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Guide to Choosing Law Schools
Getting into the best law school is paramount for the aspiring lawyer, so the rankings and statistics for law programs are significant for those seeking this type of post-graduate education. While there are plenty of hidden gems among undergraduate colleges, the top law schools tend to have the best faculty, Bar Exam pass rates, and post-program employment percentages. But before applying, it is important to consider your GPA and LSAT score to find where you fit in among the leading law schools. You should also take a look at the acceptance rate and tuition to see how attainable that law school is for you. The following sections of this guide explain how we determine our rankings and show the distribution across all law schools for these important metrics to help you understand where you might fall in terms of your LSAT and GPA, and also how the typical graduate fares in terms of bar passage and employment.
Rankings are based on the most important factors in the quality of a law school institution.
LSAT and GPA of incoming students indicate the quality of the student body, which generally translates to the quality of the law school. acceptance rate is also used (lower generally indicates higher quality).
Bar Exam Performance
Both the bar pass rate and the difference between the school’s bar pass rate and the weighted state average for test-takers from all law schools in the same states is taken into account. While bar pass rate can vary simply for its students taking the exam in different states, this difference can be used to truly understand how well a law school is preparing its students for the bar exam versus other institutions.
Employment at Graduation
It’s important to know that when you finish your JD, you’ll actually be able to get a job. Use our tools to understand the employment statistics of each school in detail.
Both the percent of students receiving grants and the median grant amount are important factors for determining how well a law school accommodates students from varied socioeconomic backgrounds.
A lower student-faculty ratio allows a school’s faculty to focus more on each student and give them more personal instruction.
An institution where a lot of students are transferring out or can’t maintain good academic standing generally indicates a lower quality law school.
The median LSAT score of incoming students.
Distribution of Median LSAT
Show the top Law Schools with the highest median LSAT
Best Law Schools Sorted by median LSAT
The median undergraduate GPA for incoming students. Your GPA should be close to the median score for the law school you wish to attend, but in general, a fantastic LSAT score can outweigh a less-than-spectacular GPA.
Distribution of Median UGPA
Show the top Law Schools with the highest median UGPA
Best Law Schools Sorted by median UGPA
The acceptance rate is the percentage of applicants offered admission into the school. This figure can be a good indicator of how competitive the program is, which in turn can help you set realistic application goals. Top students should shoot for their dream schools, but those who are worried about their grades and exam scores should apply to a few safety schools in addition to a couple of the top-notch programs.
Distribution of Acceptance Rate