Friday, August 24, 2012
The National Jurist today released its 6th Annual Best Value Law School Rankings:
Our Best Value Rankings ... is designed to find the law schools where graduates have the best chance of passing the bar and getting a legal job, without taking on a ton of debt.
This study does not attempt to assess a school's reputation and academic selectivity or focus on any metrics that would encourage schools to engage in wasteful spending. Instead, it is designed to assist the majority of students who will practice at small- or mid-sized law firms or in public service.
To identify the law schools that provide the best value, The National Jurist looks at the most important exit numbers:
- Weighted Employment Rate (35%)
- Tuition (25%)
- Average Debt Load (15%)
- 2-Year Bar Passage Average (15%)
- Cost of Living (10%)
Here are the Top 20 Best Value Law Schools:
The National Jurist also gave A- value grades to 15 schools and B+ value grades to 12 schools. But as Above the Law points out, the National Jurist used flawed student debt data in compiling the rankings, as several schools (including Barry, Kansas, and Rutgers-Camden) have been busted for underreporting their average student debt loads.