2. Cardozo School of Law @ Yeshiva University (New York, NY)
Cardozo is frequently referred to as the “rising star” law school, and it is easy to see why.
The median LSAT for admission is an impressive 161; this means that all accepted students were among the most competitive students in the country in terms of LSAT score. To put that score in perspective, a score above 160 is normally required for admission into an Ivy-League law school.
Cardozo’s biggest strength lies in its specialties; it is widely considered a top-15 law school nationwide in a number of categories, including dispute resolution & intellectual property.
One interesting fact about the school is its prominence as an entertainment law school. A recent ranking placed Cardozo #1 as the most cited “Arts & Entertainment” law journal in the country.
It’s no wonder then that Cardozo has perhaps the very best entertainment law program in the country. The full name of this major program is FAME, a clever acronym for fashion, arts, media, and entertainment.
We note Cardozo as being one of the most unique law schools in the country in terms of its offerings. In addition to its strong entertainment industry program, the school founded the Innocence Project, which has successfully absolved 189 wrongfully accused people based on DNA evidence.
The legal world is taking note of the amazing activity going on at Cardozo, making this a top law school on the rise.
1. Rutgers Law School (Newark & Camden, NJ)
The largest public law school in the northeast, over 20,000 alumni of Rutgers Law are practicing in all 50 US states.
For such a large school, Rutgers has one of the best employment outcomes of all law schools in the country. In 2018, 93.9% of all students obtained employment in a JD-required position within 9 months of graduation.
For comparison, the University of Virginia, a T14 law school, had a 92.6% employment outcome in its class of 2018.
Talk about a rising star in law schools – Rutgers 2018 class, by percentage, had a higher employment outcome than a program with a Top 14 law school designation!
Amazingly, this law school gets over 2,000 applications a year. They accept less than half of all applicants, making it a competitive school for admission.
One distinction of the Rutgers Law School program is its strong embracing of individuality when it comes to admissions. Whereas most schools place significant emphasis on GPA and LSATs, Rutgers Law Schools admissions equally focus on background, employment history, accomplishments, and more when deciding which applicants will be accepted into their school.
Rutgers is home to one of the largest law libraries in the country. Between its Camden and Newark campuses, the total number of volumes held is approximately 1.2 million!
Rutgers is notably home to the world’s oldest law & technology journal, aptly titled the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal. Publishing two issues a year, this student-run journal has been functional since 1969.
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