2008 Raw Data Law School Rankings*

Schools' Bar Pass Rate (Ascending)

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No. Law School GPA Low GPA High LSAT Low LSAT High Accept S/F Ratio Empl. @Grad Empl. @9Mos St. Pass Bar State Avg. School vs. Avg.
1 Western State University N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A CA N/A N/A +0.0%
2 Southern University 2.6 3.42 144 149 30.5% 12.5 N/A 77.9% LA 37.8% 70.0% -32.2%
3 Whittier Law School 2.91 3.34 151 155 41.4% 16.6 58.6% 92.9% CA 39.3% 62.0% -22.7%
4 Thomas Jefferson 2.74 3.29 149 154 47.2% 15.2 N/A 64.7% CA 41.4% 62.0% -20.6%
5 Golden Gate University 3.01 3.45 151 156 45.7% 19.9 N/A 68.0% CA 43.2% 62.0% -18.8%
6 U. of the District of Columbia 2.8 3.3 149 153 20.5% 11.1 N/A 92.9% MD 50.0% 74.0% -24.0%
7 St. Thomas University 2.7 3.38 147 152 42.2% 18.7 N/A 74.7% FL 53.3% 72.0% -18.7%
8 Chapman University 2.9 3.52 156 159 29.6% 17.5 59.7% 89.6% CA 56.8% 62.0% -5.2%
9 Barry University 2.85 3.38 147 151 48.8% 16.5 N/A 84.1% FL 59.7% 72.0% -12.3%
10 Roger Williams University 2.97 3.46 151 156 51.1% 20.5 N/A 79.4% RI 59.8% 71.0% -11.2%
11 Franklin Pierce Law Center 3.0 3.6 149 155 49.3% 15.8 N/A 94.1% NH 60.5% 64.0% -3.5%
12 California Western 3.07 3.49 151 156 46.5% 17.7 N/A 82.9% CA 60.8% 62.0% -1.2%
13 CUNY-Queens College 3.0 3.57 150 156 22.8% 13.0 37.0% 79.9% NY 61.5% 74.0% -12.5%
14 Northern Kentucky U. (Chase) 3.16 3.59 154 157 28.9% 15.1 64.7% 88.0% KY 63.0% 77.0% -14.0%
15 Texas Southern University 2.65 3.19 145 150 28.2% 15.5 69.0% 70.6% TX 63.1% 80.0% -16.9%
16 Nova Southeastern University 2.94 3.47 149 153 34.4% 13.9 N/A 84.3% FL 63.7% 72.0% -8.3%
17 Arizona State University 3.31 3.78 155 162 21.0% 9.9 N/A 98.4% AZ 64.7% 71.0% -6.3%
18 U. of Baltimore 2.93 3.52 151 156 42.6% 19.5 N/A 79.5% MD 64.9% 74.0% -9.1%
18 U. of the Pacific (McGeorge) 3.15 3.59 155 160 33.2% 13.4 N/A 95.7% CA 64.9% 62.0% +2.9%
20 Santa Clara University 3.12 3.57 156 161 42.0% 19.9 79.7% 95.5% CA 65.7% 62.0% +3.7%
21 Vermont Law School 2.97 3.51 149 157 56.5% 12.8 N/A 98.0% VT 65.8% 75.0% -9.2%
22 Touro College (Fuchsberg) 2.86 3.41 151 153 39.8% 17.1 N/A 73.0% NY 65.9% 74.0% -8.1%
23 Western New England 2.66 3.39 151 157 51.2% 15.6 54.0% 80.0% CT 66.2% 81.0% -14.8%
24 Widener University 2.87 3.49 151 155 44.3% 15.9 49.5% 84.3% PA 66.3% 78.0% -11.7%
25 Regent University 3.0 3.61 151 156 55.3% 20.3 44.1% 89.0% VA 67.5% 74.0% -6.5%
26 Southwestern Univ. 3.12 3.59 153 157 30.6% 15.8 80.9% 89.4% CA 67.6% 62.0% +5.6%
27 Duquesne University 3.18 3.61 151 156 52.0% 17.5 N/A 85.8% PA 67.8% 78.0% -10.2%
28 Howard University 2.95 3.5 148 154 22.6% 13.0 89.7% 96.8% NY 68.3% 74.0% -5.7%
