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This page features the top law schools in the United States, along with every other law school in America. Shown below is a list of states, arranged alphabetically, with all of the accredited law schools in every state. The highest ranking law schools are listed at the bottom of the page. 

Scroll down to see a number of top law school lists. The first list was compiled by On this list, schools are ranked based entirely on the percentage of graduates who earn at least $160,000 a year at jobs that require passing the bar exam. 


SCHOOL                                                                      CITY 

Birmingham School of Law                                                 Birmingham 

Cumberland School of Law at Samford University                 Birmingham

Miles Law School                                                             Birmingham 

Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University    Montgomery

University of Alabama Law School                                     Tuscaloosa 


SCHOOL                                                                       CITY 

Phoenix School of Law                                                        Phoenix 

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at AZ State                  Tempe

James E. Rogers College of Law at University of AZ               Tucson


SCHOOL                                                                       CITY 

University of Arkansas School of Law                                 Fayetteville

William H. Bowen School of Law                                          Little Rock


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY 

Abraham Lincoln University School of Law (online)                 Los Angeles

American Heritage University School of Law (online)              San Bernardino

American International School of Law (correspondence)         Irvine 

California Desert Trial Academy College of Law                      Indio

Cal Northern Law School                                                   Chico

California School of Law (online)                                          Santa Barbara

California Southern Law School                                            Riverside

California Southern University (correspondence)                    Irvine

California Western School of Law                                          San Diego 

Chapman University School of Law                                       Orange 

Pacific West College of Law                                                  Orange

Concord Law School at Kaplan (online)                                 Los Angeles

Empire College School of Law                                              Santa Rosa

Glendale University College of Law                                       Glendale

Golden Gate University School of Law                                   San Francisco 

International Pacific School of Law (correspondence)              Los Angeles

Irvine University College of Law                                           Cerritos

JFK University College of Law                                               Pleasant Hill

Larry H. Layton School of Law                                              Acton

Laurence Drivon School of Law at Humphries College             Stockton

Lincoln Law School of Sacramento                                      Sacramento

Lincoln Law School of San Jose                                          San Jose

Loyola Law School at Loyola Marymount University                Los Angeles 

McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific               Sacramento

Mc Millan Academy of Law                                                   La Mesa

Monterey College of Law                                                     Seaside

Northwestern California University School of Law (correspondence)   Sacramento

Oak Brook College of Law (correspondence)                          Fresno

Pacific Coast University School of Law                                   Long Beach

Pacific West College of Law                                                  Orange

Peoples College of Law                                                        Los Angeles

Pepperdine University School of Law                                     Malibu

Pinnacles School of Law                                                       Ridgecrest

San Francisco Law School                                                  San Francisco

San Joaquin College of Law                                                 Clovis

Santa Barbara College of Law                                              Santa Barbara

Santa Clara University School of Law                                    Santa Clara 

Southern California Institute of Law                                      Santa Barbara

Southwestern University School of Law                                 Los Angeles 

St. Francis School of Law (online)                                        Menlo Park 

Stanford University Law School                                            Stanford / Palo Alto

Above: Stanford University Law School is one of America's top law schools.

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Thomas Jefferson School of Law                                     San Diego 

Trinity Law School                                                         Santa Ana

UC Berkeley School of Law                                             Berkeley 

UC Davis School of Law                                                  Davis 

UC Hastings College of Law                                            San Francisco 

UC Irvine School of Law                                                 Irvine 

UCLA School of Law                                                       Los Angeles 

University of Honolulu School of Law (correspondence)     Modesto

University of La Verne College of Law                              La Verne 

University of San Diego School of Law                             San Diego

University of San Francisco School of Law                        San Francisco 

University of San Luis Obispo School of Law                     San Luis Obispo

University of Silicon Valley Law School                             San Jose

USC Gould School of Law                                                Los Angeles 

University of West Los Angeles School of Law                   Inglewood

Ventura College of Law                                                   Ventura

Western Sierra Law School                                              San Diego

Western State College of Law at Argosy University            Fullerton

Whittier Law School Costa                                               Mesa 

William H. Taft University Law School (correspondence)    Santa Ana


SCHOOL                                                                       CITY 

University of Colorado School of Law                               Boulder

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law                     Denver


SCHOOL                                                                       CITY 

Quinnipiac University School of Law                                Hamden

University of Connecticut School of Law                          Hartford 

Yale Law School                                                            New Haven


