Law Schools

Yale tops blog’s alternative law school rankings; focus is on schools delivering quality jobs

Move over U.S. News. There’s a new set of law school rankings that focuses on quality jobs, alumni satisfaction and education costs.

The new ranking by Above the Law doesn’t consider LSAT scores, GPAs and the opinions of law school faculty members. “The time has come for a law school ranking that relies on nothing but employment outcomes,” ATL says in introducing its inaugural rankings of the top 50 law schools.

Still, the ATL top 10 aren’t all that different from the U.S. News top 10. ATL’s top law schools are:

1) Yale (also ranked first by U.S. News)

2) Stanford (tied for second place by U.S. News)

3) Harvard (tied for second place by U.S. News)

4) University of Chicago (tied for fourth place by U.S. News)

5) University of Pennsylvania (tied for seventh place by U.S. News)

6) Duke (ranked 11th by U.S. News)

7) University of Virginia (tied for seventh place by U.S. News)

8) Columbia (ranked fourth by U.S. News)

9) University of California at Berkeley (tied for ninth place by U.S. News)

10) New York University (ranked sixth by U.S. News)

The ATL rankings are based 30 percent on an employment score taking into account full-time, long-term jobs requiring bar passage; 30 percent on a quality jobs score based on placement in the nation’s top 250 law firms and federal judicial clerkships; 7.5 percent on the percentage of grads obtaining U.S. Supreme Court clerkships; 7.5 percent on the percentage of grads in the federal judiciary; 15 percent on education cost; and 10 percent on an alumni rating from an “ATL Insider Survey.”

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