Monday, February 18, 2013

How Students Rank Law Schools

Graduate has released some interesting rankings: how law students rank their schools for academic competitiveness, social life, and manageable workload. Here are the results:

Academic Competitiveness- Is the level of peer competition healthy, is it cut-throat or is it somewhere in between?
Social Life- Is it easy for law students to meet people and make friends and/or date.
Manageable Workload- Is the workload generally manageable? Is law school work pertinent, practical, and constructive or just busy work?

The rankings are based solely on surveys completed by graduate students and use a 10 star system (with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the best) and verbatim answers submitted by 4,000 students (including those currently enrolled and recent grads) from over 150 accredited law schools across the United States.

The following law schools were ranked highest for Academic Competitiveness:

1. Vanderbilt University
2. Stanford University
3. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
4. Baylor University
5. Cornell University

Top five for Social Life:

1. Washington University in St. Louis
2. University of California-Berkeley
3. The University of Texas at Austin
4. University of Colorado at Boulder
5. Stanford University

Top five for Manageable Workloads:

1. Baylor University
2. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
3. Cornell University
4. University of Miami
5. Columbia University


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