SCHOOL                                                                       CITY 

Widener University School of Law                                   Wilmington


SCHOOL                                                                       CITY 

Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University           DC

David A. Clarke School of Law at DC University                DC

George Washington University Law School                       DC

Georgetown University Law Center                                  DC 

Howard University School of Law                                     DC 

Washington College of Law at American University            DC


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

Ave Maria School of Law                                                 Naples

Barry University Law School                                            Orlando

Florida A&M University College of Law                              Orlando

Florida Coastal School of Law                                          Jacksonville 

Florida International University College of Law                  Miami

Florida State University College of Law                             Tallahassee

University of Florida Levin College of Law                         Gainesville

Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University Davie

St. Thomas University School of Law                                Miami Gardens

Diamond Graduate Law School                                        Miami

Stetson University College of Law                                    Gulfport

University of Miami School of Law                                    Coral Gables


SCHOOL                                                                       CITY

Emory University School of Law                                      Atlanta

Georgia State University College of Law                           Atlanta

John Marshall Law School                                               Atlanta

Savannah Law School                                                    Savannah

University of Georgia School of Law                                 Athens

Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University           Macon


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii  Honolulu


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

Concordia University School of Law                                  Boise

University of Idaho College of Law                                   Moscow


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology  

De Paul University College of Law                                    Chicago

John Marshall Law School                                               Chicago

Loyola University Chicago School of Law                          Chicago

Northern Illinois University College of Law                        DeKalb

Northwestern University School of Law                            Chicago

Southern Illinois University School of Law                        Carbondale

University of Chicago Law School                                    Chicago

University of Illinois College of Law                                  Urbana

Northwestern University School of Law is one of America's top law schools.

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SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

Maurer School of Law, Indiana University                         Bloomington

Notre Dame Law School                                                  Notre Dame

Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University       Indianapolis

Valparaiso University School of Law                                 Valparaiso


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

Drake University Law School                                           Des Moines

University of Iowa College of Law                                    Iowa City


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

University of Kanas School of Law                                    Lawrence

Washburn University School of Law                                  Topeka


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Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville     Louisville

Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University  

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University of Kentucky College of Law                               Lexington


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law                   New Orleans

Paul M. Herbert Law Center, Louisiana State University      Baton Rouge

Southern University Law Center                                       Baton Rouge

Tulane University School of Law                                       New Orleans


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University of Maine School of Law                                    Portland


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

University of Baltimore School of Law                               Baltimore

University of Maryland School of Law                                Baltimore


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Boston College Law School                                             Newton

Boston University School of Law                                      Boston

Harvard Law School                                                       Cambridge

Massachusetts School of Law                                          Andover

New England School of Law                                            Boston

Northeastern University School of Law                             Boston

Suffolk University Law School                                         Boston

University of Massachusetts School of Law                       Dartmouth

Western New England University School of Law                Springfield


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

Michigan State University College of Law                          East Lansing

Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley               Lansing

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law                         Detroit

University of Michigan Law School                                    Ann Arbor

Wayne State University Law School                                  Detroit 


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

Hamline University School of Law                                    St. Paul

University of Minnesota Law School                                 Minneapolis

University of St. Thomas School of Law                            Minneapolis

William Mitchell College of Law                                        St. Paul


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

Mississippi College School of Law                                     Jackson

University of Mississippi School of Law                             Oxford


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

St. Louis University School of Law                                   St. Louis

University of Missouri School of Law                                Columbia

University of Missouri School of Law                                Kansas City

Washington University School of Law                               St. Louis


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

University of Montana School of Law                                Missoula


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

Creighton University School of Law                                  Omaha

University of Nebraska, Lincoln College of Law                  Lincoln


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William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada         Las Vegas

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New Hampshire

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University of New Hampshire School of Law                      Concord

New Jersey

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Rutgers University Law School                                        Camden

Rutgers University Law School                                        Newark

Seton Hall University School of Law                                 Newark

New Mexico

SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

University of New Mexico School of Law                           Albuquerque 

New York

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Albany Law School, Union University                                Albany

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University     Manhattan  

Brooklyn Law School                                                       Brooklyn

Columbia University Law School                                       Manhattan

Columbia University Law School is one of America's top law schools.

Cornell Law School                                                          Ithaca

CUNY School of Law                                                        Queens

Fordham University School of Law                                    Manhattan

Hofstra University School of Law                                      Hempstead

New York Law School                                                      Manhattan 

New York University School of Law                                   Manhattan 

Pace University School of Law                                          White Plains

St. John's University School of Law                                   Queens

SUNY at Buffalo Law School                                             Buffalo

Syracuse University College of Law                                   Syracuse

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center                   Central Islip                 

North Carolina

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Charlotte School of Law                                                  Charlotte

Duke University School of Law                                        Durham

Elon University School of Law                                         Greensboro

North Carolina Central University School of Law               Durham

Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Campbell U           Raleigh

