The National Jurist names Wake Forest Law as a best value private law school

Wake Forest Law has been selected by The National Jurist as one of the best value private law schools in its June 13, 2014, listing. Five private law schools premiered on the list of the Best Value law schools this year, joining Brigham Young University, which had been the lone private institution on the annual list in 2013.

Baylor University, Boston College, Duquesne University, Notre Dame Law School, and Ohio Northern University all made the list for the first time. All four made the list for top private schools last year. But this year each made the overall list, thanks in part to lower debt at each school.

This was the eighth time The National Jurist has published the list and included the most private schools to date. St. Mary’s University, a private school in San Antonio, made the list in 2012, and Willamette University and Faulkner University made the list in 2011.

The National Jurist looks at a number of academic and financial variables, including the law school’s price of tuition, student debt accumulation, employment success, bar passage rate and cost of living. Employment is given the greatest weight — 35 percent — because of the recent woes in hiring.

This year’s list shows it’s still possible for students to graduate with under $100,000 in debt and land a job.

Overall, 53 law schools were recognized as a Best Value school this year, up from 46 in 2013 and 47 in 2014. An additional 14 law schools were recognized for being tops among private schools.

“When law school enrollment began to drop a few years ago, some schools began to offer more scholarships,” said Jack Crittenden, Editor In Chief of The National Jurist. “We are now starting to see the beginning of that impact on debt. Also, employment numbers are improving, even if slightly.”

The magazine will release a complete list with grades (A, A- or B+) for the 53 schools in the Back to School issue of preLaw magazine and the September issue of The National Jurist. It will rank the top 20 schools in order.

The National Jurist also named the top 21 private law schools for best value.

View the article and full list of schools on The National Jurist.