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While law school is undeniably a significant investment, it doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive. To that end,, the online guide to graduate schools, has released the Top Law Schools in the U.S. for best overall value, financial aid and affordability of living. The rankings are based solely on surveys completed by graduate students and use a 10 star system (with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the best) and verbatim answers submitted by 4,000 students (including those currently enrolled and recent grads) from over 150 accredited law schools across the United States.

The following law schools were ranked highest for those looking for the best financial package.

Top five for overall value:
1.) TIE: University of California, Berkeley (9.75 stars); Yale University (9.75 stars)
2.) Stanford University (9.6 stars)
3.) Washington University in Saint Louis (9.5 stars)
4.) Harvard University (9.375 stars)
5.) TIE: University of Chicago (9.333 stars); Baylor University (9.333 stars

Top five for financial aid:
1.) Washington University in Saint Louis (10 stars)
2.) Yale University (9.625 stars)
3.) Indiana University Bloomington (9.5 stars)
4.) Duke University (9 stars)
5.) University of California, Berkeley (8.75 stars)

Top five for affordability of living:
1.) Brigham Young University (9.5 stars)
2.) Washington and Lee University (9.188 stars)
3.) University of California, Davis (9.125 stars)
4.) TIE: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (9.0 stars); Indiana University Bloomington (9.0 stars); Washington University in Saint Louis (9.0 stars)
5.) Baylor University (8.667 stars)

One Class of 2013 law student said this of the Washington University in St. Louis program: “With its generous financial aid policy, Wash U is one of the best values in legal education. The faculty is one of the best-respected faculties in the business and has some real advocates for reform in legal education. (e.g., Prof. Tamanaha). St. Louis is one of the most affordable cities in the developed world.”

Students can submit a review of their program at and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming rankings.

Methodology reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. All law school rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to January 28, 2013. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

School rankings for specific graduate programs (business, law, engineering etc.) are determined by comparing the sum of the average scores in each of the 15 subcategories. Graduate programs are not ranked until the number of student surveys completed reaches a minimum threshold.

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