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2020 Best Colleges for Legal Professions

Approximately 61,800 legal professions degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Legal Professions ranking analyzed 27 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in legal professions. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 4 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 18% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 15%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 201 to 1 )
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 colleges for Legal Professions students.

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Legal Professions degree.

It's hard to beat University of California - Berkeley if you wish to study legal professions. Located in the midsize city Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 65 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great school overall.

There are approximately 830 legal professions undergraduates studying this degree at UC Berkeley.

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Arizona State University - Tempe is a great choice for individuals interested in a Legal Professions degree. ASU - Tempe is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tempe. This college ranks 312th out of 1,727 colleges 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 is hard to beat University of Wisconsin - Madison if you want to study legal professions. Located in the city Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 80 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Wisconsin is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Wisconsin 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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#4

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Any student who is interested in legal professions needs to check out Dickinson College. Dickinson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Carlisle. This school ranks 88th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

A popular major for legal professions undergraduates, there are roughly 11 learners enrolled in this program at Dickinson.

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Located in the city Santa Cruz, UC Santa Cruz is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 259th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

A preferred major for legal professions undergraduates, there are roughly 105 students studying this program at UC Santa Cruz.

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Located in the suburb Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 167th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the most popular college to study legal professions in United States with over 99 graduates last year.

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STJ is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Queens. This college ranks 398th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

With 382 students enrolled, St John's University - New York is one of most popular colleges to study legal professions in United States.

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University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

Located in the suburb Coral Gables, U Miami is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 66 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means U Miami is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, U Miami also offers 2 different higher degree levels in legal professions, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Professional Practice).

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Located in the small city East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 120th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

With 93 students enrolled, Michigan State University is one of most popular colleges to study legal professions in United States.

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University of Denver

Denver, CO

Located in the large city Denver, U of Denver is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 145th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of Denver 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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Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
The Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Major Annual Graduates
Law 34,826
Legal Support Services 12,032
Legal Research 9,352
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 3,279
Legal Professions (Other) 2,311

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 150,819
Public Administration & Social Service 97,063
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 72,116
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 3,229

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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).
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