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In the United States, many published rankings about national universities exist. It’s easy to find out which school has the best theater program and which school excels academically. When it comes to schools in Brazil, however, such information is not as readily available, which can pose a problem for people looking to attend the best law school. While the official published ranking of these law schools does not exist, there is a list made by the National Institute of Educational Studies in Brazil which lists the top public and private law schools in the country.

Top Public Law Schools in Brazil

  • Universidade de São Paulo (USP): This is Brazil’s largest university with 90,000 students and eleven campuses. Law is one of the approximately 30 subjects of humanities offered.
  • Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro: This university was founded in 1920 and has four separate institutions. These include the law school, the national museum, the house of science and the laboratory school.
  • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais: It is located in Belo Horizonte and has four separate law departments. These departments study the Philosophy of Law, Society by Quotas, Penal Law, Penal Process, Constitutional Law, Brazilian International Acts and Social Function of Property.
  • Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho: This is one of six universities located in Sao Paulo, and it has a student body of approximately 40,000. It was founded in 1976 and is considered the third most important university in Brazil.
  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul: This is another federal university and it is located in Porto Alegre. Its medicine and law school were founded at the end of the 19th century.
  • Universidade Federal de Lavras: This school is located in Minas Gerais and was founded in 1908. It is a smaller public school, with less than 10,000 students.

Top Private Law Schools in Brazil

  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro: This private Catholic school was founded in 1940 and has almost 20,000 students in attendance. Its excellence in law is recognized.
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo: Founded in 1946, this school also has almost 20,000 students. The focus of this school lies mainly in law, philosophy, social science, communication and education.
  • Direito GV: This is the only school on the list devoted solely to law, and it is located in Sao Paulo. It was founded as a branch of the Sao Paulo Business School and is now a dedicated private law school.

Since there are so many lawyers in Brazil, there are many universities to choose if you’re looking to study law. The Brazilian law system is complex and relatively new, so there is no shortage of courses and classes to teach the next generation of Brazilian lawyers everything they’ll need to know to be successful.

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