Most Overrated & Underrated Schools

 

Peer RankPeer ScoreSchoolOverall RankDifference

53

2.7

Oregon

100

47

58

2.6

Loyola Marymount

87

29

53

2.7

University of San Diego

79

26

76

2.4

University of Hawaii

100

24

58

2.6

Pittsburgh

81

23

49

2.8

American

72

23

35

3.1

U.C.-Hastings

54

19

76

2.4

Marquette

93

17

67

2.5

Brooklyn Law

83

16

49

2.8

Yeshiva

64

15

28

3.2

Washington & Lee

43

15

58

2.6

Tennessee

72

14

35

3.1

University of Florida

49

14

22

3.4

University of California-Davis

36

14

19

3.5

University of North Carolina

31

12

76

2.4

Indiana University-Indianapolis

87

11

58

2.6

University of Denver

68

10

58

2.6

University of Kansas

68

10

53

2.7

Temple University

61

8

53

2.7

Miami

61

8

28

3.2

Boston College

36

8

28

3.2

Fordham University

36

8

76

2.4

Rutgers University-Newark

83

7

87

2.3

Northeastern

93

6

87

2.3

South Carolina

93

6

87

2.3

Villanova

93

6

58

2.6

Case Western Reserve

64

6

76

2.4

Rutgers University-Camden

81

5

67

2.5

Illinois Institute of Technology (Kent)

72

5

49

2.8

University of Connecticut

54

5

35

3.1

University of Arizona

40

5

35

3.1

University of Illinois

40

5

26

3.3

University of Wisconsin

31

5

 
Source: U.S. News & World Report 2015 ranking of the best law schools
Here, the big winner is the University of Oregon. Despite nearly tumbling out of the top 100 – and dropping 23 places since the 2011 rankings – the Ducks are held in much higher esteem than the University of Tennessee or rising power Kansas. Despite slipping 36 places in two years, Loyola Marymount still maintains a solid reputation among academics. However, as Morse had noted earlier, peer assessment could also be seen as a lagging indicator, as academics often have little day-to-day contact with other schools.
Conversely, schools where the peer assessments are lower than overall rankings can often reflect schools on the rise. Check out this chart to see why:
(See next page for law schools that perform worse according to academics than their ranking indicates)