University of North Carolina School of Law                       Chapel Hill

Wake Forest University School of Law                              Winston-Salem

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Duke University School of Law

North Dakota

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University of North Dakota School of Law                          Grand Forks


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

Capital University Law School                                          Columbus

Case Western Reserve University School of Law                Cleveland

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State           Cleveland

Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University      Columbus

Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law                  Ada

University of Akron School of Law                                     Akron

University of Cincinnati College of Law                              Cincinnati 

University of Dayton School of Law                                   Dayton

University of Toledo College of Law                                   Toledo


SCHOOL                                                                         CITY

Oklahoma City University School of Law                            Oklahoma City

University of Oklahoma College of Law                              Norman

University of Tulsa College of Law                                     Tulsa


SCHOOL                                                                         CITY

University of Oregon School of Law                                   Eugene

Willamette University College of Law                                 Salem

Lewis & Clark Law School                                                 Portland


SCHOOL                                                                         CITY

Beasley School of Law, Temple University                         Philadelphia

Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University                 Carlisle 

Drexel University School of Law                                       Philadelphia

Duquesne University School of Law                                  Pittsburgh

Penn State Law, Penn State University                             University Park

University of Pennsylvania Law School                              Philadelphia

University of Pittsburgh School of Law                              Pittsburgh

Villanova University School of Law                                    Radnor

Widener University School of Law                                     Harrisburg

University of Pennsylvania Law School is one of America's top law schools.

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Rhode Island

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Roger Williams University School of Law                           Bristol

South Carolina

SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

Charleston School of Law                                                Charleston

University of South Carolina School of Law                       Columbia

South Dakota

SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

University of South Dakota School of Law                         Vermillion


SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

Belmont University College of Law                                   Nashville

Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, University of Memphis  Memphis

Duncan School of Law, Lincoln Memorial University           Knoxville

Nashville School of Law                                                  Nashville

University of Tennessee College of Law                            Knoxville

Vanderbilt University Law School                                     Nashville



SCHOOL                                                                        CITY

Baylor Law School, Baylor University                               Waco

Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University      Dallas

South Texas College of Law                                            Houston

St. Mary's University School of Law                                 San Antonio

Texas A&M University School of Law                                Fort Worth

Texas Tech University School of Law                                Lubbock

Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University


University of Houston Law Center                                    Houston

UNT Dallas College of Law                                               Dallas

University of Texas School of Law                                    Austin

University of North Texas (UNT) Dallas College of Law


SCHOOL                                                                         CITY

J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University       Provo

S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah                  Salt Lake City


SCHOOL                                                                         CITY

Vermont Law School                                                        Royalton


SCHOOL                                                                         CITY

Appalachian School of Law                                               Grundy

George Mason University School of Law                             Arlington

Liberty University School of Law                                       Lynchburg

Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary


Regent University School of Law                                       Virginia Beach

The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School      Charlottesville

University of Richmond School of Law                               Richmond

University of Virginia School of Law                                  Charlottesville

Washington and Lee University School of Law                    Lexington


SCHOOL                                                                         CITY

Gonzaga University School of Law                                     Spokane

Seattle University School of Law                                       Seattle

University of Washington School of Law                             Seattle

West Virginia

SCHOOL                                                                         CITY

West Virginia University College of Law                             Morgantown


SCHOOL                                                                         CITY

Marquette University Law School                                      Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin Law School                                   Madison


SCHOOL                                                                         CITY

University of Wyoming College of Law                               Laramie

top law schools -

There are many lists of Top Law Schools, and many ways to rank them. Common measuring systems for top law schools involve LSAT scores, affordability, range of programs, bar pass rates, employment rates, and other factors.

The following list of the 50 Top Law Schools from US ranks top law schools based on the bottom line: These schools are ranked by the percentage of graduates who either secure long term federal clerkships, or who earn starting salaries of at least $160,000 per year at big law firms. These are the most coveted legal careers. Roughly half of American law school grads who passed the bar report earning annual salaries between $40,000 and $65,000. 

