It's probably no surprise that going to law school is a good way to ensure your future as a high earner. But where you earn your JD will have a big effect on your future paycheck. Your choice of law school will not only affect your education, but also affect the network you build and the connections you make, and those things contribute greatly to where you end up working.
PayScale's College Salary Report ranks a number of the most well-known law programs in the United States by how much their alumni earn. It is important to note that our salary data is mostly based off of students who work in public law or at second-tier law firms. The top law firms in the country tend to have standardized salary, especially below the partner level, so those workers are less likely to take the PayScale Survey.
When we rank the best law schools by early career salary, Harvard Law lands in first place almost every year. Geography seems to play a big part when it comes to law school earning potential, especially when we sort by early career salaries. Law schools with the highest alumni salaries for workers with up to five years of work experience are generally adjacent to major tech hubs (Boston, the Silicon Valley, Austin and New York.)