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 Rank School ATL 2014 Rank ATL 2013 Rank Difference Between 2015 and 2014 ATL Rank 2016 U.S. News Rank 2015  ATL Difference with U.S. News Rank Three Year ATL Average ATL 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  8 5 4  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  -3 10.67  -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  28 2  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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