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### 2025 U.S. News Top 25 Law School Rankings Unveiled

The U.S. News law school rankings are set to be released officially next week, but we have obtained an early preview of the top 25 schools. Brace yourself for some notable changes among the T14.

Below is the embargoed list of the top 25 law schools in the United States according to the U.S. News & World Report for the year 2024. The ranking adjustments from the previous year are provided for your reference. Take a look at the updated top 25 law schools.

  • Stanford University: 1 (unchanged)
  • Yale University: 1 (unchanged)
  • University of Chicago: 3 (unchanged)
  • Duke University: 4 (+1)
  • Harvard University: 4 (+1)
  • University of Pennsylvania: 4 (unchanged)
  • University of Virginia: 4 (+4)
  • Columbia University: 8 (unchanged)
  • New York University: 9 (-4)
  • Northwestern University: 9 (+1)
  • University of Michigan: 9 (+1)
  • University of California–Berkeley: 12 (-2)
  • University of California–Los Angeles: 13 (+1)
  • Cornell University: 14 (-1)
  • Georgetown University: 14 (+1)
  • University of Minnesota: 16 (unchanged)
  • University of Texas–Austin: 16 (unchanged)
  • Washington University in St. Louis: 16 (+4)
  • Vanderbilt University: 19 (-3)
  • University of Georgia: 20 (unchanged)
  • University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill: 20 (+2)
  • Notre Dame University: 20 (+7)
  • University of Southern California: 20 (-4)
  • Boston University: 24 (+3)
  • Wake Forest University: 25 (-3)

The rankings appear to remain volatile despite efforts to stabilize them. Notable shifts include the rise of UVA to No. 4 as anticipated by industry experts, while NYU has experienced a decline in its ranking. Interestingly, there are now three ties within the T14, which may complicate decision-making for prospective law students.

Will these rankings endure, or will they undergo revisions due to complaints from law school deans or the discovery of additional errors? Only time will tell. Stay tuned for the complete U.S. News rankings next week. In the meantime, you can visit the U.S. News website for more information.

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Staci Zaretskyis a senior editor at Above the Law, where she has been part of the team since 2011. Feel free to reach out to her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can also follow her on and or connect with her on .