The University of Alabama School of Law is a nationally-ranked, top-tier law school and the only public law school in the state of Alabama. The class of 2024 includes students from 65 different undergraduate institutions and 29 states, as well as 43 countries outside the United States in which members of the Class of 2024 studied, lived, or worked. Alabama Law offers its students an exciting, challenging educational environment that includes a low student-to-faculty ratio, numerous advocacy teams and journals, opportunities in public interest and public service, clinical experiences, and international programs coupled with a high quality of life at an affordable cost. For the class of 2020, our nationwide bar passage rate was 93.6% for first-time test takers, and 96.1% of our 2020 graduates were employed or pursuing advanced degrees within 10 months of graduation. According to ABA data, Alabama Law is also #10 for percentage of 2020 graduates with federal clerkships. As a result of this continued success, U.S. News & World Report’s most recent law school rankings named Alabama Law the 25th overall best law school in the nation, and National Jurist magazine consistently ranks Alabama Law as a “Best Value” law school.
The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is ranked No. 25 best law school and No. 9 public law school in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Over 60% of the JD class comes from outside Arizona, with students hailing from more than 130 undergraduate institutions, over 35 states and eight countries. ASU Law students have opportunities to study in Washington, D.C., at the ASU Barbara Barrett and Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center. The college has expanded its West Coast presence with the new ASU California Center in the historic Herald Examiner building in downtown Los Angeles. ASU Law has a bar passage rate of 89.4% with over 21% of graduates being placed in jobs outside of Arizona.
The University of Arkansas School of Law offers a competitive J.D. as well as an advanced LL.M. program, both of which prepare students — from all over the U.S. as well as internationally — for success. We provide a challenging curriculum taught by nationally recognized faculty who consistently value the rule of law and justice in national and international media and through their scholarship and research in top journals and publications, including Stanford, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Cornell, Wash U., Boston College, Wisconsin, and Alabama. We rank #13 for “Best Value” law schools according to preLaw Magazine and offer unique opportunities which allow students to participate in pro bono work, externships, live client clinics, competitions, and food and agriculture initiatives. From admitting the Six Pioneers who were the first African American students to attend law school in the South without a court order to graduating governors, judges, prosecutors, and faculty who went on to become President of the United States and Secretary of State, we have a rich history and culture.
Recognized as a best value in legal education (ranked #1 or #2 for the last five years by National Jurist), the University of Georgia School of Law prides itself on preparing the next generation of legal leaders for state and society. More than 95% of our students who sat for the bar passed within 12 months of graduation (Class of 2019). Recent rankings have UGA graduates 8th in the nation for securing federal clerkships (Law.com, 2021). With 18 experiential learning programs, UGA is a leader for practical training (PreLaw, 2021) and has increased its summer fellowship funding by approx. 450% since 2017. Ranked in the top 14% of law schools by U.S. News (2021/22), the School of Law is proud to have graduates who are leading figures in law, business and public service throughout the world. Counted among them are 11 governors, more than 120 state and federal legislators, and approximately 80 federal judges and state Supreme Court justices to date.
The University of Illinois College of Law is one of the nation’s top public law schools, known for its highly respected faculty, innovative curriculum, cutting-edge interdisciplinary programs, and distinguished alumni in the fields of law, business, teaching, and public service. Illinois is nationally recognized both for its percentage of recent graduates hired at the nation’s largest 250 law firms and for its number of alumni associates promoted to partnership.
Established in 1897, the law school is located on the flagship campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the world’s top comprehensive research institutions. The law school’s innovative Chicago Program permits third-year students to take classes in Chicago—the nation’s third-largest legal market. The College is approved by the American Bar Association and is the home of the founding chapter of the law honor society now known as the Order of the Coif.
Illinois Law prepares its students to succeed in a competitive legal marketplace. Recent graduates have gone on to prestigious federal and state clerkships, positions at the nation’s top law firms and corporations, and high-impact public interest fellowships. The Office of Career Planning and Professional Development’s professional staff, located in both Chicago and Champaign-Urbana, consists entirely of lawyers with practice experience at top law firms, government agencies, and in-house legal departments.
Illinois Law offers a rich and expansive curriculum designed to expose students to a range of practical, theoretical, and interdisciplinary perspectives on the law. Experiential learning is a strong focus, and Illinois offers in-house clinics, field-placements, and other live-client courses, as well as an array of externships. Numerous moot court activities, negotiation exercises, simulation courses, and other co-curricular opportunities enhance the law school’s experiential learning offerings.
Coursework at Illinois is rooted in the work of leading legal theorists and the findings of multidisciplinary research. Illinois offers robust programming and curriculum in Business and Law, Criminal Law, Public Interest, and Technology and Intellectual Property Law.
