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Monday, June 2, 2014

Law School Rankings by Social Life of Students

GraduatePrograms.com, The 2014 Top Law Schools For Social Life:

Graduate Programs is pleased to announce the Top 25 Law Schools for Social Life. With votes from more than 60,000 students, Graduate Programs ranked the most social law schools in the nation:

  1. Florida (9.65 stars)
  2. Colorado (9.49 stars)
  3. Texas (9.46 stars)
  4. Georgia (9.33 stars)
  5. Alabama (9.24 stars)
  6. Washington (St. Louis) (9.23 stars)
  7. Virginia (9.19 stars)
  8. Northwestern (9.17 stars)
  9. Miami (9.15 stars)
  10. San Francisco (9.14 stars)

California has five law schools in the Top 25 (San Francisco (#10), Stanford (#13), UC-Berkeley (#18), USC (#20), UCLA (#23), the most by far of any state (Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas each has two law schools in the Top 25).

METHODOLOGY:

Here’s how we crunched the numbers:

Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. All rankings for most social graduate schools cover a period from Sept. 1, 2012 and April 15, 2014. The rankings encompass reviews posted by more than 60,000 students participating in over 1,500 graduate programs. Ratings are based on a 10 star system (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best), as well as verbatim answers submitted by students.

Graduateprograms.com assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network. For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.

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Comments

This strikes me as a better approach than USNews methodology (even though my law school's ranking is not there on the ranking). My current advice, when asked, to a prospective law student is that, unless you're in Harvard or a similar school, if you're not in the top 25% of your class after the first year, then you should seriously consider quitting (resigning from?) law school and cutting your losses. Life is too short to spend years being shackled to a mountain of debt.

Posted by: Nigel Jones Solicitor | Jun 3, 2014 5:33:49 AM