Tuesday, April 2, 2013

How do law students rate their schools for delivering a practical education?

The blog Above the Law has been conducting a poll that asks current law students to rate the quality of their schools in several categories including faculty and instruction, career counseling and help finding a job, and how good is the school's social life.  In particular ATL has also asked students to rate the quality of the practical legal education they are receiving.  So far only students in Boston, the greater NYC area, and Chicago have been surveyed but we've got the results for you below and will update the story as students in more regions are polled.  Survey participants were  asked to rate schools based on a 4 point scale with with "1" being the lowest and "4" the best.


Practical and Clinical Training:

1. Northeastern (3.92)
2. Suffolk University Law (3.24)
3. Harvard (3.20)
4. Boston University Law (3.12)
5. Boston College Law (2.93)

Greater NYC area

Practical and Clinical Training

1. CUNY (3.50)
2. Seton Hall (3.44)
3. Fordham (3.42)
4. NYLS (3.40)
5. NYU (3.30)
6. Brooklyn (3.28)
7. Cardozo (3.22)
8. St. John’s (3.11)
9. Hofstra (3.11)
10. Columbia (3.02)
11. Rutgers-Newark (2.88)


Practical and Clinical Training:

1. Northwestern (3.58)
2. Loyola University – Chicago (3.53)
3. Chicago-Kent (3.26)
4. University of Chicago (3.00)
4. DePaul University (3.00)
4. John Marshall (3.00)



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How would law students know how good a job their law schools are doing preparing them to practice until they get out and go into practice and figure out what portion, if any, of what practice demands of them was provided by their legal education? All that we're getting from this part of the analysis is what law students think their law schools are doing to prepare the students for what students think practice will be (which almost always isn't what practice turns out to be). I still wonder why no one is willing to survey law school graduates two, four, and six years after graduation to get their opinions about their legal education. Actually, I don't wonder. I know why.

Posted by: James Edward Maule | Apr 3, 2013 6:45:41 AM

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