By Dennis Hung • September 21, 2018•Law School
U.S. News recently released its list of the best law schools in the United States, and here are the best American law schools west of the Mississippi:
1. Stanford Law (US Ranking: 2)
Stanford Law School, which began operating in 1893, has been ranked among the top 3 law schools in the country since 1992, along with Harvard and Yale. More than 500 students are currently enrolled, and the school employs 90 faculty members. They accept less than 200 students per year and have an acceptance rate of 9.1%. The median LSAT score of students there is 171.
2. Berkeley Law (US Ranking: 9)
Berkeley Law, which was founded in 1894, has produced many fine lawyers and jurists over the years, including former Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren. A little more than 1,000 students attend its many programs, and the school is known for its odd grading system, which consists of Pass, Honors and High Honors. The school has a 24.9% admission rate, and its students have a median LSAT score of 166.
3. UCLA School of Law (US Ranking: 16)
Los Angeles, CA
UCLA School of Law was established in 1949, making it the youngest law school among those ranked in U.S. News Top 20. A little more than 100 faculty members there serve a little more than 1,000 students. The school has an acceptance rate of 20% and the median LSAT score is 167.
4. USC, Gould School of Law (US Ranking: 19)
Los Angeles, CA
USC Gould School of Law was founded in 1896, and it has about 600 students pursuing various law degrees. It further employs about 120 faculty members. The school has a 30% acceptance rate, and the median LSAT score of its students is 166.
5. UC Irvine School of Law (US Ranking: 21)
UC Irvine School of Law was founded in 2007, and it has quickly made its way to near the top of the rankings. A little more than 300 students attend the school, which employs around 80 faculty members. The school accepts 27% of those who apply, and the median LSAT score of students who attend the school is 163.
6. ASU, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (US Ranking: 27)
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law was established in 1965, and it is currently the 8th best public law school in the country. The school has nearly 130 faculty members, serving more than 600 students. The school has an acceptance rate of 43.3%, and the median LSAT score of its students is 163.
7. UC Davis School of Law (US Ranking: 37)
UC Davis School of Law began operating in 1965, and it is currently the smallest law school in the University of California system. The school enrolls about 500 students and they have a little more 60 faculty members. The school has a 29.7% acceptance rate, and the median LSAT score of students is 163.
8. BYU, J. Reuben Clark Law School (US Ranking: 41)
J. Reuben Clark Law School was founded in 1973, and it is known for both its low tuition and the high number of federal clerks it has produced. The school employs about 100 faculty members and enrolls about 450 students. It has an acceptance rate of 25%, and the median LSAT score of its students is 156. BYU has produced a large number of Utah patent attorneys, and continues to be the base of Utah’s law sector.
A growing number of schools continue to improve their law divisions and climb the national ranks. Whether you decide to attend one of the 8 listed here, or another, be confident that your education will be just as impactful as it would be on the East Coast.