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Yale Law School remains No. 1 in US News rankings

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Yale Law School remains at the top of the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News released the rankings on Wednesday. They don’t differ from the top 10 listed in an article that appeared briefly online last week in what may have been a mix-up by magazine staffers, Above the Law reports.

In the new rankings, the University of Michigan jumped from No. 11 to No. 8 (where it tied with two other schools). Duke University, tied for eighth place last year, is now ranked No. 11.

Moving into the top 20, in a tie at No. 20, are Boston University and the University of Iowa, the National Law Journal (sub. req.) reports. Those schools pushed two others out of the top 20: Emory University and the University of Minnesota, now in a three-way tie at No. 22 with the University of Notre Dame.

The top 20 are:

1) Yale University

2) Harvard University and Stanford University (tied)

4) Columbia University and University of Chicago (tied)

6) New York University

7) University of Pennsylvania

8) University of Michigan, University of California-Berkeley and University of Virginia (tied)

11) Duke University

12) Northwestern University

13) Cornell University

14) Georgetown University

15) University of Texas at Austin

16) Vanderbilt University

17) University of California at Los Angeles

18) Washington University in St. Louis

19) University of Southern California

20) Boston University and the University of Iowa (tied)

Above the Law scoured the rankings for big drops and jumps. Among the law schools with the largest drops are Santa Clara, down 35 spots to place at No. 129, Gonzaga, down 22 spots to place at No. 132; and Brooklyn, down 19 spots to place at No. 97.

Schools with big jumps include Texas A&M, up 38 spots to place at No. 111 in a 12-way tie; the University of St. Thomas, up 24 spots to also place at No. 111; and Cleveland State, up 21 spots to place at No. 106.

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