Top 3 Law Schools in New York

Thinking about going to law school in New York? For an ambitious new attorney, there are plenty of reasons to want to. Firstly, New York City is often called the “Capital of the Legal Profession.” Secondly, New York boasts a significant number of top-ranked, prestigious law firms, and the law schools below are some of the best in the country! Lastly, if you’re in the city, let’s not forget the hundreds of other benefits of being there, like its being (arguably) the social capital of the country! So, take a look at the top three law schools in New York!

Cornell Law School

Cornell Law School is ranked #13 by US News. This law school offers a beautiful learning environment, where you’ll be surrounded by the nature of upper New York. It’s also an intimate, small school that only admits 200 students each year. If you’re interested, you should check out their detailed FAQ page that answers plenty of questions about its admissions process.
(As of 2016)
Median LSAT: 167
Median GPA: 3.73

New York University Law School

Our next of the top law schools in New York is NYU School of Law. Specifically, it’s located in lower Manhattan. It’s the oldest law school in New York and is ranked #6 by US News.

Consider NYU if you want to attend a highly-ranked law school, and especially if you’re interested in public interest work. The school guarantees funding for first and second-year students working in government and non-profit positions over the summer. For overall financial assistance, there’s also the Loan Repayment Assistance Program. It’s a flexible program that keeps monthly loan payments low for those who choose public service work after law school graduation. Plus, if you remain with the program for 10 years (120 months) and do qualified public interest work, your loans will be completely forgiven!

(As of 2016)
Median LSAT: 169
Median GPA: 3.8

Columbia Law School

Finally, there’s Columbia University. Columbia is another Ivy-League institution, and its law school is ranked #4 by U.S. News (tied with the University of Chicago Law School). Columbia boasts several centers and programs for students with specific goals and interests, such as the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. For anyone interested in teaching law, there’s The Associates in Law Program.

(As of 2016)
Median LSAT: 172
Median GPA: 3.7

Inspired by this list? If so, the next step is to compile the best application you can and be sure to consistently work on your LSAT skills!

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    Deborah earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University in 2010 and MBA from Salve Regina University. She scored in the 96th percentile on the LSAT and loves finding better ways to understand logic and solid arguments. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys volunteering, reading adventure fiction, and adding tech skills to her toolbox.

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