Best Value Law schools announced

Sixty law schools have been selected by preLaw magazine as the 2010 Best Value Law schools, the magazine announced Aug. 5.

“With tuition and cost of living expenses outpacing entry-level salaries, it is more important than ever for prospective law students to take into account value,” said Jack Crittenden, Editor and Founder of preLaw magazine and its sister-publication The National Jurist.

This is the first time the magazine has published the study in consecutive years. It is the first year that average indebtedness was factored into the study.

Law schools are honored if they meet four criteria: 1) their bar pass rate is higher than the state average; 2) their average indebtedness is below $100,000; 3) their employment rate nine months after graduation is 85 percent or higher; and 4) tuition is less than $35,000 a year for in-state residents.

The Fall issue of preLaw will rank the top 20 schools, and assign a letter grade (A-, B+ or B) to the other 40 honorees.

Six schools that were honored in last year’s magazine, did not make the cut this year, including top ranked North Carolina Central University.

“Unfortunately, North Carolina Central saw their employment rate drop from 87 to 82.6 percent,” Crittenden said. “The other five schools all saw their bar pass rate drop below the state average.”

Eleven of the 60 schools this year are private institutions, including Phoenix School of Law, which was awarded full ABA accreditation in June. The Fall issue of preLaw will ship in October with the top 20 schools ranked and the other 40 receiving letter grades. 

The top 20 Best Value law schools in alphabetical order:



Brigham Young University (Clark)


Florida International


Florida State University


Georgia State University


Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge (Hebert)


Northern Illinois University


Texas Tech University


University of Alabama


University of Georgia


University of Kansas


University of Kentucky


University of Louisville (Brandeis)


University of Memphis (Humphreys)


University of Mississippi


University of Nebraska--Lincoln


University of New Mexico


University of North Dakota


University of South Carolina


University of Tennessee--Knoxville

 

The 40 other honorees:



Arizona State University (O'Connor)


Cleveland State University (Cleveland-Marshall)


College of William and Mary (Marshall-Wythe)


Faulkner University (Jones)


George Mason University


Gonzaga University


Hamline University


Indiana University--Bloomington (Maurer)


Lewis & Clark College (Northwestern)


Loyola University New Orleans


Michigan State University


Mississippi College


Ohio State University (Moritz)

Phoenix School of Law


Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--Newark


St. Mary's University


Temple University (Beasley)


University of Arizona (Rogers)


University of California--Davis


University of Colorado--Boulder


University of Connecticut


University of Florida (Levin)


University of Houston


University of Iowa


University of Maine


University of Maryland


University of Minnesota--Twin Cities


University of Missouri--Kansas City


University of Nevada--Las Vegas (Boyd)


University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill


University of Oklahoma


University of Oregon


University of Pittsburgh


University of Richmond (Williams)


University of Texas


University of Toledo

University of Tulsa


University of Washington


University of Wisconsin--Madison


Wayne State


Willamette University (Collins)


William & Mary

 

 

 

 

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