Top 10 law schools in the U.S.

Stanford tops the list of Tipping the Scales' inaugural ranking of American law schools. Check out which other schools made the cut.

.  Stanford University

top 10 law schools stanford
  • Index: 100.0
  • LSAT: 170
  • Acceptance rate: 9.7%
  • Employed at graduation: 93.2%
  • Private firm salary: $160,000
  • Public interest salary: $62,401

Stanford's acceptance rate of 9.7% makes it the second most selective law school in the U.S. behind only Yale. Small classes and a relatively low enrollment make for a close-knit community on a beautiful and sprawling campus.

Source: Methodology: Tipping the Scales' ranking zeroes in on two key dimensions of the J.D. experience: the quality of the students getting into a law school and the success of the graduates going out. Scores for schools' acceptance rates and median LSAT results are weighted 25% each. Another 25% depends on the percentage of graduates that don their caps knowing they have jobs lined up. Finally, median private sector salaries and median public interest salaries count for 12.5% each.
  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated October 17 2013 10:46 AM ET
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