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WLS Featured in Princeton Review’s Best Law Schools in 2011

Whittier Law School Featured in the Princeton Review’s “Best 172 Law Schools: 2011 Edition”

Whittier Law School is one of the nation’s most outstanding law schools, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2011 edition of its book, “The Best 172 Law Schools.”

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publishing, “We are pleased to recommend Whittier Law School to readers of our book and users of our website as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn a law school degree. We chose the 172 schools for this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our student survey for the book.”

“The Best 172 Law Schools: 2011 Edition” has 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. In the profile on Whittier Law School, the Princeton Review editors quote students who specifically talk about small classes, faculty members who care about students and their success, a diverse student life and opportunities for practical experience in areas such as International and Comparative Law, Environmental Law, Business Law, Family Law, Criminal Law and Intellectual Property Law.

Quotes from the article include, “The amazing professors at Whittier are dedicated, smart, funny, and they are there to teach you the law, not to hide the ball or play games…Academic bells and whistles here include a ridiculously comprehensive legal writing program…Whittier is serious about helping with bar prep…and the very responsive top brass tries to accommodate all types of students—from the full-time day student who came straight out of undergrad to the part-time evening student who has a full-time job and family.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the law schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 172, 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 on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 18,000 students attending the 172 law schools profiled in the book. (Only schools that permitted The Princeton Review to survey their students were eligible for consideration for these lists.) Conducted during the 2009-10, 2008-09, and 2007-08 academic years, the student surveys were primarily completed online. The lists are posted at