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Yale tops Above the Law's rankings; focus is on employment outcomes


Yale law school is ranked No. 1 on Above the Law’s rankings of the top 50 law schools.

The blog focuses on employment outcomes in its rankings, though law school costs and alumni ratings are also factored in. The top five law schools on ATL’s list also nabbed the top five spots on the list by U.S. News & World Report, though Columbia and the University of Chicago tied for fourth place on the U.S. News list and were Nos. 4 and 5 respectively on ATL’s list.

The top 10 law schools in ATL’s rankings are:

1) Yale

2) Harvard

3) Stanford

4) Columbia

5) University of Chicago

6) NYU

7) Duke

8) University of Pennsylvania

9) University of Virginia

10) University of Michigan

The full list is here.

ATL says its list is the only one to incorporate ABA employment data for the class of 2013, which showed only 57 percent of law graduates obtained full-time, long-term jobs requiring bar passage. Thirty percent of ATL’s score is based on law schools’ ability to place students in such jobs, and 30 percent is based on “quality jobs”—employment with the nation’s top 250 law firms and federal judicial clerkships.

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