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About Those Law School Rankings Acronyms

If you’ve spoken to other pre-law students about law school rankings, you’ve probably heard some obscure acronyms: HYS, CCN,andT14.
What do they mean? Glad you asked.


Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and Stanford Law School occupied the top three U.S. News & World Report rankings for over a decade, though Harvard recently fell to number four.


The next three spots used to be filled by the CCN schools: Columbia Law School, University of Chicago Law School, and New York University School of Law. Chicago recently rose to number three.


T14 refers to the top 14 law schools. The group is fairly consistent, although UCLA and the University of Texas at Austin Law School have occasionally edged out Georgetown Law School for the 14th spot in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The traditional T14 schools are as follows:

Now we can add the University of California—Los Angeles to that list.