What Are the Best Law Schools in the United States?


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According to U.S. News & World Report, the top three best law schools in the United States as of 2014 are Yale University, Harvard University and Stanford University. Besides these top three, other top law schools include the University of Chicago, New York University, Georgetown University and the College of William and Mary (Marshall-Wythe).

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In the United States, law school is an institution attended to earn a professional degree in law after obtaining an undergraduate degree. Students who complete law school earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, which is one of the highest degrees one can earn in law. There are 200 certified law schools in the United States. The Ivy-League law schools are the highest-ranked schools in the country, based on LSAT percentile, bar-pass rate, post-graduation employment, and assessment by judges and lawyers. Yale, the highest-ranked, has an enrollment of 625 and costs $54,650 per year, as of 2014. Harvard, the second highest, has an enrollment of 1741 and costs $53,308 per year, as of 2014. Stanford, the third highest, has an enrollment of 574 and costs $52,530 per year in 2014. Despite being the highest-ranked, Yale has the lowest employment rate, at 89.6 percent employed after graduation. Stanford and Harvard both have over 90 percent employed after graduation.

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