Best Law Libraries

199 Law Libraries Ranked for Resources, Service and Space

It’s not as easy as it once was to figure out what makes a great law library. In the digital age, the traditional standards of comparison – number of volumes, titles and subscriptions – no longer seem adequate.

What makes a good law library in the 21st century includes a variety of factors: comfort, accessibility, convenience and, most of all, availability of the latest technological tools.
 

So when The National Jurist set out to determine just how to figure out the best law school, we wanted to take a variety of factors into consideration.
 

The National Jurist compared 199 law libraries, using the most recent ABA data, and calculated scores in those six categories.
 

Our methodology has changed slightly over the years. We no longer measure for number of computer workstations, as wireless technology has replaced the old school-provided hard-wired stations.
 

But the core measurement system is the same, using data from the ABA: The number of volumes and titles make up 50 percent of the score. The ratio of library study seating to enrollment counts for 20 percent. The ratio of full-time professional librarians to enrollment, and the number of hours that the library is open each week account for 15 percent each. We translated each raw figure or ratio to percentile form on a 1-10 scale.

 


Ranking School Name Volumes Titles Library seats per student Students per librarian Hours open
1 The University of Iowa College of Law 1,233,072 769,596 1.10 38.50 106
2 Yale Law School 1,230,913 389,383 0.70 32.67 133
3 Indiana University Maurer School of Law--Bloomington 756,331 267,800 1.12 21.14 115
4 University of Pennsylvania Law School 866,087 413,677 0.66 52.47 115
5 Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center 855,368 338,281 0.80 44.31 113
6 New York University School of Law 1,097,200 670,595 0.60 35.58 101
7 University of Texas School of Law 1,058,750 476,414 0.84 82.20 99
8 Harvard Law School 2,287,183 870,406 0.46 44.36 121
9 Northwestern University School of Law 771,593 364,102 0.83 71.00 105
10 Cornell Law School 748,889 246,819 0.73 84.43 168
11 University of Minnesota Law School 1,070,498 330,556 0.99 70.91 81
12 University of Virginia School of Law 896,639 335,490 0.78 82.57 112
13 University of Alabama School of Law 607,336 186,031 1.04 26.05 110
14 Georgetown University Law Center 1,174,417 409,419 0.54 80.20 107
15 The University of Michigan Law School 989,117 322,471 0.74 95.92 112
16 The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law 815,550 216,095 0.99 95.71 107
17 Boston University School of Law 654,713 521,843 0.72 75.64 102
18 Washington & Lee Univ. School of Law 439,347 191,232 1.30 48.88 168
19 Duke University School of Law 646,042 248,367 0.91 71.11 104
20 Tulane Unversity Law School 649,211 387,083 0.74 106.57 113
21 University of Colorado Law School 719,893 209,480 0.85 57.78 106
22 University of Illinois College of Law 775,377 300,108 0.50 65.22 102
23 Columbia University School of Law 1,142,994 438,436 0.29 70.39 102
24 The University of Chicago Law School 644,602 309,449 0.80 59.30 90
25 Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School 507,614 212,952 1.98 38.17 105
26 University of Georgia School of Law 534,017 397,907 0.66 82.50 121
27 William & Mary Law School 399,092 205,312 0.90 57.09 168
28 University of California, Berkeley, School of Law 893,966 330,854 0.38 66.54 100
29 Stanford University Law School 484,986 306,030 0.94 53.90 103
30 Florida State University College of Law 521,781 250,225 0.54 77.10 168
31 Texas Southern University-Marshall School of Law 695,187 190,280 0.69 68.75 108
32 Saint Louis University School of Law 657,923 603,515 0.42 98.10 107
33 University of California at Los Angeles School of Law 653,441 266,929 0.76 72.29 97
34 University of Tulsa College of Law 407,689 228,553 1.55 51.11 113
35 University of Tennessee College of Law 587,152 153,751 0.93 52.00 112
36 Lewis & Clark Law School 528,877 440,798 0.54 102.29 113
