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Online Law Schools
Please note that as of 2010, Standard 309 of the ABA states "no law schools that provide a J.D. degree completely via distance education are approved by the ABA".
Visit our Pre Law Information for Future Law Students page to obtain additional information on online schools, law school rankings, ABA approved law schools and more.
- ABA - Distance Education
Standard 306: Distance Education sets out the parameters for earning credit for study offered through distance education. Currently, no law schools that provide a J.D. degree completely via distance education are approved by the ABA. Earning an education completely via distance education may drastically limit your ability to sit for the bar in many states.
- Adult Learn - Online Law Schools
What can you do with a law degree other than become a lawyer? You might get into politics and run for government office—or you might enter the field of police work, union arbitration, or contract negotiation. You might deal with such issues as immigration, national security, or forensics, just for starters.The best part of getting your degree is that today you can earn it completely online while continuing your current job.
- Council for Highter Education Accreditation - Database of Accredited Institutions and Programs
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) database lists more than 7,700 degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions and more than 18,700 programs that are accredited by United States accrediting organizations that have been recognized either by CHEA or by the United States Department of Education (USDE) or both. Each accrediting organization’s list of institutions or programs is prefaced by a brief description of the accredited status of the institutions or programs on the list and the year for which the list is accurate.
- Distance Education and Training Council - Accredited Institutions
The DETC Accrediting Commission defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence in distance education institutions. The Commission is dedicated to fostering quality assurance, protection of the rights of the students and institutional self-improvement through voluntary accreditation via peer evaluation. DETC accreditation aims to instill public confidence in DETC institutions' missions, goals, performances, and resources through rigorous application and peer-developed accreditation standards.
- Guide to Online Schools - Online Law and Paralegal Degrees
The reputation of the school you choose to attend is paramount. Here you can find information on the history and programs of each school as well as request free information packets from the online university or online college of your choice. We also have links to student reviews on the right so you can see what students have been saying about their experience with online colleges.
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
Visit our Law School Application, Admission Process and LSAT page to obtain additional information on the LSAT.
- Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is a nonprofit corporation that provides unique, state-of-the-art products and services to ease the admission process for law schools and their applicants worldwide. More than 200 law schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia are members of the Council and benefit from LSAC's services.
- LSAT Center
Since 1999, LSAT Center has been the ultimate LSAT prep site with over one million users to date. We offer a free 300-page online prep course, our exclusive Socrates Logic Games software, advice from top experts, a timed essay simulator, help finding an LSAT class and more.
- LSAT Information - Princeton Review
The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is required for admission to most law schools and is offered four times each year. The LSAT is comprised of 6 sections (Five 35-minute multiple choice sections and a 35-minute writing sample). Testing time is approximately 3.5 hours long, but with breaks you’ll be in the room for 4+ hours.
- LSAT Registration
The LSAC recommends that students wishing to register for the LSAT create an LSAT student account and register online through the official LSAC Web site. Through the Web site, students can select a test time, test center, and pay for the exam fees with a credit card through the secure section of the site.
- Online Guide To The LSAT Exam
The Law School Admissions Test or LSAT is, as the name indicates, a standardized test for students wishing to enter law school. It is currently required by all ABA-accredited law schools and administered by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Unlike other graduates admissions tests, such as the GRE and GMAT, the LSAT is still given as a pencil and paper standardized test, not a computer adaptive one.
Financial Aid for Law Students
Visit our Department of Higher Education and Financial Aid by State page to obtain additional information on available financing, grants and loans in your state. Our Financial Aid, Loans, Scholarships and Grants for Law Students page provides information on a variety of subjects related to grants, scholarships and loans including federal aid programs.
- Federal Student Aid - Department of Education
The Department offers several kinds of grants: * grants to help students attend college. Students can use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for Pell Grants and other aid for college. * formula grants to agencies using formulas determined by Congress. There is no application process. * discretionary grants to organizations, agencies, and individuals. These are awarded using a competitive process. Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements can apply.
FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools -- on or off the web. Access to FinAid is free for all users and there is no charge to link to the site.
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Study of Law Abroad
- ABA - Cooperative Study Abroad Programs
Students currently enrolled at an ABA-approved law school who desire to receive credit toward their J.D. degree for study abroad should read carefully the applicable criteria for their course of study and should consult with members of the law school staff or faculty who advise students about foreign study. These programs are only open to students who have successfully completed their first year of study and are enrolled in an ABA approved law school.
- ABA - Foreign Study Abroad Law Schools
Standard 307 provides that a law school may not grant credit toward the J.D. degree for studies in a foreign country unless those studies are approved in accordance with the Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools and Criteria adopted by the American Bar Association’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
- How to Get a Law Degree Abroad
Studying abroad not only looks impressive on a resume, but is also beneficial to a student, no matter what kind of degree you are pursuing. In certain fields though, such as international law, spending time abroad is especially important in order to gain hands-on experience. There are celebrated foreign law schools for all specialties, and along with offering shorter programs, getting a full law degree abroad is also possible.
