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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, and T14.

What do they mean? Glad you asked.


Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and Stanford Law School have occupied the top three rankings for over a decade. Together, they are called HYS.


The next three spots are perennially filled by the CCN schools: Columbia Law School, University of Chicago Law School, and New York University School of Law.


T14 refers to the top 14 law schools. The group is fairly consistent, although the University of Texas at Austin Law School has recently 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.

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