37 University of Wisconsin Law School 574,936 321,873 0.75 81.10 104
38 University of Connecticut School of Law 553,811 190,364 1.21 74.11 89
39 University of California, Hastings, College of the Law 714,309 252,537 0.64 113.73 102
40 Washburn University School of Law 388,881 293,909 0.94 47.67 101
41 American University Washington College of Law 598,029 262,293 0.41 85.94 119
42 Washington Univ. School of Law 712,344 219,056 0.58 119.86 120
43 Albany Law School 695,905 197,188 0.60 91.88 104
44 University of Cincinnati College of Law 433,450 204,457 0.93 45.13 95
45 Notre Dame Law School 661,959 240,432 0.62 62.00 95
46 Fordham University School of Law 645,001 305,324 0.29 52.97 119
47 Rutgers University School of Law--Newark 568,200 232,850 0.64 45.33 95
48 Temple University-Beasley School of Law 609,458 146,596 0.72 48.70 96
49 University of Washington School of Law 627,947 172,450 0.75 59.33 89
50 University of Pittsburgh School of Law 463,297 264,245 0.63 49.86 101
51 University of San Diego School of Law 534,858 335,389 0.57 102.50 112
52 Quinnipiac University School of Law 434,035 163,449 0.90 55.29 99
53 Ohio Northern University--Claude W. Pettit College of Law 416,504 238,105 0.99 77.25 113
54 Wayne State Univ. Law School 624,517 316,450 0.78 148.25 97
55 Villanova University School of Law 548,055 150,046 0.49 67.64 168
56 Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University 600,346 293,988 0.43 107.25 108
57 George Washington University Law School 620,592 271,984 0.38 84.15 110
58 University of North Carolina School of Law 536,732 148,943 0.65 61.25 109
59 Creighton University School of Law 378,266 183,702 0.80 35.62 106
60 Emory University School of Law 409,740 198,628 0.71 38.72 109
61 Wake Forest University School of Law 422,392 325,317 1.23 156.67 108
62 University of Richmond School of Law 397,075 200,755 1.40 80.33 106
63 SMU Dedman School of Law 630,282 288,656 0.77 158.83 104
64 The University of Kansas School of Law 355,176 160,830 1.00 61.13 95
65 The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law 428,123 174,066 0.55 43.81 115
66 University of South Carolina School of Law 543,112 82,055 0.74 48.79 107
67 Howard University School of Law 632,218 31,699 0.82 64.86 105
68 University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law 417,747 82,950 1.05 29.93 89
69 Cleveland State University--Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 536,990 165,877 0.72 74.00 94
70 Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law 423,204 122,575 1.03 77.00 111
71 Stetson Unversity College of Law 418,297 714,559 0.66 128.38 105
72 Indiana University School of Law--Indianapolis 603,531 203,221 0.52 95.30 104
73 North Carolina Central University School of Law 378,233 318,510 0.57 71.56 100
74 University of Utah Quinney College of Law 351,853 137,051 1.73 48.13 95
75 University of Missouri School of Law 396,211 230,503 1.04 64.71 70
76 University of the District of Columbia--David A. Clarke School of Law 257,629 156,202 0.92 41.83 101
77 Drake University Law School 330,399 71,975 1.58 40.45 109
78 Vanderbilt University Law School 609,706 191,026 0.43 96.33 111
79 Whittier Law School 439,591 208,127 0.76 84.33 102
80 Willamette Univ. College of Law 297,027 39,464 1.15 85.60 168
81 University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law 625,336 203,215 0.63 122.40 96
82 University of Puerto Rico School of Law 460,962 83,718 0.61 19.94 112
83 Boston College Law School 474,937 111,442 0.82 72.82 105
84 The University of New Mexico School of Law 431,576 136,225 0.82 49.43 90
85 University of Arkansas School of Law 334,135 193,584 0.85 57.57 105
86 University of Kentucky College of Law 485,493 77,346 0.80 56.43 100
87 University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York 577,774 121,528 0.63 62.08 105
88 New York Law School 526,951 317,924 0.33 114.00 98
89 Thomas M. Cooley Law School 592,374 336,364 0.26 141.46 124
90 Florida A&M University College of Law 354,300 146,957 0.92 100.50 100
91 Regent University School of Law 396,856 90,287 0.78 37.64 109
