UST School of Law again recognized by Princeton Review

UST School of Law again recognized by Princeton Review

Princeton Review again has lauded the University of St. Thomas School of Law in its annual survey of law schools.

Princeton Review's 2008 publication of The Best 170 Law Schools includes rankings based on student surveys and on institutional data it obtained from the schools. The New York-based educational services company surveyed 18,000 law school students, asking them to rate their schools on several topics and report about their experiences at them.

The rankings, announced Oct. 8, can be found here.

This year, St. Thomas ranks No. 2 in the nation for "Best Quality of Life" among students, according to the Princeton Review. The 2008 ranking follows back-to-back No. 1 rankings in the same category for the past two years. 

"This recognition is a reflection of the kind of community we have created and maintain here," said Dr. Thomas Mengler, dean of the school.

The "Best Quality of Life" category of Princeton Review's annual survey is based on student assessments of community, aesthetics, location, social life, classroom facilities and library staff.

The two-page profile of the St. Thomas School of Law in TheBest 170 Law Schools describes the law school as "spirited (and spiritual)." Students commented on the encouragement of rigorous debate, freedom of expression and an emphasis on social justice. The profile also noted "an outstanding team of accomplished, accessible, and talented faculty."

Princeton Review lists the top 10 schools in 11 different categories ranging from best academics to best career prospects. No. 1 for "Best Quality of Life" this year was the law school at Chapman University in Orange, Calif. In other rankings, Yale topped the list of schools "Toughest to Get Into"; Loyola Marymount was No. 1 on the "Best Classroom Experience" list; and Brigham Young's law school had the "Most Competitive Students."