Legal Professions

2023 Best Legal Professions Schools

280 Colleges in the United States
61,055 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded
$47,649 Avg Early-Career Salary
Legal Professions is about average in terms of popularity for degree programs. That is, it ranks #16 out of the 38 majors across the country that we analyze each year. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

College Factual looked at 280 colleges and universities when compiling its 2023 Best Legal Professions Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 61,055 degrees in legal professions during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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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

Georgetown University

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

Any student pursuing a degree in legal professions has to look into Georgetown University. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #19 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 997 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 earn $71,514 more than the typical legal professions grad.

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#2

University of Pennsylvania

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

Any 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 fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #4 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were roughly 328 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Legal Professions degree recipients from University of Pennsylvania receive an earnings boost of approximately $138,922 above the typical income of legal professions majors.

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

Any student who is interested in legal professions has to check out University of California - Berkeley. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the city of Berkeley. A Best Colleges rank of #17 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were about 672 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available. Those legal professions students who get their degree from University of California - Berkeley make $52,305 more than the average legal professions student.

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#4

Harvard University

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

Harvard University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in legal professions. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of #12 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were approximately 666 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the legal professions degree program at Harvard University make $136,658 more than the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #14 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 565 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 receive $145,713 more than the average legal professions graduate.

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#6

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
661 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 3rd out of 143 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 661 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the legal professions degree program at New York University get $127,740 more than the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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

Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Colleges rank of #5 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 515 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available. Those legal professions students who get their degree from Northwestern University receive $74,632 more than the standard legal professions student.

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

Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #7 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 241 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the legal professions major at University of Chicago make $133,357 above the average graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#9

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
204 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford. A Best Colleges rank of #2 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were roughly 204 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent data year. Legal Professions degree recipients from Stanford University earn a boost of about $103,925 over the average earnings of legal professions graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
613 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 Colleges rank of #24 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means WUSTL is a great university overall.

There were roughly 613 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the legal professions program at Washington University in St Louis make $21,158 more than the typical college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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

University of Virginia is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of Charlottesville. This university ranks 1st out of 65 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 326 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent year we have data available. Legal Professions degree recipients from University of Virginia - Main Campus receive an earnings boost of approximately $138,061 over the typical earnings of legal professions majors.

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

U-M is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. This university ranks 1st out of 57 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were approximately 381 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available. Those legal professions students who get their degree from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earn $98,636 more than the average legal professions grad.

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#13

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
230 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Nashville. A Best Colleges rank of #21 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were roughly 230 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available. Those legal professions students who get their degree from Vanderbilt University receive $84,644 more than the average legal professions grad.

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

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of #18 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 750 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year. Legal Professions degree recipients from University of Southern California receive an earnings boost of approximately $30,493 above the average earnings of legal professions majors.

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

Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 51 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were roughly 399 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent data year. Those legal professions students who get their degree from University of Washington - Seattle Campus earn $9,513 more than the standard legal professions student.

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#16

Boston University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
408 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 5th out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 408 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent data year. Legal Professions degree recipients from Boston University earn a boost of about $50,017 over the average income of legal professions majors.

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#17

University of Notre Dame

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

Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #16 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were approximately 190 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the legal professions program at University of Notre Dame make $39,989 more than the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
682 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 8 colleges for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were about 682 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at GWU in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the legal professions degree program at George Washington University make $22,700 above the average college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#19

Emory University

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

Located in the large city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 69 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were roughly 354 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the legal professions program at Emory University make $19,510 above the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
393 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 6th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 393 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent data year. Those legal professions students who get their degree from University of California - Los Angeles make $44,401 more than the typical legal professions graduate.

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#21

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
558 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Bronx, Fordham U is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 14th out of 143 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 558 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at Fordham U in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the legal professions program at Fordham University earn $98,432 more than the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
148 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

UC Santa Cruz is a large public university located in the city of Santa Cruz. This university ranks 17th out of 170 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 148 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UC Santa Cruz in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the legal professions program state that they receive average early career wages of $36,945.

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

Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 46 schools for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were about 405 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year. Soon after graduation, legal professions degree recipients generally earn about $47,432 in the first five years of their career.

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#24

University of Denver

Denver, CO
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
306 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Denver, DU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 34 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There were roughly 306 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at DU in the most recent data year. Legal Professions degree recipients from University of Denver earn a boost of approximately $12,758 over the average earnings of legal professions graduates.

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#25

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
491 Legal Professions Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Coral Gables, U Miami is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 77 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were about 491 legal professions students who graduated with this degree at U Miami in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the legal professions degree program at University of Miami make $9,098 above the typical graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#25

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
#26

Suffolk University

Boston, MA
#27

Cerritos College

Norwalk, CA
#28

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#30

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#31

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

#33

American University

Washington, DC
#38

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#39

Purdue University Global

Indianapolis, IN

#41

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN

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
43 Villanova University Villanova, PA
44 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
45 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
46 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
47 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
48 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
49 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
50 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
51 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
52 Portland Community College Portland, OR
53 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
54 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
55 El Centro College Dallas, TX
56 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL

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Major Annual Graduates
Law 36,216
Legal Support Services 11,545
Legal Research 6,874
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 4,407
Legal Professions (Other) 2,013

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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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