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Best Law Schools ranked in 2009

U.S. News surveyed 184 accredited programs to get the information used in the ing of top law schools.

 1 Yale University New Haven, CT
100  1  Full-time: $46,000 per year 588

 2 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
95  1  Full-time: $41,500 per year 1,730

 3 Stanford University Stanford, CA
93  1  Full-time: $42,080 per year 539

 4 Columbia University New York, NY
88  1  Full-time: $45,674 per year 1,266

 5 New York University New York, NY
87  1  Full-time: $42,890 per year 1,423

 6 University of California--Berkeley Berkeley, CA
84  1  In-state, full-time: $30,944 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $43,189 per year 865

 6 University of Chicago Chicago, IL
84  1  Full-time: $41,835 per year 593

 8 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
82  1  Full-time: $44,330 per year 786

 9 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
81  1  In-state, full-time: $41,500 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $44,500 per year 1,151

 10 Duke University Durham, NC
80  1  Full-time: $42,938 per year 611

 10 Northwestern University Chicago, IL
80  1  Full-time: $45,332 per year 779

 10 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
80  1  In-state, full-time: $36,800 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $41,800 per year 1,155

 13 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
78  1  Full-time: $46,670 per year 591

 14 Georgetown University Washington, DC
75  1  Full-time: $42,065 per year 1,631

 15 University of California--Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
74  1  In-state, full-time: $31,103 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $41,624 per year 1,012

 15 University of Texas--Austin Austin, TX
74  1  In-state, full-time: $23,427 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $38,697 per year 1,233

 17 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
73  1  Full-time: $42,206 per year 578

 18 University of Southern California (Gould) Los Angeles, CA
72  1  Full-time: $44,510 per year 605

 19 Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO
69  1  Full-time: $40,436 per year 831

 20 Boston University Boston, MA
66  1  Full-time: $38,266 per year 822

 20 Emory University Atlanta, GA
66  1  Full-time: $39,776 per year 697

 20 University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
66  1  In-state, full-time: $24,686 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $35,089 per year 780

 23 Indiana University--Bloomington (Maurer) Bloomington, IN
65  1  In-state, full-time: $19,988 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $37,373 per year 612

 23 University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
65  1  In-state, full-time: $31,262 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $39,262 per year 587

 23 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
65  1  Full-time: $37,650 per year 558 Enter your zip

 26 Boston College Newton, MA
64  1  Full-time: $38,450 per year 799

 26 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
64  1  In-state, full-time: $17,916 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $34,684 per year 616

 28 College of William and Mary (Marshall-Wythe) Williamsburg, VA
63  1  In-state, full-time: $20,146 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $30,346 per year 626

 28 George Washington University Washington, DC
63  1  Full-time: $40,100 per year 1,398

 30 Fordham University New York, NY
62  1  Full-time: $42,076 per year 1,229

 30 University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
62  1  In-state, full-time: $12,564 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $24,158 per year 481

 30 University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
62  1  In-state, full-time: $15,045 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $27,867 per year 735

 30 University of Washington Seattle, WA
62  1  In-state, full-time: $19,585 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $28,809 per year 534

 30 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
62  1  Full-time: $36,297 per year 391

 35 Ohio State University (Moritz) Columbus, OH
61  1  In-state, full-time: $20,919 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $35,869 per year 670

 35 University of California--Davis Davis, CA
61  1  In-state, full-time: $28,511 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $40,756 per year 578

 35 University of Georgia Athens, GA
61  1  In-state, full-time: $13,090 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $29,940 per year 660

 35 University of Wisconsin--Madison Madison, WI
61  1  In-state, full-time: $14,730 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $34,654 per year 788

 39 University of California (Hastings) San Francisco, CA
60  1  In-state, full-time: $28,864 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $40,089 per year 1,244

 40 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
59  1  Full-time: $33,950 per year 463

 41 Brigham Young University (Clark) Provo, UT
58  1  Full-time: $18,480 per year 458

 41 George Mason University Arlington, VA
58  1  In-state, full-time: $18,732 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $31,948 per year 454

 43 University of Arizona (Rogers) Tucson, AZ
57  1  In-state, full-time: $19,584 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $32,221 per year 469

 43 University of Maryland Baltimore, MD
57  1  In-state, full-time: $22,044 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $33,323 per year 714

 45 American University (Washington) Washington, DC
56  1  Full-time: $39,402 per year 1,235

 45 Tulane University New Orleans, LA
56  1  Full-time: $38,724 per year 746

 45 University of Colorado--Boulder Boulder, CO
56  1  In-state, full-time: $22,048 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $32,560 per year 520

