Where did the nation’s leading lawyers and judges go to law school?
Here is the Lawdragon 25 Leading Law Schools, based on where members of the Lawdragon [rankings of top lawyers and judges] graduated law school….
Lawdragon reports on lawyers nationwide, with a heavy emphasis on the states where there are the most practicing lawyers: California, New York, Texas, Illinois, Washington, D.C., Florida and Massachusetts. Schools that produce the leading practitioners in those states thus show up in our ranking more prominently than in other assessments. That still shouldn’t obscure the significant impact the University of Texas, Georgetown and UC Berkeley/Boalt Hall have in their markets. And while Columbia and NYU get plenty of recognition for the excellent legal education they provide, they have enormous impact in the nation’s most important legal market, New York.
Finally, the plaintiffs’ lawyers and judges. We’ve got a philosophy that they count too, which explains in part the placement of regional juggernauts like Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, University of Miami, UC Hastings and Fordham Law School in the Lawdragon 25. Bottom line: if you want to get great training to actually go practice law, you have a range of choices, some of which might surprise you.
No set of law school rankings would be complete without quibbles over methodology. Check ‘em out over at Leiter’s Law School Reports.
Top Law Schools [Lawdragon]
Top 25 Law Schools Based on… [Brian Leiter's Law School Reports]
Top 25 Law Schools by Graduates Among Top 500 Lawyers & Judges [TaxProf Blog]