Northwestern University (Pritzker)
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#1 in Private Sector Salary
Northwestern Law is tied for #1 in terms of the median starting salary among graduates working in private practice as law firm associates ($180,000).
#2 in Student to Faculty Ratio
Northwestern Law is tied for #2 in terms of lowest student to faculty ratio (3.6:1).
#8 in Median LSAT
Northwestern Law is tied for #8 in terms of the median LSAT score (169) among those applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students. The LSAT measures reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning.
#8 in Median Undergraduate GPA
Northwestern Law ranks #8 in terms of highest median undergraduate GPA (3.84) among those applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students.
#8 in Highest Tuition
Northwestern Law ranks #8 in terms of highest tuition among full-time law students ($64,402). We rank from a total of 283 tuition rates from 194 law schools, ranking twice those law schools that have different in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.
#9 in Acceptance Rate
Northwestern Law ranks #9 in terms of student selectivity with an acceptance rate of 19.3% among those who applied for admission.
#9 in Employment Rate at 10 Months
#11 in Employment Rate at GraduationNorthwestern Law ranks #9 in terms of graduates employed ten months after graduation (91.9%) and #11 in terms of graduates employed at the time of graduation (85.9%) .
#18 in Library Size
Northwestern Law ranks #18 in terms of library size with 827,547 volumes or equivalents.
#21 in Bar Passage Rate
Northwestern Law ranks #21 in terms of bar passage rate among first-time test takers (93.5%), and it outperforms by +14.5% the state of Illinois’s overall bar passage rate of 79.0%. (A national comparison on this metric should be taken in a qualified sense and with caution, because every state has a different bar passage rate.)
#28 in Public Sector Salary
Northwestern Law is tied for #28 in terms of median starting salary among graduates working in government jobs or judicial clerkships at the federal or state level ($60,518).
#44 in Presence of Minority Students
Northwestern Law ranks #44 in terms of the highest percentage of students who are racial or ethnic minority (43.0%).
#127 in Presence of Female Faculty
Northwestern Law is tied for #127 in terms of the highest percentage of faculty who are female (36.3%).
#137 in Presence of Minority Faculty
Northwestern Law ranks #137 in terms of the highest percentage of faculty who are racial or ethnic minority (10.4%).
Fall 2020 Application Information
|Application Deadline:||February 15|
|LSAT Score (Median)||169||166|
|LSAT Score (25th-75th percentile)||164-170||163-169|
|GPA Range (25th-75th percentile)||3.58-3.90||3.56-3.85|
Bar Exam Statistics
|State in which most graduates took bar exam:||IL||IL|
|School's bar passage rate:||93.5%||92.4%|
|State overall bar passage rate:||79.0%||85.0%|
|School bar pass rate vs. state bar pass rate:||+14.5%||+7.4%|
|Graduates employed at graduation:||85.9%||79.0%|
|Graduates employed 10 months after graduation:||91.9%||90.0%|
Tuition and Expenses
|Room and Board:||$16,236||$14,040|
|Proportion of full-time students receiving grants:||83.6%||65.2%|
|Median grant amount among full-time students:||$30,000||$25,000|
|Average indebtedness of those who incurred debt:||$127,458||$155,796|
|Proportion of graduates who incurred debt:||67.2%||78.2%|
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Students & Faculty
|Student Racial Demographics:||
|Student-to-Faculty Ratio:||3.6 : 1||N/A|
Full-Time Starting Salaries
|Private Sector (Median):||$180,000||$160,000|
|Public Sector (Median):||$60,518||$58,000|
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|Volumes and equivalents:||827,547||829,974|