Boston University School of Law

November 12, 2010

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BU Law featured in The Princeton Review’s
“Best 172 Law Schools: 2011 Edition”

Boston University School of Law is one of the nation's most outstanding law schools, according to The Princeton Review. In the 2011 edition of "The Best 172 Law Schools,” BU Law is named #1 in the nation for Best Professors; 8 for Best Classroom Experience; and 10 for Best Career Prospects.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publishing, "We are pleased to recommend Boston University School of Law to readers of our book and users of our website as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn a law school degree. We chose the 172 schools for this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our student survey for the book."

"The Best 172 Law Schools: 2011 Edition" has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services. In their profile on BU Law, Princeton Review editors note that the School offers a “breadth of curricula that is matched by few other schools anywhere in the country.”

“There is a strong focus on teaching and cultivating the next generation of lawyers at BU,” quotes a current BU Law student in the profile. “While intimidating at the outset, there is nothing like feeling yourself grow personally and professionally as you progress in the J.D. program.”

In a "Survey Says . . . " sidebar, The Princeton Review lists topics that BU Law students surveyed were in most agreement about. The list includes: “Diverse opinions accepted in classrooms” and “Great library staff.” The Princeton Review's 80-question survey for the book asked students about themselves, their career plans, and their schools’ academics, student body and campus life.

The Princeton Review does not rank the law schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 172, or name one law school best overall. Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 law schools in various categories. Ten lists are based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 18,000 students attending the 172 law schools profiled in the book. (Only schools that permitted The Princeton Review to survey their students were eligible for consideration for these lists.) Conducted during the 2009-10, 2008-09, and 2007-08 academic years, the student surveys were primarily completed online.

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