Legal Professions

2022 Best Legal Professions Schools

399 Colleges in the United States
55,393 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded
$43,199 Avg Early-Career Salary
Legal Professions isn't the most popular major in the world, but it's not the least popular either. To be more precise it ranks #17 in popularity out of 38 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 399 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for legal professions students pursuing a degree. Combined, these schools handed out 55,393 degrees in legal professions to qualified students.

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Best Legal Professions Schools Your choice of legal professions school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for legal professions schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Legal Professions Schools list to help you make the college decision. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the legal professions degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
763 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Harvard University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in legal professions. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Cambridge. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were roughly 763 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year. Legal Professions degree recipients from Harvard University get an earnings boost of around $115,001 over the average income of legal professions graduates.

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#2

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
290 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat University of Chicago if you want to pursue a degree in legal professions. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #7 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were about 290 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the legal professions program at University of Chicago earn $127,301 above the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#3

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In CA
269 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in legal professions needs to take a look at Stanford University. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were roughly 269 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent year we have data available.

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#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
418 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in legal professions needs to take a look at University of Pennsylvania. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were about 418 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Those legal professions students who get their degree from University of Pennsylvania receive $131,901 more than the average legal professions student.

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#5

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,359 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #18 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 1359 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent data year. Those legal professions students who get their degree from Georgetown University make $52,268 more than the typical legal professions student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
737 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 737 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Those legal professions students who get their degree from Columbia University in the City of New York earn $137,101 more than the standard legal professions student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
373 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

University of Virginia is a fairly large public university located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. This university ranks 1st out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 373 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent year we have data available.

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#8

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,011 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 7th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 1011 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the legal professions program at New York University get $106,301 more than the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#9

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
664 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 664 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the legal professions degree program at Northwestern University earn $90,951 more than the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
377 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

U-M is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. This university ranks 1st out of 67 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 377 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year. Legal Professions degree recipients from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earn a boost of around $83,601 above the average income of legal professions majors.

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#11

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TN
269 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Nashville. A Best Schools rank of #37 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were approximately 269 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available.

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#12

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
234 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were about 234 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available. Legal Professions degree recipients from University of Notre Dame receive an earnings boost of approximately $32,301 above the average income of legal professions majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
861 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

UC Berkeley is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. A Best Schools rank of #26 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were about 861 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent data year. Those legal professions students who get their degree from University of California - Berkeley make $46,551 more than the typical legal professions student.

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#14

Boston University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
467 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Boston. This university ranks 12th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 467 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the legal professions program at Boston University get $47,001 above the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
548 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #28 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means WUSTL is a great university overall.

There were about 548 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent data year. Legal Professions degree recipients from Washington University in St Louis receive an earnings boost of about $36,601 over the typical income of legal professions graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
521 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 11th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 521 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the legal professions program at University of California - Los Angeles make $26,851 above the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#17

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
52nd Most Popular In CA

Located in the large city of Irvine, Brandman is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 41st out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 24 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Brandman in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
361 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 136 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were about 361 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent data year.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
19th Most Popular In TX

UH Clear Lake is a medium-sized public university located in the large suburb of Houston. This university ranks 33rd out of 136 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were approximately 21 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UH Clear Lake in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
710 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 710 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the legal professions degree program at University of Southern California earn $45,751 above the standard college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
316 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

UC Hastings is a small public university located in the city of San Francisco.

There were roughly 316 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UC Hastings in the most recent data year. Legal Professions degree recipients from University of California - Hastings College of Law receive an earnings boost of about $24,401 above the average income of legal professions majors.

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#22

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
359 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 80 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were about 359 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent data year. Those legal professions students who get their degree from Emory University earn $20,801 more than the standard legal professions graduate.

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#23

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
268 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Boston College is a large private not-for-profit college located in the small city of Chestnut Hill. This college ranks 8th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 268 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent data year. Legal Professions degree recipients from Boston College receive an earnings boost of around $45,101 above the typical earnings of legal professions majors.

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#24

George Washington University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
611 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. This university ranks 2nd out of 9 colleges for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were roughly 611 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at GWU in the most recent year we have data available. Legal Professions degree recipients from George Washington University earn a boost of around $25,668 over the typical income of legal professions graduates.

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#26

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#27

El Centro College

Dallas, TX
#28

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY
#29

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#32

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

#33

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#34

Nassau Community College

Garden City, NY
#35

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, FL
#36

Valencia College

Orlando, FL
#39

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#40

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

#43

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#44

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#48

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
#49

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Legal Professions Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 399 different United States legal professions schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Manchester Community College Manchester, CT
51 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
52 Portland Community College Portland, OR
53 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
54 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
55 MTI College Sacramento, CA
56 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
57 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
58 American University Washington, DC
59 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Legal Professions students that almost earned our Best Legal Professions Schools award.

Rank College Location
60 Northeastern University Boston, MA
61 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
62 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
63 Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School Lansing, MI
64 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
65 Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA
66 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
67 Yeshiva University New York, NY
68 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
69 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
70 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
71 Peirce College Philadelphia, PA
72 John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY
73 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
74 University of Georgia Athens, GA
75 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR
76 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
77 American River College Sacramento, CA
78 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN
79 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN

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

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Major Annual Graduates
Law 34,750
Legal Research 8,863
Legal Support Services 6,482
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 3,602
Legal Professions (Other) 1,696

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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).
  • Removed schools reflect instances of new data identified post-publication that warrant removal of a school from this year’s ranking.
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