A growing number of law schools are ranking in the top 10 of the U.S. News & World Report’s Law School Rankings, the latest data available.
Law schools have also been seeing some impressive growth.
The rankings released Thursday show that law schools that have more than 50% of the nation’s graduates, such as Harvard and Princeton, have seen their rankings climb from No. 1 to No. 7 in the past year.
The average increase of those schools has been more than 30% annually.
The median score among law schools has increased over the past decade from 2.8 to 4.7.
Law school rankings also show a strong uptick in the number of new law schools opened in the last five years.
In addition to the top 20, there is a strong correlation between the number and number of students graduating from law schools and the number that graduate from other law schools.
For example, the number going to the University of Texas at Austin rose from 3.6 in 2009 to 5.1 in 2015, and the average percentage of students going to law school rose from 14.7% to 16.2%.
Law schools are also seeing an increase in the percentage of applicants who go straight to law schools from other types of law degrees.
The percentage of law school applicants who went straight to a bachelor’s degree in 2017 fell from 6.2% to 6.0%, and the percentage who went to a master’s fell from 5.6% to 4% over the same period.