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Friday, October 7, 2016

Princeton Review's Best 172 Law Schools (2017 Edition)

Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review has published the 2017 edition of The Best 172 Law Schools (press release) (FAQs) (methodology):

The Princeton Review tallied its lists based on its surveys of 19,400 students attending the 172 law schools [an average of 113 per school]. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their experiences. Some ranking list tallies also factored in school-reported data.

Best Professors:  Based on student answers to survey questions concerning how good their professors are as teachers and how accessible they are outside the classroom.

  1. Boston University
  2. Virginia
  3. Chicago
  4. Duke
  5. Stanford
  6. Washington & Lee
  7. Pepperdine
  8. St. Thomas (Minnesota)
  9. Charleston
  10. Georgia

Best Quality of Life:  Based on student answers to survey questions on: whether there is a strong sense of community at the school, whether differing opinions are tolerated in the classroom, the location of the school, the quality of social life at the school, the school's research resources (library, computer and database resources). 

  1. Virginia
  2. Duke
  3. Vanderbilt
  4. Charleston
  5. St. Thomas (Minnesota)

Best Classroom Experience:  Based on student answers to survey questions concerning their professors' teaching abilities and overall accessibility outside of the classroom, the balance of theory and practical skills in the curricula and the range of courses available, the level of tolerance for differing opinions in class discussion, and their assessments of research resources available.

  1. Stanford
  2. Duke
  3. Virginia
  4. Chicago
  5. Northwestern

Best Career Prospects:  Based on school reported data and student surveys. School data include: the median starting salaries of graduating students, the percent of students employed in a job that requires bar passage (and not employed by the school) and the percent of these students who pass the bar exam the first time they take it. Student answers to survey questions on: how much the law program encourages practical experience; the opportunities for externships, internships and clerkships, and how prepared the students feel they will be to practice the law after graduating.

  1. Pennsylvania
  2. NYU
  3. Chicago
  4. Columbia
  5. Virginia

Most Diverse Faculty:  Based on school reported data and student surveys. School data: the percent of the law school faculty that is from an underrepresented minority group. Student answers to a survey question on whether the faculty comprises a broadly diverse group of individuals.

  1. Southern
  2. Hawaii
  3. Florida International
  4. District of Columbia
  5. UC-Davis

Most Competitive Students:  Based on student answers to survey questions on: the number of hours they study outside of class each day, the number of hours they think their fellow students study outside of class each day, and the degree of competitiveness among students at their school.

  1. Baylor
  2. Nova
  3. Case Western
  4. Faulkner
  5. Southern

Most Liberal Students:  Based on student answers to a survey question concerning the political bent of the student body at large. The survey question was "If there is a prevailing political bent among students at your school, how would you characterize it?" Answer choices were: "Very Liberal, Liberal, Middle of the Road, Somewhat Conservative, Very Conservative."

  1. Northeastern
  2. UC-Berkeley
  3. American
  4. Oregon
  5. NYU

Most Conservative Students:  Based on student answers to a survey question concerning the political bent of the student body at large. The survey question was "If there is a prevailing political bent among students at your school, how would you characterize it?" Answer choices were: "Very Liberal, Liberal, Middle of the Road, Somewhat Conservative, Very Conservative."

  1. Ave Maria
  2. Regent
  3. BYU
  4. George Mason
  5. Notre Dame

Best Environment for Minority Students:  Based on school reported data and student surveys. School data: the percent of the student body that is from an underrepresented minority group. Student answers to a survey question on whether all students receive equal treatment by fellow students and the faculty, regardless of ethnicity.

  1. St. Thomas (Florida)
  2. Hawaii
  3. District of Columbia
  4. San Francisco
  5. UC-Davis

Most Chosen by Older Students:  Based on the average age of entry of law school students and student reports of how many years they spent out of college before enrolling in law school.

  1. Arizona Summit
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Hawaii
  4. CUNY
  5. St. Mary's

Toughest to Get Into:  Based on school reported data. Factors include: median LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs of entering 1L students, the percent of applicants accepted, and the percent of accepted applicants who enroll.

  1. Yale
  2. Harvard
  3. Stanford
  4. Columbia
  5. Pennsylvania

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 Princeton Review Law School Rankings, see:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/10/princeton-reviews-best-172-law-schools-2017-edition.html

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Comments

Good on Pepperdine #7 on the Best Professor list!

Posted by: Old Ruster from JD Junkyard | Oct 7, 2016 10:24:53 AM