92 University of Wyoming College of Law 294,733 71,476 1.26 74.33 107
93 St. John's University School of Law 394,554 240,339 0.65 90.10 100
94 University of Nebraska College of Law 414,698 96,821 0.92 80.80 109
95 Western New England College School of Law 350,710 135,421 0.84 63.67 103
96 University of Hawaii at Manoa--William S. Richardson School of Law 356,649 48,901 1.36 50.00 94
97 South Texas College of Law 522,951 172,908 0.69 115.18 106
98 Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law 191,082 293,102 0.69 60.80 98
99 Texas Tech University School of Law 322,339 101,247 0.86 92.43 168
100 Marquette University Law School 358,494 191,767 0.54 83.11 117
101 University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law 397,982 123,708 0.78 46.90 99
102 Mississippi College School of Law 348,664 206,234 0.72 109.80 108
103 University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law 318,198 196,080 0.64 60.88 101
104 University of North Dakota School of Law 331,516 124,662 0.86 60.75 99
105 University of Miami School of Law 639,360 127,533 0.56 137.22 111
106 University of Houston Law Center 534,531 116,782 0.58 105.33 107
107 Hofstra University School of Law 578,270 173,137 0.43 87.92 101
108 University of Southern California, Gould School of Law 436,096 196,147 0.38 60.50 100
109 George Mason University School of Law 462,730 212,429 0.55 112.00 98
110 University of Oklahoma College of Law 360,336 173,018 0.79 73.86 96
111 St. Thomas University School of Law 332,325 212,969 0.74 106.50 106
112 Pace University School of Law 393,691 135,805 0.70 71.36 102
113 Southwestern Law School 491,065 161,916 0.60 112.33 108
114 William Mitchell College of Law 350,450 212,616 0.65 128.88 109
115 Charleston School of Law 26,267 561,141 0.58 55.55 104
116 University of Maryland School of Law 508,792 153,951 0.58 81.55 103
117 Roger Williams University School of Law 305,533 160,992 0.73 78.57 110
118 University of Arkansas at Little Rock  William H. Bowen School of Law 311,972 135,720 0.80 65.14 99
119 Syracuse University College of Law 482,143 95,871 0.61 64.00 106
120 University of Toledo College of Law 357,323 57,004 0.91 98.80 109
121 Franklin Pierce Law Center 303,639 106,373 0.71 54.13 105
122 Penn State University, The Dickinson School of Law 534,835 138,662 0.42 63.60 94
123 Texas Wesleyan University School of Law 263,297 186,775 0.47 58.00 112
124 Western State University College of Law 202,929 45,582 0.87 24.19 109
125 Brooklyn Law School 567,943 205,165 0.45 149.00 108
126 Case Western Reserve University School of Law 411,139 114,034 0.54 59.82 104
127 University of san Francisco School of Law 360,208 195,846 0.63 111.50 98
128 Southern Illinois University School of Law 418,826 79,593 0.97 72.20 78
129 Valparaiso University School of Law 337,284 161,374 0.64 82.14 113
130 West Virginia Univ. College of Law 353,581 81,425 0.89 107.00 106
131 Samford University, Cumberland School of Law 306,758 38,599 0.96 61.75 105
132 Georgia State University College of Law 354,660 95,516 0.53 44.33 103
133 University of St. Thomas School of Law--Minneapolis 197,078 177,322 0.84 64.43 83
134 California Western School of Law 341,131 180,809 0.49 98.56 110
135 University of Denver Sturm College of Law 406,659 231,391 0.30 99.27 108
136 Pepperdine University School of Law 413,138 129,173 0.65 80.00 106
137 University of Maine School of Law 334,393 104,300 0.77 38.43 97
138 Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology 554,761 186,849 0.48 136.71 96
139 Seattle University School of Law 382,182 154,335 0.41 104.30 119
140 University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law 516,053 129,223 0.53 143.86 108
141 Rutgers--The State University of New Jersey--School of Law--Camden 451,712 106,650 0.54 106.71 103
142 University of Dayton School of Law 326,375 43,212 1.02 95.80 102
143 University of Idaho College of Law 247,523 67,352 1.12 38.38 86
144 Gonzaga University School of Law 303,256 80,689 0.92 109.80 110
