Top Ten Ranking Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings
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 ¶  Brian Leiter's Rankings of Law Schools by Student Quality, 2005
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No feasible measure of student quality is ideal, but LSAT scores are the best, crude proxy we have available. GPAs are hard to compare, without knowing about the undergraduate institutions the students are coming from, and the courses of study they pursued. It would be useful to know about students in the incoming class with advanced degrees, or high quality work experience, but such data is not available, nor is it easily comparable. Class size is a further factor complicating comparisons, since the midpoint of 500 is not like the midpoint of 200, though each provides pertinent information.

 Below are two rankings of the top 40 schools in terms of student quality as measured by LSAT. The first ranking looks only at the top quarter of each class; the second ranks schools by the mid-point LSAT (that is, the mid-point between the 25th and 75th—a figure more reliable than the medians, which are not currently reported to the American Bar Association [this will soon change]). Many academics favor 75th percentile rankings, because they do not penalize schools for “alternative admissions” procedures which may drag down the numerical credentials of the bottom end of the class. Others point out that the number of “top students” is more important than the “average” (“top students” set the tone, it is said). On the other hand, some believe the average matters more, and mid-point LSAT is the best proxy we have for the average. In any case, both kinds of rankings appear below for readers to consider. Remember: LSAT scores are very crude proxies for academic qualifications, and are notoriously weak predictors of performance in law school. Listings like those below leave out what, in my experience over thirteen years of law teaching, are far more significant factors like the undergraduate academic course of study of the students and the percentage of students with advanced degrees in other fields. There is, alas, no public data permitting comparisons on factors like these. What may be relevant in these rankings are clusters of schools, not the ordinal rankings themselves.

In the ranking by 75th percentile LSAT, we have also listed the 75th percentile GPA, though it was not factored into the ranking. But dramatic differences in GPA between schools with comparable 75th percentile LSATs are probably significant: see, e.g., Stanford versus Columbia and NYU; or Berkeley versus Duke, Cornell, and UCLA.

Class size (rounded to the nearest 50) served as a tie breaker: the larger school with the same LSAT credentials was ranked higher. For Harvard to boast a 75th percentile LSAT of 175, just like Yale, requires Harvard to recruit nearly three times as many students as Yale with those credentials. That speaks both to Harvard’s attractiveness, and to the existence at Harvard of an enormous pool of highly credentialed students, a fact, needless to say, that prospective employers register. The Fordham student body, with a 75th percentile LSAT of 167, is clearly a stronger student body than Washington & Lee, with the same 75th percentile LSAT, but one third as many students. If Texas were the size of Northwestern, the 75th percentile LSAT would be 170 or 171 and the mid-point LSAT 167 or 168. There are more complicated statistical techniques, to be sure, for making comparisons between fractions of differently sized groupings, but the tie-breaker device is, we thought, the easiest to understand and involves the least intrusive manipulation of the data.

Fordham and Cardozo may be the main surprises in the rankings below, but the huge pool of qualified students who want to be in New York City obviously helps them recruit a student body with strong numerical credentials (though one suspects the credentials top off not far from the 75th percentile, given the regional competition).

(Note: all figures are for the day class, which, in most cases, makes a difference--figures for the additional 150 or so part-time, evening students at Georgetown are a good bit lower, for example.)

Ranking by 75th Percentile LSAT for 2005

Rank

School

75th
Percentile
LSAT

75th
Percentile
GPA

Class Size

1

Harvard University

175

3.94

550

2

Yale University

175

3.96

200

3

Columbia University

173

3.83

400

4

New York University

172

3.85

400

5

Stanford University

172

3.94

150

6

University of Virginia

171

3.82

350

7

University of Pennsylvania

171

3.81

250

8

University of Chicago

171

3.78

200

9

Georgetown University

170

3.80

450

10

Northwestern University

170

3.78

200

11

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

169

3.77

350

12

Duke University

169

3.83

200

13

University of California, Berkeley

168

3.90

250

 

University of California, Los Angeles

168

3.84

250

15

Cornell University

168

3.76

200

16

University of Texas, Austin

167

3.79

450

17

Fordham University

167

3.78

300

18

Washington University, St. Louis

167

3.70

250

19

University of Southern California

167

3.76

200

20

University of Notre Dame

167

3.77

150

21

Washington & Lee University

167

3.77

100

22

George Washington University

166

3.78

400

23

Cardozo Law School, Yeshiva University

166

3.64

300

24

Boston College

166

3.75

250

 