Located on Indiana University’s flagship Bloomington campus, the Maurer School of Law is renowned for its rigorous yet collegial learning experience. The school’s programs in tax, international law, and intellectual property are ranked in the top 25 in the nation by US News. The school’s unique Stewart Fellows program offers summer externships in 10 countries with law firms and non-government organizations. Students can also choose from among 14 dual degree programs, including business, cybersecurity, and public and environmental affairs from IU’s #1-ranked SPEA program. The Class of 2023 comes from 30 states and 96 undergraduate institutions. Half of the students are from outside Indiana; 22% are members of a minority group, and the majority of students are women.
First Iowa, then anywhere! Iowa Law consistently ranks among the top U.S. law schools for full-time job placement. And because our alumni graduate with far less debt than the average law student, you’ll have the freedom to practice the type of law you want, where you want. You can succeed anywhere with an Iowa Law degree. We believe that the most effective lawyers are more than a skilled technician or advocate. They’re counselors at law in the fullest sense of the term. Everything that distinguishes us at Iowa Law—the intellectual rigor of our program, our commitment to supporting every ambition, the civility and collaborative work ethic of our close-knit community—is designed to prepare you to serve as a counselor to your clients. The profession of law confers a privilege and profound responsibility on those who choose it, and we are committed to instruction that goes beyond legal doctrine and theory to the human qualities we ourselves embrace—the importance of character, integrity, and collegiality.
The University of Kansas School of Law has been preparing students to be outstanding members of the legal profession since 1878. Our students learn the foundations of the law, then gain the hands-on experience necessary to begin their careers ready for practice. KU Law offers nine clinical and field placement programs, as well as skills simulations, student-edited publications, transactional law competitions, a pro bono program and a nationally ranked moot court program. Students have access to more than 100 upper-level courses in an array of practice areas, with strong offerings in the areas of international law, business law and advocacy. They learn from a faculty of world-class scholars and teachers. KU Law ranks 40th overall and 16th among public law schools for scholarly impact.
Founded in 1872, the University of Missouri School of Law boasts 4 clinics, 3 centers, 9 dual degree programs, 10 certificate programs and countless elective courses to provide our students with a challenging and practical education enhanced by a strong traditional curriculum with a focus on lawyering as a problem-solving endeavor. Mizzou Law students learn by doing and are guided by nationally recognized faculty. During their time in law school, students may participate in the alternative dispute resolution program ranked #4 nationally, or in clinics serving clients that range from small businesses and start-ups, to the wrongfully convicted, to our nation’s veterans. Our robust externship and semester-in-practice programs enable Mizzou Law students to graduate “practice-ready” with the skills necessary to succeed in any area of law.
For more than a century, the University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law has been a leader in legal education, emphasizing experiential learning throughout our curriculum. Here every student experiences the practice of law first-hand through a third-year clinic, whether in one of our in-house clinics focused on Natural Resources and Environmental Law, Indian Law or Veterans Advocacy or through one of our dozens of external clinic placements. Our extensive pro bono program allows students to give back to their communities during law school while building the skills that will sustain them in careers of meaning after graduation. Those experiences in law school translate into outstanding outcomes: Almost 30% of our graduates begin their careers in coveted judicial clerkships, with our rates of placement in the most prestigious federal clerkships putting us in the top 15 in the nation. Our reasonable tuition and extraordinary outcomes make this one of the Top-10 Best Value Law Schools in America according to PreLaw Magazine.
At the University of Nebraska College of Law our mission is to “develop inclusive leaders who advance justice, solve problems, and serve with integrity.” As the state’s only public law school, we have been developing leaders that impact Nebraska and the world since 1891. More than 9,000 alumni serve as public interest lawyers, lawmakers, public defenders and prosecutors, judges, and client-serving attorneys impacting lives and advancing justice. Nebraska Law offers a Big Ten legal education that results in high bar passage and employment rates at a low tuition cost. That’s why we are consistently named a Best Value law school by National Jurist. Nebraska Law has five clinical programs, including an Entrepreneurship Clinic, Children’s Justice Clinic (Guardian ad Litem), Immigration Clinic, Civil Clinic, and a Criminal Clinic which operates out of the local prosecutor’s office. The clinical opportunities combined with externships and other skill-based programs allows Nebraska Law to graduate practice-ready students ready for success. Our committed faculty and staff support our students by providing these experiential learning opportunities and a classroom curriculum that prepares the students to lead their communities and serve with integrity.
The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law is an intimate, innovative law school, committed to developing students who enjoy challenging dialogue from the first moments of orientation, embrace practice-based learning, and stand ready to join the ranks of alumni who are global leaders in intellectual property, general practice, public interest and social justice, and commerce and technology. Our Legal Residency program allows students to work in their fields of interest for up to a full semester while receiving credit and our Daniel Webster Scholar program is the only practice-based bar exam alternative in the nation. Our faculty consists of practitioners experienced in their fields of interest. The small student/faculty ratio promotes collaboration and collegiality. Accredited by the American Bar Association, UNH Franklin Pierce is located in Concord, New Hampshire, home to the state’s legislature, state offices, as well as local, state and U.S. federal courts.
