Going to a good law school, like going to a good college, may pay off for graduates. However, getting into a good law school is more difficult than it appears. Admissions to certain extremely selective colleges and universities are famously tough, and the same is true at the graduate level.
The ten law schools with the lowest acceptance rates for full-time and part-time students starting in the autumn of 2020 are listed below.
Yale University – Acceptance rate 7.4%
Traditional grades no longer exist at this top-ranked Ivy League law school. In reality, during their first term at Yale Law School, students receive no marks at all; after that, they are assessed solely by honors, pass, poor pass, credit, or failure. The average class size is less than 20 people. There are no focus areas at Yale, although students can adapt their course selections to their own interests. Joint degrees are available in collaboration with Yale’s other professional and graduate institutions, notably the prestigious School of Management. The student-faculty ratio is 4.4:1.
Stanford University – Acceptance rate 10.5%
Stanford University is ranked second among the best law schools in the country. Schools are graded based on their performance on a set of widely acknowledged excellence metrics. Its full-time tuition is $66,396. In fall 2020, the school had sifted through 3807 applicants. There is a 4.4:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
Harvard University- Acceptance rate 13%
At Harvard Law School, opportunities to put classroom learning into practice begin early. First-year students can put their legal abilities to the test by assisting local artists in understanding copyright rules or defending state prison prisoners at disciplinary hearings, among other things, through the school’s Student Practice Organizations. HLS legal clinics, the largest of any institution in the world, are available to older students. Before graduation, all students must perform at least 40 hours of pro bono (voluntary) work. The student-faculty ratio is 7.1:1.
University of Virginia – Acceptance rate 14.1%
The School of Law, like all other academic departments of the University of Virginia, runs on a stringent, student-run honor code. Students make a promise not to lie, cheat, or steal, and anybody found guilty by a peer jury is expelled. Each class includes around 350 students, with somewhat more boys than girls in the student body. In four years, students can receive a dual degree from the Darden School of Business, such as a J.D. and an MBA. During their second and third years, students can study law in countries like New Zealand, Germany, Israel, and England through a semester exchange program. The student-faculty ratio is 7.1:1.
The University of Pennsylvania – Acceptance rate 14.3%
Professional students at the University of Pennsylvania can take a multidisciplinary approach to their studies. Students from Penn Law can enroll in courses from other academic departments, and students from other professional schools can take Penn Law courses as well. Before graduating from Penn Law, students must perform at least 70 hours of pro bono work. Students can spend their spare time participating in legal clinics and over 100 student groups, such as Penn Law Boxing and the Urban Law Reform Association, in addition to community service initiatives. The student-faculty ratio is 4.7:1.
A legal degree is frequently associated with high pay and status. Attorneys can work as public defenders, private attorneys, specialist lawyers, military judge advocates, and a variety of other jobs. The abilities you gain in a J.D. degree are transferable and may be useful in fields other than law.