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  1. Northwestern University
    The Northwestern University School of Law is a private American law school in Chicago, Illinois. The law school was independently founded in 1859 as the Union College of Law and is one of eleven academic entities at Northwestern University. Northwestern Law is located on Northwestern University's downtown campus in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. The campus is on Lake Shore Drive, just south of the Gold Coast neighborhood, along Lake Michigan.

    The primary program is the juris doctor (JD), a degree comprising 86 semester hours of credit that full-time students may complete in three years. Northwestern Law also offers a two-year JD program and a number of joint-degree programs: JD-MBA, with Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, JD-PhD and MSJ-MSL, with Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. The nine-month general LLM program enrolls graduates of foreign law schools, giving them an opportunity to expand their knowledge of American law and legal processes.

  2. University of Virginia
    The University of Virginia School Of Law (Virginia Law) was founded in Charlottesville in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson as one of the original subjects taught at his "academical village," the University of Virginia. The law school maintains an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students in its initial degree program. Emphasizing its role as a public institution, Virginia Law reserves 40% of the seats in each first-year class for Virginia residents.

    Virginia Law offers a regular 3 year J.D program as well as Combined-Degree Programs (J.D.-M.A., J.D.-M.B.A., J.D.-M.U.E.P., J.D.-M.P.H., J.D.-M.S.). In a typical year, several dozen students, all holders of the academic degree regarded as their country’s first professional degree in law (equivalent to the J.D. degree) are admitted to the one-year program leading to the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree. Virtually all members of the LL.M. class are from abroad. The Law School also offers the Doctor of Juridical Science degree (S.J.D.), the highest degree in law.

  3. Cornell University
    Cornell Law School, located in Ithaca, New York, is a graduate school of Cornell University. It is one of the five Ivy League law schools. The school confers three law degrees, hosts an array of programs and institutes, and offers more than 120 courses for its students. Students may supplement their legal studies by availing themselves of the rich academic resources available in other colleges of the university.

    Cornell offers the following degrees: J.D. Programs, J.D./MBA, LL.M. Program, J.S.D. Program, J.D./Master en Droit, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (four-year program that prepares graduates for admission to the bar in the United States and in France), J.D./Master of German and European Law and Practice (M.LL.P.), Humboldt University of Berlin (three-year program that provides graduates with a knowledge of German and European law at both an academic and a practical level) and J.D./Master in Global Business Law, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and Paris I (three-year program that offers a multi-disciplinary, European perspective on international law and business issues).

  4. Georgetown University
    Opened as Georgetown Law School in 1870, it was the first law school run by a Jesuit institution within the U.S. The second largest law school in the U.S., Georgetown often emphasizes that its close proximity to federal government agencies, courts, and the Supreme Court offer a significant advantage in the study of law. It receives over 10,000 applications every year, more than any other law school in the U.S. Out of the nearly 11,000 applications received for the 2008-2009 academic year, about 21% were offered admission.

    Georgetown Law offers the following programs in the study of law: Juris Doctor Program, Graduate Programs (LL.M./S.J.D.) Georgetown Law's J.D. program can be completed over three years of full-time day study or four years of part-time evening study. The Law Center also offers a summer program, Foundations of American Law and Legal Education, to introduce lawyers educated in other countries to the study and practice of law in the United States. The Law Center also offers a Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree, designed specifically for working journalists. The joint degree programs allow students to combine law with another field of study, including Foreign Service, Business Administration, Public Health, Government, and Philosophy.

  5. University of California--Los Angeles
    The UCLA School of Law is the law school of the University of California, Los Angeles. It is generally regarded as the top law school in Southern California. It is the youngest of the top-tier U.S. law schools. UCLA is one of four law schools in the top twenty to offer a degree specialization in Business Law and Policy. UCLA is the only school in the nation to offer a degree specialization in Critical Race Studies.

    The school offers the standard Juris Doctor degree as well as several programs of specialization within the degree. Students can specialize in Business Law and Policy, Entertainment Law, Public Interest Law, Critical Race Studies, and Law and Philosophy. Several joint degree programs are available. These require four years of study, resulting in the simultaneous award of a Juris Doctor and a Master’s Degree in Afro-American Studies, American Indian Studies, Management, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Welfare, or Urban Planning. The school also offers a Master of Laws (LL.M.) program, involving, one year of post-law-graduate studies. Finally, it offers a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) Degree, designed for students who already have a J.D.

