Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Princeton Review's Best 172 Law Schools (2010 Edition)

2010 Princeton Review The Princeton Review has published the 2010 edition of The Best 172 Law Schools (with the University of Cincinnati College of Law on the cover):

We surveyed more than 18,000 students at 172 law schools, in addition to collecting data from school administrators, to create 11 ranking lists:

Best Classroom Experience:  Based on student assessment of professors' teaching abilities and recognition in their fields, the integration of new business trends and practices in the curricula, and the intellectual level of clasmmates' contributions in course discussions.

  1. Texas
  2. Chapman
  3. Stanford
  4. Virginia
  5. Loyola-L.A.

Best Quality of Life:  Based on student assessment of:  whether there is a strong sense of community at the school, how aesthetically pleasing the law school is, the location of the law school, the quality of the social life, classroom facilities, and the library staff.

  1. Virginia
  2. Stanford
  3. Chapman
  4. St. Thomas (Minneapolis)
  5. Colorado

Best Career Prospects:  Based on the Career Rating.

  1. Northwestern
  2. Pennsylvania
  3. Michigan
  4. Chicago
  5. Stanford

Best Professors:  Based on the Professors Interesting and Professors Accessible Ratings.

  1. Chicago
  2. Virginia
  3. Boston University
  4. Stanford
  5. Boston College

Most Diverse Faculty:  Based on the percentage of the law school faculty that is from a minority group and student assessment of whether the faculty makes up a broadly diverse group of individuals.

  1. Florida International
  2. Temple
  3. North Carolina Central
  4. Southern
  5. Hawaii

Most Competitive Students:  Based on law student assessment of how competitive classmates are, how heavy the workload is, and the perceived academic pressure.

  1. Baylor
  2. Ohio Northern
  3. BYU
  4. Thomas Cooley
  5. St. Thomas (Miami)

Most Liberal Students:  Based on student assessment of the political bent of the student body at large.

  1. CUNY
  2. Northeastern
  3. Lewis & Clark
  4. American
  5. NYU

Students Lean to the Right:  Based on student assessment of the political bent of the student body at large.

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

Best Environment for Minority Students:  Based on the percentage of the student body that is from underrepresented minorities and student assessment of whether all students receive equal treatment by fellow students and the faculty, regardless of ethnicity.

  1. Hawaii
  2. Northeastern
  3. Florida International
  4. UNLV
  5. St. Thomas (Miami)

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. CUNY
  2. Hawaii
  3. Maine
  4. Seattle
  5. District of Columbia

Toughest to Get Into:  Based on the Admissions Selectivity Rating.

  1. Yale
  2. Harvard
  3. Stanford
  4. UC-Berkeley
  5. Columbia

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 discussion of the rankings, see:

For prior Princeton Review Law School Rankings, see:

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A quick perusal suggests that, with the possible exception of admissions selectivity--and of course, the beauty of the U of C Law School--these results have more to do with publicity than substance.

Posted by: mike livingston | Oct 6, 2009 3:00:18 PM