New England Law | Boston featured as one of nation’s most outstanding law schools

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New England Law | Boston is one of the nation’s most outstanding law schools, according to the education services company, The Princeton Review. The company features the school in the new 2014 edition of its book, “The Best 169 Law Schools.”

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher, “We recommend New England Law | Boston as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn a law school degree. 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 Princeton Review's survey asks law students about their school's academics, student body, and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans.

“The Best 169 Law Schools” has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life, and admissions. In the profile of New England Law, the Princeton Review editors say:

Students have nothing but plaudits for New England Law’s “passionate” and “extremely knowledgeable” professors… Most of them “have deep practical experience” “rather than being pure academics,” and they combine “subject-matter mastery with an approach to teaching that is focused on both deep understanding and practical application.” Outside the classroom, they’re “extremely accessible and helpful.” In a nutshell, the faculty is “the reason for going to this school.”

Among the quotes that The Princeton Review editors include from students, one New England Law student says, “While there is just enough competition to ensure you excel, there is enough friendly camaraderie to ensure you enjoy your time as well. The students here support each other and care about the collective success of all classmates.”

Students in the survey also commend the school for its experiential learning model. “Opportunities for practical experience” are plentiful, according to the profile. “A great assortment of practicum courses and seminars allows students “to apply their knowledge and really learn how to be a lawyer.”

In the “Survey Says…” sidebar on the book's New England Law profile, the editors list topics about which New England Law students had the highest consensus. Among them are diverse opinions accepted in classrooms; great library staff; and students love Boston, Massachusetts.

There are 203 American Bar Association-approved law schools. The school profiles in “The Best 169 Law Schools” have rating scores on a scale of 60 to 99. Among the ratings in the New England Law profile are scores of 85 for the “Profs Accessible Rating” and 84 for the “Profs Interesting Rating.” The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and on its website.

Headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.

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