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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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.
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 school decision-makers consider many factors in the admission process other than undergraduate GPA and LSAT score, including letters of recommendation, work experience, personal statements, extracurricular and civic activities, life experiences, breadth of undergraduate curriculum, 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.