The Princeton Review’s "Best Law Schools" Rankings for 2020 Are Now Out in 14 Categories

University of Virginia #1 for "Best Professors," New  York University #1 for "Best Career Prospects"

NEW YORK, November 5, 2019 / — The Princeton Review®—known for its college rankings in dozens of categories based on students’ ratings of their colleges—today released the 2020 edition of its annual "Best Law Schools" ranking lists.

The ranking lists, reported in 14 categories, each name the top 10 law schools. The education services company tallied the lists based on its surveys of 19,000 students attending 167 law schools in the U.S., and of administrators at those schools. The ranking lists posted today at www.princetonreview.com/best-law-schools, where they can be accessed for free with site registration.

The Princeton Review's 80-question student survey for this project asked students to rate their law schools on dozens of topics and report on their school experiences. The survey of law school administrators, which numbered more than 200 questions, covered topics from academic offerings and admission requirements to data about currently enrolled students as well as graduates' employment.

Six of the 14 ranking lists were tallied using both student and administrator-reported data, five solely from student data, and three solely from administrator data.

The ranking lists based on student- and administrator-reported data, and the #1 schools on them, are:

    • "Best Career Prospects" – New York University
    • "Best Classroom Experience" – University of Virginia   
    • "Most Diverse Faculty"– Southern University (LA)
    • "Greatest Resources for Women" – Stanford University (CA)
    • "Greatest Resources for Minority Students" – St. Thomas University (FL)
    • "Most Chosen by Older Students" – University of the District of Columbia

The lists based solely on student-reported data, and the #1 schools on them, are:

    • "Best Professors” – University of Virginia
    • "Most Competitive Students" – Baylor University (TX) 
    • "Most Conservative Students" – Ave Maria School of Law (FL)
    • "Most Liberal Students" – Northeastern University (MA)
    • "Best Quality of Life" – University of Virginia   

The lists based solely on administrator-reported data, and the #1 schools on them, are:

    • “Toughest to Get Into" – Yale University (CT)
    • “Best for Federal Clerkships” (a new list this year) — Yale University (CT)
    • “Best for State and Local Clerkships” (a new list this year) — Seton Hall University (NJ)

"Every one of the 167 law schools we chose for our 2020 'Best Law Schools' project offers an outstanding academic program," said Robert Franek, Editor-in-Chief, The Princeton Review. "The schools vary considerably, however, in their offerings and campus culture. Our purpose is not to crown any single law school as ‘best’ overall or to rank the schools from 1 to 167, hierarchically. We know that applicants are mainly concerned with finding the best law school for them. That is why for more than 25 years we have reported multiple categories of law school ranking lists. Each of our lists sheds light on a distinctive aspect of law school campus culture or administrative offerings that applicants have told us matters to them."

The Princeton Review "Best Law Schools" website area has profiles of the 167 schools with detailed information for applicants. Topics cover the schools' admission requirements, academics, financial aid, campus life, and career / employment statistics. The profiles display the company's ratings (scores from 60 to 99) of the law schools in up to five categories. Based mainly on institutional data, the rating categories include "Admissions Selectivity" and "Career," the latter of which factors in data on graduates' starting salaries and employment rates. Applicants using this area on PrincetonReview.com will also find articles on crafting a stellar law school application, plus updates and tips about the LSAT® and GRE®.

The Princeton Review also reports annual "Best Business Schools" ranking lists in 18 categories and an annual list of the top 25 online MBA programs. The lists for 2020 will be reported in mid-November 2019 and will also be accessible for free, at www.princetonreview.com/best-business-schools.

About The Princeton Review Law School Rankings

The Princeton Review's Best Law Schools for 2020 ranking lists are based on data from the company's surveys of 19,000 students attending 167 law schools and of administrators at those schools. The student surveys were conducted during the 2018–19, 2017–18, and 2016–17 academic years. The 80-question survey (completed at www.princetonreview.com/survey) asked students about their schools’ academics, student body, and campus life, and about their own career plans. On average, 113 students at each law school were surveyed. The surveys of administrators at the schools were conducted in 2018–19. Further information about the surveys, the ranking list methodology, and the questions upon which each of the 14 ranking lists was tallied can be found at www.princetonreview.com/law-school-rankings/ranking-methodology.

About The Princeton Review 

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep, and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school–bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in-person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. Its Tutor.com brand is the largest online tutoring service in the U.S. It comprises a community of thousands of tutors who have delivered more than 17.5 million one-to-one tutoring sessions. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York, NY. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information, visit PrincetonReview.com. Follow the company on Twitter @ThePrincetonRev and Instagram @theprincetonreview

Contacts: Jeanne Krier, Publicist for The Princeton Review, 212-539-1350, pressoffice@review.com and David Soto, Director of Content Development for The Princeton Review, 646-766-9436, david.soto@review.com 
For interviews with Princeton Review spokespersons about this project, please contact Jeanne Krier.

-# # #-

LSAT is a registered trademark of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), which is not affiliated with The Princeton Review.

GRE is a registered trademark of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which does not endorse this product.