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Monday, October 19, 2009

2010 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Which Students Study the Most (and Least)?

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Last week, I blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in eleven categories posted on Princeton Review's web site in connection with its publication of the 2010 edition of Best 172 Law Schools (with the University of Cincinnati College of Law on the cover).  The rankings are the result of Princeton Review's survey of 18,000 students at the 172 law schools, along with school statistics provided by administrators.

I have extracted from the individual profiles of the 172 law schools all of the available data to rank the schools in six categories. I will report each day on one of the ranking categories.

Hours of Study Per Day. From our student survey. The average number of hours students at the school report studying each day.

Here are the law schools where students study the most and the least per day:

School

Hours

School

Hours

1

Villanova

7.50

138

Georgia State

3.76

2

Loyola-Chicago

6.60

Virginia

3.76

3

Campbell

5.70

140

Florida State

3.75

4

Baylor

5.57

141

Mississippi College

3.74

5

Cornell

5.50

UC-Berkeley

3.74

6

BYU

5.42

143

New Mexico

3.73

7

Roger Williams

5.35

Wayne State

3.73

8

Franklin Pierce

5.30

145

Fordham

3.68

9

Syracuse

5.26

146

Harvard

3.67

10

District of Columbia

5.20

Southwestern

3.67

11

N. Carolina Central

5.20

148

North Dakota

3.63

12

McGeorge

5.18

149

Rutgers-Newark

3.59

13

Gonzaga

5.17

150

Northern Illinois

3.58

Thomas Cooley

5.17

UCLA

3.58

15

Mercer

5.14

152

Nova

3.55

16

Albany

5.13

153

Mississippi

3.53

17

John Marshall

5.12

154

Cardozo

3.50

18

Vermont

5.08

Oklahoma

3.50

19

Willamette

5.07

156

LSU

3.41

20

West Virginia

5.06

157

Kansas

3.38

21

Michigan State

5.04

158

USC

3.32

22

Dayton

5.00

Texas

3.32

23

La Verne

4.99

160

Nebraska

3.28

24

Ohio Northern

4.97

161

Illinois 

1.50

25

Boston University

4.94

Yale

1.50

Ten schools did not report this data to the Princeton Review:  Appalachian, Ave Maria, Charleston, CUNY, Florida International, Phoenix, Rutgers-Camden, St. Thomas (Minneapolis), SUNY-Buffalo, and UNLV.

Unfortunately, the Princeton Review did not release the response rate per school, so it is impossible to determine how the rankings are affected by each school's representation among the respondents.

For prior years' rankings, see:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2009/10/2010-princeton-review.html

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Comments

As a Yale graduate, I can vouch that they are lazy, but do they really work less than half than the next-laziest school? Or do they only wish that they did?

Posted by: Michael A. Livingston | Oct 19, 2009 11:29:35 AM

I'm with Michael -- these numbers don't look credible.

Posted by: S | Oct 19, 2009 7:58:17 PM

So NC Central went from second to last all the way to #11? I find it unlikely...

Posted by: J.D.M. | Oct 21, 2009 10:56:34 AM

lol the month before exams it turns into about 10 hours per day.

Posted by: F.U. | Oct 21, 2009 2:29:16 PM

When I was at Campbell about 1/3 of our class didn't make it to graduation. It is tough as hell. We also have a 90%+ bar passage rate every year and that speaks volumes about the quality of our graduates (consistently beating UNC and Duke). I am surprised the number is not higher. With the top schools once you get in you are graduating no matter what. I've seen some of the nonsense classes they take too. It is no wonder they do not study as much. They have their careers mapped out just because of the name of their school. That is how it is and it will never change.

Posted by: Bo | Oct 21, 2009 2:56:10 PM