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U.S. News 2013 law school rankings out today


The U.S. News & World Report has released its 2013 law school rankings today, and there are some interesting developments in this year's list.

Check out who went up, who went down, and who stayed the same after the jump.

Most notable changes:

  1. Stanford Law ousted Harvard Law and claimed the #2 overall spot, the first time since 2007 that Harvard hasn't held the runner-up seat (Yale Law, of course, continues to dominate the top of the rankings).
  2. There was some shuffling around within the Top-14 (T14); the most notable change was Michigan Law's slip from 7 to 10.
  3. Texas Law fell two spots and landed at #16. Given that the school's 2011 #14 spot (tied with Georgetown Law) was the first time in decades that a new school had cracked the T14, it wasn't really surprising that it fell. The exclusivity of the T14 is hard to crack, and even harder for newcomers to maintain.
  4. Some big jumps upward for two schools: ASU Law (40 to 26) and Washington Law (30 to 20).
  5. Big falls down for others: Illinois Law (23 to 35), and Villanova Law (84 to 101). Both of these schools were at the center of LSAT and GPA reporting controversies in 2011 and 2010, respectively, leading me to wonder if their new (audited and confirmed) numbers are the result of this rather large decline in ranking for both institutions (for the second year in row for Villanova).

Want to read the full breakdown? Head on over to the U.S. News Education blog and check it out. The 2013 U.S. News law school rankings can be accessed here.


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