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Law Schools in California

Are you are looking to go to one of the law schools in California? There are 21 ABA accredited law schools in California.

The highest ranked law school in California is Stanford University, which was ranked 1 by US News in 2023. The school has an LSAT median of 173 and a GPA median of 3.92.

The best law school in California depends on what you're looking for. Every law school is different, just like every person is different.

Other schools in California include UC Berkeley Law School, UCLA Law, USC Gould School of Law, UC Irvine Law, Pepperdine Law School, UC Hastings Law School, UC Davis Law School, Loyola Law School Los Angeles, USD Law School, Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Southwestern Law School, Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, USF Law School, California Western School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, Western State College of Law, University of La Verne College of Law, Whittier Law School, Thomas Jefferson School of Law. If you want to go to law school in California, you should consider these schools.

ABA accredited law schools in California

  1. Stanford Law School
  2. UC Berkeley Law School
  3. UCLA Law
  4. USC Gould School of Law
  5. UC Irvine Law
  6. Pepperdine Law School
  7. UC Hastings Law School
  8. UC Davis Law School
  9. Loyola Law School Los Angeles
  10. USD Law School
  11. Chapman University Fowler School of Law
  12. Southwestern Law School
  13. Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  14. Santa Clara University School of Law
  15. USF Law School
  16. California Western School of Law
  17. Golden Gate University School of Law
  18. Western State College of Law
  19. University of La Verne College of Law
  20. Whittier Law School
  21. Thomas Jefferson School of Law

You can also check out law schools in the states that border California: Arizona, Nevada, Oregon.

Detailed information on California law schools

Stanford Law School

Stanford, California
Rank 1 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 1 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 170/173/176
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.84/3.92/3.99
  • Acceptance rate: 6.9
  • Bar passage rate: 97.1

UC Berkeley Law School

Berkeley, California
Rank 10 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 10 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 167/170/172
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.74/3.83/3.9
  • Acceptance rate: 12.5
  • Bar passage rate: 95.0

UCLA Law

Los Angeles, California
Rank 14 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 14 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 166/171/172
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.66/3.9/3.97
  • Acceptance rate: 15.5
  • Bar passage rate: 93.8

USC Gould School of Law

Los Angeles, California
Rank 16 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 16 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 165/168/169
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.76/3.87/3.94
  • Acceptance rate: 12.7
  • Bar passage rate: 95.2

UC Irvine Law

Irvine, California
Rank 35 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 35 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 162/167/168
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.51/3.72/3.83
  • Acceptance rate: 19.5
  • Bar passage rate: 88.7

Pepperdine Law School

Malibu , California
Rank 45 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 45 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 159/164/166
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.54/3.85/3.93
  • Acceptance rate: 27.7
  • Bar passage rate: 86.9

UC Hastings Law School

San Francisco, California
Rank 60 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 60 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 157/160/163
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.39/3.59/3.75
  • Acceptance rate: 29.0
  • Bar passage rate: 81.7

UC Davis Law School

Davis, California
Rank 60 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 60 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 163/165/166
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.45/3.7/3.84
  • Acceptance rate: 25.2
  • Bar passage rate: 79.8

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
Rank 60 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 60 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 157/161/163
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.46/3.69/3.81
  • Acceptance rate: 34.4
  • Bar passage rate: 87.9

USD Law School

San Diego, California
Rank 78 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 78 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 157/161/163
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.45/3.74/3.86
  • Acceptance rate: 34.5
  • Bar passage rate: 81.8

Chapman University Fowler School of Law

Orange, California
Rank 109 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 109 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 155/161/163
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.2/3.63/3.78
  • Acceptance rate: 28.7
  • Bar passage rate: 78.3

Southwestern Law School

Los Angeles, California
Rank 141 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 141 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 152/154/157
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.1/3.36/3.58
  • Acceptance rate: 50.4
  • Bar passage rate: 76.1

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Sacramento, California
Rank 141 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 141 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 152/155/157
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.04/3.47/3.72
  • Acceptance rate: 55.3
  • Bar passage rate: 72.3

