Thursday, April 23, 2020
Below is the 2020 preLaw Magazine's rankings for "best practical legal skills training." The magazine assesses each school according to a number of data points that focus on practical skills curricular offerings like clinics, externships, simulation courses, pro bono hours and moot court participation. The magazine gives the largest weight in its overall scoring (32%) to the number of clinical offerings. It then asked schools to provide the number of students who completed a clinic in 2018-19. If a student was enrolled in two semesters, that counted as two. Extra credit was given to schools where clinical work is guaranteed or required.
Externships were weighted at 25% of the overall rankings score with the magazine asking schools how many students completed one in 2018-19. Again, if a student had two externships, that counted as two. Simulation courses accounted for 20% of the overall score with preLaw asking schools to provide total enrollment figures for such courses.
Moot court and pro bono hours accounted for 10% of the total rankings score. If a school required pro bono hours, it got extra credit.
Finally, the magazine gave 10% to additional practical training offerings, such as required legal writing. It asked schools to provide it with such information as the schools saw fit.
If schools did not reply, the magazine relied on ABA data.
Schools were then grouped based on their overall scores as "A+," "A," "A-," or "B+" and then ranked individually within those groups. The rankings for the "A+" schools are below. See the magazine here for the rankings of schools in "A," "A-," and "B+" groups.
- Northeastern University
- St. Thomas University - Mn.
- Baylor University
- University of Minnesota
- University of Denver
- Brooklyn Law School
- Elon University
- Brigham Young University
- Case Western Reserve University
- Pepperdine University
- University of Arizona
- Liberty University School of Law
- Florida Coastal School of Law
- Chapman Fowler School of Law
- Southwestern Law School
- University of Georgia
- North Carolina Central University
- University of Colorado
- UC - Irvine