145 University of Montana School of Law 130,932 24,560 1.08 40.83 106
146 University of Oregon School of Law 388,187 91,661 0.58 75.86 107
147 University of Missouri--Kansas City School of Law 338,153 138,612 0.71 79.17 100
148 Liberty University School of Law 246,630 216,009 1.14 219.00 95
149 Northern Kentucky University--Salmon P. Chase College of Law 336,367 76,726 0.40 81.57 168
150 Charlotte School of Law 101,099 101,540 1.27 48.33 95
151 Widener University School of Law (Wilmington) 393,763 69,258 0.43 59.38 107
152 The University of South Dakota School of Law 211,337 42,272 1.14 199.00 168
153 Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 380,288 146,399 0.44 83.50 106
154 Northern Illinois University College of Law 257,303 42,363 0.72 59.40 98
155 Touro College-Fuchsberg Law Center 449,583 96,621 0.65 81.00 85
156 Suffolk University Law School 380,058 186,885 0.53 127.08 103
157 Ave Maria School of Law 118,420 65,933 0.94 33.56 105
158 Elon University School of Law 169,180 116,928 1.07 103.67 101
159 Mercer University--Walter F. George School of Law 347,461 76,038 0.88 73.83 68
160 The University of Mississippi School of Law 331,718 105,261 0.65 82.33 105
161 Oklahoma City University School of Law 324,800 123,593 0.61 86.71 102
162 Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law 196,328 77,153 1.10 120.33 99
163 University of La Verne College of Law 311,025 40,753 0.84 70.80 94
164 Seton Hall University School of Law 459,904 199,058 0.49 122.11 81
165 Santa Clara University School of Law 378,399 140,746 0.47 107.00 106
166 University of Akron School of Law 287,066 74,884 0.60 69.71 105
167 Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University 549,105 110,679 0.44 122.44 88
168 Chapman University School of Law 300,372 176,269 0.55 108.60 104
169 Northeastern University School of Law 331,858 162,810 0.67 88.00 88
170 Vermont Law School 251,185 88,392 0.71 89.83 110
171 Nova Southeastern University--Shepard Broad Law Center 342,978 156,847 0.53 125.00 104
172 University of Detroit Mercy School of Law 384,277 188,027 0.44 122.67 92
173 Hamline University School of Law 280,247 162,940 0.47 119.33 116
174 Michigan State University College of Law 291,529 174,462 0.48 95.50 109
175 Florida International University College of Law 221,251 101,727 0.61 76.00 107
176 Golden Gate University School of Law 380,316 84,018 0.65 93.43 95
177 Baylor University School of Law 237,743 54,838 0.67 59.71 108
178 Widener University School of Law (Harrisburg) 201,080 32,193 0.73 76.17 105
179 Thomas Jefferson School of Law 234,757 173,424 0.34 88.00 115
180 Loyola University Chicago School of Law 402,327 71,044 0.51 110.88 101
181 New England Law--Boston 364,417 64,269 0.42 76.93 104
182 Duquesne University School of Law 304,627 89,165 0.58 100.43 102
183 Southern University Law Center 484,489 94,206 0.54 175.00 99
184 Drexel University, Earle Mack School of Law 39,260 143,044 0.68 60.29 93
185 University of California, Davis, School of Law 450,528 103,741 0.54 115.60 78
186 St. Mary's University School of Law 419,963 81,832 0.48 116.29 104
187 Appalachian School of Law 217,450 132,619 0.66 87.50 88
188 Phoenix School of Law 107,142 127,741 0.51 67.20 106
189 Capital University Law School 262,687 51,529 0.71 108.50 92
190 Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law 273,067 117,550 0.44 109.00 100
191 The John Marshall Law School 404,449 96,713 0.55 150.44 96
192 Florida Coastal School of Law 221,992 128,329 0.35 77.37 104
193 Atlanta's John Marshall Law School 251,870 154,993 0.43 99.20 86
194 University of Baltimore School of Law 369,236 53,368 0.29 119.67 110
195 City University of New York School of Law 289,262 43,854 0.62 96.75 61
196 The University of Memphis--Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law 277,125 50,953 0.49 138.00 100
197 DePaul University College of Law 397,732 103,814 0.39 148.00 94
198 Inter American University School of Law 200,581 29,101 0.35 124.14 103
199 Pontificial Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law 232,073 29,025 0.31 148.00 92