Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Law School Clinic Rankings

National Jurist: Top Schools of Clinics:

University of Utah jumps onto the list of top schools for clinics as clinical opportunities at law schools continue to rise and law schools expand efforts to meet the needs of communities. ...

The National Jurist came up with the ranking using data from the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools, 2013 Edition. The magazine ranked law schools in order of most clinical opportunities by dividing the total number of full-time clinical course positions filled by the number of full-time students. ... The University of Utah jumped the highest in the ranking, compared to an identical study in The National Jurist two years ago.


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Gould is right. Better than clinical "slots" (whatever those are) would also be credit-hours of clinical instruction. And of course number of hours says nothing about quality. "Clinics" span the spectrum between intensively taught and supervised experiences to reclassified externships. Pretty dumb ranking.

Posted by: Anon | Feb 13, 2014 9:49:18 AM

How is it that three schools on this list have positions available for more than 2/3 of their students (Yale has more than it has students!) when 1Ls aren't allowed to be in clinics?

Posted by: Anon | Feb 12, 2014 12:45:14 PM

Numerator, meet denominator. Many clinical positions are only 2/3 time or even 1/2 time, so comparing "full time" positions to # of JD students is misleading. The real metric is the % of JD students who actually complete a clinic.

Posted by: Robert Gould | Feb 12, 2014 6:26:48 AM