Yale University is ranked 1st nationally in the US News & World Report Best Law School Rankings 2012, with Harvard University rated in the second place and Stanford University rated the third best.

UC Davis School of Law is placed 23rd in the U.S. News rating of almost 200 American Bar Association-approved law schools. Having graduated its first class in 1969, UC Davis is the youngest law school ranked in the top 25.

Fordham University School of Law is rated 30th among 190 U.S. law schools included in the rankings. The School's evening program moved up one spot and ranked 2nd out of 80 such programs across the country. In the 2012 edition, Fordham Law remained among the country's most diverse law schools, and several specialty programs were highly ranked: Dispute Resolution (No. 11), Intellectual Property Law (No. 12), Clinical Training (No. 13).

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law retained a strong position in the rankings of the top U.S. law schools, according to the 2012 “Best Law Schools” list. For 2012, the College of Law is ranked 42nd among 190 ABA-accredited U.S. law schools, the same position it occupied in 2011. For schools with fewer than 500 students, the College of Law tied for 2nd in the overall national ranking. The College’s environmental law program was ranked 21st in the country.

Best Law Schools 2012 (top 10 list):
1 Yale University
2 Harvard University
3 Stanford University
4 Columbia University
5 University of Chicago
6 New York University
7 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor
7 University of Pennsylvania
9 University of California--Berkeley
9 University of Virginia
Source: US News

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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