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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
New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

2
128 90
Harvard University is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Law Schools
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

3
81 61
Stanford University is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Law Schools
Stanford, California, United States of America

4
74 72
Columbia University is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Law Schools
Upper Manhattan, New York City, New York

5
68 56
University of Chicago Law Scho... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Law Schools
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

6
47 36
University of Pennsylvania Law... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Law Schools
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

7
60 64
New York University is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Law Schools
New York City, New York, United States of America

8
50 41
University of Virginia School ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Law Schools
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

9
63 74
University of California, Berk... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Law Schools
Berkeley, California, United States of America

10
43 25
Duke University School of Law is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Law Schools
Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

11
59 61
University of Michigan Law Sch... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Law Schools
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America

12
52 45
Cornell University is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Law Schools
Ithaca, New York, United States of America

13
50 73
University of California, Los ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Law Schools
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

14
50 58
Georgetown University Law Cent... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Law Schools
Washington, D.C., United States of America

15
28 19
University of Texas School of ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Law Schools
Austin, Texas, United States of America

16
33 36
Northwestern University is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Law Schools
Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

17
28 24
Vanderbilt University Law Scho... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Law Schools
Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

18
28 37
Boston University School of La... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Law Schools
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

19
21 27
Boston College Law School is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Law Schools
Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America

20
22 37
Washington and Lee University ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Law Schools
Virginia, United States of America

21
15 20
University of Southern Califor... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Law Schools
maddog added Los Angeles, California, United States of America

22
24 31
College of William and Mary is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Law Schools
Williamsburg, Virginia, United States of America

23
23 38
Emory University School of Law is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Law Schools
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

24
17 32
Fordham University School of L... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Law Schools
pfr10708 added New York City, New York, United States of America

25
18 18
University of Washington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Law Schools
carmen_21 added Seattle, Washington, United States of America