The Princeton Review’s Annual Best Law School Rankings for 2019 Are Now Out

Top Schools Named in 12 Categories: New York University #1 for “Best Career Prospects,”
University of Virginia #1 for “Best Professors”

NEW YORK, November 7, 2018 — The Princeton Review® —known for its college rankings in dozens of categories based on students’ ratings of their colleges—today released its 2019 annual ranking lists of the best law schools. The rankings name the top 10 law schools in 12 categories; they are accessible for free at www.princetonreview.com/best-law-schools.

The Princeton Review tallied these ranking lists based on its surveys of 17,700 students attending 165 law schools. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their experiences at them. Some ranking list tallies also factored in school-reported data.

Some of the 12 ranking categories and the schools that came in #1 on the lists are:

  • "Best Career Prospects"—New York University (NY)
  • "Best Professors"—University of Virginia
  • "Best Classroom Experience"—Stanford University (CA)
  • "Greatest Resources for Women" (a new category this year)—Vermont Law School
  • "Most Competitive Students"—Baylor University (TX)
  • "Most Conservative Students"—Ave Maria School of Law (FL)
  • "Most Liberal Students"—Northeastern University (MA)
  • "Toughest to Get Into"—Yale University (CT) (Note: this list is based entirely on institutional data.)

Other ranking list categories include the top 10 schools for "Best Quality of Life," "Most Chosen By Older Students," “Most Diverse Faculty,” and "Greatest Resources for Minority Students." 

"The schools that made our lists and the 165 law schools that we profile on our site all offer outstanding programs,” said Robert Franek, Editor-in-Chief, The Princeton Review. “They vary considerably in their offerings and their campus culture: we highlight their distinctions in our profiles. Our purpose is not to rank all 165 schools hierarchically or crown any school as ‘best’ overall. We provide a wide range of information and campus feedback to help applicants find the best law school for them.”

The Princeton Review’s profiles of law schools report on each school’s admission requirements, academics, financial aid, campus life, and career / employment information. The profiles also include school ratings (scores from 60 to 99) in five categories based primarily on institutional data. Among them are rating scores for "Admissions Selectivity" and "Career" (which factors in data on graduates' starting salaries and employment).

The company’s website also provides articles about the LSAT® and GRE®, tips for crafting a stellar law school application, and guidance for finding the program best tailored to one’s goals and circumstances.

The Princeton Review also reported today its annual lists of the best business schools for 2019. They are accessible at www.princetonreview.com/best-business-schools.

About The Princeton Review Law School Rankings

The Princeton Review's law school rankings lists for 2019 factored in data from its surveys of 17,700 students attending 165 law schools. On average, 107 students at each law school were surveyed. The surveys were done during the 2017-18, 2016-17, and 2015-16 school years. The survey (completed at www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/student-survey) asked students about their school's academics, student body and campus life, and their career plans. All institutional data used to tally the ranking lists was collected in 2017-18. Further information about the methodology is at A description of the methodology is 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. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York, NY. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information, visit PrincetonReview.com. Follow the company on Twitter @ThePrincetonRev.

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