The Best Law Schools For Practical Training

These days it's essential for law students to learn practical skills while in law school because law firms and clients have decided to no longer foot the bill for practical training after law school. The ABA is also considering mandating more practical skills training, so it's a good time for law schools to be proactive and take the initiative to create a practical-skills curriculum. I'm still surprised that it has taken over 20 years for practical skills training to take hold after the MacCrate Report was released in the early 90's, but better late than never!

The National Jurist recently unveiled its first honors for law schools that deliver practical training.

As The National Jurist noted, "[t]his is the first effort to try to quantify which schools are delivering on their promises to make legal education more experiential.”

As for the ranking process, "[t]he magazine based the ranking on four factors — three objective and one subjective. The three objective factors include the number of clinic positions per enrollment, the number of field placements or externships per enrollment, and the number of simulation courses per enrollment. The magazine pulled data from each school's 509 form. The magazine then contacted the 90 law schools that ranked the highest in that assessment and gathered detailed information on other practical training offerings. It then assigned a score based on the data."

Here are the top 60 schools in alphabetical order:

Baylor University School of Law
Boston University School of Law
Brigham Young University
Brooklyn Law School
Capital University
Case Western University
Catholic University
Chapman University
Cooley Law School
Duke University
Emory University
Florida Coastal School of Law
Golden Gate University
Gonzaga University
Hamline University
John Marshall Law School
Lewis & Clark Law School
Liberty University
Loyola University Chicago
Michigan State University
New York Law School
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Pepperdine University
Rutgers — Camden
Saint Louis University
Santa Clara University
Seton Hall University
Southern Illinois University
Southwestern Law School
St. John's University
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Temple University
University of Arizona
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado
University of Connecticut
University of Denver
University of Detroit
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii
University of Illinois
University of Kansas
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts
University of Missouri — Kansas City
University of New Hampshire
University of Oregon
University of St. Thomas -  Minneapolis
University of the District of Columbia
University of Utah
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin
Washburn University
Washington and Lee University
Washington University
Whittier Law School
William Mitchell College of Law
Yale Law School


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