  6. University of Texas--Austin
    The University of Texas School of Law is an ABA-certified American law school located on the University of Texas at Austin campus. The law school has been in existence since the founding of the University in 1883. It was one of only two schools at the University when it was founded; the other was the liberal arts school. The school offers both Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees.

    The LL.M. program offers two different courses of study. The U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers program is designed to provide a basic understanding of the U.S. legal system. The Law School has also joined together with the country's preeminent center for the study of Latin America, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), to offer a unique and innovative program in Latin American and International Law. The Law School offers dual degrees programs with several different graduate schools’ programs at The University of Texas. These include: JD/Master of Public Affairs, JD/Master of Global Policy Studies, JD/Master of Business Administration, JD/Master of Arts in Latin American Studies, JD/Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, JD/Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, JD/Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies.

  7. Vanderbilt University
    Vanderbilt University Law School (also known as VULS and VLS) is a graduate school of Vanderbilt University. Established in 1874, it is one of the oldest law schools in the southern United States. The Law School places much emphasis in fostering a small, collegial environment; with each entering class consisting of slightly under 200 students. Given the law school's endowment of approximately $80 million, the small class size receives the 16th highest per-capita endowment among U.S. law schools.

    Vanderbilt’s innovative academic programs connect rigorous intellectual training in legal theory with its immediate applications in practice, enabling Vanderbilt law students to gain the skills, information and practical experience they need to function effectively as soon as they enter the legal profession. In addition to the J.D, LL.M. programs, the law school offers the Ph.D. Program in Law & Economics and the Law & Business Program, which enables students to earn a certificate in Law & Business. The school also offers Joint Degree programs including J.D. / M.B.A, J.D./M.D, J.D./M.P.P. (Masters in Public Policy), J.D./ M.Div. (Masters of Divinity) and J.D. / M.T.S. (Masters of Theological Studies).

  8. University of Southern California (Gould)
    The University of Southern California Law School (Gould School of Law), located in Los Angeles, California, is a graduate school within the University of Southern California. The oldest law school in the Southwestern United States, USC Law had its beginnings in 1896, and was officially established as a school of the university in 1904. It currently has about 600 J.D. students (200 per year), and also has a growing LL.M. program of about 90 students.

    USC J.D. students may apply to spend a semester abroad at the University of Hong Kong or a year at the London School of Economics. USC Law maintains dual degree programs with the Graduate School of Business Administration, the Department of Economics, the School of Public Administration, the School of Urban and Regional Planning, the School of Social Work, the School of Religion, the Annenberg School of Communications and the School of International Relations.

  9. Washington University in St. Louis
    Washington University School of Law (WULS), is a private American law school located in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1867, the School of Law is the oldest continually operating private law school west of the Mississippi river. Washington University has one of the oldest and largest moot court programs, which includes the Giles Rich Moot Court Competition, the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the Niagara International Arbitration Competition, as well as Environmental, National Appellate Advocacy, William E. McGee National Civil Rights, and Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Competitions.

    Most of the students at Washington University School of Law are enrolled in the juris doctor (JD) program. Beginning with the class of 2009, JD students will be required to take 86 semester hours of credit in order to graduate. For students interested in a more general interdisciplinary course of study, the School offers five joint degree programs These include: JD-MBA, JD-M.A. in East Asian Studies, JD-M.A. in Economics, JD-MHA in Health Administration, JD-MSW. The school also offers has three LLM programs. These include: LL.M. in U.S. Law for International Students, LL.M. in Intellectual Property & Technology Law LL.M. in Taxation.

  10. Boston University
    Ranked # 4 in Health law and # 6 in Tax law, BU Law is housed in the tallest law school building in the United States and the tallest academic building on campus. It is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and a charter member of the American Bar Association.

    Boston University School of Law offers a broad selection of legal classes and has a student to faculty ratio of 12:1. The J.D. program offers certificates in the concentrations of Business Organizations and Finance Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Law, and Litigation and Dispute Resolution. BU Law also offers joint degrees including JD/MBA, J.D./M.S., J.D./M.P.H. and the J.D./M.A. Boston University School of Law offers LL.M. programs in American Law, Banking and Financial Law, Intellectual Property, and Taxation, as well as several J.D./LL.M. programs.

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