60 Top-Value Law Schools Named; Georgia State Is No. 1 Once Again
Georgia State University College of Law tops a list of best value law schools for the second year in a row.
Second on the list, Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, charged only $10,280 in 2010-11, but the National Jurist reports a catch: To get that low tuition, students have to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Nonmembers pay $20,560.
The magazine based its list of best-value schools on the percentage of law grads who passed the bar averaged over two years, the percentage who got any kind of job averaged over two years, tuition and average indebtedness at graduation.
The top 10 best value law schools are:
1) Georgia State University
2) Brigham Young University
3) Florida State University
4) University of North Carolina
5) University of Georgia
6) Louisiana State University
7) University of New Mexico
8) University of Alabama
9) University of Nebraska
10) University of Mississippi
Only three private law schools made the list, compared to 10 last year. They are: BYU, Faulkner University Jones School of Law and Willamette University College of Law.
In previous years, the magazine excluded schools with bar passage rates that did not exceed the average in its state. This year, the magazine penalized schools with below average rates, but did not exclude them. As a result of its changes, City University of New York made its list this year.