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Penn Rated Best for Legal Career Prospects, But Brown Doesn’t Have Top Law Profs

The University of Pennsylvania’s law school is rated the best for career prospects, trading places with Northwestern in Princeton Review’s latest ranking based on student assessments.

Princeton Review’s Best 172 Law Schools uses student surveys to create rankings in several different categories. The top five law schools for career prospects are Pennsylvania, Northwestern, New York University, Vanderbilt and Harvard, TaxProf Blog reports.

But Brown University doesn’t have the best legal faculty—a claim made in an early press release that was later corrected. The school with the best professors is actually Boston University.

Above the Law noted the flub. “If Princeton Review hadn’t fixed their press release and a bunch of legal bloggers pretended that Brown had a law school, and if we could get U.S. News in on the joke, how many students do you think would apply to the class of 2014 at Brown Law School?” ATL asks. “How many students would apply to an Ivy League law school that does not exist, based on nothing more than some commercially produced rankings and a few fleeting Internet references?”

The No. 1 ranked law schools in each category are:

• Best career prospects: University of Pennsylvania

• Best professors: Boston University

• Best classroom experience: Stanford University

• Best quality of life: University of Virginia

• Most competitive students: Baylor University

• Toughest to get into: Yale University

• Most liberal students: American University

• Most conservative students: George Mason University

• Best environment for minority students: University of Hawaii at Manoa

• Most diverse faculty: Florida International University

• Most chosen by older students: CUNY-Queens College

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