How to Select a Law School
For graduates to take the state bar exam, they must graduate from law schools that are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). There are only about 200 ABA-accredited schools in the United States. The school's curriculum should offer classes in economics, federal and state law, history, public speaking, philosophy and government. These are in addition to specific law courses, such as securities regulation, criminal trial advocacy and counsel interviewing.
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 based on a particular specialty, including 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.
- Students need to make sure they can meet the financial obligations of a particular institution, so they may want to consider in-state public law schools in order to take advantage of their proximity and in-state tuition.
Top Ten Law Schools
|University of Chicago||Private|
|New York University||Private|
|University of Pennsylvania||Private|
|University of California - Berkeley||Public|
|University of Virginia||Public|