The 10 most underrated law schools

Professor-created system measures just three inputs

A new three-measure law school ratings system suggests that the well-known U.S. News & World Report rankings may be underestimating several institutions.

Alfred Brophy, a University of North Carolina law professor, developed the system that takes just three things into account:

  • Employment outcomes, measured by the percentage of 2014 graduates who found permanent jobs that required they pass the bar;
  • Student prowess, as determined by Law School Admission Test (LSAT) median scores; and
  • Prestige, calculated by the number of citations the institutions' law reviews receive.

Overall, the list looks fairly similar to that of U.S. News & World Report. Ivy League schools rank near the top, while smaller, less well-known schools fall near the bottom.

However, a few schools jumped several places, suggesting that they may be underrated by U.S. News (Kitroeff, Bloomberg Business, 6/30).

Institution

U.S. News' rank

Brophy's rank

Campbell University

Unranked

112

Drexel University

127

87

University of Montana

113

73

Mercer University

118

81

University of South Dakota

145

111

Albany Law School

138

108

University of Idaho

127

98

Louisiana State University

94

65

Northern Illinois University

Unranked

125

Villanova University

87

61


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