How Harvard Law Beat Yale In A New Law School Ranking

University of Iowa College of Law

University of Iowa College of Law


At the opposite end, you could argue that schools that score higher on U.S. News and lower on Above the Law are likely doing less with more. To put it another way, they aren’t capitalizing on their advantage to convert higher inputs into better jobs. These schools include: Emory University (45th on U.S. News vs. 19th on Above the Law), Indiana University (31st vs. 46th), George Washington University (22nd vs. 40th), Arizona State (26th vs. 36th), and the University of Alabama (22nd vs. 32nd).
MODERATE CHANGES IN ABOVE THE LAW RANKINGS OVER THREE YEARS
Above the Law’s ranking reflects which schools are placing the highest percentage of students in more stable, law-oriented jobs with less debt. And no school has done that better than the University of Iowa, whose rank has skyrocketed 20 spots over the past three years to 17th. The school produced a 94 percent placement rate for the Class of 2014, with 77 percent requiring bar passage (though only 15 percent end up in big law). Like many law schools based in “college towns,” Iowa’s costs are reasonable, with in-state residents paying just $23,760 in tuition and $143,297 total over three years, making student debt burden far more reasonable. At the same time, the school is slashing tuition and implementing a 3+3 program to make itself more financially attractive to students.
Ohio State (+17 to 29th), Arizona State (+14 to 36th), and the College of William & Mary (+10 to 24th) have also improved their outputs over the past three years based on Above the Law’s ranking. Conversely, Wake Forest (-17th to 47th), Emory University (-16 to 45th), Southern Methodist (-15 to 37th), and the University of Georgia (-8 to 27th) have all slipped in recent years.
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2015 Above the Law Ranking (1-25)

ATL 2015 RankSchoolATL 2014 RankATL 2013 RankDifference Between 2015 and 2014 ATL Rank2016 U.S. News Rank2015  ATL Difference with U.S. News RankThree Year ATL AverageATL Rank Change Over 3 Years
 1 Harvard University 2 3 1 2 1 2.00 2
 2 Stanford University 3 2 1 2 0 2.33 0
 3 University of Chicago 5 4 2 4 1 4.0 1
 4 University of Pennsylvania 854 7 3 5.67 1
 5 Yale University 1 1 -4 1 -4 2.33 -4
 6 University of Virginia 9 7 3 8 2 7.33 1
 7 Duke University 7 6 0 8 1 6.67 -1
 8 Columbia University 4 8 -4 4 -4 6.67 0
 9 Cornell University 13 11 4 13 4 11.0 2
 10 New York University 6 10 -4 6 -4 8.67 0
 11 University of California-Berkeley 12 9 1 8 -310.67 -2
 12 University of Michigan 10 12 -2 11 -1 11.33 0
 13 Northwestern University 11 13 -2 12 -1 12.33 0
 14 University of Texas-Austin 15 14 1 15 1 14.33 0
 15 Vanderbilt University 14 15 -1 17 2 14.67 0
 16 Boston College 21 21 5 34 18 19.33 5
 17 University of Iowa 18 37 1 22 5 24.0 20
 18 University of New Mexico 22 26 4 71 53 22.0 8
 19 UCLA 19 17 0 16 -3 18.33 -2
 20 Georgetown University 16 16 -4 14 -6 17.33 -4
 21 Boston University 30 23 9 26 5 24.67 2
 22 Brigham Young University 24 282 34 12 24.67 6
 23 University of Notre Dame 17 18 -6 22 -1 19.33 -5
 24 College of William & Mary 39 34 15 29 5 32.33 10
 25 Washington University (MO) 26 25 1 18 -7 25.33 0

Source: Above the Law and U.S. News & World Report
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