TALLAHASSEE-- The National Jurist’s
2016 issue of preLaw Magazine has named the Florida State University College of
Law one of the top 15 Best Value law schools in the country.
Florida State rose to No. 9 in the latest ranking by the National Jurist, marking the school’s
eight consecutive year in the Top 15. In determining the
institutions to be honored, preLaw magazine
looked into the debt and employment success rates of the schools. The criteria also includes tuition fee costs of the schools. The list
of Best Value Schools are based on the bar passage success rates and
the cost of living in the surrounding communities. In a nutshell, the schools
named in the list are offering low student debt while also guaranteeing high
employment success rate.
“We are thrilled to be
ranked among the nation’s top 10 best law schools in terms of value, especially
because employment rate is the highest weighted factor in this ranking,” s Dean Erin O’Connor in a press
release following the announcement of Florida State’s standing. “Providing students with a world-class legal education at a relatively low cost
is a central mission of FSU Law, and it plays an important role in facilitating
students’ career options.”
For the 2016 issue,
only 58 schools made it to the magazine’s list compared to 64 institutions
recognized in 2014. Some schools from the previous lists that failed to make the 2016 issue, included Michigan Statey, Boston College, Southern
Illinois University, UC-Irvine, UC-Davis School of Law, Emory University
School of Law, University of Illinois and Notre Dame Law School. However, there
were also newcomers in the group including the University of Idaho, University
of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Tennessee and West Virginia University. Florida State rose four spots this
University of Nebraska once again landed the top spot for the second year in a
row. The University of Kentucky College of Law, which finished fourth last
year, is second. Third and fourth are the University of
Florida and Georgia State University, respectively. The University of Arkansas ranked fifth while the University of Alabama slid to sixth. Rounding out the top 10 were University of New Mexico, University of Idaho, FSU and University of Georgia.
The Best Value
Methodology of the magazine allocates 15 percent for the percentage of
graduates who pass the bar exam, 35 percent for the employment rate, 25 percent
for the tuition costs, 10 percent for the cost of living and 15 percent for
the average indebtedness upon graduation.
Florida State University achieved 83.7 percent in employment rate while the debt incurred by its students reached $82,102. The living
expenses in the community amounted to an estimated $18,200. The
tuition costs totaled $20,683.