Top US Law Schools

With 203 American Bar  Associated (ABA) accredited law schools in the United States, there’s a plethora of options for international lawyers and law students looking to pursue an LLM in the United States.

Rankings

The main rankings for US law schools are produced by US News & World Report. These rankings are based on JD (rather than LLM) admissions and are calculated by analysing the following factors:

  • peer assessment scores;
  • assessment scores by lawyers and judges (i.e reputation);
  • selectivity (based on accepted candidates’ LSAT scores, GPA scores, and overall acceptance rates);
  • employment placement success;
  • bar passage rate; and
  • faculty resources.

Unfortunately, there is no dedicated ranking for LLM programs. Despite this, the US News & World Report rankings give a general reflection on the quality and tier of US law schools. (NB. If you read enough law school-related material online, you will come across the phrase “T-14”. This refers to the top 14 law schools, as ranked by US News & World Report.)

With that general disclaimer, I provide some background to the top ten law schools in the United States.


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