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Blogging Prof Analyzes Data and Names Virginia Top Law School

Posted Dec 21, 2010 8:03 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A blogging law professor who analyzed Princeton Review’s law school information has devised his own list and named Virginia the nation’s top law school.

Writing at TaxProf Blog, University of Cincinnati law professor Paul Caron took an in-depth look at data collected by the Princeton Review and named these top five law schools:

1) Virginia

2) Stanford

3) Chicago

4) Northwestern

5) Boston University and Duke (a tie)

Yale, ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report, is in 39th place on Caron’s top 50 list. The law professor puts Harvard, ranked second by U.S. News, in 21st place and Columbia, ranked fourth by U.S. News, in 25th place.

To make his list, Caron focused on Princeton Review data on professors, career preparation, admissions selectivity and academic experience. Princeton Review gathered information from 172 law schools and surveyed 18,000 students attending the schools. Rather than ranking the law schools overall, the publication instead listed top law schools in 11 separate categories.

Corrected at 10:10 a.m. to say Columbia was ranked fourth by U.S. News.

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