Criteria used to categorize the most outstanding law schools, according to The Princeton Review, were based on student opinion surveys that ranked institutions based on issues such as most competitive students, best professors, best classroom experience, and best quality of life. USD's School of Law fell in line with nationally acclaimed law schools at Boston University, Northwestern University and Yale University.
"We select schools for this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and offerings, institutional data, and the candid opinions of students attending them who rate and report on their campus experiences at the schools," stated Robert Franek, vice president of publishing, Princeton Review.
The Princeton Review also lauded USD's affordability and supportive academic atmosphere adding, "If you plan to practice law in the Mount Rushmore state, the University of South Dakota is the best place to lay the foundation for your career," and cites several advantages, including unparalleled access to the South Dakota bar; the school's ongoing relationship with practicing attorneys and judges in the state that provides students with an opportunity for a quality, hands-on education; and the unique opportunity each spring to witness the South Dakota Supreme Court in action during its spring session in the USD School of Law courtroom.
For more information or to view The Princeton Review's "Best 170 Law Schools" 2008 edition, please visit http://www.princetonreview.com/law/research/rankings/rankings.asp.