The Princeton Review's Annual Law and Business School Rankings Based on 37,000 Student Surveys Are Now Out

Top 10 Schools in 11 Categories Reported in "Best 167 Law Schools" and "Best 294 Business Schools" 2012 Edition Guidebooks

Oct 11, 2011, 06:00 ET from Random House / Princeton Review Books

NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Princeton Review—known for its widely-followed college rankings in dozens of categories based on how students rate their undergrad schools—today released the 2012 editions of its guides to law and business schools which also include annual ranking lists uniquely based on student surveys.

"The Best 167 Law Schools" and "The Best 294 Business Schools" (Random House / Princeton Review, 2012 Editions, $22.99 each) each report lists of top 10 ranking schools in 11 categories.

The Princeton Review tallied its ranking lists based on its surveys of 18,000 students attending the 167 law schools and 19,000 students attending the 294 business schools.  The survey asked students to rate multiple attributes of their schools including their professors and fellow classmates. Some ranking list tallies factored in school-reported data.

Among the ranking list categories in each book and schools ranked #1 on them:

"Best Professors"

Law school: Boston University

Business school: University of Texas-Austin

"Best Career Prospects"

Law school: Northwestern University

Business school: Stanford University

"Best Classroom Experience"

Law school: Stanford University

Business school: University of California-Berkeley

"Most Competitive Students"

Law school: Baylor University

Business school: University of Pennsylvania

"Toughest to Get Into" (the only ranking list in the books based solely on school-reported data)

Law school: Yale University

Business school: Stanford University

Other lists in "The Best 167 Law Schools" and #1 schools on them include:

"Most Conservative Students" - Ave Maria University

"Most Liberal Students" - Northeastern University

Other lists in "The Best 294 Business Schools" and #1 schools on them include:

"Best Campus Facilities"University of Virginia

"Greatest Opportunity for Women"Simmons College

The books also have lists reporting the top 10 schools in such categories as "Best Administered," "Most Family Friendly," and "Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students."

The Princeton Review posted the ranking lists on its site today.  The business school rankings are at and the law school rankings are at At these areas, site users can also read FAQs about the book's ranking lists, and access the books' detailed profiles on the schools.  

The Princeton Review does not create overall, hierarchical rankings of law or b-schools. "Each school in our books offers outstanding academics: there is no single law or b-school that is 'best,'" said Robert Franek, Senior VP / Publisher, The Princeton Review. "We produce rankings in multiple categories and comprehensive profiles of the schools to give applicants a more substantive base to decide which law or b-school will be uniquely best for them."

About the student surveys and books

The ranking tallies factor in data from The Princeton Review's surveys of law and b-school students during the 2010-11, 2009-10, and 2008-09 academic years.  The 80-question survey asked students about their school's academics, student body and campus life, themselves, and their career plans. Almost all of the surveys were completed online at

On average, about 107 students at each law school and 65 students at each b-school were surveyed for the lists in the books' 2012 editions.

The books' school profiles report on admission, academics, financial aid, campus life, and career information and include comments from students at the schools.  Introductory chapters provide overviews on the degrees, advice on funding them, taking the LSAT and GMAT, and crafting successful applications.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review ( is an education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA, with locations across the U.S.A. and abroad. It is known for its classroom and online test-prep courses, education programs, tutoring services, and 150 books published by Random House. In August, The Princeton Review reported its annual college rankings in 62 categories in its "Best 376 Colleges" book.  In September, The Princeton Review with Entrepreneur magazine reported its annual lists of top 50 schools (25 undergraduate, 25 graduate) for Entrepreneurship programs. In February, The Princeton Review reported with USA TODAY its annual lists of the 50 "Best Value Colleges."  Other Princeton Review books include its annually published "Best 168 Medical Schools," plus guides for college and graduate school admission tests. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

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