The latest law school rankings are out, and they are a welcome distraction from the highs and lows over the last year. Braggadocio loving lawyers, many kept from the office due to pandemic concerns, will now be dropping not too subtle references to their law school’s performance on Zoom calls and comparing it to the schools of other colleagues. Yes, lawyers are not a shy bunch. Without further ado, check out the latest law school rankings and begin to prepare to discuss them, or at least shield your ears if your law school did not fare well over the last year. New data points are included as to student debt and the percentage of students incurring debt which, although they do not affect ranking significantly, may be new discussion points especially for comparison purposes. Lawyers will now be able to parry with their colleagues with financial data and make clear that, although their law school may not be ranked higher, they paid half of what their colleagues paid and ended up working in the same place. And take this new list with a grain of salt as, once you get your first law school job, you will find that other factors, such as being indispensable, are much more important than where you suffered for three years.
“Five law schools repeated last year’s results when they snagged the top spots in rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report. No. 1 is Yale Law School, followed by Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School and, in a tie for fourth place, Columbia Law School and the University of Chicago Law School, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings. The same schools took the top spots in the 2021 rankings, but there were some small changes in the top 14 list…There is a new change in methodology. For the first time, the rankings take into account the average debt incurred in obtaining a law degree and the percentage of law school graduates incurring law school debt.”
Read: US News releases its 2022 law school rankings; which schools had lowest student debt? at ABA Journal – Daily News* Like this? Click here to get our weekly email featuring in-house news, jobs and announcements *