October 10, 2006
Known for its college rankings based on how students rate their schools, The Princeton Review recently released the 2007 editions of its annual law and b-school guidebooks, which also feature ranking lists based on student surveys. "Best 170 Law Schools" and "Best 282 Business Schools” each have 11 ranking lists of top 10 schools in categories from best academics to best for career prospects.
“We are very pleased with this ranking from The Princeton Review as being among the top five law schools in the country that are most welcoming of older students,” noted Dean Steven Kaminshine. “We are of course welcoming of all our students, but it is not surprising our older students, many of whom are in our part-time program, are especially appreciative of the opportunities we provide. We take great pride in our part-time program, and work hard to offer part-time students a full and rich law school experience.”
The 2007 edition rankings of the publication are based on the average age of entry of law school students, and student reports of how many years they spent out of college before enrolling in law school.
The Princeton Review compiled the ranking lists based on its surveys of 17,000 students attending the 170 law schools and 18,000 students attending the 282 business schools profiled in the books, and on institutional data from the schools. The survey asked students 80 questions about themselves, their career plans, and their school's academics, student body and campus life. None of these lists purports to rank the schools in terms of overall quality; but by using the lists in conjunction with the Students Say profiles and the school statistics, prospective students can more clearly identify the attributes of a law school that are most important for considerations to apply.
Among the ranking list categories in each book -- in addition to "Most Welcoming of Older Students” -- are "Best Overall Academic Experience, "Best Career Prospects," "Best Professors, "Toughest to Get Into," "Most Competitive Students" and "Best Quality of Life."