We’re just a few weeks into the new school year, and what better way to celebrate the start of the semester than with a fresh set of law school rankings? College Consensus recently released its first annual law school ranking, covering the 50 best law schools in the country.
Before we get to the latest spin on the top law schools, this is the methodology College Consensus used for its ranking:
Our 2022 ranking of the best law schools in the country is a consensus ranking, which combines data from four of the leading [law school] ranking systems: U.S. News and World Report, Above the Law, Academic Rankings of World Universities, and Velocity Rankings. Each ranking was converted to a score on a 100-point scale, weighted equally, and averaged to reveal the program’s Consensus Score. In the event of a tie, the median salary for both private and public careers was used as the tie-breaking factor.
Aww, you like us! Not sure how useful the College Consensus law school ranking will be, but creating a ranking by mashing up four other rankings seems like an … interesting idea. (Also unsure about this tie-breaker factor, since not everyone from each graduating class reports their salaries, but that’s neither here nor there.)
Getting back to the point, and the moment you’ve all been waiting for, here are the top 14 law schools on the College Consensus ranking for 2022:
- U. Chicago
- U. Virginia
- U. Pennsylvania
- UC Berkeley
- U. Michigan
There’s nothing really “new” here, considering that the law schools found at the tippy top of the College Consensus ranking are largely the same as the T14 found in almost all other rankings. Compared to the U.S. News ranking, however, there was some notable movement: Chicago booted Stanford out of second place, UVA shot up to fourth place, and NYU tumbled down to No. 11.
Again, we’re not sure how practical a ranking based on other rankings is, but if your law school moved up, at least you’ll have something to gloat about.
You can check out the rest of the ranking (#15-50) by clicking here.
50 BEST LAW SCHOOLS 2022 [College Consensus]
Staci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.