Top 10 Law Schools in the World

Top 10 Law Schools in the World

August 22, 2019 96 By Stanley Isaacs


(upbeat music) (upbeat music) – Hey everybody. I’m Gus with Crimson Education, and, legally, I’m not allowed
to say that I’m a lawyer, mostly because I’m not. But today, we’re gonna be talking about the best law schools in the world, – Law school? – which is a great list to have if you would like to become a lawyer, because where you go to law school will have a huge impact on what your law career will look like after you graduate. – Practically deformed? – No. A law student. (upbeat music) (upbeat music) (upbeat music) (upbeat music) (upbeat music) – We’ll get on to our list of the 10 best law schools in the world starting with number 10, the University of Melbourne
in Melbourne, Australia. It is the only law school on our list that is in the southern hemisphere, and the school has a global focus, which is perfect if you’re looking to work in an international setting or if you just love globes. The program requires the LSAT, as most law schools currently do. U Melbourne also offers a joint law degree with Oxford University, where you study for two and
a half years in Melbourne and then one year at Oxford. And that’s pretty cool because
that’s both hemispheres, and it doesn’t get much
more global than that, right? (sighs) Okay, number nine brings us
to the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. The entire university has a reputation for being a highly intellectual school, and that extends to the law school, with an average LSAT score of 170 and an average undergraduate
GPA of 3.9 on a 4 point scale, which is really, really high. The U Chicago Law School
Supreme Court Review is one of the most widely
cited legal journals in the world, which shouldn’t come as a huge surprise because they are a pretty smart bunch. – Dumb?! I’m smart and I want respect! – However, if you are more interested in studying in New York, then you might want to
attend number 8 on our list, Columbia Law School. Columbia is also very competitive, only one in five applicants is accepted. Columbia Law is known for its emphasis on teaching its students that the law is a means to make the
world a better place, which is way better than
teaching people the opposite. Columbia also has a beautiful campus, which provides a nice retreat in the middle of New York City, which has a reputation
for being loud at times, to put it mildly. (horn honking) – Hey! I’m walkin’ here! (horn honking) I’m walkin’ here! – But number 7 takes us to the other side of the United States with Berkeley Law. Very close to San Francisco, Berkeley has excellent
programs for studying environmental and
intellectual property law, among others. Berkeley is unique in that it doesn’t grade its law students using a curve, or GPAs at all, actually. It also allows students
to spend their final year studying at Harvard Law School, if they can’t take the classes
they want to at Berkeley, which is also pretty cool. Number 6 takes us back
to New York City with NYU Law School. NYU’s campus is much more integrated into the city than Columbia’s, which gives it a very different vibe. NYU has strong programs
in public interest law and international law, and Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, is an alum. (laughing) Legally, I’m required to
say that results may vary, but it’s an exceptionally
strong law school, with the bonus of having a strong New York City based network. But if city life does not
sound very appealing to you, which is bad news because
most of our schools are, so far, smack in
the middle of cities, you’re in luck with our number 5, Stanford Law School, located in sunny and suburban Palo Alto. Stanford Law is different
from other US schools, because it emphasizes
teamwork and group learning, while most law schools
emphasize working alone. That doesn’t mean it’s not
competitive to get in, though. Less than 10% of applicants are accepted, but the ones who get in really
learn to work in groups. So, if you hate group projects, just keep that in mind. Our number 4 law school
is the Yale Law School. Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law has a smaller
community than most law schools, but it is still regarded as one of the best law schools in the world. Hillary and Bill Clinton actually met while they were both
attending Yale Law School, and, amazingly, they are
just the tip of the iceberg of notable Yale Law alumni. – Iceberg, right ahead! – Our number 3 law school, Cambridge University, takes us to the United Kingdom. Cambridge’s Master of Laws, or LLM, program is a one year graduate course that allows you to explore
areas of legal interest, and is common for
students who already have an undergraduate or JD degree. Keep in mind, though, that this program does not allow you to practice law in the U.S. by itself, but Cambridge does have a joint three and a half year
program with Harvard Law that results in degrees from both schools, which is pretty cool. Keeping the U.K. train going is our number 2 law school in the world, the University of Oxford, which has the smallest
law program on our list; only 90 students enrolled and it is a close-knit group. Small sections and seminars
are what make Oxford different from the large
classes of other law schools. The program is only one year long, and there are degree
programs for those who did and those who did not get
an undergrad degree in law. And rolling in at number 1 is the most famous law school in history, Harvard Law School. It’s been the subject
of musicals and movies and some very bad racist movies, – Thank you, sir. I’ll do my best. – I’d like you to meet my good friend, Kareem Abdul Ali. – [Narrator] Soul Man. He didn’t give up, he got down. – but it is one of the largest and most diverse law schools in the world, attracting students
from all over the globe. And, in a shocking twist, Harvard Law has decided
to no longer require the LSAT to be considered for admission. You can submit a GRE score instead. Of course, if you’re applying to a
whole bunch of law schools, you’re probably definitely going to want to take the LSAT, and do really well on it. But if you want to send
a GRE to Harvard Law, that is an option for you. Well, that’s our list. Thank you so much for watching. If you have any questions, please hit us up in the comment section or send an email to
[email protected] and mention this video. And don’t forget to like and subscribe. Again, I’m Gus with Crimson
Education signing off. Take care.