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No. Law School GPA Low GPA Median GPA High LSAT Low LSAT Median LSAT High Accept S/F Ratio Empl. @Grad Empl. @10Mos St. Pass Bar State Bar Library Male Fac. Fem. Fac. Min. Fac. Min. Stu.
1 Yale University 3.84 3.92 3.98 170 173 176 6.9% 4.2 81.7% 83.5% CT 98.3% 75.7% 1,364,230 65.0% 35.0% 11.7% 46.1%
2 Willamette University 2.71 3.13 3.45 149 152 155 75.4% 8.6 32.0% 70.0% OR 79.1% 81.8% 297,661 58.2% 41.8% 9.1% 30.5%
3 Widener (Delaware) 2.89 3.17 3.48 147 148 151 61.9% 10.9 31.2% 59.6% DE 66.0% 79.6% 340,257 49.3% 50.7% 9.3% 26.4%
4 Widener (Commonwealth) 2.83 3.11 3.45 145 147 148 62.1% 9.1 23.0% 67.2% PA 71.4% 79.6% 196,222 67.9% 32.1% 3.8% 25.3%
5 Whittier Law School N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A CA N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 Western State University 2.81 3.01 3.4 146 148 151 52.7% 11.1 N/A 52.1% CA 58.3% 58.3% 14,587 55.7% 44.3% 21.3% 63.0%
7 Western New England 2.82 3.29 3.62 146 148 152 58.7% 6.0 N/A 56.4% MA 54.5% 76.4% 364,161 59.2% 40.8% 11.3% 32.9%
8 Western Michigan (Cooley) 2.64 3.02 3.33 139 142 147 86.1% 6.1 N/A 47.2% MI 43.9% 75.7% 753,000 65.5% 34.5% 14.2% 52.5%
9 West Virginia U. 3.04 3.38 3.64 151 153 155 61.5% 6.9 43.4% 78.3% WV 77.3% 75.0% 142,060 57.9% 42.1% 8.8% 10.8%
10 Wayne State U. 3.26 3.5 3.69 155 158 161 48.1% 7.6 36.8% 72.8% MI 77.8% 75.1% 633,352 54.5% 45.5% 13.0% 22.2%
11 Washington U. in St Louis 3.39 3.81 3.89 160 168 170 30.0% 6.8 72.4% 90.2% MO 95.5% 85.7% 773,390 65.5% 34.5% 10.9% 41.2%
12 Washington and Lee U. 3.21 3.51 3.68 158 163 164 28.7% 6.9 61.6% 82.8% VA 86.7% 75.5% 497,250 68.5% 31.5% 9.8% 24.7%
13 Washburn University 2.98 3.35 3.69 150 153 155 57.8% 6.4 38.1% 72.2% KS 74.2% 81.5% 418,248 51.3% 48.7% 9.0% 19.3%
14 Wake Forest University 3.4 3.6 3.7 162 162 163 33.9% 5.5 58.8% 89.8% NC 88.7% 65.3% 419,198 65.2% 34.8% 8.1% 22.0%
15 Villanova University 3.35 3.57 3.74 154 158 160 29.5% 8.6 57.9% 82.4% PA 76.6% 79.6% 478,600 57.9% 42.1% 8.8% 24.4%
16 Vermont Law School 2.8 3.25 3.56 147 151 156 76.4% 4.2 29.8% 66.9% VT 68.6% 68.8% 246,552 56.5% 43.5% 6.0% 33.9%
17 Vanderbilt University 3.61 3.8 3.87 161 167 168 23.7% 7.4 79.8% 88.3% TN 95.0% 75.7% 656,173 61.7% 38.3% 15.0% 32.9%
18 Valparaiso University N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A IN N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
19 U. of Wyoming 3.08 3.38 3.67 150 153 156 54.9% 13.0 41.4% 72.9% WY 80.4% 72.7% 351,468 56.4% 43.6% 15.4% 15.9%
20 U. of Wisconsin-Madison 3.23 3.58 3.76 158 162 164 45.6% 5.9 52.8% 82.4% WI 100.0% 77.1% 1,361,485 51.7% 48.3% 15.0% 25.8%
21 U. of Washington 3.44 3.69 3.8 158 163 165 26.4% 5.4 52.5% 76.3% WA 85.7% 74.1% 705,321 59.4% 40.6% 13.8% 37.2%
22 U. of Virginia 3.59 3.89 3.97 163 169 171 15.3% 6.5 92.6% 93.9% VA 99.0% 75.7% 806,421 70.0% 30.0% 10.0% 26.0%
23 U. of Utah (SJ Quinney) 3.32 3.56 3.72 157 159 161 47.5% 4.8 57.3% 88.9% UT 86.7% 82.6% 285,277 55.4% 44.6% 9.8% 17.9%
24 U. of Tulsa 3.09 3.48 3.63 150 154 157 41.7% 6.6 45.3% 91.9% OK 95.2% 86.9% 392,738 48.4% 51.6% 9.7% 34.5%
