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List of U.S. Schools & Universities for Aspiring Lawyers

Aspiring lawyers need to attend a 3-year law school after earning their bachelor's degree. In order to gain acceptance into law school, a student must earn an acceptable score on the LSAT exam.

Aspiring lawyers must graduate from one of the 200 schools accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Over the course of a Juris Doctor (JD) program, students can expect to study topics in economics, federal and state law, history, public speaking, philosophy and government.

Top Law Schools

According to the U.S. News and World Report's 2016 rankings of the best law schools, these are the top ten universities for aspiring lawyers:

College/University Location Institution Type Tuition and fees (2015-2016)*
Yale University New Haven, CT Private $58,050
Harvard University Cambridge, MA Private $58,242
Stanford University Stanford, CA Private $56,274
Columbia University New York, NY Private $62,700
University of Chicago Chicago, IL Private $56,916
New York University New York, NY Private $59,330
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Private $58,918
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA Public $48,679 in-state, $52,630 out-of-state
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI Public $53,112 in-state, $56,112 out-of-state
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA Public $54,000 in-state, $57,000 out-of-state

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report

School Selection Criteria

Considerations when choosing a law school include:

  • Schools that feature practice and mock trials may allow students to gain practical courtroom experience, and they are overseen by faculty members.
  • Consider a school that offers part-time summer and winter work opportunities, such as internships and clerkships within government agencies and corporate law firms. Law schools in major metropolitan areas may offer more internship and employment opportunities.
  • Students may want to consider law schools that offer concentrations, such as environmental law, constitutional law, medical law, business law, corporate law, real estate law and international law. While many law schools offer various programs, some schools may be nationally recognized in a particular area of law.

If you want to become a lawyer, you can maximize your chance for career success by choosing a top-ranked school that offers ample work experiences and specialization opportunities.

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