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Wake Forest named among ‘Best Value’ law schools by National Jurist, preLaw magazines

Wake Forest University School of Law is once again among the nation’s “Best Value” law schools, according to the National Jurist and preLaw magazines.

Wake Forest is among 60 law schools that made the list of Best Value law schools, preLaw magazine announced this week. This is the fifth time since 2004 that the magazine has honored law schools for providing a good value. The methodology was modified this year to enhance fairness.

The magazine’s ranking takes into account in-state tuition, debt and the percent of graduates employed nine months after graduation, in addition to bar passage. The magazine will not release the final ranking and grades of the 60 honorees until the Fall issue, which ships in early October.

Prior to this year’s honor roll, a law school needed a better bar pass rate than its state average to be included on the list. This year, the magazine used a two-year average for both bar pass rate and percent of students employed, and it did not automatically exclude a school that did not meet the bar pass standard or a tuition or employment standard.

“In past years a school could be included one year and excluded the next year due to slight fluctuations in their bar pass rate,” said Jack Crittenden, editor of preLaw and National Jurist magazines. “This year’s changes are designed to penalize a school for poor bar exam performance, but not to exclude them outright.”

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