25 U. of Toledo 3.18 3.44 3.7 147 152 154 61.8% 6.5 39.5% 69.7% OH 68.9% 75.4% 331,983 63.0% 37.0% 10.9% 17.5%
26 U. of the Pacific (McGeorge) 3.06 3.32 3.57 148 153 156 59.5% 6.9 28.2% 59.5% CA 61.0% 58.3% 497,411 65.7% 34.3% 11.4% 44.0%
27 U. of the District of Columbia 2.72 2.92 3.17 145 147 150 35.4% N/A 52.1% 63.4% DC 38.5% 70.1% N/A 43.3% 56.7% 44.8% 74.5%
28 U. of Texas-Austin 3.47 3.74 3.88 160 167 168 20.9% 4.0 68.5% 84.7% TX 89.3% 74.6% 1,129,100 66.8% 33.2% 10.2% 35.6%
29 U. of Tennessee-Knoxville 3.25 3.62 3.78 154 158 160 37.3% 4.9 56.0% 85.0% TN 86.0% 74.4% 490,361 60.5% 39.5% 8.5% 24.4%
30 U. of St. Thomas 3.21 3.53 3.71 150 154 158 60.5% 6.3 37.7% 80.3% MN 83.2% 80.1% 227,943 67.7% 32.3% 11.5% 20.3%
31 U. of Southern California 3.61 3.78 3.89 163 166 167 19.2% 5.9 71.8% 87.6% CA 87.6% 58.3% 428,076 67.9% 32.1% 15.0% 46.4%
32 U. of South Dakota 3.01 3.3 3.65 147 150 153 64.8% 8.0 53.7% 79.1% SD 51.7% 68.2% 146,009 69.7% 30.3% 12.1% 14.2%
33 U. of South Carolina 3.19 3.41 3.65 153 155 157 49.8% 8.3 42.5% 79.7% SC 76.4% 71.8% 349,352 63.9% 36.1% 7.4% 20.8%
34 U. of San Francisco 2.96 3.19 3.42 151 152 155 55.5% 5.9 25.5% 60.8% CA 51.8% 58.3% 277,275 55.4% 44.6% 21.4% 58.9%
35 U. of San Diego 3.23 3.53 3.69 156 159 161 35.4% 7.8 37.3% 67.6% CA 76.1% 58.3% 550,092 70.5% 29.5% 8.1% 41.5%
36 U. of Richmond 3.24 3.59 3.69 156 161 162 31.9% 5.1 51.0% 81.9% VA 73.1% 75.5% 473,746 56.7% 43.3% 7.8% 26.5%
37 U. of Pittsburgh 3.09 3.39 3.6 154 157 159 29.3% 4.9 39.1% 77.5% PA 85.5% 79.6% 378,032 67.5% 32.5% 9.4% 31.2%
38 U. of Pennsylvania 3.49 3.89 3.95 164 170 171 14.6% 4.9 94.9% 96.9% PA 98.5% 79.6% 1,224,184 64.7% 35.3% 20.0% 42.9%
39 U. of Oregon 3.2 3.4 3.6 154 157 159 50.4% 6.5 37.5% 70.2% OR 85.1% 81.8% 365,282 53.7% 46.3% 10.5% 24.5%
40 U. of Oklahoma 3.3 3.6 3.78 154 157 159 38.9% 10.8 46.2% 86.5% OK 94.9% 86.9% 379,430 63.8% 36.2% 14.5% 27.9%
41 U. of Notre Dame 3.49 3.71 3.89 159 165 166 25.1% 6.3 71.0% 86.0% IN 84.1% 79.0% 746,789 66.9% 33.1% 8.3% 31.3%
42 U. of North Dakota 2.86 3.17 3.5 145 148 152 64.0% 13.6 N/A 68.8% ND 72.3% 71.2% 286,724 41.7% 58.3% 12.5% 33.2%
43 U. of New Mexico 3.09 3.4 3.64 151 153 156 48.0% 5.5 55.7% 79.2% NM 90.4% 85.7% 457,167 49.1% 50.9% 33.0% 54.8%
44 U. of New Hampshire 3.15 3.46 3.67 153 156 159 61.2% 4.2 45.9% 80.3% NH 91.9% 75.3% 323,405 51.9% 48.1% 3.7% 20.6%
45 U. of Nevada-Las Vegas 3.44 3.66 3.79 153 158 160 30.8% 6.0 54.7% 82.8% NV 79.2% 71.3% 431,481 57.6% 42.4% 17.4% 39.8%
46 U. of Nebraska-Lincoln 3.39 3.66 3.84 153 156 160 64.9% 7.0 53.8% 87.5% NE 93.4% 81.7% 453,113 68.5% 31.5% 5.5% 11.2%
47 U. of N. Carolina-Chap. Hill 3.36 3.59 3.75 158 161 163 46.9% 8.5 62.6% 83.6% NC 83.8% 65.3% 583,453 54.1% 45.9% 14.8% 31.2%
48 U. of Montana 3.06 3.37 3.64 152 155 158 62.4% 7.5 45.1% 78.0% MT 84.8% 82.6% 115,947 46.2% 53.8% 13.5% 14.9%
49 U. of Missouri-Kansas City 3.15 3.41 3.76 151 153 156 47.4% 6.0 33.3% 83.0% MO 84.5% 85.7% 363,244 63.1% 36.9% 8.1% 22.4%
50 U. of Missouri-Columbia 3.04 3.49 3.7 155 157 160 48.2% 6.5 58.8% 85.3% MO 88.6% 85.7% 458,834 57.9% 42.1% 7.0% 21.0%

