Top Ranked Public Law Schools in America


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Kenneth “Ken” Randall spent two decades as dean and Thomas E. McMillan Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. During his time at the university, Kenneth Randall, now president and chief executive officer of iLaw and iLawGlobal, elevated the university to the seventh ranked public law school in the nation.

Start Class by Graph IQ is an educational tool that draws on extensive data resources to provide professionals and students with a depth of important information, including school rankings across numerous categories. The Start Class law school rankings make use of Smart Rank data, an amalgam of admissions rates, bar exam performances, employment after graduation, and more data points.

According to Start Class, the University of Virginia Law School ranks as the top public law school in the nation and as the fifth overall law school in America, an opinion shared by other publications. Virginia is closely followed by the University of Michigan Law School, which ranks second among public programs and sixth overall. The University of Virginia sports a bar pass rate of 93.9 percent, with median LSAT scores of 169 and a median undergraduate GPA of 3.86. Students at the University of Michigan, meanwhile, pass the bar exam at a 93.7 rate, with 168 LSAT scores and a 3.78 undergraduate GPA.

Other top ranked public law schools include the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, eighth in the nation, and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, tenth overall. A complete list can be found at


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