Choosing a law school can be one of the most challenging tasks for a pre-law student to overcome. There are numerous law schools throughout the country and world, that offer pre-law students incredible opportunities to further their education and increase their potential to obtain their law degree. If you’re a pre-law student seeking to reach your ultimate potential, here is a list of the top 4 law schools in the United States.
Yale Law School, located in New Haven, Connecticut, is a prestigious Ivy League law school with a full-time enrollment of just over 600 students. Established in 1824, Yale Law offers students multiple law degrees including J.D (Juris Doctor), LL.M. (Master of Laws), J.S.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science), M.S.L (Master of Studies in Law), and Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy). Yale is widely known for its high level of prestige and it’s selective admissions process that is considered the most selective of any law school within the United States. Due to its admissions process, Yale Law’s class sizes are small and often hold less than 20 students.
Established in 1893, Stanford Law is the highly prestigious professional graduate school of Stanford University. Stanford, along with its other top-ranked counterparts (Yale Law & Harvard Law), has consistently been voted one of the top law schools in the country every year since 1992. While many students at Stanford are working towards their J.D, the university also offers four advanced legal degrees such as LL.M, M.S.L, J.S.M, and J.S.D. With just over 550 enrolled students, Stanford has an acceptance rate of 9.9%, making it one of the most difficult law schools for students to gain admissions to.
The law school at Harvard University has a full-time enrollment of under 2,000 students, and a student-faculty ratio of 8.1:1. Similar to other Ivy League law schools, Harvard Law doesn’t practice a tradition grading structure for students. Rather than traditional grade, Harvard Law students receive grades of honors, pass, low pass, or fail. Harvard Law is a third ranking on our list, with an acceptance rate of 15.8%; higher than Yale and Stanford, but none-the-less, still quite selective.
University of Chicago
The University of Chicago Law School was established in 1902 and is a private university that has been continuously ranked as one of the top law schools in the world. With more than 600 full-time students, the law school at the University of Chicago offers multiple law degree programs from the regular J.D program, to more advanced law degrees such as the LL.M or M.L.S. With an acceptance rate of 20.3%, a little higher than it’s Ivy League counterparts, the program at University of Chicago Law School is still highly competitive. In 2017, out of over 4,000 applicants for the J.D program, only 179 students were chosen for enrollment.