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Most Law Schools Aren't!



By Stan Chess
LawSchool.com
September 24, 2009

That's right.  Most American law schools do not call themselves "law schools."

Of the almost-200 JD-granting institutions that are approved (fully or provisionally) by the American Bar Association, only 37 have the term "law school" as part of their name.
 
The rest?  The most popular appellation is "school of law." 
 
Some 112 schools include "school of law" in their official designation.

Thirty-nine schools use the term "college of law" and eight schools call themselves "law centers."  Some law schools just use the term "law."
 
These numbers, while reliable, are not perfect since many schools have multiple names.
 
UNC School of Law, for instance, also calls itself Carolina Law.  The University of Pennsylvania Law School calls itself Penn Law.
 
New England School of Law, known popularly as NESL (NESS-el), refers to itself as New England Law or as New England Law Boston.
 
And UC Berkeley School of Law, which is known by many as simply Boalt or Boalt Hall, now calls itself BerkeleyLaw (sometimes one word, sometimes two).

Anyway, here's the list:

Albany Law School 
Baylor University Law School
Boston College Law School  
Brooklyn Law School  
BYU, J. Reuben Clark Law School
Capital University Law School 
Columbia Law School
Cornell Law School 
Drake University Law School  
Fordham University Law School 
George Washington University Law School
Harvard Law School
John Marshall Law School (Atlanta)
John Marshall Law School (Chicago)
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles  
Marquette University Law School  
Mercer University Law School  
New York Law School
Notre Dame Law School  
Pace Law School 
Seton Hall Law School
Stanford Law School 
Suffolk University Law School
Thomas M. Cooley Law School  
Tulane Law School
University at Buffalo Law School
University of Chicago Law School
University of Michigan Law School 
University of Minnesota Law School
University of Pennsylvania Law School 
University of Southern California Law School
University of Wisconsin Law School
Vanderbilt University Law School
Vermont Law School
Wayne State University Law School
Whittier Law School 
Yale Law School

 

Appalachian School of Law
Ave Maria School of Law 
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law 
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva)
Boston University School of Law  
California Western School of Law
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law  
Case Western Reserve U. School of Law
Catholic U., Columbus School of Law
Chapman University School of Law 
Charleston School of Law 
Charlotte School of Law
City Univ. of New York (CUNY) School of Law at Queens College
Creighton University School of Law 
Dickinson School of Law (Penn State)  
Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law
Duke University School of Law 
Duquesne University School of Law 
Elon University School of Law
Emory University School of Law 
Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law 
Florida Coastal School of Law
George Mason School of Law
Golden Gate University School of Law  
Gonzaga University School of Law 
Hamline University School of Law  
Hofstra University School of Law
Howard University School of Law 
Indiana Univ. School of Law--Indianapolis
Indiana University Michael Maurer School of Law
Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law 
Liberty University School of Law
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law (U of Louisville) 
Loyola University Chicago School of Law  
Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans 
McGeorge School of Law, Univ. of the Pacific  
Mississippi College School of Law 
New England School of Law 
North Carolina Central University School of Law 
Northeastern University School of Law  
Northwestern University School of Law 
NYU School of Law 
Oklahoma City University School of Law 
Pepperdine University School of Law   
Phoenix School of Law
Quinnipiac University School of Law 
Regent University School of Law 
Roger Williams University School of Law 
Rutgers School of Law - Camden
Rutgers School of Law - Newark
Saint Louis University School of Law
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law  
Santa Clara University School of Law
Seattle University School of Law  
SMU Dedman School of Law  
Southern Illinois University School of Law  
Southwestern University School of Law 
St. John's University School of Law
St. Mary's University of San Antonio School of Law  
St.Thomas University School of Law 
Temple U.--James E. Beasley School of Law
Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law  
Texas Tech University School of Law  
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law  
Thomas Jefferson School of Law  
UC Berkeley School of Law 
UC Davis School of Law
UCLA School of Law 
UNC School of Law
Univ. of Arkansas School of Law (Fayetteville)
Univ. of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
University of Alabama School of Law
University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law
University of Baltimore School of Law  
University of Colorado School of Law
University of Connecticut School of Law
University of Dayton School of Law  
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law  
University of Georgia School of Law
University of Kansas School of Law
University of Maine School of Law  
University of Maryland School of Law
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law  
University of Miami School of Law
University of Mississippi School of Law 
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law  
University of Montana School of Law  
University of New Mexico School of Law
University of North Dakota School of Law  
University of Oregon School of Law
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
University of Richmond School of Law
University of San Diego School of Law
University of San Francisco School of Law 
University of South Carolina School of Law
University of South Dakota School of Law  
University of St. Thomas School of Law 
University of Texas School of Law 
University of the District of Columbia School of Law 
University of Virginia School of Law
University of Washington School of Law
Valparaiso University School of Law  
Villanova University School of Law
Wake Forest University School of Law
Washburn University School of Law  
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Washington University School of Law
Widener University School of Law (Delaware campus)
Widener University School of Law (Harrisburg campus)
William and Mary School of Law
William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV 
William S. Richardson School of Law (Hawaii)

 

American Univ., Washington College of Law 
Arizona State University College of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Ill. Inst. of Tech. 
Cleveland State U., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 
DePaul College of Law
Florida A&M University College of Law 
Florida International University College of Law 
Florida State University College of Law
Georgia State University College of Law
Michigan State University College of Law  
Northern Illinois University College of Law  
Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law  
Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law  
Ohio State University College of Law 
South Texas College of Law  
Stetson University College of Law
Syracuse University College of Law
UC Hastings College of the Law
University of Arizona College of Law
University of Cincinnati College of Law
University of Denver College of Law
University of Florida Levin College of Law
University of Idaho College of Law  
University of Illinois College of Law 
University of Iowa College of Law  
University of Kentucky College of Law  
University of La Verne College of Law 
University of Nebraska College of Law
University of Oklahoma College of Law
University of Tennessee College of Law  
University of Toledo College of Law  
University of Tulsa College of Law  
University of Utah College of Law
University of Wyoming College of Law  
West Virginia University College of Law  
Western New England College School of Law 
Western State University College of Law 
Willamette University College of Law  
William Mitchell College of Law 

 

Franklin Pierce Law Center 
Georgetown University Law Center 
Louisiana State University Law Center  
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center 
Southern University Law Center 
Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center  
University of Akron, C. Blake McDowell Law Center
University of Houston Law Center 


Stan Chess, president of LawTV, Inc., can be reached at schess - at - lawtv.com.