Earning a JD degree from an ABA-approved law school is the most straightforward path to becoming a lawyer in the United States. But becoming a lawyer isn't the only career path a JD degree can open up for you. The skills you learn in law school can benefit you in a variety of professions.
Most JD programs are full time and take three years to complete. However, part-time programs are becoming more common. These programs can generally be completed in four years.
Search for ABA-Approved Law Schools
Using LSAC’s Official Guide, you can search for schools by location, keyword, and UGPA/LSAT combination to find the best law school for you. Each school profile also provides links to the institution’s most up-to-date information on admission requirements, tuition, special programs, and more.
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Albany Law SchoolAlbany, New York
American University Washington College of LawWashington, District of Columbia
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University of Arkansas School of LawFayetteville, Arkansas
Boston College Law SchoolNewton, Massachusetts
Boston University School of LawBoston, Massachusetts
Brooklyn Law SchoolBrooklyn, New York
UC Law San Francisco (formerly Hastings)San Francisco, California
California Western School of LawSan Diego, California
Charleston School of LawCharleston, South Carolina
City University of New York School of LawLong Island City, New York
UConn School of LawHartford, Connecticut
Cornell Law SchoolIthaca, New York
Duke University School of LawDurham, North Carolina
Elon University School of LawGreensboro, North Carolina
The George Washington University Law SchoolWashington, District of Columbia
Georgetown University Law CenterWashington, District of Columbia
Golden Gate University School of LawSan Francisco, California
Harvard Law SchoolCambridge, Massachusetts
Howard University School of LawWashington, District of Columbia
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolPortland, Oregon
Marquette University Law SchoolMilwaukee, Wisconsin
University of Massachusetts School of Law—DartmouthNorth Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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University of Miami School of LawCoral Gables, Florida
University of Minnesota Law SchoolMinneapolis, Minnesota
Mitchell Hamline School of LawSt. Paul, Minnesota
New England Law | BostonBoston, Massachusetts
New York Law SchoolNew York, New York
University of North Carolina School of LawChapel Hill, North Carolina
University of North Dakota School of LawGrand Forks, North Dakota
Notre Dame Law SchoolNotre Dame, Indiana
Oklahoma City University School of LawOklahoma City, Oklahoma
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law SchoolPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Penn State Dickinson LawCarlisle, Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania State University, Penn State LawUniversity Park, Pennsylvania
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University of Pittsburgh School of LawPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Regent University School of LawVirginia Beach, Virginia
University of Richmond School of LawUniversity of Richmond School of Law, Virginia
Rutgers Law SchoolCamden, New Jersey
St. Thomas University College of LawMiami Gardens, Florida
University of San Francisco School of LawSan Francisco, California
Santa Clara University School of LawSanta Clara, California
Southern University Law CenterBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Southwestern Law SchoolLos Angeles, California
Stanford University Law SchoolStanford, California
Suffolk University Law SchoolBoston, Massachusetts
Tulane University Law SchoolNew Orleans, Louisiana
Vanderbilt Law SchoolNashville, Tennessee
Vermont Law SchoolSouth Royalton, Vermont
University of Virginia School of LawCharlottesville, Virginia
Wake Forest University School of LawWinston-Salem, North Carolina
West Virginia University College of LawMorgantown, West Virginia
Western New England University School of LawSpringfield, Massachusetts
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William & Mary Law SchoolWilliamsburg, Virginia
Yale Law SchoolNew Haven, Connecticut
In addition to the ABA-approved schools listed above, there may be schools in the state you searched that are not approved by the ABA, including some that are currently seeking ABA approval. Before you enroll in a law school not approved by the ABA, you should research the bar-admission limitations of obtaining a degree from the school and enroll only if it is clear that the school will provide adequate legal training.
A Free, Personalized Report to Help You Apply with Confidence
Did you know... as part of your free LSAC LawHub® account, you have access to the LST Wizard from Law School Transparency? Based on your interests and preferences, the LST Wizard generates a customized list of law schools for you and ranks them according to your priorities. With in-depth data about employment outcomes, student-debt projections, and more, your personal LST Wizard report will help you make strategic choices about where to apply and attend law school.
Using Your UGPA and LSAT Score to Predict Likelihood of Admission to Law School
Results for the UGPA/LSAT search are computed using a proprietary logistic regression model employing fall 2021 full-time application and admission data as reported by all ABA-approved law schools. The results presented represent approximately a 95 percent probability that an applicant to a particular school for fall 2021 would have had the stated percentage likelihood of admission. Logistic regression assumes certain statistical patterns in the data and may slightly over- or under-represent the actual probability of admission of an applicant to that year’s class if those patterns were not uniformly present. For instance, this model might overestimate the probability for admittance for applicants just under the lowest score that a school accepted in 2021, and it might underestimate the probability for admittance for applicants just above that score. For more details on acceptance ranges at each school, please review the school’s full Official Guide page.
Please keep the following in mind when reviewing the likelihood of admission figures:
- All likelihood of admission percentages reflect admission data for the fall 2021 full-time entering class. This data may or may not reflect current admission probabilities at a given law school.
- In the reporting of the data by the law schools, the highest LSAT score was used for candidates who had multiple scores.
- Law schools consider many factors in the admission process other than UGPA and LSAT score, including letters of recommendation, work experience, personal statements, extracurricular and civic activities, diversity of classes, and many others. Learn more about how law schools make admission decisions.
- Most applicants apply to a number of law schools based on a range of admission possibilities and other criteria. This search is designed to help you identify a number of schools, based on overlapping ranges. To research schools more in-depth, use the links provided to visit each law school’s full Official Guide page.