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LAW Professors Ranked Country’s Best

Princeton Review lauds faculty

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The Princeton Review report mentions some of the accolades LAW students used to describe their faculty: they're at the top of their field, they love their areas of law, and they love teaching. “They go out of their way to be accessible—even offering their home phone numbers.” Photo by Cydney Scott

Being a great teacher always impresses those you’re teaching; sharing your home phone number for their after-hours questions helps, too. Student raves about such things prompted the Princeton Review to declare BU’s law professors the best in the nation in its 2014 edition of The Best 169 Law Schools.

It’s not the first time the rating-and-test-prep company has given the blue ribbon to BU School of Law faculty. They received the same honor in the 2011 and the 2012 editions, an impressive three out of four. In this year’s rankings, BU’s faculty outpaced colleagues at 168 other schools, including those deemed similar by the Review: Harvard, Georgetown, Northwestern, the University of Virginia, and Boston College.

The rankings are based on data from the law schools and particularly on comments from some 18,500 surveyed students at the evaluated schools. The 80-question survey asked students about their school’s academics, campus life, student body, and career plans. The report mentions some of the accolades LAW students used to describe their faculty, among them “the top of their field” and “love their areas of law, and they love teaching. They go out of their way to be accessible—even offering their home phone numbers.”

“Few law schools elicit as much praise from students for both the ‘top-notch’ professors and the ‘absolutely wonderful’ administration,” the report says. It also quotes students lauding LAW’s mentoring and social programs to foster student interaction with their teachers. “These, obviously, aid job placement for students in Boston and elsewhere,” the raters write.

The Review graded law schools in 11 categories and listed the top 10 law schools in each. BU ranked fifth among the schools surveyed for “best classroom experience.”

LAW Dean Maureen O’Rourke says the rankings reflect that the school is “focused on the student learning experience. Our faculty are superb teachers who are dedicated to ensuring that our students receive the best possible legal education.”

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Rich Barlow

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6 Comments on LAW Professors Ranked Country’s Best

  • Sarah G. on 11.05.2013 at 7:18 am

    What a wonderful distinction. Congratulations to the LAW faculty!

  • Monica on 11.05.2013 at 9:31 am

    Awesome! All the professors at BU are top notch but it’s nice to be recognized.

  • Dani on 11.05.2013 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you to the distinguished Professors at Boston University!
    ~ A Proud Parent

  • Olive on 11.05.2013 at 4:55 pm

    I am sick of being a BU undergrad and want to go to law school… TOO bad BU has the best law professors!!! I want to get outta BU!!!! :(

  • Meh on 11.05.2013 at 9:36 pm

    If only the law building didn’t look so awful.

  • Bruce Matzkin on 11.30.2013 at 5:21 am

    A truly meaningful distinction… I’m very proud to be an alum.

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