Paul L. Caron

Friday, March 31, 2006

Princeton Review's Law School Rankings: Career Rating

Princeton_review_1With yesterday's release of the U.S. News & World Report new 2007 law school rankings (blogged here, here, and here), I want to conclude this week's discussion of five of the quantitative rankings in The Princeton Review's book, Best 159 Law Schools, based on a survey of more than 15,000 students and statistics provided by law school administrators.

Career Rating:  How well the law school prepares its students for a successful career in law, on a scale of 60-99.  The rating incorporates school-reported data and the average responses of students at the school to a few questions on our law student survey.  We ask law schools for the average starting salaries of graduating students, the percentage of graduating students who find employment after graduation, and the percentage of students who pass the bar exam the first time they take it.  We ask students about how much the law program encourages practical experience; the opportunities for externships, internships, and clerkships; and how prepared to practice the law they will feel after graduating.

Here is the Princeton Review's ranking of the Top 29 law schools based on Career Rating (and their scores):

1.  Northwestern 99
1.  Michigan 99
3.  Harvard 98
3.  Chicago 98
5.  Penn 97
5.  NYU 97
5.  Louisville 97
5.  Franklin Pierce 97
5.  Duquesne 97
10. Yale 96
10. Georgetown 96
10. Notre Dame 96
13. California- Berkeley 95
13. Virginia 95
13. Oklahoma 95
13. Marquette 95
13. Capital 95
18. Boston College 94
18. Boston University 94
18. Hofstra 94
18. Stetson 94
18. Penn State 94
18. Touro 94
18. Florida Coastal 94
25. UCLA 93
25. Fordham 93
25. Saint Louis 93
25  Detroit-Mercy 93

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