Several organizations rank law schools each year. Collectively, these organizations rank CWRU in a range from 56th to 76th best law school in the nation (out of 204). In addition, some rank specialty programs, where CWRU particularly excels. Here are CWRU’s latest rankings from each organization, indicating the factors that went into each.
TaxProf’s extended calculation using the data from Princeton Review ranked CWRU the 56th best law school in the nation, based on an average score derived from five categories: admissions selectivity, academic experience, professors-teaching, professors-accessibility, and job placement.
Public Legal ranked CWRU the 58th best law school in the nation, based on seven factors: GPA, LSAT, acceptance rate, student/faculty ratio, employment at graduation, employment at 10 months, and Bar pass rate.
TFE Times ranked CWRU the 65th best law school in the nation, based on: mean LSAT score, mean starting salary, mean undergraduate GPA, acceptance rate, graduates employed at graduation, and graduates employed three months after graduation.
In March 2020, U.S. News and World Report ranked CWRU the 76th best law school in the nation based on nine factors: peer assessment score, lawyers/judges score, undergrad GPA, LSAT scores, acceptance rate, faculty/student ratio, grads employed in law jobs at graduation, grads employed in law jobs ten months after graduation, and the school’s bar passage rate in its primary jurisdiction.
Ranking of Specialty Areas
Law schools are also ranked on their specialty areas. In 2020-2021, PreLaw Magazine ranked CWRU as a "Top Law School" in 12 specialty areas:
- Health Law (A+)
- International Law (A+)
- Intellectual Property Law (A+)
- Tech Law (A+)
- Environmental Law (A)
- Trial Advocacy and Litigation (A)
- Business and Corporate Law (A)
- Criminal Law (A-)
- Human Rights Law (A-)
- Public Policy Law (A-)
- 9th best in the nation in Public Interest Law
- 20th in Criminal Justice/Public Defense
- 9th best in the nation in Practical Training
These rankings were determined through an analysis of six academic areas: concentrations (30%), clinics (20%), externships (10%), specialty journals (7%), student groups (8%) and other factors such as LLM programs, labs and the breadth of the curriculum (15%). Only a few of the most elite law schools in the nation received this many top specialty rankings from PreLaw magazine.
The Spring 2020 U.S. News and World Report issue ranked CWRU in the top 10 law schools for Health Law, in the top 25 law schools for International Law and in the top 25 percent for Intellectual Property Law and Clinical Training. The U.S. News specialty ranking is based on surveys by one expert in each specialty at each law school.
The 2019 Head and Sichelman study of scholarly impact, based on SSRN downloads and HeinOnline citations ranked the CWRU faculty 30th in the nation. In addition, Leiter and Sisk rank several of CWRU Law School’s faculty members as among the most cited in their fields. The work of CWRU faculty has been recently cited in U.S. Supreme Court opinions, a judgment by the International Criminal Court and even the U.S. House of Representatives' Jan. 2021 impeachment report.
Bar Pass Ranking
CWRU grads ranked first of the nine Ohio law schools among first-time takers in the October 2020 Ohio Bar Exam with a pass rate of 94%. This continues a trend in which CWRU has had either the top or second- best bar pass rate in the past seven administrations of the Ohio Bar exam.