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TOP colleges in the USThis is the list of the best Law Colleges in the United States of America, North America. Amongst these colleges and universities are the reverred schools such as the Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Columbia. The order in which the colleges are listed on the site are quite representative of their rankings. However, the order should not be strictly construed to be rankings assigned to these schools. The order may vary from that listed by other ranking services.

  1. Yale University
    Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law School is one of the world’s premier law schools. Among the School’s graduates are U.S. Presidents and Supreme Court Justices; and among its far-reaching projects, the Information Society Project and the China Law Center.

    Yale Law School offers four degree-granting programs - The J.D. program is a three-year course of study. The LL.M. is a one-year course of study for J.D. graduates interested in law teaching. The J.S.D. program is open to Yale Law School LL.M. graduates. The M.S.L. program is a one-year course of study intended for experts in other fields who want to explore how the law relates to their fields.

  2. Harvard University
    Harvard Law School offers a diverse and dedicated faculty, an energetic and creative learning environment and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and over 70 countries. Every year, around 1900 students attend the law school.

    Harvard Law School offers three degree programs: The J.D. is a three-year program that gives students the intellectual foundations for legal study. The one-year LL.M. program provides students who already have excellent legal training and experience, an expanded understanding of law and legal theory. The S.J.D. is still a more advanced degree, intended for students who wish to pursue a career in legal education.

  3. Stanford University
    At Stanford Law School, the community — engaged faculty and students, influential alumni, dedicated staff — is united in its belief that a Stanford Law degree is a powerful tool for change.

    Stanford Law School offers an intensive, dynamic JD program in an environment that is collegial and interdisciplinary, and part of one of the world’s leading research universities. Stanford Law School also offers three one-year master's degree programs and a doctoral degree (JSD) for foreign graduate students who have earned a law degree outside the United States.

  4. Columbia University
    Columbia Law School has always been committed to the pursuit of excellence and its command of academic vitality. Columbia offers a challenging, but also supportive environment where coursework is both substantive in depth and vast in scope.

    The Juris Doctor (J.D.) program offered requires three years of study. One academic year, consists of two semesters, extending from mid-August through mid-May. The LL.M. Program is a one-year, full-time program beginning in the fall semester.  It is an opportunity for our students to specialize in fields not fully covered in their previous law work.  Every year the Law School enrolls approximately 210 LL.M. students from more than 50 countries with experience spanning all areas of the legal profession. The J.S.D. degree is awarded to persons who have completed an approved program of study, research and writing with distinction.

  5. New York University
    Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a pioneer—and continues to be a leader—in programs such as clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

    Students are admitted to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program only on a full-time basis and only for the fall semester. Applicants must be at least eighteen years old and hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university to be eligible to enroll in the Juris Doctor (J.D.) program. The Graduate Division is home to both general and specialized Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs in New York City and in Singapore, the online Executive Master of Laws (E-LL.M.) in Taxation, the Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.), and Advanced Professional Certificates.

  6. University of California--Berkeley
    Berkeley Law offers a superb education in both established and emerging fields of law. Their intellectual property program was the first of its kind, and remains dominant more than a decade later. Berkeley was the legal pioneer of the green movement, creating the nation’s first environmental law program. One of the most selective law schools in the nation, Berkeley Law enrolls about 270 of the more than 7,000 prospective J.D. students who apply annually.

    Other than the J.D. and J.S.D. programs offered, Berkeley was also the first law school that offered M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Jurisprudence and Social Policy. Most recently, the school expanded its LL.M. program to offer two options: one standard nine-month program as well as one six-month curriculum that spans two consecutive summers.

  7. University of Chicago
    The University of Chicago Law School recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. In the first century, it has evolved from an upstart school with five teachers, seventy-five students, a small set of courses, and no building, into a place that is at the leading edge of legal education, with interdisciplinary approaches, an amazingly productive faculty and a formidable library. The University of Chicago campus is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood, six miles south of downtown Chicago. Hyde Park is centered between two large city parks, Jackson Park and Washington Park, and is just steps from the beaches, trails and parks of Lake Michigan.

    The regular curriculum of the Law School is a three-year program leading to the degree of Doctor of Law (JD). The program is open to candidates who have received a Bachelor’s degree from an approved college before beginning their study in the Law School. The entering class for the JD Program is limited to approximately 190 students. The Law School offers two graduate degrees at the masters level: Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Master of Comparative Law (M.Comp.L.). The Law School offers two graduate degrees beyond the masters level: Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.S.D.), and Doctor of Comparative Law (D.Comp.L.).

  8. University of Pennsylvania
    Penn Law has as distinguished a history as any law school in America. James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence and a Justice of our first Supreme Court, delivered the University’s first lectures in law in 1790. He presented his views on topics in law at a series of influential lectures to President George Washington and the members of his cabinet. Following this auspicious beginning, Penn began offering a full-time program in law in 1850, under the leadership of George Sharswood, an innovator in legal education. Since that time, Penn Law has been at the forefront of legal education in the country.

    Penn Law has a full-time program leading to the J.D., the first professional degree in Law. Applicants have their undergraduate degrees and, oftentimes, advanced degrees in a broad array of disciplines; many have some work experience prior to attending law school. Graduate Degrees - include the Master of Laws (LL.M.), the Master of Comparative Laws (LL.C.M.), and the Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.). Graduate students generally are international students who hold a law degree from outside the United States and who wish to become more familiar with aspects of American law and legal institutions.

  9. University of Michigan--Ann Arbor
    For 150 years, the University of Michigan’s Law School has offered its students one of the world’s finest legal educations in a setting of stunning physical beauty. Among Michigan Law’s 20,000+ alumni can be found leaders in law, business, and public service in countries across the globe. Michigan has externships in South Africa, Geneva, and human rights organizations worldwide.

    The Law School offers—in addition to the three year Juris Doctor (J.D.), the basic degree in law in the United States—four graduate degree options: the one year Master of Laws (LL.M.), International Tax LL.M., and Master of Comparative Law (M.C.L.); and the Doctor of the Science of Law (S.J.D.), for which prior completion of the LL.M. is a requirement. While the Law School totals about 1100 students from the U.S. and abroad, the size of the graduate degree programs has been kept small despite the large number of applications received: Each year, the graduate programs consist of approximately 35 - 45 students in the general LL.M., up to ten in the International Tax LL.M., and about ten S.J.D. students in residence.

  10. Duke University
    The Duke University School of Law is the law school and a constituent academic unit of Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States. One of Duke's 10 schools and colleges, the School of Law began as the Trinity College School of Law in 1868. In 1924, following the renaming of Trinity College to Duke University, the school was renamed the Duke University School of Law. The School features programs in Business, Comparative and International Law, Environmental Law, and Intellectual Property, among others.

    Twenty-five percent of students at Duke pursue a dual degree -- that's more than any other top law school in the country. Duke offers the following dual degree programs: JD/LLM in International and Comparative Law, JD/MA and JD/MS, JD/MBA and Accelerated JD/MBA, JD/Master of Environmental Management, JD/Master of Public Policy, JD/Master of Theological Studies, JD/MD, JD/PhD and JD/Master in Global Business Law. The LLM program at Duke Law School is designed to introduce foreign-trained law graduates to the legal system of the United States. The SJD is a doctorate program for students with outstanding academic credentials who intend to pursue an academic career in law.

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