If you are a prospective law student, you may be in the midst of choosing a school. The following is a post we did on the Pace University School of Law.
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I've always had a little problem with law school rankings. Periodicals like the US News & World Report prepare these one size fits all lists that usually include Yale and Harvard at the top. This is usually followed by a potpourri mess of lower tiered schools. There is a reason why the ABA and the Law School Admission Council refrain from taking part in these lopsided "surveys". They often do not reflect the true worth of a school. To me, its akin to the Martindale AV ratings or getting yourself listed in Who's Who. Do these ratings really measure up to the real worth of the particular attorney? (I know plenty of recently disbarred AV rated lawyers. And I'm pretty sure you'll get listed in Who's Who as long as you buy the plaque). When preparing its cookie cutter annual ranking, I always wonder if US News & World Report really takes into account what each particular law school has to offer. For example, is it fair to equate bar passage rates between schools in New York and California with those states that offer easier testing? Let's be frank. The bar exam in New York is much tougher than most states. In that regard, we invite our readers to give us a little insight into some law programs you may have encountered.
This month we profile the Pace University School of Law. Located in White Plains, New York, this hidden gem is among the most underrated legal institutions in the nation. Part of the reason behind the undervaluing may be due to the glut of law schools in NY. Take for example US News & World Report. The magazine ranks Pace Law as one of the top three environmental programs in the country beating out a host of heavy hitting ivy league institutions. Despite this, it places the school's overall ranking oddly in the same tier as Appalachian Law School. While I am confident Appalachian Law offers fine academia (they are the current national moot champions after all), it bares noting that the school was founded in 1994 and is located in the small town of Grundy, Virginia (pop. 1105). Pace Law School simply offers more advantages than Appalachian. (More clinical programs, wider choice of classes, location just outside Manhattan). In a similar vein, I was surprised to see New York Law and Connecticut's Qunnipiac Law School located in a higher tier. Both schools are very comparable to Pace. The three seem to consistently yo-yo back and forth between tiers. Of course, Qunnipiac Law School has the advantage of a beautiful campus. New York Law has the advantage of being mistaken for NYU all the time. I always saw Pace Law as a school that offered the best of both worlds. You had the proximity of Manhattan coupled with a suburban Connecticut-like tranquility. Take the best of NY Law and Qunnipiac, mash them together and you get Pace Law.