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Magazine Names Best Value Law Schools

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Looking to attend law school for less than $35,000 a year? You’ve got 60 “best value” schools to choose from, according to a magazine analysis.

National Jurist announced the schools selected by its sister publication, preLaw magazine, which divided the schools into top 20 and top 60. Readers will have to wait until preLaw’s fall issue for a ranking. Eleven private schools made the cut.

Above the Law takes issue with some of the criteria, including the magazine’s reliance on self-reported employment statistics. According to ATL, the job stats “are meaningless, because the schools themselves resist all efforts to break out whether or not these jobs are permanent, temporary, or straight-up illusory, due to deferments or on-campus employment or some other factor.” ATL likes another criterion, however: average indebtedness below $100,000.

The top 20, in alphabetical order:

• Brigham Young University (Clark)

• Florida International

• Florida State University

• Georgia State University

• Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge (Hebert)

• Northern Illinois University

• Phoenix School of Law

• Texas Tech University

• University of Alabama

• University of Georgia

• University of Kansas

• University of Kentucky

• University of Louisville (Brandeis)

• University of Memphis (Humphreys)

• University of Mississippi

• University of Nebraska, Lincoln

• University of New Mexico

• University of North Dakota

• University of South Carolina

• University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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