List of ABA-Approved Law Schools

ABA-Approved Law Schools

Number of Law Schools

The Council has accredited and approved 203 institutions and programs that confer the first degree in law (the J.D. degree); one of these law schools is provisionally approved.

Also on the approved list is the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School, which offers only the LL.M. degree. While the Council’s scope of accrediting authority does not permit it to formally accredit any non-J.D. degree program, it has continuously reviewed this special program since 1958 to ascertain its compliance with the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools that are relevant to its specialized program. The Council appreciates the opportunity to continue to provide this review and support to this distinctive and important program.

Provisionally Approved Law Schools (+):

UNT Dallas College of Law

Law Schools on Probation (**):

Arizona Summit Law School
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Rating of Law Schools

No rating of law schools beyond the simple statement of their accreditation status is attempted or advocated by the official organizations in legal education. Qualities that make one kind of school good for one student may not be as important to another. The American Bar Association and its Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar have issued disclaimers of any law school rating system. Prospective law students should consider a variety of factors in making their choice among schools.

Official Guide

The online Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools allows you to download Standard 509 Information and Employment Summary data charts for each ABA-approved law school. The Guide also contains links to other legal education statistics and resources.