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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2011 Princeton Review Top 50 Law Schools

Princeton Review (2011) I previously 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 2011 edition of Best 172 Law Schools (with the University of Cincinnati College of Law again 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 extracted from the individual profiles of the 172 law schools all of the available data and blogged the Top 25 and Bottom 25 schools in each of six categories:

To conclude the series, I present here Princeton Review's Top 50 Law Schools, determined by (1) focusing on those five categories with reported scores in the 60-99 range (thus excluding the study hours category), (2) combining the Professors: Accessible and Professors: Interesting categories into a single category, and (3) adding the scores in the resulting four categories:

  • Academic Experience
  • Admissions Selectivity
  • Career Preparation
  • Professors: Accessible & Interesting

 

School

Score

 

School

Score

1

Virginia

391.0

26

Emory

356.0

2

Stanford

389.0

 

Georgia 

356.0

3

Chicago

387.0

28

Chapman

355.5

4

Northwestern

384.5

29

UC-Hastings

353.5

5

Boston University

382.5

30

Florida State

351.0

 

Duke

382.5

31

William & Mary

350.0

7

Michigan 

379.0

32

Richmond

348.5

8

NYU

377.5

33

Illinois 

348.0

 

Vanderbilt

377.5

34

Indiana – Bloom.

344.5

10

Boston College

374.5

35

Iowa

343.5

11

Pennsylvania

374.0

36

Tulane

343.0

12

Geo. Washington

372.5

37

Arizona State

342.0

13

Texas

370.0

 

Rutgers-Camden

342.0

14

UC-Berkeley

369.0

39

Cardozo

340.5

15

Notre Dame

368.5

 

Yale

340.5

16

Georgetown

367.5

41

Wisconsin

338.5

17

Pepperdine

365.0

42

Samford

338.0

 

Wake Forest

365.0

 

Tennessee

338.0

19

BYU

364.5

44

Georgia State

337.5

20

Fordham

362.0

 

Minnesota

337.5

21

Harvard

360.0

46

American

336.0

 

USC

360.0

 

Arizona 

336.0

 

UC-Davis

360.0

 

North Carolina

336.0

24

Loyola-L.A.

358.5

49

Houston

335.5

25

Columbia

356.5

50

St. Thomas (Minn.)

334.5

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:

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Comments

I hope that somebody, relying on your rankings, chooses to attend Wake Forest over Harvard, or Pepperdine over Columbia, or Chapman over Yale.

Of course, nobody will do that. But it would be hilarious.

Posted by: reader | Dec 21, 2010 3:13:47 PM

I think Chapman over Yale would be a wise decision for anybody who would rather be an attorney than a professor. I have heard nothing but good things from those attorneys I have met who went to Chapman. They consistently talk about the positive culture that exists there and how law school not only helped them prepare to be attorneys, but that it was a pleasant experience as well.

During my time in New York on the other hand, I think there were 4 suicides at NYU and nearly a dozen from Columbia. This should make you think twice about the kind of experience you will have at a place like that. And didn't someone get murdered at Yale last year and stuffed in a wall? Sometimes, considering the odds, I am just glad I made it out alive.

Posted by: US atty abroad | Dec 22, 2010 6:23:41 AM

No UVA law grad is surprised by this.

Posted by: UVA Alum | Dec 22, 2010 7:07:50 AM

I think they need to factor in the cost/benefits of these schools. Cost are out of control-unless you have deep pockets. I did not see a cost analysis in the study-so frankly this study is...worthless. What value is a law degree and the lost opportunity cost+debt plus a 100/hr week job awaiting the end of the rainbow.

Posted by: Nick Paleveda MBA J.D. LL.M | Dec 22, 2010 8:19:51 AM

I don't necessarily think this is an completely accurate rating in the sense of real-world perception or benefits. But I think it's not bad for identifying schools--such as BU, Pepperdine, Wake Forest, BYU, Fordham, UC-Davis, etc.--that might be undervalued by conventional wisdom. It at least passes the smell test in that sense, as I've always assumed these schools were a bit underappreciated.

And, to be clear, I did not attend any of the schools I've mentioned.

Posted by: Wahoowa | Dec 22, 2010 2:56:16 PM