Santa Clara University School of Law

Santa Clara, California
Rank 158 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 158 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 155/158/160
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.16/3.42/3.57
  • Acceptance rate: 52.3
  • Bar passage rate: 67.4

USF Law School

San Francisco, California
Rank 165 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 165 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 152/155/158
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.04/3.42/3.64
  • Acceptance rate: 46.4
  • Bar passage rate: 65.8

California Western School of Law

San Diego, California
Rank 175 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 175 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 151/153/156
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 3.04/3.35/3.57
  • Acceptance rate: 49.3
  • Bar passage rate: 64.2

Golden Gate University School of Law

San Francisco, California
Rank 180 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 180 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 152/154/156
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 2.92/3.15/3.45
  • Acceptance rate: 25.5
  • Bar passage rate: 35.1

Western State College of Law

Irvine, California
Rank 180 (US News 2023)
  • Ranked: 180 by US News in 2023.
  • LSAT percentiles (25/50/75): 150/151/154
  • GPA percentiles (25/50/75): 2.99/3.23/3.53
  • Acceptance rate: 44.6
  • Bar passage rate: 54.5

University of La Verne College of Law

Ontario, California
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Whittier Law School

Costa Mesa, California
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Thomas Jefferson School of Law

San Diego, California
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@Silver: if you want to practice in IL then there’s likely no better school than the in state schools
@SpectacularDefiantMouse: yeah, like condemnedpuffygnome, I'm not really preparing for law school by taking some courses or anything like that. The only way I'm going to be preparing is by getting myself into a rhythm schedule-wise, well enough in advance of the first day of classes, that I think will be necessary for me to do well 1L.
I'm very much not in rhythm now. lol. But I've 3-ish months.
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@Silver: Cost of attendance is what matters. $37K in-state tuition = $47K sticker price with a $10K scholarship elsewhere, $70K sticker with a $40K scholarship is better than either, $40K sticker with a $0 scholarship worse than both.
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Congrats on Harvard, jb2028. Any reason you applied to A&M but not Texas at Austin? Seems odd.
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Question for the chat about judicial internships (not externships). My understanding is that judicial internships (as opposed to externships) during the summer are unpaid. How, then, do people who get them pay living expenses during the summer? Do they just make loans stretch for 12 months when they're only meant for 9? I heard that some people supplement the internship with, e.g., a research assistant position with a law professor. But would such a person both do the internship and the RA position at the same time? And if so, is that too much work or feasible?
I don't know what the workload is really like for judicial internships and RA positions.
Also curious what other things people might do to supplement an unpaid judicial internship over the summer with something paid.
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@BankruptcyAndRestructuringLawIsCool: Many schools will provide some type of stipend for unpaid summer roles with a public interest employer (defined broadly, often includes any gov or judicial job)
Right, I thought so. At BU, though, it appears that what's called BU's public interest project grant is not available to supplement judicial internships. And I think its public service summer funding is also limited. Oh well.
21:13
@BankruptcyAndRestructuringLawIsCool: FWIW they allude to some type of funding ("BU Law has implemented separate funding sources for judicial interns") in this packet https://www.bu.edu/law/files/2023/11/Public-Service-Summer-Funding-Applicant-Packet-2024.pdf
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Although they don't give details, and as you note they don't guarantee funding to everyone (which is in line with other $ they offer, e.g. the LRAP)
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Anyone know how hard it is to do pro bono work as a 1L for judges or fed gov in general in the D.C. market
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Idk much about pro bono opportunities period but thinking I wanna try to get some work experience as soon as humanly possible
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When I begin law school I mean
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Lines up with BU's limited endowment: $81K per student a few years ago, i.e., enough to support a payout of about $3,250 per student per year at a 4% payout rate https://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2022/05/per-student-value-of-law-school-endowments-2021.html
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Seems like they're trying to compete with other schools on program headlines (we fund X, Y, and Z and we have an LRAP) but the endowment can't really support that, so they have all these programs but don't guarantee funding. Would not rely on that if you have alternatives.
Thanks for those links. I'll give the public service summer funding information packet, in particular, a careful read. But yeah, your takeaway seems right.
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