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At least UMBC doesn’t have a law school

As you may have heard, the University of Virginia did not have a happy experience in this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. But the school can at least take solace that for the sixth time in seven years it is tops among ACC schools in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Law School Rankings, just barely pipping Duke. (Sidebar checked, and UMBC does not have a law school.)

You can read this week’s story to see how all the law schools in North Carolina fared in the rankings, but just for fun, Sidebar once again renews its annual tradition of calculating what the ACC standings would look like if the schools were ranked in accordance with their law schools.

There were no changes from last year’s list, when Wake Forest jumped North Carolina for fifth place in our rankings. Wake Forest not only held its spot, but put further distance between itself and UNC (see story, page 1). Louisville finished dead last among the 11 schools, as it has every year since joining the ACC. (Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech do not have law schools.)

Virginia (#9 overall, tie)

Duke (#11, tie)

Notre Dame (#24, tie)

Boston College (#27, tie)

Wake Forest (#32, tie)

North Carolina (#45)

Florida State (#47, tie)

Miami (#65, tie)

Pittsburgh (#74, tie)

Syracuse (#88, tie)

Louisville (#113, tie)

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