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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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Graduate + Undergraduate Enrollment – USA Schools

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About 22000

Auburn University, Main Campus

Cypress College

Diablo Valley College

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

Kansas State University

Kent State University, Main Campus

Palomar College

Salt Lake Community College

San Diego Mesa College

University of Akron, Main Campus

University of Pennsylvania

Utah State University

West Virginia University

About 23000

De Anza College

Macomb Community College

Mesa Community College

Pasadena City College

Riverside Community College

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Southwest Texas State University

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Virginia, Main Campus

About 24000

Eastern Michigan University

George Mason University

Georgia State University

Northeastern University

Northern Illinois University

Oakland Community College, Bloomfield Hills

Orange Coast College

University of Kentucky

University of Missouri, Columbia

University of New Mexico, Main Campus

University of South Carolina at Columbia

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

About 25000

Cerritos College

El Camino College

Harvard University

North Harris-Montgomery Community College

Portland Community College

SUNY at Buffalo

Texas Tech University

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus

Virginia Commonwealth University

University of Utah

About 26000

Austin Community College

California State University, Sacramento

University of Kansas, Main Campus

University of Tennessee

About 27000

Central Michigan University

Colorado State University

Iowa State University

San Francisco State University

San Jose State University

Tarrant County College

University of California, Davis

University of Pittsburgh, Main Campus

About 28000

Broward Community College

East Los Angeles College

Indiana U.-Purdue U. at Indianapolis

San Diego City College

Santa Ana College

Santa Monica College

Santa Rosa Junior College

University of Cincinnati, Main Campus

University of North Texas

Valencia Community College

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State U.

About 29000

American River College

Boston University

California State University, Fullerton

College of Du Page

Mount San Antonio College

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Pima Community College

Temple University

University of Iowa

Western Michigan University

About 30000

California State University, Northridge

Community College of Southern Nevada

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Southern California

About 31000

California State University, Long Beach

Wayne State University

About 32000

Florida International University

Louisiana St. U. & A&M & Hebert Laws Center

San Diego State University

University of California, Berkeley

University of Georgia

About 33000

Brigham Young University

University of Houston, University Park

About 34000

Florida State University

University of Central Florida

University of Maryland, College Park Campus

About 35000

University of Arizona

About 36000

Rutgers University, New Brunswick

University of South Florida

About 37000

University of Washington, Seattle

University of California, Los Angeles

About 38000

Indiana University, Bloomington

New York University

Northern Virginia Community College

About 39000

University of Michigan, Ann Arbo

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

About 40000

City College of San Francisco

Purdue University, Main Campus

About 41000

Houston Community College System

Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus

University of Wisconsin, Madison

About 44000

Michigan State University

About 45000

Arizona State University, Main Campus

Texas A&M University

About 46000

University of Florida

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

About 47000

Miami-Dade Community College

About 48000

Ohio State University, Main Campus

About 50000

University of Texas at Austin

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Actuarial Science Program

Universities Offering Actuarial Science Programs are:

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF INSURANCE – ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY
DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
UNIVERSITE DE MONTREAL
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA – LINCOLN
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY – STERN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA – WHARTON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITE DU A MONTREAL – QUEBEC
ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO
UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – MADISON
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA – TWIN CITIES