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Here's how much grads earn 10 years after attending the top law schools in America

Harvard Law School graduates wave gavels in the air as they celebrate their commencement.
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Harvard Law School graduates wave gavels in the air as they celebrate their commencement.

The best law schools in the country prepare students for successful and fulfilling careers. Given how expensive those degrees are, though, do they prove worth the cost?

Payscale shared data with CNBC Make It as to how much alums of highly ranked law schools in the U.S. earn with 10 or more years of experience.

Graduates of Duke University School of Law take home the largest checks, earning a median annual salary of $243,000. Here's how other top programs fare.

Yale University

Law school ranking: 1
Mid-career median pay: $195,000
Tuition: $62,017
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $85,294

Stanford University

Law school ranking: 2
Mid-career median pay: $222,000
Tuition: $60,072
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $96,429

Harvard University

Law school ranking: 3
Mid-career median pay: $210,000
Tuition: $63,800
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $95,930

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University of Chicago

Law school ranking: 4
Mid-career median pay: $166,000
Tuition: $61,626
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $93,414

Columbia University

Law school ranking: 5
Mid-career median pay: $214,000
Tuition: $65,252
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $93,740

New York University

Law school ranking: 6
Mid-career median pay: $211,000
Tuition: $61,644
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $92,906

University of Pennsylvania campus
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University of Pennsylvania campus

University of Pennsylvania

Law school ranking: 7
Mid-career median pay: $190,000
Tuition: $61,608
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $95,400

University of Michigan

Law school ranking: 8 (TIE)
Mid-career median pay: $164,000
Tuition: $60,090 (out-of-state resident)
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $80,018

University of Virginia

Law school ranking: 8 (TIE)
Mid-career median pay: $185,000
Tuition: $63,700 (out-of-state resident)
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $83,156

A general view of the Duke University Chapel and a statue of James Buchanan Duke on the Duke University campus on March 4, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina.
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A general view of the Duke University Chapel and a statue of James Buchanan Duke on the Duke University campus on March 4, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina.

Duke University

Law school ranking: 10
Mid-career median pay: $243,000
Tuition: $61,000
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $86,600

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