8 10
Columbia University 8 8
Northwestern University (Pritzker) 10 10
University of California–Berkeley 10 10
New York University 10 5
University of California–Los Angeles 13 14
Washington University in St. Louis 14 20
Georgetown University 14 15
University of Texas–Austin 16 16
Cornell University 16 13
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill 18 22
University of Minnesota 18 18
University of Notre Dame 20 27
Vanderbilt University 20 16
Boston University 22 27
University of Georgia 22 20
University of Southern California (Gould) 22 16
University of Wisconsin–Madison 25 40
University of Utah (Quinney) 25 32
Wake Forest University 25 22
University of Alabama 28 35
Texas A&M University 28 29
Boston College 28 29
University of Florida (Levin) 28 22
William & Mary Law School 32 45
University of Iowa 32 35
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 34 43
Washington and Lee University 34 40
George Mason University (Scalia) 34 32
Ohio State University (Moritz) 34 22
Indiana University–Bloomington (Maurer) 38 45
Fordham University 38 29
Brigham Young University (Clark) 38 22
University of Colorado–Boulder 41 56
SMU (Dedman) 41 45
Baylor University 43 49
George Washington University 43 35
Arizona State University (O'Connor) 43 32
Florida State University 46 56
University of California–Irvine 46 35
University of Connecticut 48 71
University of Washington 48 49
Emory University 48 35
University of California–Davis 51 60
Villanova University (Widger) 51 43
Pennsylvania State University Dickinson Law 53 89
University of Missouri 53 71
University of Tennessee–Knoxville 53 51
University of Kansas 53 40
Pennsylvania State University–University Park 57 80
University of San Diego 57 78
Marquette University 57 71
Yeshiva University (Cardozo) 57 69
Temple University (Beasley) 57 54
Pepperdine University (Caruso) 57 45
Northeastern University 63 71
University of Kentucky (Rosenberg) 63 60
Wayne State University 63 56
University of Arizona (Rogers) 63 54
University of Nevada–Las Vegas (Boyd) 67 89
University of Cincinnati 67 84
Loyola Marymount University 67 60
University of Richmond 67 60
University of Oklahoma 67 51
University of Maryland (Carey) 67 51
University of Nebraska–Lincoln 73 89
University of South Carolina 73 60
Seton Hall University 73 56
The Catholic University of America 76 122
Loyola University Chicago 76 84
Drexel University (Kline) 76 80
Tulane University 76 71
Drake University 80 88
Georgia State University 80 69
St. John's University 80 60
University of Houston Law Center 80 60
University of Pittsburgh 84 89
University of California–San Francisco 84 60
Florida International University 84 60
University of Maine School of Law 87 146
Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge (Hebert) 87 99
University of New Mexico 87 96
Lewis & Clark College (Northwestern) 87 84
University of Denver (Sturm) 87 80
University of Oregon 87 78
University of Missouri–Kansas City 93 135
Samford University (Cumberland) 93 131
University of New Hampshire (Pierce) 93 105
Belmont University 93 105
Case Western Reserve University 93 80
Texas Tech University 93 71
Regent University 99 125
University of Dayton 99 111
Cleveland State University (Cleveland-Marshall) 99 111
Rutgers University 99 109
Indiana University–Indianapolis (McKinney) 103 99
Duquesne University (Kline) 103 89
University of Miami 103 71
University at Buffalo–SUNY 106 25
Michigan State University 106 111
Seattle University 106 111
Chapman University (Fowler) 106 109
Mercer University (George) 106 99
American University (Washington) 106 89
Saint Louis University 106 89
West Virginia University 113 111
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent 113 99
University of Montana (Blewett) 113 96
Brooklyn Law School 116 111
Stetson University 116 84
University of Hawaii–Manoa (Richardson) 118 135
Suffolk University 119 133
New York Law School 119 125
University of Mississippi 119 111
University of Arkansas–Fayetteville 119 105
Hofstra University (Deane) 123 140
DePaul University 123 135
Syracuse University 123 122
Washburn University 123 111
University of Tulsa 123 111
Albany Law School 123 105
University of St. Thomas 123 96
Willamette University College of Law 130 155
University of Akron 130 150
Howard University 130 125
University of Arkansas–Little Rock (Bowen) 133 150
University of South Dakota (Knudson) 133 122
University of Wyoming 133 111
South Texas College of Law Houston 136 162
University of Detroit Mercy 136 141
Loyola University New Orleans 136 111
St. Mary's University 139 153
Gonzaga University 139 99
Quinnipiac University 141 146
University of Baltimore 141 135
Pace University (Haub) 141 131
Campbell University (Wiggins) 141 125
Ave Maria School of Law 145 180-196
Creighton University 145 155
CUNY School of Law 145 154
Northern Illinois University 148 162
University of Idaho 148 141
University of Memphis (Humphreys) 150 125
Northern Kentucky University (Chase) 151 149
Liberty University 151 135
Vermont Law School 153 164
Santa Clara University 153 158
Southwestern Law School 153 141
University of Toledo 156 141
St. Thomas University 157 180-196
University of North Dakota 157 180-196
Lincoln Memorial University (Duncan) 157 175
University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth 157 167
Mitchell Hamline School of Law 157 167
Oklahoma City University 157 150
Ohio Northern University (Pettit) 157 146
Elon University 157 133
University of Louisville (Brandeis) 157 99
New England Law Boston 166 155
University of Puerto Rico 167 180-196
University of Illinois--Chicago 167 159
Southern Illinois University–Carbondale 169 174
University of San Francisco 169 155
Western New England University 171 180-196
Mississippi College 171 165
University of the Pacific (McGeorge) 173 141
Roger Williams University 174 171
Touro University (Fuchsberg) 174 167
University of North Texas--Dallas 174 167
Capital University 177 175
Widener University–Pennsylvania (Commonwealth) 177 159
Florida A&M University 179 180-196
Charleston School of Law 179 180-196
Appalachian School of Law 180-196 180-196
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School 180-196 171
Barry University 180-196 180-196
California Western School of Law 180-196 175
Faulkner University (Jones) 180-196 159
Golden Gate University 180-196 180-196
Inter-American University 180-196 180-196
North Carolina Central University 180-196 175
Nova Southeastern University (Broad) 180-196 171
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico 180-196 180-196
Southern University Law Center 180-196 180-196
Texas Southern University (Marshall) 180-196 180-196
University of the District of Columbia (Clarke) 180-196 180-196
Western Michigan University (Cooley) 180-196 180-196
Western State College of Law at Westcliff University 180-196 180-196
Widener University–Delaware 180-196 175