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t is very important to choose the best law school for you. Your first job after graduation depends heavily on the law school you attend and to a lesser degree your subsequent jobs. Depending on where you go to law school the grading curve could affect your GPA and thus your ability to obtain a position after graduation. In other words the law school you graduate from can heavily determine how much you can make or earn after law school. In addition, one law school may have a much more laid back fun atmosphere while another could have a much more stern atmosphere. You must pick the right law school for you. This website is free and has a wealth of information about all American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school admissions requirements i.e. average incoming LSAT scores and average undergraduate GPA etc. Additionally, this website has the tuition, student size, employment rate of graduates, and average salary for every ABA law school. That is correct, we have all the available facts on all ABA approved law schools not just the facts on the top law schools. Look in the Frequently Asked Questions on How to Pick or Choose a Law School (FAQ) to find out how to use the law school rankings as well as other inside information from law school graduates on how to choose the right law school for you. Much like a lawyer be prepared before you choose and/or apply to law school. Check out the Law School Profiles for a summary of all ABA law schools including location and a synopsis of the law school's program. Keep checking the website for updates.
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Southwestern Law School
 Law School
in alphabetical
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Tuition:
Resident
Non-Res
 
Acceptance Bar Pass
% Employed
@ 9 mos. after
Graduation
% Employed
@ Graduation
Avg. Salary Size 25% LSAT 75% LSAT Median LSAT 25% GPA 75% GPA Median GPA Summary
Albany Law Sch. of
Union University
 $38,900  45.1%  NY: 86.3%  97.0%  N/A  $55,000  662  152  157  154  2.93  3.48  3.21  
American Univ.
Washington Col.
 38,652  22.8  MD:81.4  97.2  85.2  87,500  1216  161  163  162  3.14  3.59  3.40  
Appalachian Sch.
of Law
 25,000  38.0  TN:85.0  69.1  N/A  41,600  339  147  153   150  2.75 3.32   3.04  
Arizona State Univ.
Sch. of Law
15,291
 28,856
 23.7  AZ:78.7  93.3  N/A  74,598  595   156  162  159  3.30  3.80  3.60  
Atlanta's John*
Marshall Law School
 27,900  33.7  GA:75.0  97.4 N/A   N/A  477  149  153  151  2.63 3.80   3.01  
Ave Maria Sch. of
Law
 33,460  51.0  MI:96.3  73.3 N/A   58,000  331  147  155  151  2.93  3.47  3.20  
 29,360  55.3  FL:71.1  80.3 N/A   57,275  536  148  152  150 2.70  3.30  3.00   
Baylor Univ. Sch of
Law
 33,294  30.4  TX:97.85  96.4  68.3  74,247  411  161  164 163   3.54  3.90  3.74  
Benjamin  N.
Cardozo
Sch. of Law -
Yeshiva Univ.
 39,100  27.5  NY:88.8  96.56  79.296  124,174 1075   162  166  164  3.30 3.70   3.52  
Boston College
Sch. of Law
 38,450  20.2  MA:95.2  98.0  82.5  125,000  800  162  165  164  3.44 3.78   3.60  
Boston Univ. Sch of
Law
 37,502  26.8  MA:93.0  98.7  96.3  135,000  836  164 166   165  3.51 3.81  3.68   
Brigham Young
University -
J. Reuben Clark
Law School
9,240***
  18,480
 28.6  UT:94.0  91.2  80.0  109,354  462  162 167   165  3.51 3.85   3.70  
Brooklyn Law Sch.  42,350  29.4  NY:85.0  93.7  66.7  104,000 1494   162 165   163  3.17 3.61   3.46  
 36,240  54.9  CA:67.6  84.2 N/A   65,000  907  150  156  153  2.99  3.54  3.27  
Campbell Univ. -
Norman Adrian
Wiggins Sch. of Law
 28,520  36.2  NC:95.0  97.0  N/A  55,000  346  151  157  154  2.94 3.55   3.21  
Capital Univ. Sch of
Law
 29,957  51.2  OH:84.3  82.1  N/A  59,849  683  151  156  153  2.94  3.54  3.18  
Case Western
Reserve University
School of Law
 36,150  34.8  OH:83.3  97.9  70.7  75,000  676  156 160   158  3.17  3.6  3.40  
Chapman Univ. Sch
of Law
 35,950  38.0  CA:61.3  92.5  51.1  70,000  540  154  159  157  3.10  3.61  3.38  
Charleston Sch. of
Law*
 29,648  34.25  SC:69.9  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  153  157  155  2.96  3.49  3.18  
Chicago-Kent
College of Law,
Illinois Institute of Technology
 35,416  33.3  IL:90.3  90.7  71.8  75,000  751  157  164  162  3.20  3.77  3.60  
City Univ. of New
York School of Law
 8,900
14,800
 24.6  NY:76.4  92.4  36.7  65,000  421  151 156   152  2.92  3.47  3.14  
Cleveland State
Univ. - Marshall Col.
