United State’s Top Law Schools
When applying to Law School it’s important to be realistic with your abilities without underselling yourself. Yes, a degree is a degree and if you can pass the bar it doesn’t make a huge difference on where you go for your education. False. The school at which you study does play a role in your career post-graduation. Schools that are highly rated top the lists for a reason. These schools offer things that lower level schools don’t or can’t. Looking into alumni success, programs the school offers to help you gain experience, exam pass rates, and networking opportunities should be high on the list when it comes to deciding factors on what school you want to attend.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t become an extremely successful lawyer and even make your way into lawyers of distinction by attending a local law school. Top programs however can provide you with more resourceful tools to kick-start your career.
According to U.S New Weekly, these are the top 5 law schools ranked in 2018.
- Yale University
- Stanford University
- Harvard University
- University of Chicago
- Columbia University
U.S News had raked 194 law schools with a mandate that they were fully accredited by the American Bar Association. The rankings are based upon a weighted average of 12 forms of measurement. The assessments were based off of the following statistics:
- A peer assessment score
- An assessment score by lawyers and judges
- The median LSAT and GRE scores by attending students
- The median undergraduate GPA
- The schools acceptance rate
- The success of student placement post-graduation
- The schools pass rate of the Bar
- The expenses per student
- The student-faculty ratio
- Library resources
Located in New Haven, Connecticut, there are only 625 students currently enrolled in The Law School at Yale University. The full-time tuition costs $62,170, but makes up for the cost with an 83.3% employed at graduation rate. With that, the median private sector starting salary is $180,000. Ranked highly among the other Ivy League law schools, Yale University offers over 20 legal clinics where students can begin gaining experience as early as their first year. President Bill Clinton is one of the most notable alums of the law program.
Stanford University is located in Stanford, California and currently has 565 students enrolled in The Law School. The full-time cost for the program stands at $60,270. Stanford actually out does Yale University when it comes to their employed at graduation rate with 91.3%. The median private sector starting salary is also $180,000. Stanford has 10 clinics where students can gain experiences with the law. They also rank 2nd in the nation when it comes to intellectual property law.
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard is one of the most costly law school programs with a $62,792 price tag for full-time students. The Law School at Harvard utilizes a unique grading system by replacing traditional letter grades with honors, pass, low pass, or fail. Harvard Law School ranks highly in dispute resolution, international law, tax law, environmental law, and health care law. Their employment at graduation rate is also high at 91.6%.
University of Chicago:
The Law School at University of Chicago currently has 597 students enrolled at a full-time cost of $62,865. Program specialties include international law and tax law. A whopping 93.5% of students are employed at graduation making a median income of $180,00 in the private sector.
Ranked 5th, Columbia University is located in the heart of NYC. Costing $67,564 per year for full-time students, Columbia ranks highly in environmental law and tax law. One notable alum is former President Theodore Roosevelt. 93.3% of students are employed at graduation.
Attending any of these top 5 schools would be an amazing start to your career as a lawyer. While nothing is impossible, the acceptance rate at these schools is competitive. Explore all options and make smart decisions. In the end, it’s all about what you do with your time at law school, not the schools name on your diploma.