OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Law
has been named one of the nation’s most outstanding law
schools by The Princeton Review.
The New York-based company, known for its 200 college and
career guidebooks, features the school in its recently
released 2008 edition of Best 170 Law Schools.
“We always are pleased to be listed in The Princeton Review
and even more pleased about the perception that they and
our students have about our law school,” said Law Dean
Samuel M. Davis.
The list is based on 18,000 surveys completed by students
attending ABA-approved law schools across the country. The
80-question survey asked students about themselves, their
career plans, their school’s academics, student body and
campus life. The survey results do not rank the law schools
in a hierarchical list from 1 to 170.
“We select schools for this book based on our high regard
for their academic programs and offerings, institutional
data we collect from the schools, and the candid opinion of
students attending them who rate and report on their campus
experiences at the schools,” said Robert Franek, a vice
president at The Princeton Review.
The publication includes two-page profiles of the law
schools and includes information on their academics,
student life and admissions, plus ratings for their
academics, selectivity and career placement services.
According to the school’s profile, UM law students agreed
that “diverse opinions accepted in classrooms” and “good
social life” were two central aspects of the law school’s
culture. Students also commented that the school’s
“down-home, small-town atmosphere” joined with its
competitive tuition costs and experienced, accessible
faculty were among the school’s greatest strengths.
The UM law school has a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, 568
full-time students and a 93 percent employment rate within
the first nine months following graduation, as well as a 92
percent passing rate for graduates taking the bar
examination for the first time.
The law school’s prominent alumni include U.S. Sen. Trent
Lott, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker,
author John Grisham and UM Chancellor Robert C. Khayat.
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