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Gavel Do you enjoy persuasion, negotiation, critical thinking, writing, judgment, and decision making?  If you do, then a career in law may be for you.  In order to practice law, you must attend a law school.

In order to apply to law school, you must have a four-year bachelor's degree from a college or university.  After you complete law school, which takes three years, you will take a test called a bar exam.  A bar exam ensures that you have learned enough to practice law.  Once you have passed the bar exam, you can join a law practice, or set up your own practice.

Many lawyers study specific types of law and decide to specialize in a certain area.  Environmental law, family law, intellectual property law, international and comparative law, and litigation are just a few of the areas of specialization that law schools can prepare the lawyer for.

It is common when applying to law schools to use the undergraduate degree to open doors to career options following law school.  For example, a student with a bachelor's degree in sociology may choose to go into family law following law school.  Or a person with an undergraduate degree in business may go into tax law or labor relations law.

In addition to entering the practice of law, many students who graduate from law school go on to take business or government jobs where the knowledge of law is helpful.  On average a lawyer makes just under $100,000 per year.

The directory below is a list of leading Law Schools in the United States.

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  • Columbia Law School
    Located in New York City, Columbia features exceptional legal training, remarkable students, and an incomparable location.
    www.law.columbia.edu/
  • Cornell Law School
    Located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell features a tradition of teaching and scholarship.  The School offers a variety of educational options including the opportunity to pursue dual degrees.
    www.lawschool.cornell.edu/
  • Duke University School of Law
    Established in 1930 and located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke strives to prepare students for responsible and productive lives in the legal profession.
    www.law.duke.edu/
  • Emory University | School of Law
    Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Emory celebrates both the historical foundations of law and the transformative possibilities of justice.
    www.law.emory.edu/
  • Georgetown University School of Law
    Located in Washington, DC, Georgetown educates a talented and diverse student body for legal practice and the pursuit of justice in our community, our country and the world. .
    www.law.georgetown.edu/
  • Harvard Law School
    Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard is a premier center for legal education and research.  This renowned school provides opportunities to study law and related disciplines in an energetic and creative learning environment.
    www.law.harvard.edu/
  • New York University School of Law
    Located in New York City, the NYU School of Law is committed to enrolling a student body from a broad spectrum of society.
    www.law.nyu.edu/
  • Northwestern University School of Law
    Located in Chicago, the School of Law at Northwestern University empowers students to meet the challenges of the complex, competitive and ever-changing legal and business worlds.
    www.law.northwestern.edu/
  • Stanford Law School
    Located in Stanford, California, Stanford is dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in legal scholarship and to the training of lawyers well equipped to serve their clients, their profession, and the public interest.
    www.law.stanford.edu/
  • UC Berkeley School of Law
    Located in Berkeley, California, Berkeley School of Law offers a quality legal education and seeks to educate outstanding lawyers who will serve the legal needs of society.
    www.law.berkeley.edu/
  • UCLA School of Law
    Welcome to the UCLA School of Law, the youngest top law school in the nation! Located in Los Angeles, this school is dedicated to pushing the field of law forward and upholding its tradition of progressive teaching, influential scholarship, and enduring innovation.
    www.law.ucla.edu/
  • University of Chicago Law School
    The University of Chicago Law School, located in Chicago, Illinois, offers an intimate learning environment and is reputed to be an intellectual place where ideas fill the air.
    www.law.uchicago.edu/
  • University of Michigan Law School
    The University of Michigan Law School, located in Ann Arbor, is one of the world's leading institutions of legal education.  Graduates of the Law School serve the public, private, and academic sectors with distinction.
    www.law.umich.edu/
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City
    The UMKC School of Law is an urban public law school that strives to educate students to become outstanding lawyers who will serve their communities and the nation in the highest traditions of the legal profession.  The School is committed to producing significant scholarship that will enrich the legal discourse among those who study and practice law.
    www.law.umkc.edu/
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
    Penn Law, located in Philadelphia, offers a superior legal education enhanced through cross-disciplinary studies and its reputation as a congenial and stimulating environment.
    www.law.upenn.edu/
  • University of Texas School of Law
    Founded in 1883, the University of Texas School of Law is located in Austin, Texas and educates some of our nation's best legal minds.
    www.utexas.edu/law/
  • University of Virginia School of Law
    Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1826, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants.
    www.law.virginia.edu/
  • Yale Law School
    The law school at this Ivy League university is located in New Haven, Connecticut and features a wide array of courses.
    www.law.yale.edu/

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