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Best Law Schools & Rankings 2010 - Top Law Degrees

The definitive college ranking and rating published every year is put out by US News and World Report. Their top ten law schools in the country are:

Yale
Harvard
Stanford
Columbia
New York University
University of California/Berkeley
University of Chicago'
University of Pennsylvania
University of Michigan
Duke

Among the top ten there are two public schools, which for undergraduate work usually means a lower tuition than private schools. That is not necessarily the case for law schools, especially for students from out of state. Tuition at Harvard Law School is currently $41,000; for out of state students at Cal Berkeley's Boalt Hall the tuition is $43,000.

If you expand the US News list to the top 25 a picture of the highest quality law programs in specialty areas emerges. Boston University is ranked near the top for their law degree in intellectual property. BU also offers dual degrees in law and public health, a law and management degree, and in European law. Vanderbilt's law school has a dual law and business degree, as does the University of Minnesota.

The University of Southern California (USC) operates seven client clinics that allows law students to interact with real life legal problems. Their clinics offer consultation in the intellectual property field, in technology law, in immigration law and in several other areas. University of Texas law school also has a clinics program and a limited internship program for students with Austin corporations.

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