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by Vault Education Editors | October 08, 2009


This week, Princeton Review released its lists of the top law schools in the country. The top schools are ranked in 11 categories: best career prospects, best classroom experience, best environment for minority students, best quality of life, most liberal students, most conservative students, most competitive students, most diverse faculty, most chosen by older students, best professors and toughest to get into. Check out the top 10 law schools in each category here.

Princeton Review's top 10 law schools with the best career prospects are mostly focused on the East Coast and/or in large cities with strong legal markets. Three of the top four schools are in the Midwest (Northwestern and UChicago in Chicago and UMich in Ann Arbor), but Boston seems to be the best place to start a law career, with BC, BU and Harvard all making the top 10. All but one of the top 10 are private schools, so you'll pick up some heft student loans along with great career prospects.

As you probably know, Vault does its own ranking of top 25 law schools based on employability. The lists match up pretty well--most of the schools on one make it to the other--though the only school in both top threes is the University of Michigan Law School. In addition, Boston College Law School is No. 7 on Princeton Review's list of top schools but missing from the Vault top 25. The 16 schools on Vault's list that don't make Princeton Review's top 10 are: University of Virginia School of Law (No. 4), Columbia Law School (No. 7), UC Berkeley School of Law (No. 8), Yale Law School (No. 10), Vanderbilt Law School (No. 11), Duke University School of Law (No. 12), Indiana University-Bloomington's Maurer School of Law (No. 14), Cornell Law School (No. 15), University of Minnesota Law School (No. 16), UCLA School of Law (No. 18), University of Iowa College of Law (No. 19), George Washington University Law School (No. 20), University of Texas at Austin School of Law (No. 22), University of North Carolina School of Law (No. 23), Emory University School of Law (No. 24) and University of Wisconsin Law School (No. 25). Other than that, there is some shuffling of spots, but no big surprises.

Best career prospects according to Princeton Review

  1. Northwestern University School of Law (Vault No. 9)
  2. Penn Law School (Vault No. 13)
  3. University of Michigan Law School (Vault No. 2)
  4. University of Chicago Law School (Vault No. 5)
  5. Stanford Law School (Vault No. 1)
  6. Boston University School of Law (Vault No. 21)
  7. Boston College Law School
  8. Harvard Law School (Vault No. 6)
  9. New York University School of Law (Vault No. 3)
  10. Georgetown University Law Center (Vault No. 17)

You can read all of Vault's top 25 here.


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