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Sunday, October 18, 2009

2010 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Best (and Worst) Teaching Faculties

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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.

Professors Interesting Rating: Based on law student opinion. We asked law students to rate the quality of teaching at their law schools on a scale from 60 to 99.

Here are the law schools with the most and least interesting professors:

School

Score

School

Score

1

Ave Maria

99

148

Hofstra

69

Chicago

99

South Dakota

69

3

Boston University

98

Wyoming

69

Stanford

98

151

Indiana - Indianapolis

68

5

BYU

97

John Marshall

68

Vanderbilt

97

Yale

68

Virginia

97

154

Akron

67

8

Geo. Washington

96

Arkansas-Fayetteville

67

Nebraska

96

Southwestern

67

10

Loyola-L.A.

95

157

Gonzaga

66

Regent

95

North Carolina

66

12

Texas

94

Tulsa

66

13

Chapman

93

160

Idaho

65

Michigan 

93

Santa Clara

65

15

Wake Forest

92

Seattle

65

Washington & Lee

92

163

Arkansas-Little Rock

64

17

Mercer

91

St. Thomas (Miami)

64

NYU

91

Washington (Seattle)

64

19

Pepperdine

90

166

Appalachian

63

20

Boston College

89

Northern Illinois

63

Emory

89

Nova

63

Florida Int'l

89

169

SMU

62

Fordham

89

Southern

62

Georgetown

89

St. Mary's

62

UCLA

89

172

Cornell

61

William & Mary

89

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/princeton-review-2.html

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Comments

First Yale and Harvard, the top ranked law schools, were found to have the least accessible professors. Now Ave Maria, perhaps the most reviled law school in the US, comes out tops in teaching. This has really not been a good week for the conventional wisdom has it?

Posted by: mike livingston | Oct 18, 2009 10:09:17 AM