Top 10 Law Schools in the USA

By Vidhya

Are you a student seeking a law degree in the United States of America?

Here is what you should do:

Firstly, to succeed in your career, plan your educational track carefully and as early as possible. You might encounter a lot of confusion in the process of admission to law schools. The major difficulty every international student will face is the varying criteria of each individual state of the US. Every state here has its own criteria for admissions to its state's bar.

In the US, law is a professional academic field of study and is equivalent of a graduate degree in other parts of the world. In the US, law schools are part of public or private universities that grant Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees.

How to choose a law school in US?
Choosing a law school in US and to find a school that suits all your requirements is important. Take a look at the school rankings and also try to visit the school campuses. If possible talk to the current students and graduates, so that you can learn as much you can about the school. Attending a law school in the area where you intend to practice is highly recommended.

Requirements to apply:

You will need the following in order to apply for law school in the US:

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent in any subject.
  • Register for the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). Most of the ABA ( American Bar Association) approved schools require that their applicants register for and complete their applications through the LSDAS.
  • LSAT scores.
  • Letter of recommendation.
  • TOEFL scores
  • Financial documents for obtaining F1 visa.

Read further to know more about the top 10 law schools in the US:

Yale University

Rank: #1

School Name: Yale University, New Haven, CT

Tuition and Fees: $54,650 per year (full-time)

Student Enrollment (full-time): 625

Harvard University

Rank: #2

School Name: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Tuition and Fees: $53,308 per year (full-time)

Student Enrollment (full-time): 1,741

Stanford University

Rank: #3

School Name: Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Tuition and Fees: $52,530 per year (full-time)

Student Enrollment (full-time): 574

Columbia University

Rank: #4

School Name: Columbia University, New York, NY

Tuition and Fees: $57,838 per year (full-time)

Student Enrollment (full-time): 1,248

University of Chicago, Chicago

Rank: #4

School Name: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Tuition and Fees: $53,301 per year (full-time)

Student Enrollment (full-time): 612

New York University

Rank: #6

School Name: New York University, New York, NY

Tuition and Fees: $54,678 per year (full-time)

Student Enrollment (full-time): 1,418

University of Pennsylvania

Rank: #7

School Name: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Tuition and Fees: $54,992 per year (full-time)

Student Enrollment (full-time): 786

University of Virginia

Rank: #8

School Name: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Tuition and Fees: $47,900 per year (in-state, full-time); $52,900 per year (out-of-state, full-time)

Student Enrollment (full-time): 1,048

University of California-​Berkeley

Rank: #9

School Name: University of California-​Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Tuition and Fees: $48,058 per year (in-state, full-time); $52,009 per year (out-of-state, full-time)

Student Enrollment (full-time): 854

Duke University

Rank: #10

School Name: Duke University, Durham, NC

Tuition and Fees: $53,596 per year (full-time)

Student Enrollment (full-time): 629

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