Choosing the Best Law School

Choosing the Best Law School

Personal Injury LawsuitRecently, US News highlighted the best law schools for students looking to enter the field of law. If you are preparing to enter your final year in your Master’s program in 2013, then now is a great time to start weighing your options for the next step.

The vast majority of the schools on this list are located in the Northeast corner of the country or on the West Coast. This likely comes as little surprise, but for those living in St. Petersburg, that can mean a rather significant change of scenery in order to earn a respectable degree.

Fortunately, there were two colleges on that best law school list that are slightly closer to home, though you can still expect to leave your Florida home if you are wanting to earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.

#15. Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. About 10.5 hours from home is Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, known as the Music City but also recognized for an award-winning university. Fifteenth on the list of the top 20 best law schools, Nashville’s law school carries a pretty hefty price tag, but then most of the top schools share that feature. One can expect to pay nearly $50,000 for the J.D. degree. With 78 full time employees, the school has a very respectable student-to-faculty ratio. Currently, there are approximately 580 students enrolled.

#7. University of Virginia in Charlottesville. If you are willing to travel a little farther (a little over 13 hours) from your Saint Petersburg home, then you might consider the beautiful University of Virginia. There are more than 1,000 students enrolled, but the number of employed faculty is higher as well, maintaining a decent student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1. The cost to attend this university as a law student hovers around the $51,000 mark.

As you begin weighing your options for law school, in an effort to join the ranks as a personal injury attorney, be sure that you consider the advantages of a top-ranked law school like these.