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The Top Law Schools from U.S. News & World Report 2013

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It's riskier than ever today to incur the debt most law students face. Many new grads don't find the job they dreamed of. Nevertheless, if you love law, and perhaps politics, follow that dream. Attending one of the top law schools will help. Here's the top of the 2013 list from U.S. News & World Report. Find the complete list and more details at usnews.com/grad.

Of interest:

1. Yale University

Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, tops the list with a perfect score of 100. Important stats from 2011:
Peer assessment: 4.9 out of 5
Assessment score by lawyers and judges: 4.7
Undergrad GPA (25th-75th percentile): 3.83-3.96
LSAT score (25th-75th percentile): 170-177
Acceptance rate: 8%
Student/faculty ratio: 8.5
Grads employed at graduation: 88.9%
School's bar passage rate in jurisdiction: 97.1% in NY
Jurisdiction's overall bar passage rate: 76%

2. Stanford University

Stanford Law School in California ranks No. 2 with an overall score of 96. Important 2011 stats:
Peer assessment: 4.8 out of 5
Assessment score by lawyers and judges: 4.7
Undergrad GPA (25th-75th percentile): 3.72-3.93
LSAT score (25th-75th percentile): 167-172
Acceptance rate: 10%
Student/faculty ratio: 7.8
Grads employed at graduation: 96%
School's bar passage rate in jurisdiction: 97.9% in CA
Jurisdiction's overall bar passage rate: 65%

3. Harvard University

Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts is No. 3 on the list with an overall score of 95. Important 2011 stats:
Peer assessment: 4.8 out of 5
Assessment score by lawyers and judges: 4.8
Undergrad GPA (25th-75th percentile): 3.78-3.97
LSAT score (25th-75th percentile): 171-176
Acceptance rate: 13%
Student/faculty ratio: 12.4
Grads employed at graduation: 92%
School's bar passage rate in jurisdiction: 94.8% in NY
Jurisdiction's overall bar passage rate: 76%

4. Columbia University

Columbia Law School ranks No. 4 on the list with an overall score of 94. Important 2011 stats:
Peer assessment: 4.7 out of 5
Assessment score by lawyers and judges: 4.6
Undergrad GPA (25th-75th percentile): 3.6-3.82
LSAT score (25th-75th percentile): 170-175
Acceptance rate: 16%
Student/faculty ratio: 9.2
Grads employed at graduation: 96.3%
School's bar passage rate in jurisdiction: 97.5% in NY
Jurisdiction's overall bar passage rate: 76%

5. University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Law School is at No. 5 with an overall score of 93. Important 2011 stats:
Peer assessment: 4.7 out of 5
Assessment score by lawyers and judges: 4.6
Undergrad GPA (25th-75th percentile): 3.71-3.94
LSAT score (25th-75th percentile): 167-173
Acceptance rate: 17%
Student/faculty ratio: 8.0
Grads employed at graduation: 94.4%
School's bar passage rate in jurisdiction: 96.3% in IL
Jurisdiction's overall bar passage rate: 89%

6. New York University

At No. 6 is NYU Law in New York, NY with an overall score of 92. Important 2011 stats:
Peer assessment: 4.6 out of 5
Assessment score by lawyers and judges: 4.5
Undergrad GPA (25th-75th percentile): 3.57-3.85
LSAT score (25th-75th percentile): 170-174
Acceptance rate: 24%
Student/faculty ratio: 9.0
Grads employed at graduation: 95.6%
School's bar passage rate in jurisdiction: 96.3% in NY
Jurisdiction's overall bar passage rate: 76%

7. University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley Law at the University of California at Berkeley ties for No. 7 with the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia with an overall score of 87. Important 2011 stats:
Peer assessment: 4.5 out of 5
Assessment score by lawyers and judges: 4.4
Undergrad GPA (25th-75th percentile): 3.62-3.88
LSAT score (25th-75th percentile): 164-169
Acceptance rate: 13%
Student/faculty ratio: 10.9
Grads employed at graduation: 92.6%
School's bar passage rate in jurisdiction: 92% in CA
Jurisdiction's overall bar passage rate: 65%

8. University of Pennsylvania

Also tied for No. 7 is the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia, known as Penn Law, with an overall score of 87. Important 2011 stats:
Peer assessment: 4.3 out of 5
Assessment score by lawyers and judges: 4.5
Undergrad GPA (25th-75th percentile): 3.58-3.93
LSAT score (25th-75th percentile): 166-171
Acceptance rate: 17%
Student/faculty ratio: 10.4
Grads employed at graduation: 94.2%
School's bar passage rate in jurisdiction: 97.1% in NY
Jurisdiction's overall bar passage rate: 76%

9. University of Virginia

The University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia is the third school tied for No. 7 with an overall score of 87. Important 2011 stats:
Peer assessment: 4.4 out of 5
Assessment score by lawyers and judges: 4.6
Undergrad GPA (25th-75th percentile): 3.49-3.94
LSAT score (25th-75th percentile): 165-171
Acceptance rate: 9%
Student/faculty ratio: 11.1
Grads employed at graduation: 98.1%
School's bar passage rate in jurisdiction: 91.1% in VA
Jurisdiction's overall bar passage rate: 77%

10. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

The No. 10 spot goes to the University of Michigan Law School at Ann Arbor with an overall score of 86. Important 2011 stats:
Peer assessment: 4.5 out of 5
Assessment score by lawyers and judges: 4.6
Undergrad GPA (25th-75th percentile): 3.59-3.87
LSAT score (25th-75th percentile): 167-170
Acceptance rate: 21%
Student/faculty ratio: 12.8
Grads employed at graduation: 90.4%
School's bar passage rate in jurisdiction: 94.9% in NY
Jurisdiction's overall bar passage rate: 76%

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