 45 University of Utah (Quinney) Salt Lake City, UT
56  1  In-state, full-time: $13,371 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $28,593 per year 385

 49 Southern Methodist University (Dedman) Dallas, TX
54  1  Full-time: $36,546 per year 527

 49 Yeshiva University (Cardozo) New York, NY
54  1  Full-time: $42,570 per year 975 Enter your zip 

 51 University of Florida (Levin) Gainesville, FL
53  1  In-state, full-time: $12,339 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $31,704 per year 1,224

 52 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
52  1  In-state, full-time: $12,352 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $32,364 per year 771

 52 University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
52  1  In-state, full-time: $19,362 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $33,764 per year 361

 52 University of Connecticut Hartford, CT
52  1  In-state, full-time: $18,480 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $38,976 per year 479

 55 Arizona State University (O'Connor) Tempe, AZ
51  1  In-state, full-time: $16,294 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $28,858 per year 539

 55 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
51  1  Full-time: $36,674 per year 624

 55 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
51  1  Full-time: $37,590 per year 640

 55 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
51  1  In-state, full-time: $15,258 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $26,436 per year 395

 59 University of Houston Houston, TX
50  1  In-state, full-time: $18,447 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $25,977 per year 748

 59 University of Tennessee--Knoxville Knoxville, TN
50  1  In-state, full-time: $12,084 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $29,304 per year 468

 61 Brooklyn Law School Brooklyn, NY
49  1  Full-time: $42,375 per year 1,211

 61 Lewis & Clark College (Northwestern) Portland, or 
49  1  Full-time: $30,436 per year 523

 61 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
49  1  Full-time: $39,204 per year 795

 61 Villanova University Villanova, PA
49  1  Full-time: $33,490 per year 744

 65 Baylor University (Umphrey) Waco, TX
48  1  Full-time: $36,080 per year 418

 65 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
48  1  In-state, full-time: $10,674 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $30,330 per year 472

 65 Pennsylvania State University (Dickinson) University Park, PA
48  1  In-state, full-time: $31,942 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $31,942 per year 547

 65 Temple University (Beasley) Philadelphia, PA
48  1  In-state, full-time: $16,758 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $28,702 per year 773

 65 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
48  1  In-state, full-time: $15,033 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $26,376 per year 489

 65 University of Missouri Columbia, MO
48  1  In-state, full-time: $15,984 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $30,486 per year 448

 71 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
47  1  Full-time: $38,450 per year 992

 71 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
47  1  Full-time: $36,594 per year 1,205

 71 University of Oklahoma Norman, OK
47  1  In-state, full-time: $16,766 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $26,695 per year 517

 71 University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
47  1  In-state, full-time: $24,162 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $32,306 per year 698

 75 Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge (Hebert) Baton Rouge, LA
46  1  In-state, full-time: $13,143 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $23,239 per year 565 Enter your zip 

 75 University of Nevada--Las Vegas (Boyd) Las Vegas, NV
46  1  In-state, full-time: $11,032 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $21,332 per year 371

 77 Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-Kent) Chicago, IL
45  1  Full-time: $35,741 per year 705

 77 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--Camden Camden, NJ
45  1  In-state, full-time: $23,191 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $33,385 per year 545

 77 Seattle University Seattle, WA
45  1  Full-time: $33,784 per year 812

 77 Seton Hall University Newark, NJ
45  1  Full-time: $41,160 per year 717

 77 University of Denver (Sturm) Denver, CO
45  1  Full-time: $33,780 per year 839

 77 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
45  1  In-state, full-time: $11,593 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $25,693 per year 346

 77 University of Oregon Eugene, or 
45  1  In-state, full-time: $20,570 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $25,610 per year 531

 77 University of Richmond (Williams) Richmond, VA
45  1  Full-time: $31,510 per year 477

 85 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
44  1  Full-time: $1,225 per credit 732

 85 University at Buffalo--SUNY Buffalo, NY
44  1  In-state, full-time: $14,685 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $21,485 per year 739

 87 DePaul University Chicago, IL
43  1  Full-time: $35,500 per year 909

 87 Indiana University--Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
43  1  In-state, full-time: $19,473 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $38,911 per year 638

 87 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
43  1  Full-time: $35,334 per year 638

 87 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
43  1  Full-time: $31,020 per year 563

 87 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--Newark Newark, NJ
43  1  In-state, full-time: $23,007 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $32,777 per year 582

 87 St. John's University Jamaica, NY
43  1  Full-time: $40,600 per year 719

 87 University of South Carolina Columbia, SC
43  1  In-state, full-time: $17,718 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $35,490 per year 682

