The Princeton Review has again placed the faculty at the Washington and Lee University School of Law first in it annual rankings of law schools. The 2007 results placed Washington and Lee at the top of the "Professors Rock (Legally Speaking)" category and sixth in "Best Overall Academic Experience". The School of Law was seventh in the academic experience category last year.
The Princeton Review compiled the ranking lists based on its surveys of 17,000 students attending the 170 law schools and on institutional data from the schools. The survey asked students 80 questions about themselves, their career plans, and their school's academics, student body and campus life. The surveys, conducted during the 2005-06, 04-05 and 03-04 academic years, were done primarily online.
"At a law school where teaching is the faculty's primary focus, we value close relationships between students and teachers above all else," said Acting Dean Brian Murchison. "It's gratifying to know that our students appreciate our efforts as we strive to offer the best student-centered legal education in the country."
Schools included with Washington and Lee in the "Professors Rock" category were Boston University and the University of Chicago. Other schools ranked with W&L in the top ten in the "Best Overall Academic Experience" category included Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Virginia.