2017 Top Law Schools

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This list of the top 50 law schools is based on student reviews. With so many options on this list, there are choices to fit a variety of needs and preferences. For instance, those who are concerned about budget may be interested in attending a school such as Thomas Jefferson School of Law, which has a tuition of $9,060, one of the lowest on our list. Other affordable options include Arizona State University ($6,098 - $27,790 per year), Brigham Young University($6,500 per year), and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School ($9,940 per year).

The number one school on our list is the University of Florida, which earned a Student Score of 87.08 and a 100% recommendation rating among the student respondents. One reviewer stated that the “Teachers are accessible and brilliant.” Another echoed these sentiments, stating that “The professors take an excellent hands-on approach to our learning.” Yet another student commented on the opportunities that they had to put their knowledge and skills into practice while still in school, saying that there were “great hands-on experience through well coordinated and challenging legal clinical and externship experiences.” To learn more about this and the other universities on our list, click on the the names of the colleges listed below.

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All schools on this list have at least one degree accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).
Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 University of Florida Campus Location Gainesville (FL) 2017 Student Score 87.08
#2 #2 University of California - Berkeley Campus Location Berkeley (CA) 2017 Student Score 86.42
#3 #3 University of Colorado Boulder Campus Location Boulder (CO) 2017 Student Score 86.14
#4 #4 University of Alabama Campus Location Tuscaloosa (AL) 2017 Student Score 85.06
#5 #5 Florida State University Campus Location Tallahassee (FL) 2017 Student Score 84.62
#6 #6 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Campus Location Chapel Hill (NC) 2017 Student Score 84.52
#7 #7 Harvard University Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2017 Student Score 84.49
#8 #8 Northwestern University Campus Location Evanston (IL) 2017 Student Score 84.46
#9 #9 Thomas Jefferson School of Law Campus Location San Diego (CA) 2017 Student Score 83.83
#10 #10 Arizona State University Campus Location Tempe (and 4 others) 2017 Student Score 83.82
#11 #11 University of Virginia - Main Campus Campus Location Charlottesville (VA) 2017 Student Score 83.54
#12 #12 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus Location Ann Arbor (MI) 2017 Student Score 82.91
#13 #13 New York University Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 82.76
#14 #14 Barry University Campus Location Miami Shores (FL) 2017 Student Score 81.60
#15 #15 Florida International University Campus Location Miami (FL) 2017 Student Score 81.59
#16 #16 North Carolina Central University Campus Location Durham (NC) 2017 Student Score 81.43
#17 #17 Nova Southeastern University Campus Location Fort Lauderdale (FL) 2017 Student Score 81.16
#18 #18 Yale University Campus Location New Haven (CT) 2017 Student Score 80.95
#19 (tie) #19 (tie) Cornell University Campus Location Ithaca (NY) 2017 Student Score 80.66
#19 (tie) #19 (tie) DePaul University Campus Location Chicago (IL) 2017 Student Score 80.66
#21 #21 Case Western Reserve University Campus Location Cleveland (OH) 2017 Student Score 80.35
#22 #22 Georgetown University Campus Location Washington (DC) 2017 Student Score 79.62
#23 #23 Indiana University - Bloomington Campus Location Bloomington (IN) 2017 Student Score 79.60
#24 (tie) #24 (tie) Brigham Young University Campus Location Provo (UT) 2017 Student Score 79.29
#24 (tie) #24 (tie) The John Marshall Law School Campus Location Chicago (IL) 2017 Student Score 79.29
#26 #26 Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Campus Location Indianapolis (IN) 2017 Student Score 79.18
#27 #27 The University of Texas at Austin Campus Location Austin (TX) 2017 Student Score 78.95
#28 #28 New York Law School Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 78.77
#29 #29 Duke University Campus Location Durham (NC) 2017 Student Score 78.71
#30 #30 Columbia University in the City of New York Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 78.70
#31 #31 University of Chicago Campus Location Chicago (IL) 2017 Student Score 78.40
#32 #32 College of William and Mary Campus Location Williamsburg (VA) 2017 Student Score 78.10
#33 #33 Southern Methodist University Campus Location Dallas (TX) 2017 Student Score 78.04
#34 #34 University of San Diego Campus Location San Diego (CA) 2017 Student Score 78.00
#35 #35 University of Southern California Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2017 Student Score 77.95
#36 #36 Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Campus Location Lansing (MI) 2017 Student Score 77.38
#37 (tie) #37 (tie) California Western School of Law Campus Location San Diego (CA) 2017 Student Score 77.11
#37 (tie) #37 (tie) University of Maryland-Baltimore Campus Location Baltimore (MD) 2017 Student Score 77.11
#39 #39 Loyola Marymount University Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2017 Student Score 76.51
#40 #40 Southwestern Law School Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2017 Student Score 76.39
#41 #41 Michigan State University Campus Location East Lansing (MI) 2017 Student Score 75.86
#42 #42 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus Location Minneapolis (MN) 2017 Student Score 75.63
#43 #43 University of Baltimore Campus Location Baltimore (MD) 2017 Student Score 75.35
#44 #44 University of California - Los Angeles Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2017 Student Score 75.20
#45 #45 American University Campus Location Washington (DC) 2017 Student Score 74.96
#46 #46 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Campus Location Pittsburgh (PA) 2017 Student Score 74.94
#47 #47 University of Pennsylvania Campus Location Philadelphia (PA) 2017 Student Score 74.66
#48 #48 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Location Seattle (WA) 2017 Student Score 74.06
#49 #49 Seattle University Campus Location Seattle (WA) 2017 Student Score 73.90
#50 #50 University of Notre Dame Campus Location Notre Dame (IN) 2017 Student Score 72.36

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 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

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 2016-2017 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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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.