We hope that you’re ready, because it’s almost the most wonderful time of the year for law schools. That’s right, the 2014 U.S. News law school rankings will be published next week, on March 12.

Law school deans are cowering in fear right now, because some of them may be ousted from their positions if their schools slip by even a few slots. Law students, on the other hand, are at the ready to lord their law school’s potentially new ranking over their friends’ heads on Facebook. As for incoming law students, all bets are off — they’ll either be happy their school maintained its place or rose in the rankings, or be devastated if their school of choice had a subpar performance.

The rankings, controversial as they are, are still a pretty huge deal to everyone in the legal profession. Just like in years past, the rankings will inevitably be published online in the wee hours of the morning on March 11, but because rankings guru Bob Morse knows that the anticipation is killing us, he likely instructed the staff at U.S. News to give his adoring public a little teaser.

Are you ready to take a look at the new, top 10 highest-ranking law schools in the nation?

Aww, you thought we had the actual rankings. Don’t be mad, but all we’ve got is a list in alphabetical order:

What the hell, National Jurist told us that Alabama was a top five law school! This is complete garbage.

Note that the newest top 10 is the same as the old top 10 from last year’s ranking, and the ranking from the year before that, and the ranking from the year before that, too. A list of the top 10, or even a list of the top 14 (except for when law schools like Texas manage to tie their way into the T14), doesn’t get very exciting until some actual rankings are associated with the schools in question. And boy, do we get excited about rankings!

But let’s not forget that this year’s U.S. News law school rankings might look completely different thanks to the change made in the methodology used to compute employment placement rates. Now, truth be told, there probably won’t be too much of a shake-up in the rankings for the nation’s top law schools — we imagine that the changes will probably be seen at schools that are ranked a little further down the list.

We guess you’ll just have to wait until next week to get the scoop on the latest U.S. News rankings. Until then, all you can do is pray to the rankings god that is Bob Morse and hope that your alma mater fared well.

2014 Best Graduate Schools Preview: Top 10 Law Schools [U.S. News and World Report]
Best Graduate Schools Rankings Coming March 12 [Morse Code / U.S News and World Report]

Earlier: The U.S. News Law School Rankings Are Out! (2013)
The 2012 U.S. News Law School Rankings Are Out!
New U.S. News Law School Rankings: They’re Official (2011)
Early Reactions to the U.S. News Rankings: Deans and the Excuses They Make


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