How can you measure a law sc،ol’s worth, aside from the employment statistics of its graduates? Another telling sign of its success may be its selectivity — i.e., its acceptance rate.
But which law sc،ols had the lowest acceptance rates? There’s a ranking for that, of course.
According to U.S. News, the average acceptance rate in fall 2022 was 41 percent. A، the sc،ols with the lowest acceptance rates, the average rate was much lower, at 11 percent. As you may have guessed, the law sc،ols with the lowest acceptance rates are some of the usual suspects, the elite sc،ols found at the tippy top of the U.S. News rankings.
Please feel free to check them out below, courtesy of U.S. News.
SCHOOL NAME (STATE)
APPLICANTS (FALL 2022)
ACCEPTANCES (FALL 2022)
U.S. NEWS RANK
|Yale Law Sc،ol (CT)||4,129||236||6%||1 (tie)|
|Stanford Law Sc،ol (CA)||4,882||336||7%||1 (tie)|
|Boston College Law Sc،ol (MA)||6,022||612||10%||29 (tie)|
|Harvard Law Sc،ol (MA)||8,170||822||10%||5 (tie)|
|University of Pennsylvania Carey Law Sc،ol||6,816||664||10%||4|
|Duke University Sc،ol of Law (NC)||6,250||671||11%||5 (tie)|
|Columbia Law Sc،ol (NY)||7,972||951||12%||8 (tie)|
|University of California, Berkeley Sc،ol of Law||6,722||838||12%||10 (tie)|
|University of Southern California Gould Sc،ol of Law||5,867||745||13%||16 (tie)|
|University of Virginia Sc،ol of Law||6,031||777||13%||8 (tie)|
|University of Chicago Law Sc،ol (IL)||5,246||747||14%||3|
|University of Michigan—Ann Arbor Law Sc،ol||6,253||845||14%||10 (tie)|
Ten of the 12 law sc،ols with the lowest acceptance rates fall within the top of the most recent U.S. News rankings, with USC (#16) and Boston College (tied at #29) sneaking in to complete the list. Some of the top 14 sc،ols that didn’t make the cut here were Northwestern, UCLA, NYU, and Cornell, with acceptance rates of 15.05 percent, 15.50 percent, 15.65 percent, and 17.44 percent, respectively.
Where does your law sc،ol stand when it comes to its acceptance rate? Check out your sc،ol’s most recent Standard 509 Report to find out.
12 Law Sc،ols That Are Hardest to Get Into [U.S. News]
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