Best schools for practical training honor roll

The National Jurist will honor 56 law schools in its annual honor roll of best schools for practical training.

While law schools continue to increase clinic, externship and simulation offerings, fewer schools earned an A- or higher this year, based on slightly different methodology. In prior years, the magazine graded part-time programs separate from full-time programs. But this year, the American Bar Association did not break out data for part-time versus full-time. Some law schools do not provide as many practical training opportunities for part-time students.

Still, the ratio of simulation, clinic and externship placements to number of students continued to improve, partly driven by lower enrollments.

“Law schools continue to make changes and improvements to make legal education a better hands-on experience for the majority of their students,” said Jack Crittenden, Editor In Chief of The National Jurist. “It has been exciting to see the gradual improvement from year to year.”

The magazine awarded an A- or higher to 25 schools, including 11 that received an A+. Last year, 37 received an A- or higher, with 12 schools receiving an A+.

The story and ranking with grades will appear in the Spring issues of The National Jurist and preLaw magazines. Below are the schools that made the honor roll.

preLaw magazine will also highlight five schools that only received a B, but which are making great strides: Quinnipiac University, Roger Williams University, Touro Law Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Massachusetts.

Honor Roll:

Arizona State University

Baylor University

Brigham Young University

Brooklyn Law School

Campbell Law School

Cardozo School of Law

Case Western University

Chicago-Kent College of Law

CUNY School of Law

Drake University

Duke University

Elon University

Emory University

Florida Coastal School of Law

Golden Gate University

Gonzaga University

Lewis & Clark Law School

Liberty University School of Law

Loyola University Chicago

Mitchell Hamline

New York Law School

Northeastern University

Northwestern Law

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Pepperdine University

Saint Louis University

Southern Illinois University

Syracuse University

Temple University

UC - Irvine

University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law

University of Arizona

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado

University of Denver

University of Georgia

University of Hawai’i

University of Illinois

University of Kansas

University of Maryland

University of Minnesota

University of Mississippi

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of New Hampshire

University of San Francisco

University of St. Thomas  -  Mn.

University of Tennessee

University of the District of Columbia

University of Utah

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin

University of Wyoming

Vermont Law School

Washington and Lee University

Whittier Law School

William & Mary Law School

Yale Law School