Each year, US News and World Report releases rankings of American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law schools. Some factors considered include average LSAT score, bar exam pass rate and employment opportunities after graduation. There are four tiers of law school rankings.

Tier 1

Tier 1 law schools are ranked the highest and accept only top students. Schools such as Harvard and Yale are always in Tier 1. In addition, higher paying jobs may be more widely available for graduates of Tier 1 schools. In US News and World Report rankings, Tier 1 includes schools 1 through 50.

Tier 2

Tier 2 schools include those that are ranked 51 through 100. These are considered good schools also as they are in the top 100. However, they are usually not quite as prestigious as those in Tier 1. It is slightly easier to be accepted into a Tier 2 school if one has excellent grades and a high LSAT score.

Tiers 3 and 4

Schools that fall under Tiers 3 and 4 are usually not as prestigious and have a greater acceptance rate than higher ranked schools. Graduates will usually find jobs after graduation, but it is advisable to be individually ranked in the top 10 percent of the class to attract the best offers of employment.