USD School of Law Featured in the Princeton Review’s Best 169 Law Schools: 2014 Edition

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San Diego (October 15, 2013) – The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is one of the nation's most outstanding law schools, according to the education services company, the Princeton Review. The company features the law school in the new 2014 edition of its book, The Best 169 Law Schools (Random House/Princeton Review, October 8, 2013, $22.99).

"We recommend USD School of Law as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn a law school degree,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and 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 Best 169 Law Schools: 2014 Edition has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions. USD's profile includes:

“The University of San Diego School of Law boasts a lengthy 50-year history, an ideal location, and an alumni roster of 60 judges and two members of Congress, including the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.”
  – Princeton Review editors.

The administration is “flexible and willing to change with the times and adapt to unsuccessful programming, classes, or past precedent.” A staff that “knows you by name” proves to be “highly desirable as a law student.”
  – Current USD Law Students

The school profiles in The Best 169 Law Schools have rating scores in five categories that the Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2012-13 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99. Rating categories include: Academic Experience, Admissions Selectivity, Career, Professors Interesting and Professors Accessible.

USD scored 88 for “Academic Experience” and 85 for “Selectivity.” The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and on its website.

The Princeton Review does not rank the law schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 169, or name one law school best overall. Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 law schools in various categories. Ten lists are based entirely or partly on the Princeton Review's surveys of 18,500 students attending the 169 law schools profiled in the book.

Conducted during the 2012-13, 2011-12, and 2010-11 academic years, the student surveys were completed online. Some lists such as the "Best Career Prospects" list use both student survey and institutional data. One list, “Toughest to Get Into,” is based solely on institutional data. The ranking lists in the book are posted on the Princeton Review's website.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law, and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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