Ivy League Law Schools

The Ivy League is actually a collegiate athletic conference of sports teams from eight elite higher education institutions located on the east coast. But beyond college athletics, the Ivy League as most of us know it, is more about elite higher education than sports teams. Ivy League universities are well known for their rigorous admissions standards for their undergrad programs. Turns out, law school is no different! The Ivy League law schools, there are five of them, are hard to get into for law students as well. Interested in the Ivy League? Make sure you do well on the ​LSAT and have stellar grades during your undergraduate education. Want to learn more about the five Ivy League law schools? Check out these law school profiles below. 

Yale Law School

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Yale Law School, part of Yale University and located in New Haven, Connecticut, has been ranked the  No. 1 law school by U.S. News and World Report since the magazine began its rankings. Yale Law's acceptance rate is just 6.9 percent and it is a very small law school, with just 600 or so students attending. Tuition is about $56,000 a year. There is no shortage of famous Yale alumni, including President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and numerous Supreme Court Justices. 

Harvard Law School

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Harvard Law School (HLS) is part of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It also is home to the largest academic law library in the world (fun fact)! It is currently ranked No. 2 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. There is no shortage of famous alumni from Harvard including President Barak Obama as well as numerous Supreme Court Justices. There are approximately 1700 students attending Harvard Law and it is going to cost you about $55,000 a year to attend. 

Columbia Law School

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Want to go to law school in New York City? Columbia might be for you! The law school has many notable alumni including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It is ranked No. 4 on the U.S. News and World Report rankings of law schools. Columbia has about 400 students in each of its class years and costs about $60,000 per year to attend (make sure you do some financial planning!). 

University of Pennsylvania Law School

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Located in the heart of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania Law School is part of the University of Pennsylvania and is currently ranked as ​No. 7 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Its acceptance rate is 16 percent.It is another small law school with only about 800 students in the entire school. It will cost about $56,000 to attend. 

Cornell Law School

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Tucked away in serene upstate New York, Cornell Law School is part of Cornell University and is best known for its strong international law programs. It is currently ranked No. 13 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings and has an acceptance rate of 21 percent. It is a small school with only about 600 students total. Cornell will also cost you about $60,000 a year.