March 13th, 2012 | University

YLS celebrates its silver jubilee with U.S. News

Yale Law School
Yale Law School Photo by Jacob Geiger.

For the 25th consecutive year, Yale is number one in U.S. News & World Report’s annual law school rankings.

The rankings, released on Monday, name Yale the top law school in the nation, an honor it has held since the list was first released in 1987. That was 25 years ago, which makes this year the Law School’s silver jubilee. No word yet on how YLS plans to celebrate. A Prom, perhaps?

Other schools in the top 15 saw their rankings shift, with Stanford and Harvard switching spots, becoming second and third, respectively. Further down the list, the University of Illinois College of Law slid from number 21 to number 35, while Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law leaped from number 40 to number 26.

Yale also earned recognition for several specialty rankings: eighth in clinical training, fifth in international law and second (behind Harvard) in a ranking done by law firm recruiters.