2016 Top Law Schools

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Fifty schools made our list of the top graduate programs in law across the country. These schools were ranked based on student ratings across several areas, including quality of instruction, networking opportunities, and student financial services. Tuition for these programs ranges from $6,130 at Brigham Young University to $47,067 at Southwestern Law School.

Stanford University took the #1 spot, and students cited the quality of life, faculty, and academics as some of the best features of the program. "Phenomenal faculty and highly intelligent peers," one student remarked. Another student stated, "in addition to a rigorous academic environment, the quality of life here is second to none." For students at University of Florida, the supportive faculty are one of the program's most outstanding features. "The professors are extremely kind and easy to reach; it just takes a quick e-mail to schedule a meeting with them, and they will do everything in their knowledge to get you to understand” wrote one student. 

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Rank School Annual Tuition 2016 Student Rating
#1 #1 Stanford University Annual Tuition $43,245 2016 Student Rating 4.49
#2 #2 University of California - Berkeley Annual Tuition $27,966 2016 Student Rating 4.37
#3 #3 University of Florida Annual Tuition $30,036 2016 Student Rating 4.35
#4 #4 University of Colorado Boulder Annual Tuition $28,308 2016 Student Rating 4.31
#5 #5 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $23,950 2016 Student Rating 4.25
#6 #6 Florida State University Annual Tuition $26,697 2016 Student Rating 4.23
#7 #7 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Annual Tuition $27,459 2016 Student Rating 4.23
#8 #8 Northwestern University Annual Tuition $45,560 2016 Student Rating 4.22
#9 #9 Harvard University Annual Tuition $39,846 2016 Student Rating 4.22
#10 #10 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $6,454 - $22,652 2016 Student Rating 4.19
#11 #11 Thomas Jefferson School of Law Annual Tuition $8,850 2016 Student Rating 4.19
#12 #12 University of Virginia - Main Campus Annual Tuition $26,266 2016 Student Rating 4.17
#13 #13 Pepperdine University Annual Tuition $33,732 2016 Student Rating 4.17
#14 #14 New York University Annual Tuition $38,228 2016 Student Rating 4.16
#15 #15 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Annual Tuition $39,798 2016 Student Rating 4.15
#16 #16 University of Houston Annual Tuition $15,984 2016 Student Rating 4.14
#17 #17 Florida International University Annual Tuition $22,861 2016 Student Rating 4.08
#18 #18 Oklahoma City University Annual Tuition $17,190 2016 Student Rating 4.08
#19 #19 North Carolina Central University Annual Tuition $17,978 2016 Student Rating 4.07
#20 #20 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Annual Tuition $24,669 2016 Student Rating 4.06
#21 #21 Nova Southeastern University Annual Tuition $16,015 2016 Student Rating 4.06
#22 #22 Barry University Annual Tuition $17,280 2016 Student Rating 4.05
#23 #23 Washington University in St Louis Annual Tuition $44,400 2016 Student Rating 4.05
#24 #24 Yale University Annual Tuition $36,500 2016 Student Rating 4.05
#25 #25 Stetson University Annual Tuition $15,456 2016 Student Rating 4.04
#26 #26 DePaul University Annual Tuition $18,230 2016 Student Rating 4.03
#27 #27 Case Western Reserve University Annual Tuition $38,616 2016 Student Rating 4.02
#28 #28 University of Utah Annual Tuition $20,953 2016 Student Rating 4.01
#29 #29 Georgetown University Annual Tuition $42,108 2016 Student Rating 4.00
#30 #30 Brigham Young University Annual Tuition $6,130 2016 Student Rating 3.96
#31 #31 California Western School of Law Annual Tuition $27,770 2016 Student Rating 3.96
#32 #32 Cornell University Annual Tuition $29,581 2016 Student Rating 3.96
#33 #33 Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Annual Tuition $23,991 2016 Student Rating 3.96
#34 #34 Washington and Lee University Annual Tuition $44,707 2016 Student Rating 3.96
#35 #35 Indiana University - Bloomington Annual Tuition $25,153 2016 Student Rating 3.94
#36 #36 University of Texas at Austin Annual Tuition $20,710 2016 Student Rating 3.93
#37 #37 University of the Pacific Annual Tuition $39,450 2016 Student Rating 3.93
#38 #38 Southern Methodist University Annual Tuition $43,906 2016 Student Rating 3.92
#39 #39 Columbia University in the City of New York Annual Tuition $41,594 2016 Student Rating 3.91
#40 #40 Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Annual Tuition $8,740 2016 Student Rating 3.91
#41 #41 College of William and Mary Annual Tuition $26,960 2016 Student Rating 3.90
#42 #42 New York Law School Annual Tuition $25,328 2016 Student Rating 3.90
#43 #43 University of San Diego Annual Tuition $23,850 2016 Student Rating 3.90
#44 #44 University of Southern California Annual Tuition $37,504 2016 Student Rating 3.90
#45 #45 University of Maryland, Baltimore County Annual Tuition $17,946 2016 Student Rating 3.88
#46 #46 Duke University Annual Tuition $46,586 2016 Student Rating 3.88
#47 #47 University of Chicago Annual Tuition $48,729 2016 Student Rating 3.88
#48 #48 Southwestern Law School Annual Tuition $47,067 2016 Student Rating 3.86
#49 #49 Loyola Marymount University Annual Tuition $15,427 2016 Student Rating 3.84
#50 #50 University of California - Los Angeles Annual Tuition $27,673 2016 Student Rating 3.83

Methodology

Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2015-2016 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.

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Our tuition numbers reflect data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics.

This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.