Catholic University law students cite their post-graduate professional opportunities, location in Washington, D.C., respect for an accomplished faculty, commitment to service and pro bono work, and welcoming atmosphere as among the Columbus School of Law’s strongest selling points, according to the Princeton Review’s just-released “Best 168 Law Schools: 2013 Edition.”
The education services company revises its guide annually and relies heavily on anonymously submitted student surveys in determining a law school’s profile. The Princeton Review guide does not rank law schools in the same manner that US News does, but acknowledges law schools as leaders in certain categories, such as “Best Quality of Life.”
According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review
senior publisher, "We chose the schools we profile in this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools, who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for the book." The survey asks law students about their schools’ academics, student body, and campus life, as well as about themselves and their career plans.
The 2013 guide has two-page profiles of each law school with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services. The book offers 11 ranking lists
of the top 10 law schools in various categories, based entirely or partly on The Princeton Review'
s surveys of 18,000 students attending the 168 law schools profiled in the book.
CUA law students who responded to the survey last spring also commended the law school’s academic support services—“they don’t let people slip through the cracks,” wrote one student—expert adjunct faculty, and emphasis on moot court, arbitration, and trial teams, as well as journals, as among its strengths.
The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.