The University of St. Thomas School of Law has again been recognized by the Princeton Review, this time in the category of “Best Professors.” The ranking is listed in the Princeton Review’s publication The Best 167 Law Schools. In this category, St. Thomas finished in the top eight, along with elite schools such as Duke University, the University of Chicago, the University of Virginia and Stanford University.
“It is always nice to be recognized when you feel that you are doing the right thing,” Associate Dean Robert Vischer said. “We have a highly engaged faculty whose commitment to cutting-edge legal scholarship enriches their teaching, and students benefit from that."
Vischer pointed out that School of Law faculty are exemplary by other recent measures. The School of Law ranked 38th in a study extending Prof. Brian Leiter’s “Scholarly Impact Score” methodology to all 201 ABA-accredited American law schools in 2010. Additionally, faculty have published 22 articles in top-25 law reviews in the past five years, along with 35 books, including titles from Cambridge Press and casebooks from Aspen, West, Foundation and Carolina Academic Press.
The New York-based educational services company bases its ranking on surveys of 18,000 students and on institutional data obtained from the schools. Students rate their schools on several topics and report about their experiences. The School of Law’s Princeton Review profile explains that “The ‘eccentric and eclectic’ faculty is full of engaging, kind, and ‘extremely personable’ professors who come from diverse geographic and legal backgrounds, yet share a common passion for teaching."
For five of the last six years, the School of Law was recognized in the top 10 for the "Best Quality of Life" among students. The rankings can be found at the Princeton Review.