 94 Catholic University of America (Columbus) Washington, DC
42  1  Full-time: $36,400 per year 592

 94 Northeastern University Boston, MA
42  1  Full-time: $38,514 per year 615

 94 St. Louis University St. Louis, MO
42  1  Full-time: $33,382 per year 784

 94 University of Arkansas--Fayetteville Fayetteville, AR
42  1  In-state, full-time: $357 per credit, Out-of-state, full-time: $712 per credit 403

 98 University of Louisville (Brandeis) Louisville, KY
41  1  In-state, full-time: $13,744 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $28,292 per year 351

 98 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
41  1  Full-time: $35,880 per year 521

 100 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
40  1  Full-time: $30,263 per year 545 Enter your zip 

 100 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
40  1  Full-time: $39,640 per year 847

 100 University of Maine Portland, ME
40  1  In-state, full-time: $19,380 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $29,880 per year 269

Albany Law School Albany, NY
N/A  3  Full-time: $39,050 per year 707

Chapman University Orange, CA
N/A  3  Full-time: $36,233 per year 507

Cleveland State University (Cleveland-Marshall) Cleveland, OH
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $16,478 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $22,608 per year 481

Creighton University Omaha, NE
N/A  3  Full-time: $27,042 per year 446

Drake University Des Moines, IA
N/A  3  Full-time: $29,286 per year 437

Flin Pierce Law Center Concord, NH
N/A  3  Full-time: $33,200 per year 433

Howard University Washington, DC
N/A  3  Full-time: $23,370 per year 451

Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA
N/A  3  Full-time: $32,226 per year 687

Mercer University (George) Macon, GA
N/A  3  Full-time: $33,190 per year 443

Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
N/A  3  Full-time: $31,552 per year 812

New York Law School New York, NY
N/A  3  Full-time: $43,600 per year 1,190

Ohio Northern University (Pettit) Ada, OH
N/A  3  Full-time: $27,500 per year 309

Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
N/A  3  Full-time: $38,830 per year 248

Samford University (Cumberland) Birmingham, AL
N/A  3  Full-time: $29,776 per year 494

Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
N/A  3  Full-time: $35,270 per year 699

Stetson University Gulfport, FL
N/A  3  Full-time: $30,500 per year 791

Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
N/A  3  Full-time: $43,722 per year 634

Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $14,120 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $21,312 per year 647

University of Akron Akron, OH
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $17,553 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $27,625 per year 246

University of Arkansas--Little Rock (Bowen) Little Rock, AR
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $10,807 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $22,133 per year 311

University of Hawaii (Richardson) Honolulu, HI
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $14,747 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $26,645 per year 264

University of Idaho Moscow, ID
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $10,882 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $20,962 per year 305

University of Memphis (Humphreys) Memphis, TN
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $12,924 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $34,796 per year 395 Enter your zip 

University of Mississippi University, MS
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $9,350 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $19,620 per year 494

University of Missouri--Kansas City Kansas City, MO
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $14,242 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $27,262 per year 448

University of Montana Missoula, MT
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $10,174 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $22,596 per year 245

University of Nebraska--Lincoln Lincoln, NE
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $11,208 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $25,101 per year 404

University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $9,210 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $19,852 per year 243

University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $9,620 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $18,817 per year 197

University of St. Thomas Minneapolis, MN
N/A  3  Full-time: $32,794 per year 451

University of Toledo Toledo, OH
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $17,986 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $27,730 per year 342

University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $9,541 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $20,191 per year 223

University of the Pacific (McGeorge) Sacramento, CA
N/A  3  Full-time: $36,617 per year 620

Vermont Law School South Royalton, VT
N/A  3  Full-time: $38,408 per year 537

Wayne State University Detroit, MI
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $22,407 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $24,501 per year 459

West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
N/A  3  In-state, full-time: $10,644 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $24,010 per year 147

William Mitchell College of Law St. Paul, MN
N/A  3  Full-time: $30,650 per year 644

Appalachian School of Law Grundy, VA
N/A  4  Full-time: $25,000 per year 350

Ave Maria School of Law Ann Arbor, MI
N/A  4  Full-time: $33,920 per year 302

Barry University Orlando, FL
N/A  4  Full-time: $30,620 per year 612

CUNY--Queens College Flushing, NY
N/A  4  In-state, full-time: $10,610 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $16,510 per year 385

California Western School of Law San Diego, CA
N/A  4  Full-time: $36,340 per year 793

Campbell University (Wiggins) Buies Creek, NC
N/A  4  Full-time: $28,960 per year 361

Capital University Columbus, OH
N/A  4  Full-time: $1,033 per credit 446

Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
N/A  4  Full-time: $29,090 per year 476

Florida Coastal School of Law Jacksonville, FL
N/A  4  Full-time: $30,816 per year 1,308

