A Brief Guide to the T14 Law Schools

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You've seen the term "T14" when you've been researching law schools, but what exactly does it mean? 

T14 is short for "Top 14." It's a shortcut way of referring to the 14 law schools that have pretty consistently remained at the top of the U.S. News & World Report rankings since the rankings began in 1987. Although rankings among the T14 may shift slightly from year to year, these schools have always been ranked among the best. Graduates have the best opportunities to obtain high-paying jobs nationwide.

Here's the list. They're not in any exact order because the order can change ever-so-slightly from year to year, but they're loosely listed in the positions where they most often appear. 

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Yale Law School

Yale Law in New Haven, Connecticut has been ranked the best law school in the country since U.S. News & World Report began its rankings, and the 2018 list is no exception. The 2016 acceptance rate was a mere 9.5 percent, with 632 students enrolled full-time. 

Harvard Law in Cambridge, Massachusetts is consistently one of the most selective law schools in the country. The 2016 acceptance rate was only 16.6 percent. Tuition and fees run over $60,000 a year, but get in here and you'll go far.  

Stanford Law in Palo Alto, California offers an excellent legal education on the West Coast. It rose to #2 on the 2018 list, nudging past Harvard. The 2016 acceptance rate was just 10.7 percent. 

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Columbia Law School

Columbia Law offers lots of job and internship opportunities for students with its location in the heart of New York City. It dropped a bit on the 2018 list, but it's still among some very illustrious company in the top five law schools in the country. 

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Chicago Law School

Chicago Law along Lake Michigan is perhaps best known for its focus on theoretical law and its intellectual atmosphere.

Like Columbia Law, NYU Law School offers an excellent education in what many consider to be the legal capital of the world.

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Berkeley Law School

Boalt Hall at Berkeley Law in the gorgeous San Francisco Bay area is one of the most selective law schools in the country. You'll save about $4,000 a year as of 2017 if you live in the state. The 2016 acceptance rate was 23 percent. 

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Penn Law School

Situated between two other major cities – New York City and Washington D.C. – Penn Law offers an excellent location for employment opportunities in the heart of Philadelphia. 

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Michigan Law School

Michigan Law in Ann Arbor is one of the oldest and finest law schools in the country. It moves up to #8 on the 2018 list. Full-time enrollment was 929 as of the 2016-17 school year.

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UVA Law School

UVA Law in Charlottesville, Virginia offers students one of the lowest costs of living among the major law schools.

Forget the university's basketball program. Duke Law in Durham, North Carolina offers one of the most beautiful campuses in the country along with a great legal education. Its 2016 acceptance rate was 20.2 percent. 

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Northwestern Law School

Northwestern Law in Chicago is unique among the top law schools in the country that it attempts to personally interview each applicant. It was home to 661 full-time law students in 2016-17 and climbed to #10 on the 2018 list, tied with Duke. Its 2016 acceptance rate was 17.8 percent. 

Cornell Law in upstate New York is well-known for its international law programs. Full-time enrollment was 605 in 2016-17, and students were set back more than $61,000 a year for tuition and fees to attend. 

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Georgetown Law School

Georgetown Law in Washington D.C. offers students a great location for jumping into politics, among other endeavors. Its acceptance rate in 2016 was 26.4 percent. Tuition and fees run about $57,000 a year as of 2016-17. The school dropped to #15 on the 2018 list.