A career in law is one of the most sought after choices for thousands of students. It is a rewarding career and generally pays well. However, if one really wants to play in the big leagues, then the target should be to somehow get into one of the top 5 law schools in the world. Here is a brief look at the top 5 law schools.

 5 Stanford Law School, Stanford University, United States
The Stanford Law School campus.

The California based university’s law school has been ranked among the top 3 law schools in the United States for around a decade and a half. It takes in around 180 students every year. The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) world university ranking for law schools placed it at number 5 for 2016 and 2017. The university takes in around 550 students every year for its much sought after Doctor of Jurisprudence course.

 4 Yale Law School, Yale University, United States

Yale Law School

With an admission ratio of 1:10, Yale Law School is one of the toughest law schools in the world to get into. While the U.S News and World Report considers Yale the best law school in the United States, the QS world university ranking has placed it at 4th position globally. Yale has a glittering gallery of former alumni including former presidents Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford.

 3 Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Law Faculty University of Cambridge

The law school at the University of Cambridge is the oldest in the world, having been founded in 1540 and remains the world’s pre-eminent institution for legal education. The law school is not only noted for its excellent faculty but also because of the breakthroughs it has made in legal research. It is not really a surprise that Cambridge usually attracts the best legal minds in the world. The university offers 700 seats at the undergraduate level and 250 at the graduate level.

 2 Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

University of Oxford

 Although the law school at the University of Oxford is not as old as the one in Cambridge, the university has a history of having been involved in writing the law of the land for around 8 centuries. The QS world university ranking has placed the law school at number 2 in its global rankings for two years running. One of the fascinating aspects of studying at this law school is that students are taught in batches of as few as three by a tutor. Thereby, ensuring an unparalleled student-teacher ration. Some of the world’s best known legal luminaries, jurists and numerous heads of states have studied at this law school.

 1 Harvard Law School, Harvard University, United States

Harvard Law School


At number 1 is the United States’s oldest law school that has been ranked as the world’s best law school by the QS world university ranking in 2016 and 2017. The very name evokes excellence as far as legal education is concerned and remains the school of choice for most aspiring law students across the world. Harvard Law School has supplied the highest number (16) of Supreme Court Judges and many other students have gone on to become eminent lawmakers and attorneys. A Harvard Law School degree is a ticket to the highest echelons of the legal profession.

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