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2023 Best Legal Professions Doctor's Degree Schools in the Far Western US Region

26 Colleges in the Far Western US Region
5,350 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.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 26 schools in the Far Western US Region to determine which ones were the best for legal professions students pursuing a doctor's degree. Combined, these schools handed out 5,350 doctor's degrees in legal professions to qualified students.

Jump to one of the following sections: * Our Methodology

Best Legal Professions Doctor's Degree Schools in the Far Western US Region 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 quality 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 full 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.

The legal professions school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Legal Professions Doctor's Degree Schools in the Far Western US Region.

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for legal professions students seeking a a doctor's degree.

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
337 Annual Graduates

University of California - Berkeley is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a doctor's degree in legal professions. UC Berkeley is a very large public university located in the city of Berkeley.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from University of California - Berkeley

#2

Stanford University

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

Stanford University is a good option for students pursuing a doctor's degree in legal professions. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Stanford.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from Stanford University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
172 Annual Graduates

University of Washington - Seattle Campus is a good option for students pursuing a doctor's degree in legal professions. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a fairly 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

University of Southern California is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a doctor's degree in legal professions. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from University of Southern California

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
344 Annual Graduates

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

#6

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
217 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from Santa Clara University

#7

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
305 Annual Graduates

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

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
284 Annual Graduates

UC Hastings is a small public university located in the large city of San Francisco.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from University of California - Hastings College of Law

#9

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
227 Annual Graduates

USD is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of San Diego.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from University of San Diego

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
201 Annual Graduates

Located in the small suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in legal professions from University of California - Davis

Explore the best legal professions schools for a specific state in the Far Western US Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
California 30 4,150
Washington 27 514
Oregon 27 408
Nevada 25 169
Hawaii 23 109

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Major Annual Graduates
Law 5,325
Legal Research 18
Legal Professions (Other) 7

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration & Social Service 263
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 22
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 4

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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to The wub. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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