U.S. News & World Reports Best Law Schools

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What It Is: Leading ranking of U.S. law schools.

Why It Matters To You: Many employers consider this ranking in hiring, so it’s best to know where you stand to that you can leverage it, or defuse it.

Considerations: People have complained about the limitations and the undue influence of this ranking system for years. But for better or worse, it’s the gold standard.

Created By: U.S. News & World Reports

Key Sample Findings

  • Best Law Schools: A swap near the top and several big jumps are among the changes on this year's list.

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