Here Are the 10 Best Law Schools in the Country

7. University of Pennsylvania Law School (Philadelphia, PA)

University of Pennsylvania Law School – photo by Jeffrey M. Vinocur via Wikimedia Commons

In 2019, only one student in the entire graduating JD class did not pass the bar exam, making the bar passage rate an incredibly 99.61%.

Over 99% of class of 2018 graduates found employment. The median starting salary for that same class was $180,000, according to the school’s Wiki page.

Students at U Penn publish many of the most prestigious law journals in the country. These include the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, which is actually the oldest law review in the country, as well as The Regulatory Review, an online publication covering current events and topics in law.

Alumni of the program are among the highest paid & most successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, lawyers, and businessmen in the world.

6. New York University (New York, NY)

Furman Hall at NYU – photo by Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

Coming in at #6 on the list, we note that NYU placed in the top 10 in 8 of the 9 rankings lists we used to create this article (sources available at the end of this article).

Widely regarded as one of the top law schools in the country, it is particularly known for its strength in the public law sector. Indeed, the school is home to one of the most prestigious public interest scholarships in the country, the Root-Tilden scholarship, a full-tuition public service scholarship.

The standard metrics used to evaluate any law school demonstrate NYU as one of the top law schools in the country. Nearly 98% passed the bar in 2017.

According to Above the Law, a leading law school publication on the internet, NYU is ranked as having the best overall faculty in the country. According to, NYU is 6th for best employment outcomes.

Located in the business capital of the country, NYU is as lauded as any of the Ivy league schools on this list.

5. Yale School of Law (New Haven, CT)

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Your first indication of Yale Law’s excellence comes from the fact that their graduates have been running the United States for decades. The most notable of them are the Clintons, Bill and Hillary, who met at this school and married soon after.

Going back into history, Yale Law also produced Gerald Ford, who was president in the 70’s.

With a 99% bar pass rate according to their ABA profile, Yale is consistently cited in the top 5 in nearly every list it appears. In 2014, over 88% of students found gainful employment within 9 months of graduation.

Notably, Yale does not have a traditional grading system.

Instead, professors grade new students on a simple credit/no credit system, and all other students on a slightly more complex honors/pass/fail methodology.

Not only does this system reduce stress, but many believe it creates a superior learning environment.


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