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2023 Best Legal Professions Doctor's Degree Schools

151 Colleges in the United States
36,426 Doctor's Degrees
If you pursue a doctor's degree in legal professions, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #2 most popular program in the country. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 151 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Legal Professions Doctor's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 36,426 doctor's degrees in legal professions during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Jump to one of the following sections: * Our Methodology

Best Legal Professions Doctor's Degree Schools The legal professions doctor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

The overall quality of a doctor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Average Early-Career Salaries

Average early-career salary of those graduating with their doctor's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. That is, everyone wants their doctor's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to legal professions students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of legal professions students who choose to seek a doctor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for legal professions to pay back their student loans after receiving their doctor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized legal professions related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for legal professions students working on their doctor's degree.

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Legal Professions Doctor's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for legal professions students seeking a a doctor's degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

#1

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
674 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat Georgetown University if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in legal professions. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from Georgetown University

#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
258 Annual Graduates

University of Pennsylvania is one of the best schools in the country for getting a doctor's degree in legal professions. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from University of Pennsylvania

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
337 Annual Graduates

Any student who is interested in a doctor's degree in legal professions needs to look into University of California - Berkeley. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from University of California - Berkeley

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
296 Annual Graduates

It's difficult to beat Northwestern University if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in legal professions. Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from Northwestern University

#5

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
601 Annual Graduates

Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Cambridge.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from Harvard University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
461 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from Columbia University in the City of New York

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
213 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from University of Chicago

#8

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
466 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from New York University

#9

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
189 Annual Graduates

Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from Stanford University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
321 Annual Graduates

University of Virginia is a fairly large public university located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from University of Virginia - Main Campus

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
364 Annual Graduates

U-M is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

#12

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
192 Annual Graduates

Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Nashville.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from Vanderbilt University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
249 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from Washington University in St Louis

#14

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
183 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from University of Notre Dame

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
172 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from University of Washington - Seattle Campus

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
193 Annual Graduates

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from University of Southern California

#17

Boston University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
282 Annual Graduates

Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Boston.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from Boston University

#18

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
284 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from Emory University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
344 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from University of California - Los Angeles

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
565 Annual Graduates

GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from George Washington University

#21

University of Denver

Denver, CO
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
233 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Denver, DU is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from University of Denver

#22

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
409 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Bronx, Fordham U is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from Fordham University

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Legal Professions Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
25 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
26 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
27 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
28 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
29 American University Washington, DC
30 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
23 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
24 Suffolk University Boston, MA
25 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Major Annual Graduates
Law 36,216
Legal Research 153
Legal Professions (Other) 54
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 3

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 1,440
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 326
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 247

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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