Online Law Schools

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Have you thought about an online law school? You may want to reconsider that play because while this may change in the future, there are currently no accredited online law schools by the American Bar Association (ABA). It is important to note  that currently California will let you sit and take the bar but one state out of 50 is not the best batting average. Now it is fair to say that if you did pass the bar in California you could potentially take that and take the bar in other states. For everyone else (not in California) the best advice is if you plan to take law courses online realize up front that other lawyers (your future employers) will be aware that your online law degree is not accredited by the ABA so you need to do your own valuation.

 

 

Top 10 Law Schools

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Ranking the top 10 law schools in the US is easier said than done. There are numerous factors that contribute to the ranking like LSAT scores, culture, and location which when put in a matrix is much too complicated for my meager intellect. Even if I could calculate the winning school I have always thought of the process much like finding a wife/husband.¬† Each persons criteria will be subjective and he/she may not always say yes when you propose (apply). Before we begin, if for some reason you didn’t start with the U.S. News and World Reports you should, they are one of the best sources and most comprehensive guides on the web. Here is a list of their top law schools. With that said, here are my top ten law schools – in no SPECIFIC ORDER!

  • Yale (New Haven, Connecticut)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
  • Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
  • Emory (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Columbia (New York City, NY)
  • Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Indiana)
  • Washington and Lee (Lexington, Virginia)
  • Harvard (Cambridge, Massachusetts)