Rankings & Reputation

Washington University School of Law is proud of our reputation as a top American law school.

Our law school joins other prestigious universities such as Northwestern University, Duke University, Georgetown University, and the University of Southern California as one of the top 20 American law schools according to a review by U.S. News & World Report. Washington University is also highly regarded among American colleges overall, and for many individual schools and programs. For example, in 2012, Washington University School of Law was been ranked across multiple programs by U.S. News and World Report in areas, including:

  • Best Universities #14
  • Best Law Schools #19
  • Best Clinical Law Practice #9
  • Best Trial Advocacy #9

In addition, Washington University has been highly ranked among the top U.S. and international industry publications – including U.S. News and World Report, Kiplingers Finance, The Atlantic Monthly, Newsweek, The Times (UK), Institute of International Education. In fact, on the Academic Ranking of World Universities, which records the top 500 colleges and universities in the world, Washington University in St. Louis ranks 31st. The Academic Ranking of World Universities has been compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University since 2003.

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