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2021 Best Colleges for Legal Professions

Approximately 54,761 legal professions degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Legal Professions ranking analyzed 23 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in legal professions. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Legal Professions students.

Best Colleges for Legal Professions Your choice of legal professions school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 16% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 16%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 267 to 60 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Legal Professions graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent legal professions graduates from U.S. colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $33,361 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Legal Professions students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other legal professions students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized legal professions related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Legal Professions students.

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for legal professions majors.

It is hard to beat University of California - Berkeley if you want to pursue legal professions as a major. Located in the medium-sized city Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 69 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, UC Berkeley also offers 3 different higher degree levels in legal professions, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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American University

Washington, DC

American University is a good choice for students pursuing a Legal Professions degree. Located in the large city Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 164th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

For those interested in something more advanced, The American University also offers 3 different higher degree levels in legal professions, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Professional Practice).

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Arizona State University - Tempe is a good choice for students pursuing a Legal Professions major. ASU - Tempe is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Tempe. This school ranks 276th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Arizona.

For those interested in something more advanced, ASU - Tempe also offers 2 different higher degree levels in legal professions, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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It's difficult to beat University of Wisconsin - Madison if you want to pursue legal professions as a major. Located in the large city Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 76 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Wisconsin is a great college overall.

There are about 287 legal professions undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Wisconsin.

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Located in the suburb Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 118 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UMass Amherst is a great school overall.

University of Massachusetts Amherst is a fairly popular school to study legal professions in United States with more than 101 graduations last year.

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UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the city of Seattle. A Best Colleges rank of 97 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UW Seattle is a great school overall.

There are about 377 legal professions undergraduates studying this degree at UW Seattle.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Located in the city East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 107 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Michigan State is a great college overall.

A favorite choice for legal professions undergrads, there are about 88 students studying this program at Michigan State.

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Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

Located in the large city Saint Paul, Hamline is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 569th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

Hamline University is one of the most popular school to study legal professions in United States exceeding 35 graduates last year.

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University of Denver

Denver, CO

Located in the large city Denver, U of Denver is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 176th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There are about 297 legal professions undergraduates enrolled in this degree at U of Denver.

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Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

Webster is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis. This school ranks 666th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

With 23 undergrads, Webster University is one of most popular colleges to study legal professions in United States.

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Major Annual Graduates
Law 34,727
Legal Support Services 10,947
Legal Research 9,147
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 3,620
Legal Professions (Other) 2,570

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 144,759
Public Administration & Social Service 98,535
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 71,951
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 3,568

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to The wub. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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