PLEASE NOTE: The process of ranking schools is by
nature imperfect. There are numerous different "authorities" which provide
different rankings of top schools. The intelligent reader of these rankings
will understand that any listing of the "best" schools is always extremely
controversial, and that there are no objective criteria for assessing
how "good" a school is. We provide a selection of rankings for our readers'
interest only, and do not mean to suggest that a certain organization's
assesment of the "best" schools is more valid than any other's. In researching
schools one should always investigate numerous sources and learn the
strengths and weaknesses of each institution.
Educational Quality Reports are produced by Professor Brian Leiter,
a law and philosophy professor at the University of Texas, Austin. This web
site contains a wealth of information on how law schools rankings should
be compiled and ranks law schools according to the quality of professors. He also ranks schools for particular areas of law.
News and World Report is the most well known ranking of business
and law schools. Its number one position makes it also the most highly
Insiders Guide to US Law Schools is a book
published annually, which gives valuable information on all the top
schools, as well as admissions hints and information.
The Gourman Report is the oldest graduate and professional
school ranking service. It is highly respected and is probably the ranking
most closely watched by the law schools themselves. Gourman, Jack .
The Gourman Report. A Rating of Graduate and Professional Programs
in American and International Universities.. Random House, Inc.
Brennan's Composite Index is an alternative ranking
service produced by former Michigan Supreme Court Judge Thomas E. Brennan.
Judge Brennan ranks his top 20 schools according to a number of categories.
We include only the composite list here. This list is rather controversial
but also widely discussed. IT can be found at www.ilrg.com/rankings
This is the web site for Internet Legal Resouces Guide, which also contains
a number of other law school rankings, information on law schools, and
books on the topic that you can purchase.
National Jurist rankings are produced by the
National Jurist, a widely read monthly magazine for lawyers. National
Jurist publishing also has many publications for law students and young