Best Value law schools 2016

Find the full story in our Fall 2016 preLaw magazine.

Four law schools shot up to the top 20 of The National Jurist’s annual best value ranking, and 12 private schools will be honored in this year's annual Best Value law school ranking, which will be released in its entirety in the Fall edition of preLaw magazine.

The newcomers to the top 20 include The University of Idaho, which has a substantially reduced cost of living and increased employment; University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a lowered debt load and higher employment; and University of Tennessee and West Virginia University, which both have increased employment rates.

 This year, the number of schools on the magazine’s list dropped from 64 to 58, but was up from the 53 on the list in 2014.

 Employment, which accounts for 35 percent of the ranking, inched up. The average employment of the best value law schools increased from 79.4 percent to 80.3 percent. But all other factors worked in the opposite direction. Bar pass rates dropped slightly, and tuition and average debt increased by modest amounts. 

Law schools new to the overall list include University of Wyoming, University of Colorado, George Mason University and UCLA Law.

Schools that fell off the list were: Michigan State University, Boston College, Southern Illinois University, UC – Irvine, UC Davis School of Law, Emory University School of Law, University of Illinois and Notre Dame Law School.

The National Jurist also used a true tuition figure to identify the best value  private schools. It did this by subtracting the school’s estimated average scholarship from tuition. Twelve schools made the list of best value private law schools.

The annual rankings will be published in the Fall issue of preLaw magazine, and will include grades for each school.


Top 20 Best Value Law Schools 2016 (in alphabetical order)

Brigham Young University

Florida State University

Georgia State University 

Louisiana State University

Ohio State University

University of Alabama

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

University of Florida Levin College of Law

University of Georgia

University of Idaho 

University of Iowa

University of Kansas

University of Kentucky 

University of Nebraska

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of New Mexico

University of South Dakota

University of Tennessee

University of Wisconsin

West Virginia University

Private law schools

Belmont University

Boston College

Boston University

Drake University

Drexel University Kline School of Law

Lincoln Memorial University

University of St. Thomas  -  Mn.

University of Tulsa

Vanderbilt Law School

Wake Forest University

Washington and Lee University

Washington University