Posted: August 16th, 2016 | By: Lisa Snedeker
Wake Forest Law has once again been named among the Best Value for private law schools by The National Jurist. The original story published Aug. 15, 2016, here follows.
Four law schools shot up to the top 20 of The National Jurist’s annual best value ranking, and 12 private schools will be honored in this year’s annual Best Value law school ranking, which will be released in its entirety in the Fall edition of preLaw magazine.
The newcomers to the top 20 include The University of Idaho, which has a substantially reduced cost of living and increased employment; University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a lowered debt load and higher employment; and University of Tennessee and West Virginia University, which both have increased employment rates.
This year, the number of schools on the magazine’s list dropped from 64 to 58, but was up from the 53 on the list in 2014.
Employment, which accounts for 35 percent of the ranking, inched up. The average employment of the best value law schools increased from 79.4 percent to 80.3 percent. But all other factors worked in the opposite direction. Bar pass rates dropped slightly, and tuition and average debt increased by modest amounts.
The National Jurist also used a true tuition figure to identify the best value private schools. It did this by subtracting the school’s estimated average scholarship from tuition. Twelve schools made the list of best value private law schools.
Law schools new to the overall list include University of Wyoming, University of Colorado, George Mason University and UCLA Law.
Schools that fell off the list were: Michigan State University, Boston College, Southern Illinois University, UC – Irvine, UC Davis School of Law, Emory University School of Law, University of Illinois and Notre Dame Law School.
The annual ranking will be published the Fall issue of preLaw magazine, and will include grades for each school.
Private law schools
Drexel University Kline School of Law
Lincoln Memorial University
University of St. Thomas - Minnesota
University of Tulsa
Vanderbilt Law School
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University