Top 10 law schools in the U.S.

Stanford tops the list of Tipping the Scales' inaugural ranking of American law schools. Check out which other schools made the cut.

.  Yale University

top 10 law schools yale university
  • Index: 99.9
  • LSAT: 173
  • Acceptance rate: 8.3%
  • Employed at graduation: 90.7%
  • Private firm salary: $160,000
  • Public interest salary: $60,000

Ever since U.S. News & World Report began ranking law schools, Yale has been number one—a position it held on to through every list. The most selective law school in the country, accepting only 8.3% of its applicants, it also is tied with Harvard Law School for the highest median LSAT scores: 173.

Source: Methodology: Tipping the Scales' ranking zeroes in on two key dimensions of the J.D. experience: the quality of the students getting into a law school and the success of the graduates going out. Scores for schools' acceptance rates and median LSAT results are weighted 25% each. Another 25% depends on the percentage of graduates that don their caps knowing they have jobs lined up. Finally, median private sector salaries and median public interest salaries count for 12.5% each.
  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated October 17 2013 10:46 AM ET
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