The LSU Law Center has been ranked among the Best Value Law schools in the country, according to data recently released by The National Jurist Magazine. The September 2009 rankings put the LSU Law Center at #17, up from #22 in the previous rankings.
The National Jurist applied data gathered from the Law School Admissions Council’s (LSAC) 2009 Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools to generate the rankings. Among the factors considered were cost of in-state tuition, the school’s bar examination passage rate compared to the overall state bar examination passage rate, and percentage of students employed within nine months of graduation.
“We have always known that the LSU Law Center provides a top quality legal education at an incredible value. The data analysis by the National Jurist reflects important criteria on which all law schools are required to report annually. LSU Law has a long history of ranking first in the state on bar passage rates, and our students traditionally have done very well in the job market,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss. “The rankings reflect the quality of the education our students receive, while at the same time acknowledging the relatively low cost of attendance at our flagship institution.”
The National Jurist identified 65 law schools that were considered “low price” for admissions, while also looking at the schools’ abilities to prepare their students for today’s difficult and competitive job market. The analysis considered only public schools with in-state tuition less than $25,000, and private schools with an annual tuition at less than $30,000. When considering employment rates, the rankings focused on schools with at least 85 percent of students reporting employment within nine months of graduation; and finally, they considered schools with a bar passage rate that was higher than the state average. The schools were then ranked, with tuition costs figuring most prominently in the weighting, followed by employment statistics.
The last Best Value Law School rankings by the National Jurist were published in October 2007. LSU Law ranked #22.