The info for the following list of top law schools was obtained from the American Bar Association (ABA). 

top law schools

RANK   SCHOOL                            CITY            %>$160K    Specialty

  1.     University of Chicago          Chicago, IL      80
  2.     Columbia University            NYC, NY          77           high racial & ethnic diversity
  3.     University of Pennsylvania   Philadelphia    75
  4.     Stanford University             Stanford         73
  5.     Duke University                  Durham          68            international / environmental / public
  6.     Harvard University              Cambridge      68
  7.     University of Virginia           Charlottesville 68
  8.     Northwestern University      Chicago          67
  9.     Yale University                    New Haven     66
  10.     NYU                                    NYC               65            international / tax law
  11.     Cornell University                Ithaca            62            pro bono work
  12.     University of Michigan          Ann Arbor      56
  13.     UC Berkeley                        Berkeley        54            environmental / energy / intellectual                                                                                                 property law
  14.     Georgetown University         DC                41
  15.     UCLA                                  Los Angeles    41            good networking connections
  16.     University of Texas              Austin            39            renowned trial advocacy program
  17.     Vanderbilt University  Nashville    39  social justice / intellectual property / int'l / 6 others
  18.     Boston College                    Newton          34            urban planning / environmental law
  19.     USC                                    Los Angeles   34            media / entertainment / technology
  20.     University of Notre Dame     South Bend   33             International law
  21.     George Washington University    DC          32            20 areas of study
  22.     Washington University         St. Louis        32
  23.     Fordham University             NYC               31             pro bono work
  24.     Boston University                Boston           27             >200 courses with most types of law
  25.     Emory University                 Atlanta          26             public service law
  26.     College of William and Mary Williamsburg  24             oldest law school in America
  27.     University of North Carolina Chapel Hill     24             pro bono / affordable in-state tuition
  28.     Southern Methodist University  Dallas       20
  29.     University of Minnesota        Minneapolis   19             library holds >1,000,000 volumes
  30.     University of Iowa                Iowa City      18             pro bono work
  31.     University of Alabama          Tuscaloosa    17
  32.     Washington Lee University   Lexington      17
  33.     Ohio State University           Columbus      16             >20 legal specialties
  34.     University of Georgia           Athens          16              International law
  35.     University of Kentucky         Lexington      16             dual degree programs
  36.     University of Washington     Seattle          16
  37.     UC Davis                             Davis            14              social justice
  38.     Baylor University                 Waco            11              business / healthcare / estate 
  39.     University of Arizona            Tucson         11              cheapest law school on the list 
  40.     University of Colorado          Boulder        11              dual degree programs
  41.     University of Wisconsin        Madison        11             100% bar pass rate on first try
  42.     Georgia State University      Atlanta          10             healthcare law
  43.     University of Florida            Gainesville     10             >250 grads are judges
  44.     University of Kansas            Lawrence       10            dual degree programs
  45.     Wake Forest University     Winston-Salem  10            business / criminal / health / policy
  46.     Arizona State University       Phoenix          7             >250 law courses
  47.     Florida State University        Tallahassee     7             business / environmental / int'l
  48.     Seton Hall University    Newark  7   health / intellectual property / public policy / social justice
  49.     Louisiana State University    Baton Rouge   6             civil law
  50.     University of Nebraska         Lincoln            6            dual degree programs


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Top 25 law schools list

Recently, compiled a list of the top 25 law schools in America for 2017. Their rankings were based on LSAT scores, bar pass rates, and employment rates. Here is a list of the 25 top law schools in America, according to


  1.      Yale Law School
  2.      Stanford Law School 
  3.      Harvard Law School
  4.      University of Chicago School of Law
  5.      Columbia Law School
  6.      New York University School of Law 
  7.      University of Pennsylvania School of Law
  8.      University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  9.      University of Virginia
  10.      Duke University 
  11.      Northwestern University (Pritzker School of Law)
  12.      UC Berkeley Law School
  13.      Cornell University Law School
  14.      University of Texas at Austin
  15.      Georgetown University Law School 
  16.      UCLA Law School
  17.      Vanderbilt Law School
  18.      Washington University in St. Louis 
  19.      USC (Gould Law School) 
  20.      University of Iowa Law School
  21.      University of Notre Dame School of Law
  22.      Emory University School of Law
  23.      Boston University Law School
  24.      University of Minnesota Law School
  25.      Arizona State University School of Law

best law schools for black people

Here is a list of the 10 Top Law Schools for African American people, according to Rankings are based partly on the percentage of African Americans in attendance at these schools, partly on the school's location, and partly on affordability. 

RANK   SCHOOL                                              CITY

  1.      Harvard Law School                              Cambridge, MA
  2.      Howard University School of Law            DC
  3.      Georgetown University Law Center         DC
  4.      Columbia School of Law                         New York, NY
  5.      University of Virginia School of Law        Charlottesville, VA
  6.      University of Chicago Law School           Chicago, IL
  7.      University of Pennsylvania Law School    Philadelphia
  8.      University of Alabama School of Law      Tuscaloosa
  9.      Northwestern University School of Law   Chicago
  10.      Stanford University Law School              Stanford / Palo Alto

Of course, which law schools are the best is really a matter of how they are measured. Probably the best way to pick top law schools is to consider the law schools that make every national list. By this measure, among the cream of the crop of top law schools are

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