The Princeton Review has published its annual law school rankings, and the results are about standard. Unlike US News, Princeton Review breaks its rankings up into "handy" categories based on ranking methodology. The categories include: Best Career Prospects, Best Environment for Minority Students, Professors Rock (Legally Speaking), Most Competitive Students, and Best Quality of Life (free reg. req'd to view all rankings).
Among California schools placing toward the top of individual rankings are:
Stanford (4th best quality of life, 6th best career prospects, 4th best classroom experience, 3rd most rocking professors, and 3rd toughest to get into)
Loyola Marymount (2nd best classroom experience, and 6th most rocking professors)
Chapman (3rd best quality of life, 3rd best classroom experience, 9th most diverse faculty, and 7th most rocking professors)
USC (5th best environment for minority students)
Berkeley Law (8th in students who lean to the left, and 4th toughest to get into)
Whittier (6th most competitive students)
Davis/King Hall (10th most diverse faculty)
University of San Francisco (4th most welcoming of older students)
Pepperdine (8th most rocking professors)
The Princeton Review also breaks down the ratings by programs and interests. As for methodology, they've got this to say:
"Ten of the 11 lists incorporate or are based entirely on student opinions that we collected through our law school student survey. A few of the lists also incorporate institutional data reported to us by administrators at the law schools. One list, "Toughest to Get Into," is based entirely on information reported to us by administrators. Note: we don't have a "Best Overall Academics" ranking list in the book because each of the 174 law schools featured in the book is a "Best" in our opinion when it comes to academics. We believe that hierarchical ranking lists that focus solely on academics offer very little value to students and only add to the stress of applying to law school."
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