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Princeton Review names Loyola's College of Law one of nation's best

Loyola press release - October 20, 2011

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law has been recognized as one of the nation’s most outstanding law schools by The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2012 edition of its book, "The Best 167 Law Schools.”

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vp-publisher, "We recommend Loyola to readers of our book and users of our website as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn a law degree. We chose the 167 law 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 167 Law Schools: 2012 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. The profile quotes students attending the College of Law who say “hands down, the best place to study law” thanks to its “regional reputation, elite professors, great career resources, and guest speakers,” and “there are continual opportunities to gain practical legal experience” at Loyola through “constant notices of internships, jobs, volunteer projects, and externships” and “professors share their advice for exam preparation and are very up front with expectations for exams.”

“It’s always an honor to be included on this list and it couldn’t happen without the resources of the faculty and staff at the College of Law,” said María Pabón López, dean of Loyola’s College of Law. “I believe our students benefit greatly from faculty who have practical experience that can be shared in the classroom, and the students echo my sentiments in the profile in the book this year.”

In a "Survey Says . . .” sidebar in the profile, The Princeton Review lists topics that the students surveyed were most agreed about. The list includes “diverse opinions accepted in classrooms” and “students love New Orleans.” The Princeton Review's 80-question survey for the book asked law school students about themselves, their career plans, and their schools’ academics, student body and campus life.

Michele Allison-Davis, assistant dean of admissions, financial aid, and diversity affairs in Loyola’s College of Law, says, “The Princeton Review has found that the atmosphere at Loyola College of Law is very collegial as evidenced by the testimonial of a first-year law student who said, ‘Every student seems to view their personal success as their own.’”

The Princeton Review does not rank the law schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 167, or name one law school best overall. Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 law schools in various categories.

For more information, contact James Shields in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888 or jshields@loyno.edu.