America's Top law schools


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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 USlearning.net. 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. 


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Alabama

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 



Arizona

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



Arkansas

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY 

University of Arkansas School of Law                                 Fayetteville

William H. Bowen School of Law                                        Little Rock



California

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)   

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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


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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



Colorado

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY 

University of Colorado School of Law                                  Boulder

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law                        Denver



Connecticut

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY 

Quinnipiac University School of Law                                   Hamden

University of Connecticut School of Law                             Hartford 

Yale Law School                                                               New Haven



Delaware

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY 

Widener University School of Law                                      Wilmington



DC

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  

 

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Florida

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



Georgia

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



Hawaii

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

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



Idaho

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

Concordia University School of Law                                    Boise

University of Idaho College of Law                                     Moscow


Illinois

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


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Indiana

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



Iowa

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

Drake University Law School                                             Des Moines

University of Iowa College of Law                                      Iowa City



Kansas

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

University of Kanas School of Law                                      Lawrence

Washburn University School of Law                                    Topeka



Kentucky

SCHOOL                                                                           CITY

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

Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University  

                                                                                       Highland Heights

University of Kentucky College of Law                                 Lexington



Louisiana

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



Maine

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

University of Maine School of Law                                      Portland



Maryland

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

University of Baltimore School of Law                                 Baltimore

University of Maryland School of Law                                  Baltimore



Massachusetts

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

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



Michigan

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 



Minnesota

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



Mississippi

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

Mississippi College School of Law                                       Jackson

University of Mississippi School of Law                               Oxford



Missouri

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



Montana

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

University of Montana School of Law                                  Missoula



Nebraska

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

Creighton University School of Law                                    Omaha

University of Nebraska, Lincoln College of Law                    Lincoln



Nevada

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

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


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New Hampshire

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

University of New Hampshire School of Law                        Concord



New Jersey

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

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

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

Albany Law School, Union University                                  Albany

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University       Manhattan  

Brooklyn Law School                                                         Brooklyn

Columbia University Law School                                         Manhattan


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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

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

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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North Dakota

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

University of North Dakota School of Law                           Grand Forks



Ohio

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



Oklahoma

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

Oklahoma City University School of Law                             Oklahoma City

University of Oklahoma College of Law                               Norman

University of Tulsa College of Law                                      Tulsa




Oregon

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

University of Oregon School of Law                                    Eugene

Willamette University College of Law                                  Salem

Lewis & Clark Law School                                                  Portland



Pennsylvania

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

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

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



Tennessee

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

      


Texas

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

                                                                                      Houston

University of Houston Law Center                                      Houston

UNT Dallas College of Law                                                 Dallas

University of Texas School of Law                                      Austin


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University of North Texas (UNT) Dallas College of Law

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Utah

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University        Provo

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



Vermont

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

Vermont Law School                                                         Royalton



Virginia

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

Appalachian School of Law                                                Grundy

George Mason University School of Law                              Arlington

Liberty University School of Law                                        Lynchburg

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                                                                                      Williamsburg

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



Washington

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



Wisconsin

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

Marquette University Law School                                       Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin Law School                                    Madison



Wyoming

SCHOOL                                                                          CITY

University of Wyoming College of Law                                Laramie





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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 Learning.net 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, usnews.com 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 usnews.com:


RANK    SCHOOL   

  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 abovethelaw.com. 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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