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

166

3.81

250

26

Vanderbilt University

166

3.80

200

27

Brigham Young University

166

3.86

150

 

University of Washington, Seattle

166

3.84

150

29

George Mason University

166

3.80

100

30

University of California, Hastings

165

3.73

350

31

Boston University

165

3.76

250

 

Emory University

165

3.62

250

33

College of William & Mary

165

3.82

200

 

University of Illinois

165

3.64

200

35

Wake Forest University

165

3.60

150

36

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

164

3.58

350

37

Brooklyn Law School

164

3.57

300

38

University of North Carolina

164

3.79

250

 

University of San Diego

164

3.60

250

40

Indiana University, Bloomington

164

3.74

200

 

Lewis & Clark College / Northwestern School of Law

164

3.51

200

 

Southern Methodist University

164

3.84

200

 

University of California, Davis

164

3.72

200

 

University of Georgia

164

3.82

200

Runners-Up for the Top 40

 

University of Arizona

164

3.69

150

 

University of Colorado, Boulder

164

3.84

150

 

University of Connecticut

164

3.58

150

 

Tulane University

163

3.73

350

 

Temple University

163

3.76

250

 

University of Iowa

163

3.82

250

 

University of Wisconsin, Madison

163

3.64

250

Rankings by Mid-Point LSAT for 2005

Rank

School

Mid-Point LSAT

Class Size

1

Harvard University

172  

550

2

Yale University

171.5

200

3

Columbia University

170  

400

4

New York University

169.5

400

5

University of Chicago

169  

200

6

Stanford University

169  

150

7

University of Virginia

168.5

350

8

University of Pennsylvania

168.5

250

9

Georgetown University

168  

450

10

Northwestern University

168  

200

11

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

166.5

350

12

Cornell University

166  

200

13

University of California, Los Angeles

165.5

250

14

Duke University

165.5

200

15

Fordham University

165  

350

16

University of Southern California

165  

200

 

Vanderbilt University

165  

200

18

University of Texas, Austin

164.5

450

19

University of California, Berkeley

164.5

250

 

Washington University, St. Louis

164.5

250

21

University of Notre Dame

164.5

150

22

Washington & Lee University

164.5

100

23

George Washington University

164  

400

24

Boston College

164  

250

25

Cardozo Law School, Yeshiva University

163.5

300

26

Boston University

163.5

250

27

Emory University

163  

250

 

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

163  

250

29

Brigham Young University

163  

150

30

University of California, Hastings

162.5

350

31

Brooklyn Law School

162.5

300

32

College of William & Mary

162.5

200

 

University of Illinois

162.5

200

34

University of Washington, Seattle

162.5

150

 

Wake Forest University

162.5

150

36

George Mason University

162.5

100

37

University of San Diego

162  

250

38

University of California, Davis

162  

200

39

University of Connecticut

162  

150

40

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

161.5

350

Runners-Up for the Top 40

 

University of Colorado, Boulder

161.5

150

 

Indiana University, Bloomington

161  

200

 

Lewis & Clark College/Northwestern School of Law

161  

200

 

Rutgers University, Camden

161  

200

 

University of Alabama

161  

200

 

University of Richmond

161  

150

 

Tulane University

160.5

350

 

American University

160.5

300

 

St. John's University

160.5

250

 

Temple University

160.5

250

 

University of North Carolina

160.5

250

 

University of Georgia

160.5

200

Top Ten Student Bodies at Large Schools
(350 students or more)

Rank

School

75th/ Mid-Point LSAT

1

Harvard University

175/172  

2

Columbia University

173/170  

3

New York University

172/169.5

4

University of Virginia

171/168.5

5

Georgetown University

170/168  

6

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

169/166.5

7

University of Texas, Austin

167/164.5

8

George Washington University

166/164  

9

University of California, Hastings

165/162.5

10

Loyola Law School/Los Angeles

164/161.5

Top Ten Student Bodies at Small Schools
(200 students or less)

Rank

School

75th/Mid-Point LSAT

1

Yale University

175/171.5

2

Stanford University

172/169  

3

University of Chicago

171/169  

4

Northwestern University

170/168  

5

Duke University

169/165.5

6

Cornell University

168/166  

7

University of Southern California

167/165  

8

University of Notre Dame

167164.5

9

Washington & Lee University

167/164.5

10

Vanderbilt University

166/165  

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