- Legal Study Abroad Headquarters
The Legal Study Abroad Headquarters is the most comprehensive on-line collection of legal study abroad materials in existence. It contains information, brochures, and contact information for all ABA-approved study abroad programs and contact information for almost every law school in the world. It is a one-stop guide for law students everywhere: (1) for U. S. law students who wish to study abroad, access information on enrollment in one of more than 100 ABA-approved formal study abroad programs or, alternatively, the creation of an individual (ad hoc) study abroad program for a semester, year, or L.L.M. study at any law school in the world, or (2) for non-U. S. law students who wish to study in North America, access information on enrollment in an American Law School as a foreign exchange or L.L.M.
- Princeton Review - Choosing a Study Abroad Program
Studying abroad can be a life-changing step. If you're considering it, don't hesitate! The challenges are immense, but so are the rewards.
America's Top Law Schools
- 1. Yale Law School
- 2. Harvard Law School
- 3. Stanford Law School
- 4. Columbia Law School
- 5. University of Chicago
- 6. New York University
- 7. U of C - Berkeley Law
- 7. Penn Law
- 9. University of Michigan
- 10. University of Virginia
- 11. Duke University
- 11. Northwestern University
- 13. Cornell Law School
- 14. Georgetown University
- 15. UCLA School of Law
- 15. University of Texas
- 17. Vanderbilt Law School
- 18. USC Gould School of Law
- 19. Washington University Law
- 20. George Washington University
- 21. University of Illinois - Urbana
- 21. Boston University
- 22. Emory University
- 22. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
- 22. University of Notre Dame
- 26. University of Iowa
- 27. Indiana University - Bloomington
- 28. Boston College
- 28. Marshall-Wythe School of Law
- 28. University of California - Davis
- 28. University of Georgia
- 28. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
- 28. University of Wisconsin - Madison
- 34. Fordham University
- 34. Ohio State University (Moritz)
- 34. University of Washington
- 34. Washington and Lee University
- 38. Arizona State University (O'Connor)
- 38. University of Alabama
- 38. University of Colorado - Boulder
- 38. Wake Forest University
- 42. Brigham Young University (Clark)
- 42. George Mason University
- 42. University of Arizona (Rogers)
- 42. University of California (Hastings)
- 42. University of Utah (Quinney)
- 47. University of Florida (Levin)
- 48. American University (Washington)
- 48. Southern Methodist University (Dedman)
- 48. Tulane University
- 48. University of Maryland
- 52. Pepperdine University
- 52. Yeshiva University (Cardozo)
- 54. Florida State University
- 54. University of Connecticut
- 56. Case Western Reserve University
- 56. Loyola Marymount University
- 56. University of Cincinnati
- 56. University of San Diego
- 60. Georgia State University
- 60. University of Houston
- 60. University of Miami
- 60. University of Tennessee - Knoxville
- 64. Lewis & Clark College (Northwestern)
- 64. Baylor University (Umphrey)
- 64. University of Kentucky
- 67. Brooklyn Law School
- 67. University of Kansas
- 67. University of New Mexico
- 67. University of Pittsburgh
- 67. Villanova University
- 72. Pennsylvania State University (Dickinson)
- 72. Seton Hall University
- 72. St. John's University
- 72. Temple University (Beasley)
- 72. University of Hawaii - Manoa (Richardson)
- 72. University of Oklahoma
- 78. Loyola University Chicago
- 78. University of Nevada - Las Vegas (Boyd)
- 80. Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-Kent)
- 80. Louisiana State University (Hebert)
- 80. Rutgers, State University of New Jersey (Camden)
- 80. Rutgers, State University of New Jersey (Newark)
- 80. University of Denver (Sturm)
- 80. University of Oregon
- 86. Hofstra University
- 86. Indiana University - Indianapolis
- 86. Northeastern University
- 86. Seattle University
- 86. Syracuse University
- 86. University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
- 86. University of Richmond (Williams)
- 93. Santa Clara University
- 93. Chapman University
- 93. University of Missouri
- 93. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
- 93. West Virginia University
- 98. Catholic University of America (Columbus)
- 98. DePaul University
- 98. University of San Francisco
- 98. University of the Pacific (McGeorge)
- 98. William Mitchell College of Law
- Brian Leiter's Newest Rankings
Faculty, students, and parents are, quite reasonably, interested in comparative information on the quality of different law schools. This site compiles such information about many (but, unfortunately, not all) U.S. law schools, along dimensions like faculty quality and job placement. Five or six new studies are posted each year, and are listed under “Newest Rankings.” Prior studies, some going back a decade, are listed under each of the subject-area categories. Each study begins with an explicit statement of the measure being utilized, often with caveats that should affect the interpretation of the results
- Calculation of Graduate Schools Rankings
Each year, U.S. News ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. These rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students. It's important that you use the rankings to supplement—not replace—careful thought and your own inquiries.
- Princeton Review - Best 172 Law Schools
We surveyed more than 18,000 students at 172 law schools, in additon to collecting data from school administrators, to create 11 ranking lists. See the complete list of Best Law Schools.
- US News - Accredited Online Law Schools & Online Law Degrees
A law degree or a certification as a paralegal prepares you for work in the legal profession. Both lawyers and paralegals often specialize in a specific legal areas, including criminal law, family law, real estate law and tax law, each with its own unique set of legal issues to study.
- US News - Best Law Schools: A-Z Directory Index
A career in law starts with finding the school that fits you best. With U.S. News’s rankings, narrow your search by location, tuition, school size, and test scores. Plus, see the top schools in specialties such as environmental law, intellectual property law, and tax law.