Best Law Schools List

Marilyn Odendahl | March 17, 2017

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Although deans consistently disparage the annual rankings, the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Law Schools may have given Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law reason to cheer.

The Indianapolis institution jumped to 88th place, up from 100th place on 2017 list and 102nd place in 2016. It tied with Brooklyn Law School, St. Louis University and University of South Carolina in the annual rankings released Tuesday.

U.S. News examined all 197 law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association. The rankings are based on 12 factors including median LSAT and GRE scores, employment rate, bar passage rate and assessment scores from lawyers and judges.

University of Notre Dame Law School also took a step up to the 20th slot after placing 22nd the previous two years. The South Bend school was tied with the University of Iowa.

Indiana University Maurer School of Law stayed on the roller coaster. In the current list, it slid to the 30th place, tying with George Washington University, Ohio State University, University of Georgia, University of Washington and University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Bloomington school sank to 34th place in 2016 then leaped to the 25th slot in the 2017 rankings.

Valparaiso University School of Law remained in the “Ranking Not Published” category. Indiana Tech Law School, which has provisional accreditation but has announced plans to close in June, was not included in the rankings.

Although deans consistently disparage the annual rankings, the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Law Schools may have given Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law reason to cheer.

The Indianapolis institution jumped to 88th place, up from 100th place on 2017 list and 102nd place in 2016. It tied with Brooklyn Law School, St. Louis University and University of South Carolina in the annual rankings released Tuesday.

U.S. News examined all 197 law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association. The rankings are based on 12 factors including median LSAT and GRE scores, employment rate, bar passage rate and assessment scores from lawyers and judges.

University of Notre Dame Law School also took a step up to the 20th slot after placing 22nd the previous two years. The South Bend school was tied with the University of Iowa.

Indiana University Maurer School of Law stayed on the roller coaster. In the current list, it slid to the 30th place, tying with George Washington University, Ohio State University, University of Georgia, University of Washington and University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Bloomington school sank to 34th place in 2016 then leaped to the 25th slot in the 2017 rankings.

Valparaiso University School of Law remained in the “Ranking Not Published” category. Indiana Tech Law School, which has provisional accreditation but has announced plans to close in June, was not included in the rankings.

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