Thursday, August 27, 2009

Best Value Law Schools

NJ Cover_Page_2 The National Jurist has released its ranking of the Best Value Law Schools in the September 2009 issue:

The National Jurist identified 65 law schools that carry a low price tag and are able to prepare their students incredibly well for today's competitive job market. In determining what makes a law school a "best value," we first looked at tuition, considering only public schools with an in-state tuition less than $25,000, and private schools with an annual tuition that comes in under $30,000. We then narrowed the playing field again by including only schools that had an employment rate of at least 85% and a school bar psasage rate that was higher than their state average. We then ranked schools, giving greatest weight to tuition, followed closely by employment statistics.

For a chart of the Top 25 Value Law Schools, and a chart of the Top 65 Value Law Schools with their corresponding U.S. News rank, see here.

1 Comments:

Blogger Jeffrey Harrison said...

This may be even more poorly conceived than the regular rankings. We all know what employment rate is suspect but, as I understand it, there is no variable for salary. "Best value" would seem to imply return on investment. Without salary numbers the table seems pretty meaningless.

8/27/2009 11:14 AM  

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