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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2011 Princeton Review Rankings v. U.S. News Rankings

Princeton Review (2011)

Yesterday, I blogged the Princeton Review's Top 50 Law Schools, based on data I extracted from the individual profiles of the 172 law schools in the 2011 edition of Best 172 Law Schools (with the University of Cincinnati College of Law again on the cover).  The rankings are based on the Princeton Review's survey of 18,000 students at the 172 law schools, along with school statistics provided by administrators.  The rankings based on the scores (ranging from 60-99) in five categories:  

Here are the 50 law schools whose Princeton Review ranking most outperformed their U.S. News ranking (assigning a ranking of 103 to schools in the U.S. News 3rd Tier (103-144) and a ranking of 145 to schools in the U,S, News 4th Tier (145-188):

Law School

Princeton Rank

US News Rank

Difference

Regent

79

Tier 4

+66

Chapman

28

93

+65

Florida Int'l

81

Tier 4

+64

Samford

42

Tier 3

+61

Ave Maria

85

Tier 4

+60

CUNY

85

Tier 4

+60

Richmond

32

86

+54

St. Thomas (MN)

50

Tier 3

+53

Mercer

57

Tier 3

+46

Faulkner

100

Tier 4

+45

Quinnipiac

58

Tier 3

+45

Texas Wesleyan

100

Tier 4

+45

Rutgers-Camden

37

80

+43

Campbell

103

Tier 4

+42

Texas Tech

65

Tier 3

+38

DePaul

61

98

+37

Pepperdine

17

52

+35

Loyola-L.A.

24

56

+32

San Francisco

71

98

+27

LSU

55

80

+25

Florida State

30

54

+24

BYU

19

42

+23

Dist. of Columbia

123

Tier 4

+22

Memphis

82

Tier 3

+21

Temple

51

72

+21

Wake Forest

17

38

+21

New England

125

Tier 4

+20

Boston College

10

28

+18

Tennessee

42

60

+18

Boston University

5

22

+17

Chicago Kent

63

80

+17

Oklahoma

55

72

+17

Georgia State

44

60

+16

Toledo

87

Tier 3

+16

W. New England

130

Tier 4

+15

Fordham

20

34

+14

Marquette

89

Tier 3

+14

UNLV

64

78

+14

Cardozo

39

52

+13

UC-Hastings

29

42

+13

Tulane

36

48

+12

Valparaiso

133

Tier 4

+12

Houston

49

60

+11

Nebraska

82

93

+11

Wayne State

92

Tier 3

+11

Whittier

135

Tier 4

+10

Roger Williams

136

Tier 4

+9

Southern Illinois

136

Tier 4

+9

Vanderbilt

8

17

+9

Virginia

1

10

+9

Here are the 50 law schools whose Princeton Review ranking most underperformed their U.S. News ranking (assigning a ranking of 103 to schools in the U.S. News 3rd Tier (103-144) and a ranking of 145 to schools in the U,S, News 4th Tier (145-188):

Law School

Princeton Rank

US News Rank

Difference

Washington (St.Louis)

163

19

-144

Cornell

108

13

-95

West Virginia

162

93

-69

South Dakota

170

Tier 3

-67

Alabama

104

38

-66

Kentucky

130

64

-66

Syracuse

151

86

-65

Arkansas-Little Rock

160

Tier 3

-57

Idaho

156

Tier 3

-53

Miami

113

60

-53

Ohio Northern

153

Tier 3

-50

UCLA

65

15

-50

Washburn

151

Tier 3

-48

Akron

149

Tier 3

-46

Cincinnati

102

56

-46

SMU

94

48

-46

Albany

148

Tier 3

-45

Maine

147

Tier 3

-44

Case Western

98

56

-42

Washington (Seattle)

76

34

-42

Loyola-New Orleans

142

Tier 3

-39

Missouri-Kansas City

142

Tier 3

-39

Wyoming

141

Tier 3

-38

Yale

39

1

-38

Missouri-Columbia

129

93

-36

St. John's

108

72

-36

Southwestern

138

Tier 3

-35

William Mitchell

130

98

-32

Gonzaga

134

Tier 3

-31

Hofstra

117

86

-31

Lewis & Clark

95

64

-31

Seattle

117

86

-31

Indiana - Indianapolis

115

86

-29

Appalachian

172

Tier 4

-27

Oregon

106

80

-26

Southern

171

Tier 4

-26

Cleveland State

127

Tier 3

-24

Florida

71

47

-24

New York Law School

127

Tier 3

-24

Oklahoma City

168

Tier 4

-23

Minnesota

44

22

-22

Thomas Cooley

167

Tier 4

-22

Vermont

125

Tier 3

-22

Columbia

25

4

-21

St. Mary's

166

Tier 4

-21

Connecticut

74

54

-20

Creighton

123

Tier 3

-20

Northern Illinois

165

Tier 4

-20

Ohio State

54

34

-20

Dayton

164

Tier 4

-19

Harvard

21

2

-19

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Comments

As a Loyola alum who has repeatedly networked, schmoozed, and sold to have doors pried open, only to have them slam in my face once they discover my school -- let me confirm that this ranking is utter bs. With regards to quality of life, all you need to do is take one trip to Loyola to assess the credibility of that assertion (and make sure you roll up your windows).

Posted by: anon | Dec 24, 2010 5:41:24 AM

Prepare for the mass exodus of Harvard and Columbia faculty and students for Pepperdine and Loyola-L.A. Not! Malibu is nice and Loyola can't be in a dodgier part of L.A. than Columbia is in NYC, and there are some excellent folks on both faculties; but, seriously ...

While it's nice to see a few schools that I consider under-ranked by US News (e.g., Florida State, Rutgers-Camden) get more respect in the Princeton Review results, it's patently absurd to argue that Washington U.-St. Louis is the 163rd-best law school in the U.S. It so obviously belongs in the top 50, and possibly in the top 25 (particularly if you concede that there are probably 40 schools that can make a colorable argument for being "top 25"), that the rest of the results are immediately suspect.

Chapman #28, Cornell #108? Come now. Harvard is the third best law school in the Boston area? By what metric?

Posted by: KProf | Dec 24, 2010 1:24:40 AM

Can somebody please read this article to me? My "TOP 165" law school no longer insists on literacy.

Posted by: WUSTTTL Student | Dec 22, 2010 9:50:55 AM

^^ What is Bob Jensen talking about?

Posted by: Nolo Contendre | Dec 22, 2010 8:17:39 AM

An example of law professors telling fibs with statistics

As always, it is a good idea to have a look at the raw data. ETS’s relevant webpage shows that the scores of prospective Accounting majors refer to only 424 test-takers while for economists close to 7.900 test-takers. Thus, there is some merit to the thesis that the dumb ones take the GRE. Indeed, since most schools hint that they want applicants to take the GMAT (administered by GMAC not ETS) those who do take it, definitively have “perception” issues.


The outcomes reported in Discover Magazine are very misleading. I've always admired Discover Magazine until now. A science magazine should know better than to make this elementary mistake that third grader would understand once they realize that the majority of accounting applicants that the GMAT and not the GRE and that the GRE takers are probably outliers, some of whom probably had low a gpa averages and were not allowed to major in accounting as an undergraduate.
Bob Jensen

Posted by: Bob Jensen | Dec 22, 2010 6:53:45 AM