Graduateprograms.com Announces Rankings for Top Law School Programs

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Students rate top law programs for social life, career support, quality of network and financial aid

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Law students are well aware that everything comes down to the details. This applies when students consider their graduate school prospects, weighing the strengths and weaknesses of various programs and considering how well suited they are to their individual needs and aspirations.

To help prospective grad students better evaluate their options, Graduateprograms.com compiled and analyzed more than 40,000 ratings posted on the site by graduate law students attending more than 500 different graduate law programs across the country. The ensuing rankings are based solely on the student ratings and reviews posted on Graduateprograms.com. from Sept. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013, using a 10 star system (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best).

For a complete list of the law school ratings, please visit http://www.graduateprograms.com/top-law-programs/. The Top Law Programs in the country for social life, career support, quality of network and financial aid are…

Top Law Schools for Social Life:
1.)    University of Florida (10 stars)
2.)    University of Texas at Austin (9.4 stars)
3.)    University of Colorado at Boulder (9.3 stars)
4.)    University of Georgia (9.1 stars)
5.)    University of Virginia (9.09 stars)
6.)    Northwestern University (9 stars)
7.)    Washington University in St. Louis (8.8 stars)
8.)    University of San Francisco (8.85 stars)
9.)    Stanford University (8.83 stars)
10.)    Duke University (8.79 stars)

Top Law Schools for Career Support:
1.)    Harvard University (9.4 stars)
2.)    Texas Tech University (9.37 stars)
3.)    Stanford University (9.33 stars)
4.)    University of Colorado at Boulder (9.2 stars)
5.)    Case Western Reserve University (9.1 stars)
6.)    TIE: University of Houston (9 stars)
        University of Florida (9 stars)
8.)    Florida State University (8.8 stars)
9.)    University of California-Berkeley (8.78 stars)
10.)    TIE: Arizona State University (8.75 stars)
        South Texas College of Law (8.75 stars)

Top Law Schools for Quality of Network:
1.)    University of Florida (9.9 stars)
2.)    Yale University (9.87 stars)
3.)    Stanford University (9.83 stars)
4.)    University of Notre Dame (9.5 stars)
5.)    Northwestern University (9.4 stars)
6.)    University of California-Berkeley (9.28 stars)
7.)    University of Houston (9.25 stars)
8.)    Harvard University (9.21 stars)
9.)    University of Southern California (9.2 stars)
10.)    University of Colorado at Boulder (9.14 stars)

Top Law Schools for Financial Aid:
1.)    Yale University (9.6 stars)
2.)    Boston College (9.5 stars)
3.)    Washington University in St. Louis (9.3 stars)
4.)    Case Western Reserve University (9 stars)
5.)    University of Florida (8.7 stars)
6.)    Syracuse University (8.37 stars)
7.)    Indiana University Bloomington (8.35 stars)
8.)    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (8.3 stars)
9.)    Duke University (8.2 stars)
10.)    Washington and Lee University (8.1 stars)

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often share personal insights as well. One Harvard University Class of 2015 law student commented, “Harvard Law School offers a wonderful educational experience, a strong network, and a vibrant campus life.”

Students can continue to review their programs at http://www.graduateprograms.com and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

METHODOLOGY

Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. Graduateprograms.com assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.

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