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Which law school offers grads the best job prospects? Princeton Review issues its 2017 rankings

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The best professors are at the Boston University School of Law, but students at Stanford Law School have the best classroom experience, according to the Princeton Review’s 2017 law school rankings list (reg. req.).

For best job prospects, the test prep and college admission services company went with the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The top five “Best Career Prospects” were as follows:

1. University of Pennsylvania Law School

2. New York University School of Law

3. University of Chicago Law School

4. Columbia University School of Law

5. University of Virginia School of Law

The annual list also includes admissions, financial aid and employment information about the schools. Information came from a survey of 19,400 students at 172 law schools, as well as self-reported school data, according to a press release.

Other categories include “Toughest to Get Into,” with the top rankings going to Yale, Harvard and Stanford law schools. This is the only ranking that is based entirely on school-supplied data, rather than student surveys.

Most Competitive Students” has Baylor Law listed in first place. Baylor Law also made the top 10 ranking for “Most Conservative Students,” as opposed to Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, which was ranked as having the most liberal student body. The precise methodology used by Princeton Review to arrive at these rankings is described on their website.

“Our purpose is not to rank schools hierarchically or crown any school as ‘best’ overall,” Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher, said in a press release. “Our goal is to provide school profiles combined with multiple rating scores and ranking lists to help applicants choose the best [law] school for them.”

Updated at 3:50 p.m. to include additional information about the rankings.

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