of Law
 16,478
22,608
 36.3  OH: 82.4  93.3  63.0  67,584  736  153 157   155  3.14  3.65  3.37  
Columbia Univ. Sch.
of Law
 42,024  15.9  NY:95.6  99.0  99.0  125,000  1236  169  174  172  3.56  3.81  3.70  
Cornell Law School  46,670  21.6  NY:92.1  99.0  96.9  145,000  583  166  168  167  3.54  3.78  3.67  
Creighton Univ.
School of Law
 24,802  45.3  NE:75.0  98.0  73.0  67,090  451  151 156   154  3.23 3.69   3.46  
DePaul Univ.
College of Law
 35,400  35.2  IL:88.5  90.3 82.7   65,000  745  159  162  161  3.10  3.66  3.38  
Drake University
Law School
 28,850  50.7  IA:90.6  94.9  N/A  54,250  414  153  158  155  3.11  3.72  3.35  
Duke University
School of Law
 42,160  26.6  NY:97.0  99.67  96.02  135,000  583  167  170  169  3.61  3.82  3.74  
Duquesne Univ.
School of Law
 28,430  52.8  PA:87.5  86.1  N/A  60,000  470  151  155  153  3.28  3.65  3.47  
Emory University
School of Law
 39,776  26.2  GA:93.0  98.3  95.9  115,000  709  162  166  164  3.28  3.62  3.42  
Faulkner University
Thomas Goode
Jones Sch. of Law
 28,000  46.0  AL:92.7  92.6  N/A  N/A  291  148  153  150  2.76  3.36  3.09  
Florida A&M Univ.
College of Law
 7,567
26,828
 39.4  FL:56.0  90.6  N/A  N/A  293  143  147  145  2.66  3.22  3.03  
 29,362  52.9  FL:73.7  88.1  N/A  48,500  1231  149  154  152  2.81  3.47  3.14  
 9,289
23,532
 24.6  FL:82.5  84.2  21.4  60,000  307  153 157   155  2.97  3.58  3.28  
 10,770
30,782
 23.8  FL:88.1  95.1  82.0  68,000  764  158  162  160  3.3  3.77  3.5  
Fordham University
School of Law
 41,500  23.5  NY:89.0  98.3  87.88  160,000  1191  163  167  166  3.41  3.74  3.66  
Franklin Pierce Law
Center
 35,300  49.8  MA:95.6  95.5  65.8  95,000  450  150  155  153  3.0  3.5  3.25  
George Mason Univ.
School of Law
 18,732
31,948
 22.3  VA:83.8  98.0  93.2  120,000  503  159  166  164  3.11  3.86  3.62  
Georgetown Univ.
Law Center
 42,065  23.2  NY:91.0  97.8  94.8  160,000  1978  167  170  171  3.44  3.82  3.67  
Georgia State Univ.
College of Law
 9,360
29,016
 17.7  GA:92.8  97.9  N/A  70,000  473  158  162  159  3.11  3.62  3.3  
 34,500  62.9  CA:60.4  77.6  N/A  65,000  538  150  154  152  2.82  3.38  3.09  
Gonzaga University
School of Law
 30,120  45.4  WA:84.3  92.6  N/A  55,000  549  153  157  155  3.02  3.57  3.32  
Hamline University
School of Law
 30,096  48.6  MN:85.8  97.0  62.1  53,079  489  152  158  155  3.22  3.70  3.48  
Harvard Law School  41,500  11.8  NY:97.1  98.1  96.4  135,000  1734  170  175  173  3.75  3.95  3.85  
Hofstra University
School of Law
 39,014  42.0  NY:73.6  92.9  N/A  86,000 1000   154  159  157  3.11  3.69  3.49  
Howard University
School of Law
 23,220  22.7  NY:61.5  91.0  87.6  130,000  450  149  155  154  2.9  3.5  3.4  
Indiana University
School of Law -
Bloomington
 19,125
36,510
 38.9  IN:86.2  98.6  88.1  85,000  619  158  165  164  3.03  3.67  3.4  
Indiana University
School of Law -
Indianapolis
 16,083
35,521
 35.0  IN:84.8  96.0  81.5  60,000  647  155  160  159  3.2  3.8  3.57  
Inter American Univ.