Florida International University Miami, FL
N/A  4  In-state, full-time: $349 per credit, Out-of-state, full-time: $809 per credit 365

Golden Gate University San Francisco, CA
N/A  4  Full-time: $34,760 per year 515 Enter your zip 

Hamline University St. Paul, MN
N/A  4  Full-time: $30,096 per year 509

John Marshall Law School Chicago, IL
N/A  4  Full-time: $33,980 per year 1,000

Mississippi College Jackson, MS
N/A  4  Full-time: $25,020 per year 537

New England School of Law Boston, MA
N/A  4  Full-time: $33,580 per year 703

North Carolina Central University Durham, NC
N/A  4  In-state, full-time: $6,856 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $18,956 per year 519

Northern Illinois University De Kalb, IL
N/A  4  In-state, full-time: $13,984 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $25,576 per year 288

Northern Kentucky University (Chase) Highland Heights, KY
N/A  4  In-state, full-time: $13,344 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $29,112 per year 337

Nova Southeastern University (Broad) Fort Lauderdale, FL
N/A  4  Full-time: $30,472 per year 829

Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, OK
N/A  4  Full-time: $975 per credit 513

Pace University White Plains, NY
N/A  4  Full-time: $38,642 per year 543

Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
N/A  4  Full-time: $915 per credit 395

Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
N/A  4  Full-time: $1,115 per credit 550

South Texas College of Law Houston, TX
N/A  4  Full-time: $24,900 per year 953

Southern Illinois University--Carbondale Carbondale, IL
N/A  4  In-state, full-time: $13,038 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $31,332 per year 361

Southern University Baton Rouge, LA
N/A  4  N/A 0

St. Mary's University San Antonio, TX
N/A  4  Full-time: $27,275 per year 687

St. Thomas University Miami Gardens, FL
N/A  4  Full-time: $30,220 per year 639

Suffolk University Boston, MA
N/A  4  Full-time: $38,190 per year 1,031

Texas Southern University (Marshall) Houston, TX
N/A  4  In-state, full-time: $12,556 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $16,306 per year 550

Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, TX
N/A  4  Full-time: $24,660 per year 521

Thomas Jefferson School of Law San Diego, CA
N/A  4  Full-time: $33,900 per year 608

Thomas M. Cooley Law School Lansing, MI
N/A  4  Full-time: $26,836 per year 439

Touro College (Fuchsberg) Central Islip, NY
N/A  4  Full-time: $36,610 per year 498

University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD
N/A  4  In-state, full-time: $22,330 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $34,876 per year 633

University of Dayton Dayton, OH
N/A  4  Full-time: $31,594 per year 330 Enter your zip 

University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
N/A  4  Full-time: $30,290 per year 589

University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK
N/A  4  Full-time: $27,634 per year 415

University of the District of Columbia (Clarke) Washington, DC
N/A  4  In-state, full-time: $7,350 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $14,700 per year 251

Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
N/A  4  Full-time: $33,240 per year 519

Washburn University Topeka, KS
N/A  4  In-state, full-time: $525 per credit, Out-of-state, full-time: $820 per credit 429

Western New England College Springfield, MA
N/A  4  Full-time: $32,756 per year 405

Whittier College Costa Mesa, CA
N/A  4  Full-time: $33,640 per year 364

Widener University Wilmington, DE
N/A  4  Full-time: $32,040 per year 956

Willamette University (Collins) Salem, or 
N/A  4  Full-time: $28,330 per year 423

Atlanta's John Marshall Law School Atlanta, GA
N/A  N/A  Full-time: $976 per credit 319

Catholic University Ponce, PR
N/A  N/A  N/A 0

Charleston School of Law Charleston, SC
N/A  N/A  N/A 428

Charlotte School of Law Charlotte, NC
N/A  N/A  Full-time: $29,968 per year 227

Drexel University (Mack) Philadelphia, PA
N/A  N/A  Full-time: $31,490 per year 422

Elon University Greensboro, NC
N/A  N/A  Full-time: $29,000 per year 311

Faulkner University (Jones) Montgomery, AL
N/A  N/A  N/A 263

Florida A&M University Orlando, FL
N/A  N/A  In-state, full-time: $7,600 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $26,635 per year 424

Inter-American University San Juan, PR
N/A  N/A  N/A 0

Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
N/A  N/A  N/A 219

Phoenix School of Law Phoenix, AZ
N/A  N/A  Full-time: $30,184 per year 196

University of La Verne Ontario, CA
N/A  N/A  Full-time: $34,286 per year 241

University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, PR
N/A  N/A  N/A 0

Western State University Fullerton, CA
N/A  N/A  Full-time: $31,000 per year 260 Enter your zip