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Several Changes in Best Value Law Schools List
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Summary: The Best Value law school list by The National Jurist has several changes for the positive for law students looking to get a good value for their education.

Pursuing a law degree can get expensive and with a slow legal job market, potential law students will want to make sure they are getting the most for their money. The National Jurists’ Best Value law schools list features 60 law schools with more value than last year’s top schools.


Most of the schools on the list are public law schools in the South and Midwest. They saw improvements in employment numbers and lower debt even though bar exam pass rates were lower. The list covers a total of 201 law schools. Of those, 44 were able to achieve an A or A- score and 16 achieved a B+. Last year a total of 58 schools were able to achieve a B+ or higher rating.

Editor In Chief of The National Jurist and preLaw magazine Jack Crittenden said, “There is a greater separation of the top schools and the rest of the pack than in prior years. These schools showed stronger employment numbers and lower debt, on the whole.”

The list rates schools by comparing tuition, debt, employment rate, living expenses, and bar passage rates for the past two years when possible. There were nine new schools added to this list that were not on the list last year.

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Of the new schools, Rutgers University was able to get ranked in the top 25. The school has not been featured on the list until this year because Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-Newark merged two years ago.

Penn State University – Dickinson Law was featured on the list this year because of its separation from Penn State University in University Park, Penn in 2014. The other new additions to the list included Lincoln Memorial University, CUNY School of Law, University of Maine, Northern Kentucky Chase College of Law, and the University of Illinois. Lincoln Memorial was able to join because the law school received provisional approval from the ABA in 2014. The school was formally denied accreditation in part because of graduate employment concerns.

Two private law schools were able to rejoin the list this year – University of Richmond and Washington & Lee University.

The list lost seven schools this year. They were Boston University, UCLA Law, University of Washington, University of North Dakota, University of Akron, George Mason University, and Indiana University McKinney School of Law.

The top 20 from last year, listed in alphabetical order:

Brigham Young University

Florida State University

Georgia State University

Louisiana State University

Ohio State University

University of Alabama

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

University of Florida Levin College of Law

University of Georgia

University of Idaho

University of Iowa

University of Kansas

University of Nebraska

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of New Mexico

University of South Dakota

University of Tennessee

University of Wisconsin

West Virginia University

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