Top-tier US law schools attract the intellectually best from all over the world, and the competition is fierce. Thousands of hopefuls vie for a few available slots annually. In the end, graduating from these schools can be life-changing and lead to a financially rewarding, stable career. So, who are these mega giants pulling in the cream of the crop? And, who are these top tiers cranking out leader lawyers for top-notch law firms all over the world?

Rankings are created by measuring and comparing multiple sets of factors such as bar passage rates, law curriculum, and reputation. After the numbers have come in, the school coming out on top is Yale School of Law. YSL continues to best the others every year and has done so since the rankings began. It has the honor of graduating two presidents and four Supreme Court Justices.

Following close behind at number two is the University of Chicago School of Law. Graduates of UCSL enjoy a high job-placement rate along with some of the highest starting salaries. A very popular former president was a professor here.

The world-famous Harvard School of Law comes in at number three. Harvard-educated lawyers work around the globe in some of the top companies of the world while enjoying lofty salaries. Most of the Supreme Court Justices graduated from Harvard. One of its professors went on to worldwide fame, and if the name Barack Obama were mentioned, people around the world would recognize it.

Number four on the list did not produce a US president, but it was founded by one. As the second oldest in the US, President Thomas Jefferson’s schools are leading the way with a very diverse student body.

Rounding out the top five is Stanford University. While it enjoys much of what makes these top-tier universities highly competitive, its high undergraduate grade point average sets it apart.

Those are the top five. Following are the remaining top twenty law schools in order of their rank.

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • The University of California
  • University of Michigan
  • New York University
  • Cornell
  • Northwestern
  • Georgetown
  • The University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Texas
  • Vanderbilt University