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Law and Legal College Rankings

The top law schools in the country have maintained their standings for many years. They may move around a bit within the top twenty, but usually that has more to do with campus budget issues or events than with a change in academic expertise. One of the challenges in recent years for the top law schools has been to integrate global law into the curriculum just as business schools have had to do.

The top law school as ranked by US News and World Report are below. The US News survey also ranked the top ten schools for various areas of legal academics. We have included those where they apply to this list of the top ten law schools overall.

  • Yale: International Law, Dispute Resolution, Clinical Training.
  • Harvard: Tax Law, International Law.
  • Stanford: Intellectual Property, Tax Law, International Law, Clinical Training.
  • Columbia: Intellectual Property, International Law.
  • New York University: Environmental Law, Tax Law, International Law, Trial Advocacy, Clinical Training
  • University of California/Berkeley Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, International Law.
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Michigan
  • Duke University: Environmental Law, Intellectual Property.

For the first time, US News also ranked the top ten law schools sending graduates to clerkships for federal judges - a highly coveted and prestigious option following law school graduation. The top ten schools whose graduates landed clerkships with a federal judge:

  • Yale
  • Stanford
  • Harvard
  • Brigham Young University
  • University of Virginia
  • Duke University
  • University of Texas
  • Cornell University
  • University of Pennsylvania

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