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Law School Rankings vs. Parent University Rankings

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By Paul L. Caron

From Which Law Schools Outrank the Undergraduate Institutions With Which They’re Affiliated?

U.S. News Rankings: Law v. Undergrad

Here are the Top 100 law schools that have overcome the most headwind — the law schools with the biggest positive spread between its ranking and the ranking of its parent university

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Note that the chart understates the spread in many cases, because it assigns the highest possible ranking to schools in the Third (#131) and Fourth (#196) Tier of the National Universities Rankings.

Other Top 20 law schools that are ranked significantly higher than their parent universities are

Michigan (#8 Law, #25 National University)

Virginia (#10, #23)

USC (#16, #27)

UCLA (#15, #25).

Update:  Several readers commented that since U.S News ranks more national universities (262) than law schools (184), a more meaningful measure would look at the disparity by percentiles rather than by absolute rank.  See here for a ranking by percentiles
 

Law Schools Ranked Lower Than Their Parent Universities

The law schools that are ranked significantly lower than their parent universities
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Percentiles rather than absolute ranks have been used because U.S News ranks more national universities (262) than law schools (184). Schools in Tier 3 and Tier 4 the percentile ranking of the midpoint of those tiers because U.S. News does not disclose the actual rank of those school

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More Industrial Engineering Schools in US

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Arizona State University

Auburn University

Binghamton University

Boston University

Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo

California State Polytechnic University–Pomona

California State University–Los Angeles

California State University–Northridge

Clemson University

Columbia University (Fu Foundation)

Cornell University

CUNY–City College

Dartmouth College (Thayer)

Florida Atlantic University

Florida State University/Florida A&M University

George Mason University

George Washington University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Howard University

Illinois Institute of Technology

Indiana University-Purdue University–Indianapolis

Iowa State University

Kansas State University

Kettering University

Lamar University

Lawrence Technological University

Lehigh University

Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge

Louisiana Tech University

Loyola Mary Mount University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mississippi State University

Montana State University

National Technological University

New Jersey Institute of Technology

New Mexico State University

New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina State University

North Dakota State University

Northeastern University

Northwestern University

Oakland University

Ohio State University

Ohio University

Oklahoma State University

Oregon Graduate Inst. of Science and Technology

Oregon State University

Penn State University–University Park

Polytechnic University

Portland State University

Prairie View A&M University

Purdue University–West Lafayette

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rutgers State University–New Brunswick

San Jose State University

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

South Dakota State University

Southern Methodist University

Stanford University

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

SUNY–Stony Brook

Syracuse University

Tennessee State University

Tennessee Tech University

Texas A&M University–College Station

Texas A&M University–Kingsville

Texas Tech University

University at Buffalo

University of Alabama–Huntsville

University of Alabama–Tuscaloosa

University of Arizona

University of Arkansas

University of Bridgeport

University of California–Berkeley

University of California–Los Angeles

University of California–San Diego

University of Central Florida

University of Cincinnati

University of Connecticut

University of Dayton

University of Florida

University of Hartford

University of Houston

University of Illinois–Chicago

University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

University of Iowa

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville

University of Maryland–College Park

University of Massachusetts–Amherst

University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth

University of Massachusetts–Lowell

University of Memphis

University of Miami

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

University of Michigan–Dearborn

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

University of Missouri–Columbia

University of Missouri–Rolla

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

University of New Haven

University of New Mexico

University of North Carolina–Charlotte

University of Oklahoma

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of Rhode Island

University of South Florida

University of Southern California

University of Tennessee–Chattanooga

University of Tennessee–Knoxville

University of Texas–Arlington

University of Texas–Austin

University of Texas–El Paso

University of Toledo

University of Virginia

University of Washington

Utah State University

Virginia Tech

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

Wichita State University

Widener University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Wright State University

Youngstown State University

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7 & 8 year Medical Programs Part II

Boston U
Brown U (8 yr)
Case Western Reserve U (8 yr)
Drexel U (7 yr)
East Tennessee State U (8 yr w/ Quillen – apply once enrolled at ETSU)
Florida International University (w/ the University of South Florida)
George Washington U (7 yr)
Howard U (7 yr)
Illinois Institute of Technology (8 yr) with Rosalind Franklin U. of Medicine and Science
John Carroll University
Lehigh U with Drexel University College of Medicine (7 yr) (Formerly Medical College of PA)
Miami U (FL) – 7 year program
Michigan State U (Medical Scholars Program)
Missouri U – Columbia (Conley Scholars Program)
Muhlenberg College (8 yr with Drexel U College of Medicine)
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine – 6 or 7 year pgm
Northwestern U (7yr)
Nova Southeastern University (7 yr – DO program)
Ohio State U (7/8 yr – must be Nat’l Merit, Nat’l Achievement to qualify)
Old Dominion U with Eastern Virginia Medical School
Penn State U with Jefferson Medical Coll. of Thomas Jefferson U
Rensselaer with Albany Medical College
Rice U with Baylor College of Medicine (8 yr)
Rutgers University – Camden (BA/DO program w/ University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey)
Siena College with Albany Medical College (8 yr)
Sophie Davis School with CUNY
St. Bonaventure University (8 yr with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine)
SUNY – Brooklyn College and Stony Brook
Tulane U – (7 & 8 yr – apply once enrolled)
U California Riverside
U of Southern California with Keck School of Med (8 yr)
U of Alabama – Birmingham
U of Connecticut (8 yr)
U of Central Florida (w/ USF Medical School)
U of Dayton (with Cincinnati)
U of Florida (7 yr)
U of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
U of Missouri – Kansas City (6 yr)
University of New Mexico (8 yr)
U of Pittsburgh
U of Rochester (8 yr)
U of S. Alabama
U of South Florida (7 yr)
Union College with Albany Medical College (8 yr)
Vanderbilt (8 yr – ENGAGE program)
Villanova U with Drexel University College of Medicine (Formerly Medical College of PA)
Virginia Commonwealth U – (8 yr program)
Wilkes University (PA) (with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine)
Wisconsin U – Madison (Wisconsin residents only – 7/8 yr)
Xavier University

In addition,the following two resources will be helpful:

1. American Association of Medical Colleges website

They offer a curriculum directory which you can use to search for various types of combined degree programs. Select “BS/MD” in the pull-down menu. (They don’t list BA/MD programs.)

2. Book of Majors by CollegeBoard

Other Articles of interest

Schools Offering Combined Degrees BS/MD Part 1

7 year combined BA / DDS Programs