School of Law
 12,891  42.8  PR:56  89.6  N/A  N/A  842  142  145  139  3.48  3.75  3.27  
 35,214  49.3  IL:87.3  87.5  N/A  60,500  1067  151  156  154  2.85  3.42  3.14  
Lewis and Clark
Law School
 30,436  37.0  OR:82  94.0  N/A  65,000  750  157  163  161  3.19  3.67  3.49  
Liberty University
School of Law*
 25,369  38.2  N/A  84.0  N/A  54,683  164  148  153  150  2.88  3.57  3.17  
Louisiana State
Univ. - Paul M.
Hebert Law Center
 11,722
21,818
 37.4  LA:77  94.41  73.7  65,000  570  155  159  157  3.16  3.7  3.43  
Loyola Law School,
Loyola Marymount
University
 38,450  29.7  CA:74.9  96.9  66.6  80,000  1360  159  163  161  3.22  3.65  3.44  
Loyola University
Chicago School of
Law
 34,890  31.4  IL:91  99.64  54.2  75,000  621  154  162  161  3.11  3.67  3.55  
 32,395  67.2  LA:79.7  95.3  63.4  N/A  868  149  155  153  3.09  3.56  3.3  
Marquette Univ.
Law School
 31,020  45.6  WI:100  95.7  63.4  58,500  748  154  159  157  3.12  3.60  3.40  
Mercer University -
Walter F. George
School of Law
 33,146  35.9  GA:95.8 96  N/A  68,661  400  153  157  155  3.08  3.69  3.43  
Michigan State Univ.
College of Law
 16,320  41.8  MI:93.7  92.7  N/A  60,000  696  154  159  156  3.16  3.65  3.43  
Mississippi College
School of Law
 23,850  52.3  MS:83  93  45.4  65,000  528  148  153  150  2.88  3.5  3.22  
New England Law |
Boston
 33,500  57.7  MA:80  76.1  30.5  50,000  715  150  153  152  3.02  3.52  3.27  
New York Law Sch.  42,500  47.1  NY:81.3  92.3  N/A  92,500  1165  153  157  155  3.25  3.53  3.32  
New York University
School of Law
 42,890  22.9  NY:95.1  98  96.3  145,000  1424  169  173  171  3.6  3.9  3.7  
North Carolina
Central University
School of Law
 5,709
17,569
 22.1  NC:81.9  87  N/A  N/A  478  144  149  146  3.00  3.38  3.23  
North Illinois Univ.
College of Law
 13,607
25,199
 37.2  IL:84.4  90.4  55  55,023  325  150  157  154  3.09  3.66  3.38  
Northeastern Univ.
School of Law
 38,400  36.2  MA:87  93.7  N/A  87,500  624  154  162  161  3.18  3.59  3.44  
Northern Kentucky
University - Salmon
P. Chase College of
Law
 13,344
29,112
 43.3  KY:81.3  88.6  54.9  52,000  304  153  156  155  3.07  3.56  3.38  
Northwestern Univ.
School of Law
 45,062  17.6  IL:96  99  98  160,000  771  166 172   170  3.4  3.8  3.7  
Notre Dame Law
School
 37,650  18.6  IL:89.5  99  88.1  105,451  561  164  167  166  3.4  3.76  3.62  
Nova Southeastern
Univ. - Shepard
Broad Law Center
 29,972  47  FL:69.4  85.4  N/A  55,000  770  147  152  151  3.0  3.53  3.27  
Ohio Northern Univ.
Claude W. Pettit
College of Law
 27,290  29.7  OH:81.4  95.4  N/A  60,000  320  148  156  152  3.10  3.70  3.4  
Ohio State Univ.
Moritz College
of Law
 35,892
20,898
 29.5  OH:84  95.4  85.8  96,559  669  158  164  161  3.34  3.81  3.58  
Oklahoma City Univ.
School of Law
 30,995  65.1  OK:89.8  84.4 N/A   50,000  501  147  153  149  2.93  3.42  3.21  
Pace University
School of Law
 38,394  36.9  NY:81.3  90.9  N/A  76,167  541  154  159  157  3.15  3.66  3.4  
Penn State Univ.
The Dickinson
School of Law
 31,200  33.3  PA:87.4  92.4  N/A  63,000  573  157  160  158  3.4  3.8  3.6  
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