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U.S. News releases graduate school rankings

There is not much movement among regional law schools in the latest graduate school rankings released online Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

SUNY Buffalo Law School came in at 86 in the 2014 Best Law Schools rankings, dropping from 82, while Syracuse University remained at 96, the same spot it held last year when it had climbed four spots from 100.

Cornell University moved up one notch, returning to its 2012 spot at 13.

The rankings of 194 law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association are based on a weighted average of 12 measures of quality. Data were collected in fall 2012 and early 2013.

A law school official at each law school that responded to the U.S. News statistical survey — in many cases the dean — verified the data for accuracy.

The Best Graduate School 2014 rankings help prospective law students narrow their search by location, tuition, school size and test scores.

Coming in at 1, a position it has held since 1990, is Yale University. Tied for 2 are Stanford and Harvard universities which last year were 2 and 3, respectively. Rounding out the top five are Columbia University in New York City and the University of Chicago, both tied for fourth.

Big changes in this year’s law rankings include the University of Washington, which fell from 20 to 28, and Washington University in St. Louis, which improved its rank from 23 to a tie at 19.

The Best Graduate Schools 2014 rankings also include rankings for the professional disciplines of business, education, engineering and medicine. The results will be published in the Best Graduate Schools 2014 Guidebook, due on newsstands April 9.