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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

2010 Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Best (and Worst) Academic Experience

Princeton Review 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 174 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.

Academic Experience Rating:  The quality of the learning environment, on a scale of 60 to 99.  The rating incorporates the Admissions Selectivity Rating and the average responses of law students at the school to several questions on our law student survey.  In addition to the Admissions Selectivity Rating, factors considered include how students rate the quality of teaching and the accessibility of their professors, the school's research resources, the range of available courses, the balance of legal theory and practical lawyering skills stressed in the curriculum, the tolerance for diverse opinions in the classroom, and how intellectually challenging the course work is.

Here are the law schools with the best and worst academic experience rating:

School

Score

School

Score

1

Chicago

99

139

Akron

70

Stanford

99

Albany

70

Virginia

99

Arkansas-Little Rock

70

4

Michigan 

98

Hamline

70

Texas

98

Hofstra

70

Vanderbilt

98

Maine

70

7

Georgetown

97

North Dakota

70

Northwestern

97

Pace

70

NYU

97

Touro

70

10

Boston University

96

Washburn

70

BYU

96

Widener-Delaware

70

Geo. Washington

96

Wyoming

70

13

Loyola-L.A.

95

151

Colorado

69

Pennsylvania

95

Connecticut

69

UCLA

95

District of Columbia

69

16

Boston College

94

154

Capital

68

Duke

94

Dayton

68

UC-Berkeley

94

156

Loyola-New Orleans

67

19

Chapman

93

Santa Clara

67

Fordham

93

158

La Verne

66

Wake Forest

93

Widener-Harrisburg

66

22

Emory

92

160

Memphis

65

Georgia 

92

Phoenix

65

Harvard

92

162

Northern Illinois

64

25

Columbia

91

Oklahoma City

64

Illinois 

91

164

St. Thomas (Miami)

63

Washington & Lee

91

Syracuse

63

166

Cornell

62

Idaho

62

168

Appalachian

61

Nova

61

South Dakota

61

Southern

61

St. Mary's

61

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.html

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