5 Best Universities In The US To Study Law
July 15, 2016
From our recent blog post all about the reasons why you should consider studying law in the USA, American Law Schools tend to dominate the university rankings system with fifteen of its institutions present in QS’ top 50. With strict admissions criteria and a reputation for offering places to the brightest and best talent, it’s easy to see why US law schools are so respected and renowned around the world. While universities in the UK have law degrees for 18-year-olds fresh out of school, in the US, law courses are usually more like graduate degrees, with many institutions demanding that applicants already have a bachelor’s degree. If you’re thinking of studying in the USA and you believe you have what it takes to make your mark on the legal world, here are the 5 best universities in the US to study law.
1. Harvard University
Established in 1636, Harvard University is widely cited as America’s first higher education institution and was founded before the Declaration of Independence was signed. The university has grown tremendously over the years from initially having just nine students to now boasting more than 21,000 students in total. Harvard has an excellent reputation across the board. From knowledgeable staff to high employability rates (92% of graduate find employment quickly), it’s no surprise that Harvard is considered the number one law school in the US. While many Harvard graduates go on to become lawyers, others choose to go on to start their own businesses, using their extensive legal knowledge to inspire innovative ideas and practices that can change the legal industry and help individuals achieve justice.
2. Yale University
At the time of writing, Yale University is considered the second-best law school in the US. It’s much smaller than Harvard but for those looking to work closely with their professors, this can be particularly advantageous. The law school provides students with a diverse range of courses from administrative law to public interest law. Students can learn about human rights, the constitution, international matters, and how the law intersects with media and journalism. Yale has built a solid reputation for producing high-class graduates with the potential to go on to do great things. The university has countless famous graduates including Hilary and Bill Clinton who met in the library. Senator Cory Booker, of the Class of 1997 says of his time at Yale: “It really was the only law school for me as I look back on my experiences now. It just provided for me the raw materials with which to make a career. And really great people – both my peers and the professors – who did nothing but encourage, assist, help, charge me up.”
3. New York University (NYU)
NYU is a fantastic place for international students to study law in the USA. If you’re keen to develop your knowledge and improve your job prospects, this Big Apple-based university is the perfect location to enable you to thrive. There are 336 courses to choose from in total, allowing you to uncover the workings of everything from family law to criminal law and civil rights to immigration. The law school has a strong focus on careers and entrepreneurship, training the next generation of lawyers to thrive in their chosen field.
4. Stanford University
As Stanford University proves, there’s more to law school than simply studying criminal case studies in the library. The university takes a hands-on approach to the profession, allowing you to ‘live’ law rather than simply read about it. Equipped with cutting edge research, extensive academic programmes, policy-orientated classes and countless pro bono opportunities, at Stanford you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the legal industry and if you’re willing to go above and beyond, gain a competitive edge over other students.
5. University of California, Berkley
With more than a dozen research centres and a wide range of initiatives designed to equip students with everything they need to know about the law, Berkeley is a fantastic place for budding lawyers to begin their careers. The university’s course selection is diverse and many of its courses include elements of other industries from technology to sustainability. With so many prestigious universities and life-changing courses to choose from, deciding where to study in the USA can be a challenge. Thankfully, we’re here to help. If you’d like to know more about life as an international student in the US, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at IEC Abroad.