Washburn Law Named a Top Law School by Princeton Review

Image: Cover of The Best 168 Law Schools.The 2013 edition of the Princeton Review’s annual college guide, “The Best 168 Law Schools,” names Washburn Law among the nation’s best law schools based on surveys of 18,000 current students and institutional data.

"We recommend Washburn University School of Law as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn a law school degree,” Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher said. “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 schools’ academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans.  "The Best 168 Law Schools: 2013 Edition" includes two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services. Washburn Law students’ comments included, “The school focuses on developing individual legal skills for the ‘real-life’ practice of law,” and “People are here to help you succeed. Competition exists, but it is more a desire to do well than hold your peers back.” The guide goes on to note about Washburn Law that “because of this environment, there is ‘a significant amount of collaboration’ between students on projects and ‘work opportunities.’ Interestingly, this collaboration ‘is not required,’ but rather, according to students, an ‘indication of personal values and the student body’s overall support for one another.’”

The Princeton Review does not rank the law schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 168, 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 18,000 students attending the 168 law schools profiled in the book.