Tuesday, July 12, 2011
To determine standard of living, The National Jurist used median starting salaries, average debt payments, estimated federal and state taxes and cost of living adjustments for the regions where graduates were employed. ... The National Jurist used Class of 2009 salary data from NALP, debt data from U.S. News & World Report, tax data from the Tax Foundation, cost of living data from the Council for Community and Economic Research, and debt repayment information from Jeffrey Hanson Education Services.
Best Law Schools for Standard of Living (private practice):
- North Carolina
- Washington University (St. Louis)
- Notre Dame
- Washington & Lee
- Boston University
- Boston College
- Wake Forest
- George Washington
The Top 50 are here. The complete ranking of 135 law schools (63 schools were excluded from the ranking because the percent of graduates with a known salary was below 40%; seven schools were omitted due to lack of data) will be published in the September issue of The National Jurist.
Update: The Careerist, Lifestyle Law Schools--University of Texas or NYU?