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Which law schools are best for career prospects? For profs? Rankings in 11 categories released

Posted Oct 10, 2013 7:04 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Columbia is again ranked the No. 1 law school for career prospects in the Princeton Review’s rankings.

The Princeton Review ranked the top law schools in eleven categories based on a survey of more than 185,000 students at 169 law schools. The publication lists the top law school in each category here, while TaxProf Blog has an expanded list for all the categories. Forbes and Above the Law noted the top 10 law schools in the careers category.

The top five law schools for careers are:

1) Columbia

2) Chicago

3) Pennsylvania

4) Harvard

5) New York University

Median starting pay for students at all the above schools was $160,000, while the percentage employed nine months after graduation ranged from 99 percent at Columbia to 97 percent at New York University, Forbes reports.

The top schools in other categories:

• Best professors: Boston University

• Best quality of life: Duke

• Best classroom experience: University of Chicago

• Most diverse faculty: Southern

• Most competitive students: Baylor

• Most liberal students: Northeastern

• Most conservative students: Ave Maria

• Best environment for minority students: University of Hawaii

• Most chosen by older students: District of Columbia

• Toughest to get into: Yale

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