About the 2020 Raw Data Law School Rankings Report

ILRG's 2020 Raw Data Law School Rankings Report was released in spring 2019.

GPA & LSAT

References to the lowest, median, and highest GPA and LSAT scores, including all data under the headings "GPA Low", "GPA Median", "GPA High", "LSAT Low", "LSAT Median" and "LSAT High" reflect those of the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile, respectively, among those applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students in fall 2018

Acceptance Rate & Student-to-Faculty Ratio

The acceptance rates for the same enrolled class are shown under the heading "Accept." The student-to-faculty ratio is indicated under the heading "S/F Ratio" and shows the number of students for that class per faculty member. In both cases, the data reflect the applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students in fall 2018.

State & Bar Passage Rates

The bar passage rates reflect those among first-time test takers for the summer 2017 and winter 2018 administrations of the bar examinations. "St." and "State Bar" noted for each law school are the state and statewide bar passage rate, respectively, for the jurisdiction in which the greatest number of the law school's graduates took the bar exam for the reported period. "Pass Bar" is the bar passage rate among those students who passed the bar exam within that jurisdiction.

Employment Rates

The employment rates shown are those of the 2017 full-time graduates at the time of graduation ("Empl. @Grad") and ten months after graduation ("Empl. @10Mos").

Law Library Volumes

The data shown under the heading "Library" indicate the number of print and microform volumes, as well as volume equivalents.

Gender, Race & Ethnicity

The data shown under "Male Fac." and "Fem. Fac." indicate the percentage of the faculty that are male and female, respectively.

The data shown under "Min. Fac." and "Min. Stu." indicate the percentage of the faculty and students that are racial or ethnic minority (Hispanics of any race, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, multiracial, non-resident alien, or unknown race).


Source: The data have been compiled from a variety of public sources, including data released by the law schools and from the bar examiner offices in each jurisdiction.

Next Release: Our 2021 report is slated for publication in spring 2020.


Historical Data

Our previously published report for 2017 is available.