Best Law colleges in the U.S. 2021

While a career in law may not actually be like an episode of Law and Order, it’s never the less an excellent choice for those who are always curious. A law degree is formally known as a Juris Doctorate (J.D.), and granted as a graduate degree after one completes a three-year program at a law school. It is the highest education available in the United States in the legal field.

Traditional courses taken in law school include civil law, public law, criminal law, contract law, and business law. When obtaining a law degree, it may seem necessary to live among the book stacks of a law library, but there will be time for fun as well. Along with schoolwork, students working towards a law degree will generally partake in internships and externships or volunteer in legal societies. Due to the rigor and time commitment that comes with the degree, many students do not work and take out loans to cover tuition and cost of living while completing this degree. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before law school, you’ll need to get an undergraduate degree. The great thing about law is there are a variety of areas of practice, so students with specialized bachelor’s degrees are often more highly desired. Some common undergrad majors include political science, literature, philosophy, and history, which provide the writing and critical thinking practice students will need in law school. However, science degrees are especially beneficial, because students with a science degree will have already proven to do well in rigorous classes. Having a science degree is also great if you want to practice environmental law or represent scientific-based companies.

Best Law colleges in the U.S. for 2021

Georgetown University
Washington, DC

Georgetown University offers 1 Law degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 660 Law students graduated with students earning 660 Doctoral degrees.

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Harvard University offers 1 Law degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 599 Law students graduated with students earning 599 Doctoral degrees.

Stetson University
DeLand, FL

Stetson University offers 1 Law degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 247 Law students graduated with students earning 247 Doctoral degrees.

University of California-Berkeley offers 2 Law degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 329 Law students graduated with students earning 329 Doctoral degrees.

American University
Washington, DC

American University offers 1 Law degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 407 Law students graduated with students earning 407 Doctoral degrees.

Whittier College
Whittier, CA

Whittier College offers 1 Law degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 50 Law students graduated with students earning 50 Doctoral degrees.

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
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University of Pennsylvania offers 2 Law degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 249 Law students graduated with students earning 249 Doctoral degrees.

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

Temple University offers 2 Law degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 216 Law students graduated with students earning 216 Doctoral degrees.

Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA

Loyola Marymount University offers 1 Law degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 319 Law students graduated with students earning 319 Doctoral degrees.

University of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

University of Baltimore offers 1 Law degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 198 Law students graduated with students earning 198 Doctoral degrees.

List of all Law colleges in the U.S.

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School Logo Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School Lansing, MI   25 : 1 1,208
Florida Coastal School of Law Logo Florida Coastal School of Law Jacksonville, FL   23 : 1 184
Georgetown University Logo Georgetown University Washington, DC
5/5
19 : 1 19,593
Suffolk University Logo Suffolk University Boston, MA
5/5
20 : 1 7,169
The John Marshall Law School Logo The John Marshall Law School Chicago, IL   17 : 1 1,060
South Texas College of Law Houston Logo South Texas College of Law Houston Houston, TX   18 : 1 975
New England Law-Boston Logo New England Law-Boston Boston, MA   28 : 1 709
Brooklyn Law School Logo Brooklyn Law School Brooklyn, NY   17 : 1 1,096
Southwestern Law School Logo Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA   15 : 1 819
New York Law School Logo New York Law School New York, NY   19 : 1 1,102
University of California-Hastings College of Law Logo University of California-Hastings College of Law San Francisco, CA   15 : 1 979
Michigan State University-College of Law Logo Michigan State University-College of Law East Lansing, MI   17 : 1 776
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Logo Mitchell Hamline School of Law Saint Paul, MN   31 : 1 1,168
Southern University Law Center Logo Southern University Law Center Baton Rouge, LA   26 : 1 669
Thomas Jefferson School of Law Logo Thomas Jefferson School of Law San Diego, CA   22 : 1 219
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-School of Law Logo Inter American University of Puerto Rico-School of Law San Juan, PR   31 : 1 735
California Western School of Law Logo California Western School of Law San Diego, CA   23 : 1 793
Albany Law School Logo Albany Law School Albany, NY   14 : 1 534
Charleston School of Law Logo Charleston School of Law Charleston, SC   27 : 1 612
Roger Williams University School of Law Logo Roger Williams University School of Law Bristol, RI   22 : 1 487