Top Public Law Schools

There are 86 public law schools accredited by ABA (American Bar Association). The tuition & fees is relatively affordable compared to private law schools. In 2022, the average tuition & fees at public law schools is $29,458 for state residents and $42,305 for out-of-state students. (The average tuition at private schools is $53,662.)
University of Virginia School of Law ranked first among public law schools. Its LSAT score is 171 and the acceptance rate is 9.66%. University of Michigan Law School and Berkeley School of Law follow it in public law school rankings.
The following table lists the top 25 public law schools. The ranking is based on the LSAT score & GPA, acceptance rate, yield, tuition, and more characteristics of law schools. You can sort the table by a column by clicking/touching the column title.
RankSchoolAcceptance RateYieldApplication FeeTuition & FeesLSAT ScoreGPAEnrollment
1 University of Virginia School of LawPublicCharlottesville, VA9.66%42.00%$85$71,5001713.91936
2 University of Michigan Law SchoolPublicAnn Arbor, MI10.65%33.21%$75$69,8081713.841,012
3 Berkeley School of LawPublicBerkeley, CA13.66%31.58%$75$67,7811693.831,235
4 Los Angeles School of LawPublicLos Angeles, CA15.43%28.33%$75$64,4261703.821,184
5 University of Texas School of LawPublicAustin, TX15.24%34.10%$70$54,0961693.801,015
6 University of North Carolina School of LawPublicChapel Hill, NC15.46%44.92%$75$44,7041643.73589
7 University of Georgia School of LawPublicAthens, GA18.48%34.48%$50$37,7521663.82595
8 University of Minnesota Law SchoolPublicMinneapolis, MN27.57%30.46%$60$56,9461663.80716
9 George Mason University School of LawPublicArlington, VA27.07%44.73%$70$42,4061643.81791
10 University of Wisconsin Law SchoolPublicMadison, MI36.15%39.11%$60$51,8551643.65801
11 Levin College of LawPublicGainesville, FL17.43%33.98%$30$38,0401673.86805
12 The University of Alabama School of LawPublicTuscaloosa, AL30.96%31.50%$40$44,4701653.94472
13 S.J. Quinney College of LawPublicSalt Lake City, UT25.52%33.10%$60$43,5981633.82301
14 Irvine School of LawPublicIrvine, CA16.83%27.39%No Fee$64,2181673.69479
15 Texas A&M University School of LawPublicFort Worth, TX18.41%25.04%$65$48,6181633.841,194
16 Marshall-Wythe School of LawPublicWilliamsburg, VA30.09%20.63%$85$55,2851643.78687
17 Michael E. Moritz College of LawPublicColumbus, OH32.10%29.15%$60$48,5721633.79584
18 University of Illinois College of LawPublicChampaign, IL29.80%35.37%No Fee$51,6571643.66603
19 Maurer School of LawPublicBloomington, IN36.13%28.84%$50$59,4351643.77640
20 Davis School of Law PublicDavis, CA28.26%24.64%No Fee$65,0941653.70731
21 Florida International University College of LawPublicMiami, FL20.56%34.16%$20$36,0491603.69597
22 Florida State University College of LawPublicTallahassee, FL22.47%29.46%$30$40,7051633.821,184
23 University of Iowa College of LawPublicIowa City, IA42.51%24.64%No Fee$49,9871633.69538
24 University of Missouri School of LawPublicColumbia, MO51.73%38.95%$60$30,2431593.69368
25 Wayne State University Law SchoolPublicDetroit, MI32.87%39.81%No Fee$36,9421613.75396