North Carolina Central Tops List of Best Value Law Schools
Posted Aug 25, 2009 9:44 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Shopping for a bargain and a law degree? Consider North Carolina Central University’s law school and its in-state tuition of only $5,700.
The law school tops a new list of 65 “best value” law schools by National Jurist. The magazine says the 65 schools “carry a low price tag and are able to prepare their students perfectly well for today’s competitive job market.” Its chart includes in-state tuition cost, the bar pass rate and percentage of employed graduates, based on data supplied to the American Bar Association.
North Carolina Central law grads carry little debt at graduation, according to the magazine. Eighty-seven percent are employed at graduation, and 86 percent pass the bar exam on the first try. Law dean Raymond Pierce told the magazine that North Carolina Central is a “no-frills law school” that has “adapted to doing much with little.”
TaxProf Blog published the list with an additional figure: the school’s ranking in U.S. News & World Report. Here are the top five on the list:
1) North Carolina Central University School of Law. Tuition: $5,709. Bar pass rate: 86%. Employed: 87%. Tier 4 school.
2) Brigham Young University-J. Reuben Clark Law School. Reuben Clark is the only private school on the list. It is able to keep costs low in part because of funding by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Tuition: $8,700. Bar pass rate: 97%. Employed at graduation: 91%. Ranked 41st by U.S. News.
3) University of Nebraska College of Law. Tuition: $9,018. Bar pass rate: 89%. Employed at graduation: 94.5%. Tier 3 school.
4) Georgia State University College of Law. Tuition: $9,530. Bar pass rate: 93%. Employed at graduation: 96%. Ranked 65th by U.S. News.
5) University of Mississippi School of Law. Tuition: $8,930. Bar pass rate: 92%. Employed at graduation: 87.1%. Tier 3 school.