How to Get into a Top Law School

How to Get into Yale Law School

As the most selective law school in the country, Yale is known for its scholarly culture and emphasis on public service. Alumni are illustrious. Power couple Bill and Hillary Clinton met in Yale’s law library. Three sitting Supreme Court Justices—Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Sonia Sotomayor—earned their J.D.s at Yale. Governors Jerry Brown (California) and Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island) are also graduates.

How to Get into Stanford Law School

SLS is one of the nation’s premier law schools whose esteemed alumni include Supreme Court Chief Justice William R. Rehnquist and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. The institution strives to inspire its students to be intellectually curious and forward thinking.

How to Get into Harvard Law School

The oldest continuously operated law school in the United States and one of the most famous in the world, Harvard Law School requires little introduction. Consistently ranked in the top 3 in the country, HLS is one of the most selective institutions in the United States, typically admitting less than 15% of applicants.

How to Get into Chicago Law School

With an intimate class size of roughly 600 students, the University of Chicago Law School emphasizes its tight-knit community and focus on interdisciplinary learning. Students are encouraged to embrace “the life of the mind” and study law for the sake of learning.

How to Get into Columbia Law School

One of the oldest law schools in the country, Columbia also consistently finds itself among the most elite. Its location in the heart of New York City instills a cosmopolitan feel at an institution that boasts a host of notable alumni, including Alexander Hamilton, Paul Cravath, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

How to Get into NYU Law School

NYU Law’s campus sits in the heart of Washington Square in Greenwich Village, a historic and dynamic neighborhood in New York City. Consistently ranked among the best 10 U.S. law schools, NYU is one of the larger top-tier law schools, with class size typically ranging from 400-450 students (or 1200-1350 total JD students).

How to Get into Penn Law School

Consistently ranked as #7 of the top ten law schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (Penn Law) is in the heart of Philadelphia, in close proximity to the many other University of Pennsylvania graduate and undergraduate colleges.

How to Get into Michigan Law School

Michigan is consistently one of the highest-ranked law schools in the United States. Though located in the Midwest, its national reputation attracts student and employers far and wide and its esteemed alumni can be found everywhere in the country and the world.

How to Get into Berkeley Law School

Berkeley is known for its commitment to providing a high quality legal education in a “supportive learning environment.” The school discourages competition by fostering collegiality amongst students not only through their unique non-letter grading system but by also encouraging social gatherings.

How to Get into Virginia School of Law

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the fourth-oldest law school in the country. Notable alumni include U.S. Supreme Court Justice James Clark McReynolds, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller.

How to Get into Duke Law School

A medium-sized program, Duke Law places particular emphasis on preparing lawyers in legal fields that are likely to be in high demand over the coming decades. Those who have walked the halls of Duke Law include notable alumni President Richard Nixon and broadcaster Jay Bilas.

How to Get into Northwestern Law School

As the first law school established in Chicago, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law stands out for its emphasis on innovation. A strategic planning committee works to ensure that the school’s pedagogical approach adapts “to changing education and economic conditions.” Among the new admissions procedures is a plan to recruit students with STEM backgrounds.