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2021 Best Colleges for Legal Professions

Approximately 54,761 legal professions degrees were awarded 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 schools 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. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

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

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

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.

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Legal Professions Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study legal professions.

University of California - Berkeley is a good option for individuals pursuing a Legal Professions degree. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 69 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

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

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#2

American University

Washington, DC

It is difficult to beat American University if you want to study legal professions. Located in the large city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university 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 2 different higher degree levels in legal professions, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree.

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It's difficult to beat Arizona State University - Tempe if you wish to pursue legal professions as a major. Located in the medium-sized city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 276th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Arizona.

Arizona State University - Tempe is one of the most popular universities to study legal professions in the United States with approximately 120 graduates in the most recent data year.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison is a great option for individuals interested in a Legal Professions degree. UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of 76 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

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

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

University of Massachusetts Amherst is a fairly popular university to study legal professions in the United States with approximately 101 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 97 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UW Seattle is a great university overall.

There were approximately 377 legal professions individuals who graduated from this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent year we have data available.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

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

Michigan State University is a fairly popular university to study legal professions in the United States with about 88 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

Hamline is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Saint Paul. This university ranks 569th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Hamline offers a Master's Degrees in legal professions.

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University of Denver

Denver, CO

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

There were roughly 297 legal professions individuals who graduated from this degree at DU in the most recent year we have data available.

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Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, Webster is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 666th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Webster offers a Master's Degrees in legal professions.

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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 Research 8,449
Legal Support Services 6,710
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 3,264
Legal Professions (Other) 1,699

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 106,583
Public Administration & Social Service 93,881
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 69,376
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 2,638

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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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