For the twentieth year running, Yale University remains the best law school in the country, according to rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report.
As in 2011's list, Yale's law school is followed by those at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia and the University of Chicago. Although these schools have maintained their spots, others made some leaps -- the University of Maryland moved from 48th on the list to 42nd, and UC Davis from 28th to 23rd.
U.S. News and World Report considered 190 fully accredited institutions and rated the schools according to quality, selectivity, post-graduation placement and faculty resources. With the help of lawyers in each field, U.S. News also looked at the best schools in specific areas, like environmental and health law.
Below, see which schools topped the list of best law schools, and check out U.S. News for the full rankings, plus information on each school and more on methodology. Did your school make the cut? Let us know in the comments section.