Rankings for best value law schools in the US

August 18, 2010 The National Jurist has named the 60 best value law schools in its preLaw magazine. These rankings represent a departure from other lists because they do not focus upon prestige. Instead, schools are tested against 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.

There is some criticism leveled against the methodology of this ranking system. AboveTheLaw looks into each of the criteria and suggests some improvements.

The National Jurist top 20 ‘best value’ schools, in alphabetical order, are:

Brigham Young University (Clark)
Florida International
Florida State University
Georgia State University
Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge (Hebert)
Northern Illinois University
Phoenix School of Law
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

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