List of U.S. Schools & Universities for Aspiring Lawyers

Aspiring lawyers need to attend a 3-year law school after earning their bachelor's degree. In order to gain acceptance into law school, a student must earn an acceptable score on the LSAT exam.

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How to Select a Law School

Prospective law schools must be approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). There are only about 200 ABA-accredited schools in the United States. The school's curriculum should offer classes in economics, federal and state law, history, public speaking, philosophy and government. These are in addition to specific law courses, such as securities regulation, criminal trial advocacy and counsel interviewing.

Schools that feature practice and mock trials may be very attractive to prospective students. Trials allow students to gain practical courtroom experience, and they are overseen by faculty members. The school should also offer part-time summer and winter work opportunities, such as internships and clerkships within government agencies and corporate law firms.

Students may want to consider law schools based on a particular specialty. Law specializations include environmental law, constitutional law, medical law, business law, corporate law, real estate law and international law. While many law schools offer various programs, some schools may be nationally recognized in a particular area of law.

Cost and location are also important factors when considering a law school. Students may want to consider in-state public law schools in order to take advantage of their proximity and in-state tuition. Students need to make sure they can reach the financial obligations of a particular institution. Law schools in major metropolitan areas may offer more internship and employment opportunities.

Schools by Largest Overall Student Enrollment

College/University Student Population Institution Type
Arizona State University 67,082 4-year, Public
Miami Dade College 57,222 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
Ohio State University-Main Campus 53,715 4-year, Public
University of Florida 51,474 4-year, Public
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 51,140 4-year, Public
The University of Texas at Austin 49,984 4-year, Public
Michigan State University 46,510 4-year, Public
University of South Florida 46,189 4-year, Public
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 44,406 4-year, Public
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 43,246 4-year, Public
New York University 42,189 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Wisconsin-Madison 41,620 4-year, Public
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 41,028 4-year, Public
Indiana University-Bloomington 40,354 4-year, Public
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 39,675 4-year, Public
Florida International University 38,759 4-year, Public
Florida State University 38,682 4-year, Public
University of California-Los Angeles 38,220 4-year, Public
University of Arizona 38,057 4-year, Public
University of Houston 36,104 4-year, Public
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