Law School Advice for High School Students

Law schools have historically been a cash cow for Universities, so true full rides are rare – and extremely competitive.

Harvard, Yale, and Stanford are need-based only. Many of the top schools will offer up to full tuition, however. Northwestern offers $120k over three years for those accepted ED. Named scholarships are extremely competitive. For example, Chicago offers a Rubenstein, Duke has a Mordecai.

Yes, it is reasonable that she would be competitive for a full tuition somewhere, but whether she wins one is up to the soft factors in the application. NYU, for example, leans towards social justice.

What are the top 14 LAW schools exactly? Can someone provide a list? Is it true that you land in a good job if you’re from TOP 14 law schools? Is it worth studying LAW if you’re from these schools?

Harvard, Yale, Stanford, NYU, Columbia, U Chicago, U Penn, Michigan, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern, Cornell, Berkeley, UVA are generally considered the T-14.

Depends what you mean by “good jobs”. If you mean jobs at big national/international law firms in NYC, DC, Chicago, the Bay Area or LA, it will be hard to get such a job outside these schools because of how recruiting works (law firms coming on campus and hiring for summer internships and full time jobs). Even then you need to be in the top half or higher of your class for the most prestigious firms. If you are talking about good jobs with regional or local firms, law schools in the next tier are fine. It will just be harder to get your foot in the door at large firms in other parts of the country. As we tier down further, the oversupply of lawyers relative to secure well paying true lawyer jobs becomes a problem. That is compounded by the debt a lot of these students take on.

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Thanks for your explanation!

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And more specifically, the T14 are those (14) law schools that have been ranked in the top 10 of USNews at least once, since the inception of the USNews LS rankings. It’s an unofficial designation that USNews does not recognize.

That said, if you want to live and work in Texas or Minnesota or Iowa (just as examples), attending the instate public can be a great choice and lead to good local jobs.


Is it worth going for Pre-Law programs or just do the major that one is interested in undergrad?

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Pre-law majors, or Criminal Justice, are not considered rigorous by law schools. Any traditional liberal arts major, or business major or engineering will work.


OK Thank you!

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There is nothing taught in a pre-law major which is valuable for law school. Criminal Justice is the right major for someone going in to local law enforcement (not the FBI, CIA or Interpol) or who wants to become a probation officer. Not valuable for a lawyer.