The Princeton Review’s "Best Law Schools" for 2021 Now Out 

Ranking Lists Name Top 10 Law Schools in 14 Categories—UVA #1 on 3 Lists

NEW YORK, December 8, 2020 / — The Princeton Review®—the education services company known for its test prep, tutoring, and college and grad school rankings—today released its ranking lists of Best Law Schools for 2021.

The ranking lists name the top 10 law schools in 14 categories based on the company's surveys of 14,000 students attending 164 law schools in the U.S., and of administrators at the schools. The Princeton Review posted the lists at, where they can be accessed for free.

The University of Virginia School of Law is #1 on three of the ranking lists: Best Professors, Best Classroom Experience, and Best Quality of Life. The school also made three additional ranking lists: Best Career Prospects (at #4), Best for Federal Clerkships (at #5), and Toughest to Get Into (at #6).

The Princeton Review's student survey for this project asked students to rate their law schools on dozens of topics and report on their experiences at the schools. The company's administrator survey collected data on everything from admission requirements, academic offerings, and financial aid to facts about graduates' employment. Information about the methodology for the rankings can be found at

"Every one of the 164 law schools we chose for our 2021 Best Law Schools project offers outstanding academics," said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's editor in chief. "We report law school ranking lists in 14 categories—instead of a mega-list, solely based on academics—for one reason: to help applicants identify the law school best for them. Our lists name schools that are stand-outs on matters law school applicants have told us are important to them—from career prospects to campus culture distinctions."

Of the 14 categories of ranking lists, The Princeton Review tallied six lists based on student- and administrator-reported data. Five lists were based on student data (only), and three on administrator data (only).

Ranking lists based on student- and administrator-reported data, and the #1 schools on these lists for 2021 are:

    • Best Classroom Experience – University of Virginia   
    • Best Career Prospects – New York University
    • 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

Ranking lists based on student-reported data, and the #1 schools on these lists for 2021 are:

    • Best Quality of Life – University of Virginia
    • 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)

Ranking lists based on administrator-reported data, and the #1 schools on these lists for 2021 are:

    • Toughest to Get Into – Yale University (CT)
    • Best for Federal Clerkships — Stanford University (CA)
    • Best for State and Local Clerkships — Seton Hall University (NJ)

The Princeton Review website features profiles of the 164 law schools. The profiles are annually updated with information about admission requirements, academic offerings, financial aid, campus life, and graduates' employment. The profiles display The Princeton Review's ratings of the law schools. The ratings are scores from 60 to 99 based mainly on analyses of institutional data. Rating categories include Admissions Selectivity, Academic Experience, and Career.

Today, The Princeton Review also reported its Best Business Schools for 2021 ranking lists in 18 categories and its ranking list of the top 50 online MBA programs. The lists are posted at

About The Princeton Review Law School Rankings

The Princeton Review's Best Law Schools rankings for 2021 are based on data from the company's surveys of 14,000 students attending 164 law schools and of administrators at the schools. The student surveys were conducted during the 2019-2020, 2018–19, and 2017–18 academic years. The 80-question survey (completed at asked students about their schools’ academics, student body, and campus life, and about their own career plans. On average, 85 students at each law school were surveyed. The surveys of administrators at the schools were conducted in 2019-2020. Only schools that participate in The Princeton Review's administrator and student survey for this project are eligible for consideration for the ranking lists. Information about the methodology for the rankings can be found at

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 company’s brand is one of the largest online tutoring services in the U.S. It comprises a community of thousands of tutors who have delivered more than 19 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 and the company's Media Center. Follow the company on Twitter (@ThePrincetonRev) and Instagram (@theprincetonreview).

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Contacts: Jeanne Krier, Publicist for The Princeton Review, and David Soto, Director of Content Development for The Princeton Review,