Princeton Review annually releases law school rankings. In all, they rank 167 schools that are each accredited by the American Bar Association. In all, Princeton Review considers 12 categories to name the best school in the nation. There’s no doubt that law school is expensive, so the most important of those categories is your ability to get a job once you graduate. Here are the rankings considering just that category.
In determining the placings, Princeton Review says that they look at several different factors, including how confident students feel that the school has the means to lead them to a full-time job in the field after they graduate. The company asks students about their ability to participate in real-life law experiences, like clerkships, internships and externships.
New York University School of Law
New York University School of Law tops the list and places ninth in the toughest to get into, with only 22% of students accepted. It also places ninth in having the most liberal students. The average LSAT score is 170.
Stanford University School of Law
In addition to finishing second in the best school to get a job after graduation, this school also finishes first in the best for getting federal clerkships and first in resources for women. They finish second in the best classroom experience and third in the toughest to get into. The average LSAT score is 171.
University of Michigan Law School
If you are looking to get a job after graduation, the University of Michigan Law School places third. This school finishes eighth as the toughest to get into, ninth in the best classroom experience and 10th in having the best professors. The average LSAT score is 166.
University of Virginia School of Law
If you need a job after graduation, the University of Virginia School of Law finishes in fourth place. This school finishes first in having the best classroom experience, the best professors and the best quality of life. They finish fifth for having the best chance of a federal clerkship and sixth in the toughest to get into. The average LSAT score is 166.
Duke University School of Law
Duke University School of Law rounds out the top five. Princeton Review ranks them second for having the best professors and third for having the best classroom experience. The average LSAT score is 168.
The Next Five
6. Harvard University Law School
7. University of Chicago Law School
8. Columbia University School of Law
9. Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
10. University of California Berkeley School of Law
Some experts argue that Princeton Review relies too much on students’ opinions when making a list instead of hard evidence, so keep that fact in mind when considering where you want to go to school.