Students rate Charleston Law professors among the best in the country

JANUARY 13, 2021 — In addition to ranking as a top 10 best law school for women by the Princeton Review, Charleston School of Law has garnered high ratings for its professors. Paul Caron at the TaxProf Blog has delved more deeply into the Princeton Review’s data for five different categories to see where law schools stand beyond the top 10 lists.

He found that Charleston School of Law tied for number 2 law school for professors’ accessibility and the number 14 law school for interesting professors, which is based on how students rate the quality of teaching.

In survey responses, Charleston students said professors have “lots of diverse experiences” and “are extremely knowledgeable in their fields.” They also credited professors for being “accessible and supportive [in order to] balance preparation for the bar exam with preparation to be great lawyers.”

Student survey statements commented on the quality of professors and the administration:

  • “They are available all day, every day.”
  • “They know our strengths and weaknesses, and they push us to be the best versions of ourselves.”
  • “[They are] always helping students find new pro bono work, and the school has contacts all over South Carolina and other states.”
  • “[It’s] an environment where everyone wants to see the students succeed.”
  • “[The administration is] very open and are always willing to discuss difficult situations with the students.”
  • “[The administration] works harder than anyone can imagine to prepare them for the Bar.”
  • Students also responded positively to surveys about campus life, with one remarking, “The students that I’ve met this first year are truly some of the nicest [and] kindest people I’ve ever encountered.”

President Ed Bell said he couldn’t be more pleased with the news. “These ratings by Princeton Review are a real tribute to our entire faculty and school. Part of what makes Charleston School of Law so unique is the quality of education these students receive.”

Dean Larry Cunningham agreed. “The Princeton Review recognized what everyone in the Charleston School of Law community already knows: we have fantastic professors. They bring deep, real world experience to the classroom; they use innovative teaching techniques; and, most importantly, they care deeply about their students’ success and well-being.”

The Princeton Review surveyed 14,000 students attending 164 law schools and ranked those schools in 14 categories.

“Every one of the 164 law schools we chose for our 2021 Best Law Schools project offers outstanding academics,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor in chief in a press release.

“We report law school ranking lists in 14 categories — instead of a mega-list, solely based on academics — for one reason: to help applicants identify the law school best for them. Our lists name schools that are stand-outs on matters law school applicants have told us are important to them — from career prospects to campus culture distinctions.”

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