The Princeton Review has once again named Boston University School of the Law one of the best law schools in the nation for teaching. In the 2015 rankings, BU Law is #2 for Best Professors and #7 for Classroom Experience.
This marks the eighth consecutive year that BU Law has ranked among the top three for Best Professors, being named #1 five times, the most of any law school, since the publication began releasing its specialty rankings in 2008. This is the second consecutive year BU Law has ranked in the top 10 for Classroom Experience.
“One of the things that sets BU Law apart from other law schools is that we really are committed to teaching in a meaningful way,” says Dean Maureen A. O’Rourke. “We will not hire a person, even if they have great ideas, if it doesn’t seem like they will be able to teach well or to communicate those ideas in the classroom.”
The Princeton Review 2015 edition notes, “Few law schools elicit as much praise from students for both the ‘top notch’ professors and the ‘absolutely wonderful’ administration.” Not only do students describe the faculty as “extremely friendly, intelligent, and accommodating,” but also at “the top of their field,” “love their areas of the law, and they love teaching. They go out of their way to be accessible—even offering their home phone numbers.” And, with a characteristically communal environment, “diverse opinions [are] accepted in the classroom.”
Additionally in this year’s Princeton Review survey, students praised BU Law for its location in the heart of Boston, the “practice-oriented curriculum,” a career development office tuned into students’ needs, and the “community that is accepting and encourages personal growth,” without sacrificing “the drive of the students.”
The Princeton Review's rankings are based on surveys of 18,500 students attending the top ABA-accredited US law schools profiled in the 2015 edition. The Best Professors rankings were based on student answers to survey questions on their professors' quality of teaching and accessibility outside the classroom. Best Classroom Experience was calculated from student responses to teaching quality, balance of theory and practical skills in the curricula, tolerance for differing opinions in class discussions, and classroom facilities.
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Last edited November 5, 2014