Rutgers Law School, the largest public law school in the Northeast, is keenly attuned to the evolving demands of the legal profession and to the need for legal scholarship and education to address the public good. The school offers a world-class faculty; a curriculum of exceptional breadth and depth in theory, practice, and interdisciplinary studies; and a strong tradition of diversity and social impact. As the law school for a top public university, Rutgers Law is committed to the highest standards of teaching, scholarship, and service to its host communities, the state of New Jersey, and the nation. The faculty-led academic centers produce groundbreaking scholarship and cutting-edge work in a wide range of scholarly fields, creating ideas and solutions in important policy and legal issues. Students are academically prepared to handle the demands of the legal environment; can deliver excellent writing and lawyering skills; and know the value of working to reach their career goals.
University of North Carolina School of Law was founded in 1845, as a part of the oldest public university in the nation, and prepares outstanding lawyers and leaders to serve the people and institutions of North Carolina, the nation and the world. Home to numerous centers and initiatives, the school offers strong expertise in civil rights, banking, environmental law, intellectual property, entrepreneurial and securities law, critical studies, bankruptcy and constitutional inquiry. Students supplement their academic work with extracurricular activities by participating in more than 55 student organizations and one of the most successful pro bono programs in the country. For the past four years, 100 percent of graduating students participated in the pro bono program. Students participate in pro bono work not only to make a difference in the community but also to gain valuable, practical work experience outside of the classroom
The oldest and only public law school in the state, the University of South Carolina School of Law has a more than 150-year tradition of excellence that prepares lawyer-leaders to serve their communities through rigorous legal studies, exceptional experiential training, and comprehensive professional identity formation within an inclusive and diverse environment. Our students are taught by nationally recognized faculty, whose scholarly interests address some of our most pressing issues such as access to justice, education reform, healthcare, energy and the environment, policing, children’s issues, and technology. Students put that theory into practice on behalf of real clients by working with practicing attorneys in one of our eight clinics, 100+ approved externship sites, and more than 20 pro bono service projects. Our students are ready to make an impact for your organization and your clients.
The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law is in Salt Lake City, a progressive state capital and regional economic epicenter, which serves as a focal point of growth for a diverse metropolitan area. Resting in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the College of Law serves as a gateway to campus. A Tier-1 Research Institution and member of the Pac-12, the University of Utah is home to leading genetics and medical research, biotechnology, business, and all the diversity in academic excellence you’d expect from a flagship university. With one of the lowest student-to-full-time-faculty ratios of any law school, we provide a personalized education that allows every student to achieve their best—no one gets lost in the crowd. Here, you can craft an education based on your interests. With classes and seminars in subjects as wide-ranging as adoption law to water law, we offer something for just about anyone’s passion. We pride ourselves in our small classes, engaged teaching, and active learning style. Our accomplished faculty includes some of the nation’s leading legal scholars, who love to see their students thrive, inquire, and succeed. The student to faculty ration is 3:1. Within this setting, students here know and feel our core mission: To make sure that every student has the best opportunities possible to succeed. The Class of 2020 saw an employment rate of 98%, finding jobs both in and out-of-state. The Class of 2024 features 95 students, 39% joining us from outside the state.
George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School’s location in metropolitan Washington, D.C. provides vast opportunities for our students to gain practical experience. Our focus on economic analysis and three-year research and writing program prepares them to make an immediate professional impact upon graduation. Students at the law school represent a true diversity of age and experience, as law students just out of college are joined by a significant contingent of working adults who bring their talents and real-world knowledge with them to the classroom. Our entering fall 2021 class of 259 students has a diverse background with 23% of students identifying as members of underrepresented communities. They boast a median LSAT of 164 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.81.
The University of Wisconsin Law School is located on historic Bascom Hill in the heart of the beautiful UW–Madison campus. It boasts a renowned faculty, an extensive curriculum and a dynamic student body. As part of a world-class university located in the state’s capital, the Law School also offers an unparalleled wealth of experiences beyond its walls, with diversity, equity and inclusion at the heart of all we do. Our curriculum emphasizes the dynamics of the law—how the law relates to social change and to society as a whole—while at the same time stressing skill development. In addition to nationally recognized programs in several substantive areas, the Law School also has one of the largest clinical programs in the country. UW Law School offers many dual degree programs, concentrations and certificate programs. With a focus on skills-based learning, our students graduate practice-ready and prepared for success. The UW Law School’s nationally recognized faculty and staff work together to provide an outstanding learning environment for our students. Our faculty and staff come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring varying experiences, views and approaches to the Law School. They are inspired by the UW’s distinctive law-in-action approach, and they are committed to helping students develop into confident, successful lawyers.