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Best Law Schools Where Students Enroll

    March 14, 2014
    Chris Tepedino
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The U.S. News and World Report released a list of the top law schools where students are more likely to enroll in after being accepted. The top three law schools based on this metric are Yale University, Harvard University, and Brigham Young University (BYU). At each of these universities, over 60 percent of students accepted into the law programs enrolled in the program. Yale topped the list with 81 percent of its accepted students enrolling.

The new metric is designed to see which universities have the highest percentage of students that actually enroll based on acceptance to the university’s law program. Like all U.S. News and World Report rankings, the list is primarily for students and parents who are looking to find the best schools to enroll in based on faculty, reputation, and cost, among other factors.

The list can be contrasted with the U.S. News and World Report listing of the top law schools for 2015. Although Yale and Harvard are listed as the best and second-best law schools respectively, BYU is listed with a ranking of 36 and the University of New Mexico, which is fourth in the rankings of acceptance versus enrollment, is ranked 72 in the overall rankings for law schools. And the University of Missouri (seventh place) and the University of North Dakota (eighth place) were not even in the top 100 of overall rankings.

That might be due to the fact that BYU has the lowest tuition and fees of any private school on the overall rankings at all with a cost of $22,560 per year for the 2013-2014 school year. The high enrollment rates at the other universities may be due to similar factors.

Some highlights from the newest ranking report which analyzes acceptance-enrollment trends include:

The University of California-Davis had the lowest enrollment total of any school within the rankings at 11 percent.

North Carolina Central University dropped from the top ten this year as its enrollment percentage of accepted students from 48 percent to 41 percent.

The University of Nevada (Las Vegas) rounded out the top ten with a 42 percent enrollment of accepted students.

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  • dickgosinya48

    Producing the finest criminals in the USA.

    • FDP

      Absurd.. I’ve worked with the public for 30 years and will be quick to tell you that dishonesty, bad behavior, lack of integrity, even criminal behavior is common among any group of people you can name. The “common man” is not exempt from such behavior. Fortunately, there are good people in each group too.

      • Richard Zuckerman

        Law schools are so expensive budding lawyers move the docket along so they can pay off their student loans. The September 2012 issue of The National Jurist has an article concluding the Law School Admission Test scores and undergraduate grade point average are not predictive at all of future law school success. The response by the law school representatives I have confronted about this was to the effect that they must have SOME standard to decide who to admit into their school. Who would be the better bootlicker may be a better standard of law school admission.

        • FDP

          Not at all certain what your beef against standardized testing for admission to law school (or any other professional school) has to do with anything, quite frankly. You don’t propose that any professional school should just let people in because they happen to want to go –do you? That’s not only unrealistic but certainly wouldn’t work to your benefit or that of the public. Everyone is not qualified to go to law school any more than everyone is qualified to go to med school or become a nuclear physicist. It’s ridiculous to pretend otherwise. Of course there have to be standards for admission, welcome to the real world. There always have been admission standards for any professional school you can think of–law, medicine, architecture, MBA, the list goes on and on. Your time would be better spent studying for the LSAT than “confronting” law school reps about admission standards, if indeed you are interested. “Budding lawyers” have little power or control over anything. It’s like any other profession. You work your way up to those things and it takes a period of time, particularly if you are in a top firm. Your post sounds like you are simply thinking of ways to insult the legal profession…..one could speculate as to the reason.

    • Richard Zuckerman

      When Lawyers Were Serial Killers: Nineteenth Century Visions of Good Moral Character, 22 Northern Illinois University School of Law Review 2413-33 (2001)

  • HoobertHerver

    Brigham Young beat out fuggin’ STANFORD? Huh?? Throw this list in the toilet, along with all the muthafuggah lawyers who went to school there! Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh!!!!!!!!!!!!!