Law Schools

Blogger Tweaks Law School Rankings, Names Most Choosy and Best for Learning

A blogging law professor has tweaked data from Princeton Review’s law school rankings and named the most selective schools and the best for academic experience.

The top law schools for academic experience are Duke, Stanford and Virginia, all tied for first place, according to law professor Paul Caron of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, writing at TaxProf Blog. The most selective schools are Harvard, Stanford and Yale, also a tie, he writes in a separate TaxProf Blog post.

The school that comes in last for academic experience is North Carolina Central, which topped a list of “best value” law schools last year compiled by a different publication, National Jurist. At the time, tuition at the “no-frills” law school was only $5,700, according to National Jurist.

Caron used data collected by Princeton Review from 172 law schools and from a survey of 18,000 students attending the schools. He cautions that the Princeton Review did not release survey response rates for each school, so it’s impossible to determine whether the data was skewed by low response rates.

Caron’s academic experience rating uses data on selectivity and students’ rating of several factors, including quality of teaching, the accessibility of professors, research resources, course offerings, tolerance for diverse opinions, and intellectual challenge. Admissions selectivity is based on factors including LSAT, undergraduate grades, the percentage of graduates accepted, and the percentage of accepted students who enrolled.

Previous coverage: “Penn Rated Best for Legal Career Prospects, But Brown Doesn’t Have Top Law Profs”

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