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LAW Faculty Rated Best in Country

Princeton Review gives school high marks

| From Commonwealth | By Rich Barlow

The School of Law houses the nation’s best legal teachers, the Princeton Review has said for the second straight year. Photo by Vernon Doucette

For the second year in a row, the School of Law has earned top ranking for best legal faculty in the country from the Princeton Review. LAW placed sixth in the country for “best classroom experience” as well. The Review is a highly regarded school-rating and test-prep services company that ranks schools based on both data supplied by the schools and on student comments. Only schools that make their students available to the Review are ranked.

The company surveyed more than 18,000 students at the 167 law schools it studied, and their comments about teachers’ classroom competence and out-of-class accessibility were the basis of the faculty rankings. The best classroom experience ranking, according to the Review, was based on student responses “concerning their professors’ teaching abilities, the balance of theory and practical skills in the curricula, the level of tolerance for differing opinions in class discussion, and their assessments of classroom facilities.”

LAW’s faculty beat out peers at such schools as Yale, Stanford, Duke, Baylor, Northwestern, and Northeastern.

The rankings appear in the Review’s 2012 edition of The Best 167 Law Schools.

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