“The Princeton Review is just the most recent recognition of this college’s outstanding reputation in the legal community,” said Daniel Steinbock, interim dean of the College of Law. “It’s clear UT law students and alumni feel strongly they are receiving a top-tier educational experience.
“This comes on the heels of our recent designation as a Best Value Law School by The National Jurist magazine,” Steinbock added.
For its 2011 book, The Best 172 Law Schools, The Princeton Review compiled its list based on surveys of 18,000 law students as well as school-reported data, according to its website. The surveys were taken from an average of about 100 students per law school from 2009-10, 2008-09 and 2007-08 academic years.
The 80-question survey asked students about their school’s academics, student body and campus life, themselves, and their career plans.
According to Princeton Review’s UT College of Law profile, “Students speak overwhelmingly of the school’s obvious care and concern for their future, and the focus on learning and helping students to succeed.”
Additionally, “All professors have an open-door policy, and are very accessible whenever you need them; UT Law ‘is one school that actually follows through on that.’”
Students surveyed also praised those UT-coordinated legal experiences outside of the classroom, an area, Steinbock said, where the college has long committed to matching the high-quality law curriculum.
According to the profile, “The school furthers each student’s practical background through almost weekly opportunities to attend speakers or lecturers, such as [Supreme Court Associate] Justice [Antonin] Scalia. Law Career Services has put a great deal of effort into the school’s mentorship programs and public service externship programs in order to ensure that students have the opportunity to network while still in school.”
“This listing in The Princeton Review goes to show that UT College of Law students believe the college is living up to its promises,” Steinbock said.
“While we always have more work to do, I’m excited for our students, faculty and alumni to receive this recognition.”