Paul L. Caron

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Princeton Review Law School Rankings: Best (and Worst) Teaching Faculties

2009_princeton_reviewOn Monday, I blogged the lists of the Top 10 law schools in eleven categories posted on Princeton Review's web site in connection with its publication of the 2009 edition of Best 174 Law Schools.  The rankings are the result of Princeton Review's survey of 18,000 students at the 174 law schools, along with school statistics provided by administrators.

With the help of my assistant, I have extracted from the individual profiles of the 174 law schools all of the available data to rank the schools in six categories. I will report each day on one of the ranking categories.

Professors Interesting Rating: Based on law student opinion. We asked law students to rate the quality of teaching at their law schools on a scale of 60 to 99.

Here are the law schools with the most and least interesting professors [click on chart to enlarge]:

Princeton Review Professors Interesting (2009)   

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 the 2008 Princeton Review Professors Interesting Rankings, see here.

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I think what stands out here is Chicago and Stanford near the top and Yale near the bottom. This suggests little positive or negative correlation between a school's reputation and the quality of teaching. Probably it depends on attitudinal factors which are largely if not wholly independent of the faculty's research achievements.

Posted by: mike livingston | Oct 25, 2008 1:56:28 PM