March 31, 2006
Princeton Review's Law School Rankings: Career Rating
With yesterday's release of the U.S. News & World Report new 2007 law school rankings (blogged here, here, and here), I want to conclude this week's discussion of five of the quantitative rankings in The Princeton Review's book, Best 159 Law Schools, based on a survey of more than 15,000 students and statistics provided by law school administrators.
Career Rating: How well the law school prepares its students for a successful career in law, on a scale of 60-99. The rating incorporates school-reported data and the average responses of students at the school to a few questions on our law student survey. We ask law schools for the average starting salaries of graduating students, the percentage of graduating students who find employment after graduation, and the percentage of students who pass the bar exam the first time they take it. We ask students about how much the law program encourages practical experience; the opportunities for externships, internships, and clerkships; and how prepared to practice the law they will feel after graduating.
Here is the Princeton Review's ranking of the Top 29 law schools based on Career Rating (and their scores):
1. Northwestern 99 1. Michigan 99 3. Harvard 98 3. Chicago 98 5. Penn 97 5. NYU 97 5. Louisville 97 5. Franklin Pierce 97 5. Duquesne 97 10. Yale 96 10. Georgetown 96 10. Notre Dame 96 13. California- Berkeley 95 13. Virginia 95 13. Oklahoma 95 13. Marquette 95 13. Capital 95 18. Boston College 94 18. Boston University 94 18. Hofstra 94 18. Stetson 94 18. Penn State 94 18. Touro 94 18. Florida Coastal 94 25. UCLA 93 25. Fordham 93 25. Saint Louis 93 25 Detroit-Mercy 93
Princeton's Review's Law School Rankings:
- Monday: Academic Experience
- Tuesday: Professors Interesting
- Wednesday: Professors Accessible
- Thursday: Admissions Selectivity
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