Best law buildings: 55 make honor roll

Prelaw magazine announced that 55 law schools will receive honors for best law school facilities in its Fall issue, including Syracuse University, Boston University, Fordham University and Quinnipiac University which are all unveiling new buildings this fall.

“Law schools have made tremendous strides in this regard since we launched preLaw magazine 18 years ago,” said Jack Crittenden, editor in chief and founder of National Jurist and preLaw magazines. “At that time a majority of law school facilities were in deplorable shape. Now more than one-fourth are excellent, and deserving of honors.”

The magazine assessed aesthetics, square footage per student on campus, library hours, number of library seats per student on campus, and amenities — dining, fitness, parking and lockers. It also included student comments from Princeton Review’s law school guidebook in its evaluation.

The magazine will rank the top 20 law schools and grade all of the 55 schools from B+ to A+ in its Fall issue.

Because the rankings are partly based on square footage and number of library seats per student, schools that have seen a decline in enrollment did better in the study than they would have a few years ago. This was especially true for Penn State’s Dickinson Law which just last month separated from the other Penn State campus. Dickinson, located in Carlisle, Penn., only has 155 students this year. Both Penn State campuses made the list.

The magazine counted part-time students as .75. It included graduate students in its count, but did not count online students.

The complete methodology and the rankings with grades will appear in the Fall issue of preLaw, due out in October. Here are the 55 schools that made the honor roll:

Baylor University

Boston University

Campbell Law School

Catholic University

Chapman Fowler School of Law

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Cornell Law School

Creighton University

Duke University

Faulkner University

Florida State University

Fordham Law School

Georgetown University

Gonzaga University

IU Maurer School of Law

Louisiana State University

Marquette University

New York Law School

Notre Dame Law School

Penn State Law

Penn State’s Dickinson Law

Quinnipiac University

Saint Louis University

Seattle University

SMU Dedman School of Law

Southwestern Law School

Stanford Law School

Stetson University

Suffolk University

Syracuse University

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

UC Davis Law

University of Arizona

University of Baltimore

University of Colorado

University of Connecticut

University of Denver

University of Florida

University of Memphis

University of Michigan

University of Mississippi

University of Nebraska

University of Oklahoma

University of Richmond

University of St. Thomas -  Minn.

University of Tulsa

University of Virginia

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin

Vanderbilt University

Villanova University

Washington University

William Mitchell College of Law

Yale Law School