Princeton Review Names BU Law #1 for Teaching

School of Law scores top ranks for professors and classroom experience.

Professor Khiara Bridges and students
Professor Khiara Bridges and her students.

In its annual law school rankings, Princeton Review has named Boston University School of Law the best in the country for teaching. BU Law placed #1 for Best Professors and #8 for Classroom Experience.

This year marks the sixth time that BU Law has been ranked #1 for Best Professors, the most of any law school since the Princeton Review began releasing its specialty rankings in 2008.

“BU Law is committed to maintaining the excellence of our dedicated and experienced faculty,” says Dean Maureen O’Rourke. “Our professors go above and beyond to provide the most enriching and comprehensive law school experience possible.”

The 2017 rankings from the Princeton Review are based on its survey of more than 19,400 students attending ABA-accredited US law schools—an average of 112 students from each school. The survey asked students about the academics, the student body, and the campus life at their school, as well as their career goals and expectations. 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 classroom facilities, teaching quality, balance of theory and practical skills in the curricula, and tolerance for differing opinions in class discussions.

The Princeton Review 2017 edition notes that BU Law students “report almost universally that ‘the dedication of the faculty and administration has to be the greatest strength’ of the program. BU Law’s professors, who are at “the top of their field,” “love their areas of law, and they love teaching. In addition, ‘the school encourages faculty-student interaction through numerous mentorship and social programs.”

In addition to the faculty, students praised BU Law’s administration and its sense of community. Surveyed students expressed that they are “impressed by how open [the administration] is to feedback—from the Dean down.”

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