With its competitiveness bolstered in pop culture in films such as “Legally Blonde” and “The Paper Chase,” Harvard Law School attempts to portray itself as a more cozy, idyllic environment to study law. Much larger than Stanford or Yale, the class of 2016 boasts 560 students with median LSATs of 173 and a median GPA of 3.88.
University of Pennsylvania
True to Benjamin Franklin’s ideals, the University of Pennsylvania Law School offers many cross-disciplinary programs and courses with Penn’s business, medical, and other schools and departments. Students rave about the faculty of “nothing but pure geniuses” who “genuinely care about the students and take the time to mentor them.”
Talk about diversity. The class of 2016 includes nine students with doctorates, three Fulbright scholars, a professional baseball player, and a mime from Argentina. And among the 118 undergraduate institutions represented, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Princeton, UCLA, and UC Berkeley appear most.
University of Virginia
The University of Virginia School of Law has a solid academic reputation, but another factor convinces many prospective students to enroll: current students don’t want to leave. “They all typically wish they could be here forever, which is unheard of among people who go to law school,” says Anne Richard, senior assistant dean for admissions. In fact, UVA has the highest rate of alumni giving among law schools—a sign of happy graduates, if there ever was one.