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Student Body Ranked Most Progressive in U.S.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008  
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The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review has named UDC-DCSL one of the nation’s outstanding law schools!  The New York-based education services company profiles the school in the new Best 170 Law Schools: 2008 Edition.

The Best 170 Law Schools differs from traditional law school ranking publications.  Rather than name one best law school, The Princeton Review ranks schools based on criteria that may prove important to an individual applicant in finding his or her best fit.  The category rankings are based on surveys of students attending the schools, as well as information provided by school administrators.

The ten ranking categories in the book that incorporate or are based wholly on student answers to survey questions include "Best Overall Academic Experience," "Professors Rock (Legally Speaking)," and "Best Career Prospects."  UDC-DCSL ranked in the top ten in the following categories:

#1     Most Progressive Student Body
#3     Most Welcoming of Older Students
#6     Most Diverse Faculty
#10   Best Environment for Minority Students

The two-page profiles in Best 170 Law Schools have sections on the school's academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for academics, selectivity and career placement.  In the profile on UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, the book's editors describe the school as "[a]n up-and-coming school with an emphasis on public interest and public service."  The profile contains quotes from UDC-DCSL students, one of whom said, "Due to the public interest and practice focus of the school, my classmates and I will graduate with a full resumé of legal experience as we enter the workplace." Another student is quoted as saying, "The school trains to be you a 'street lawyer'--an advocate for the people, focusing on the disenfranchised."  The Princeton Review has it wrong on one count, however - UDC-DCSL is no longer provisionally accredited, having received FULL ABA accreditation in 2005.

The book's ranking lists of top 10 schools in 11 categories are based on institutional data from the schools and on surveys of more than 18,000 students attending the 170 schools profiled in the book. Conducted during the 2004-2005, 2005-2006, and 2006-2007 academic years, the surveys were done primarily online. The book's ranking lists are posted at www. PrincetonReview.com.


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