29 U. of Detroit Mercy 3.01 3.43 148 152 41.9% 18.3 N/A 90.1% MI 68.6% 74.0% -5.4%
30 Syracuse University 3.15 3.56 153 157 37.8% 15.4 60.7% 95.1% NY 68.7% 74.0% -5.3%
31 U. of Nevada-Las Vegas 3.31 3.71 156 161 15.4% 15.6 N/A 87.6% NV 68.9% 65.0% +3.9%
32 Hofstra University 3.23 3.65 152 159 45.2% 15.3 N/A 93.2% NY 69.9% 74.0% -4.1%
33 U. of Denver 3.11 3.63 155 160 25.8% 16.3 84.9% 98.8% CO 70.1% 76.0% -5.9%
34 Thomas M. Cooley 2.79 3.37 146 152 66.6% 23.7 N/A 65.9% MI 70.7% 74.0% -3.3%
35 Appalachian School of Law 2.59 3.32 147 152 41.9% 21.6 27.8% 71.9% TN 70.8% 80.0% -9.2%
36 Cleveland State U. (Marshall) 3.0 3.63 152 158 34.0% 13.6 63.2% 93.1% OH 70.9% 80.0% -9.1%
37 Gonzaga University 3.02 3.57 153 157 37.9% 15.9 N/A 94.8% WA 71.2% 75.0% -3.8%
38 Pace University 3.16 3.58 153 157 36.8% 15.3 N/A 93.4% NY 71.7% 74.0% -2.3%
38 Catholic U. of America 3.11 3.55 156 160 32.7% 14.9 72.4% 91.9% MD 71.7% 74.0% -2.3%
40 West Virginia U. 3.16 3.72 149 155 39.2% 15.3 63.3% 93.3% WV 72.0% 68.0% +4.0%
41 U. of California-Davis 3.35 3.73 160 164 28.1% 13.9 78.7% 93.3% CA 72.2% 62.0% +10.2%
42 New England Sch. of Law 3.05 3.47 150 154 49.1% 23.2 26.7% 73.2% MA 72.9% 83.0% -10.1%
43 Willamette University 2.99 3.54 155 160 37.7% 13.7 N/A 80.5% OR 73.1% 76.0% -2.9%
43 New York Law School 3.0 3.54 152 157 45.5% 20.8 N/A 90.5% NY 73.1% 74.0% -0.9%
45 St. Mary's University 2.76 3.39 151 156 40.2% 21.1 N/A 91.9% TX 73.3% 80.0% -6.7%
45 U. of San Francisco 3.08 3.55 157 161 33.4% 17.2 N/A 95.9% CA 73.3% 62.0% +11.3%
47 Loyola Law School 3.15 3.58 159 163 31.1% 15.6 62.7% 96.4% CA 73.4% 62.0% +11.4%
48 U. of Wyoming 3.13 3.61 150 154 26.2% 13.1 N/A 88.9% WY 73.7% 80.0% -6.3%
48 Pepperdine University 3.34 3.72 156 163 29.3% 17.8 N/A 97.2% CA 73.7% 62.0% +11.7%
50 U. of Arkansas-Little Rock 2.98 3.6 150 157 17.7% 14.7 N/A 82.6% AR 73.9% 76.0% -2.1%
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*ABOUT THIS REPORT: Bar passage rates for ILRG's 2009 Raw Data Law School Rankings Report, which was released in Spring 2008, reflect those rates among first-time test takers for the Summer 2006/Winter 2007 administrations of the bar examinations. The acceptance rates, LSAT scores, undergraduate GPAs, and student-to-faculty ratios reflect those data representative of full-time students in Fall 2007. The employment rates reflect those among 2006 full-time graduates. The state bar passage rate noted for each law school is the statewide bar passage rate for the jurisdiction in which the greatest number of the law school's graduates took the bar exam for the reported period. 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.ILRG's 2010 report is slated for release in the Spring of 2009.