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Best law schools in the U.S. Many of these top graduate institutions, including Yale University, Harvard University and Stanford University, are consistently ranked high in US News' annual law school college rankings. These U.S. law schools turn out some of the brightest lawyers in the country.

Which law school is truly the best? What is the best law school in the US? That's up to you to decide! Add your own list of the best law schools and then vote up your favorites.

Many of the law schools on this list, which goes beyond just the top twenty law schools, are on the East Coast, but some Midwestern, Southern and West Coast schools are also represented, in an attempt to present the fullest possible picture of US options for new law students. Most of these law schools are part of large, well-established institutions; some are private and some are public. Lots of these institutions are the most beautiful law schools as well. Chances are, you'll recognize a lot of these schools - but some might surprise you.

The fact that so many people in the US each year have decided to enter the field of law has been the subject of much controversy and debate. A popular course of action during any economic downturn is for a number of people to leave the job force and go back to school, hoping to "ride out" the employment freeze. The economy's slow recovery, however, means that this strategy may not work out so well. It led to a glut of new law school admissions, and thus new graduating lawyers entering a limited job market. (Between 2008 and 2009 alone, the number of new students taking the LSAT jumped by nearly 20,000.) A number of high profile law schools - including California's Hastings School of Law - have started to drastically cut back the number of students it will be admitting, by as much as 20%.

These factors make applying to the right school that will provide the most valuable, attractive degree more important than ever. Students still wishing to pursue a career in law must be sure to attend the most competitive schools, giving them a leg up against potential competitors for jobs down the line. Peruse this list for information on good law schools and top law universities in USA.

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Yale University is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Law Schools
Yale University New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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Harvard University is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Law Schools
Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Stanford University is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Law Schools
Stanford University Stanford, California, United States of America

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University of Chicago Law Scho... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Law Schools
University of Chicago Law School Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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Columbia University is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Law Schools
Columbia University Upper Manhattan, New York City, New York

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University of California, Berk... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Law Schools
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California, United States of America

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New York University is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Law Schools
New York University New York City, New York, United States of America

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University of Pennsylvania Law... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Law Schools
University of Pennsylvania Law School Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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University of Virginia School ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Law Schools
University of Virginia School of Law Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

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University of California, Los ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Law Schools
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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University of Michigan Law Sch... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Law Schools
University of Michigan Law School Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America

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Cornell University is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Law Schools
Cornell University Ithaca, New York, United States of America

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Georgetown University Law Cent... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Law Schools
Georgetown University Law Center Washington, D.C., United States of America

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Duke University School of Law is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Law Schools
Duke University School of Law Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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Northwestern University is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Law Schools
Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

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Vanderbilt University Law Scho... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Law Schools
Vanderbilt University Law School Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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University of Texas School of ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Law Schools
University of Texas School of Law Austin, Texas, United States of America

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Boston College Law School is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Law Schools
Boston College Law School Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Washington and Lee University ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Law Schools
Washington and Lee University School of Law Virginia, United States of America

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Boston University School of La... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Law Schools
Boston University School of Law Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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College of William and Mary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Law Schools
College of William and Mary Williamsburg, Virginia, United States of America

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Emory University School of Law is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Law Schools
Emory University School of Law Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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University of Southern Califor... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Law Schools
maddog added University of Southern California Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Fordham University School of L... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Law Schools
pfr10708 added Fordham University School of Law New York City, New York, United States of America

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Pennsylvania State University is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Law Schools
ravens315 added Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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University of California, Davi... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Law Schools
University of California, Davis Davis, California, United States of America

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University of Washington is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Law Schools
carmen_21 added University of Washington Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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De La Salle University College... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Law Schools
Jonathan Ogena added De La Salle University College of Law Manila, Philippines

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New Era University is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Law Schools
Jonathan Ogena added New Era University Quezon City, Philippines

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San Beda College of Law is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Law Schools
Jonathan Ogena added San Beda College of Law Manila, Philippines

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University of the East is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Law Schools
Jonathan Ogena added University of the East Manila, Philippines

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University of Santo Tomas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Law Schools
Jonathan Ogena added University of Santo Tomas Manila, Philippines

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National University is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Law Schools
Jonathan Ogena added National University Manila, Philippines

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Baylor School of Law is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Law Schools
crowe added Baylor School of Law

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Tulane University Law School is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Law Schools
booomr added Tulane University Law School New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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J. Reuben Clark Law School is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Law Schools
eriond52 added J. Reuben Clark Law School Provo, Utah, United States of America

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Suffolk University is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Law Schools
whoozonfirst added Suffolk University Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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University of the Philippines,... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Law Schools
Jonathan Ogena added University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City, Philippines