i think if you look at Toledo's lsat numbers, in spite of their recent rise in rank, they are still UNDER-RATED. I almost applied there just for kicks, they have that whole institute on the water crisis between US and Canada -- not a deciding factor but cool stuff...
Also, I'd make sure you tell ppl you interview with (assuming this is a valid statement and they ask about your school choice) that if you look at the scores, Toledo is as strong as Case Western. If they laugh, its probably b/c they're a dinosaur.
note: I'm from another city / don't know the region too well.
I have not heard very many people claim that Toledo is under-rated. These statistics are from the USNews online 2008 edition:
Attrition Rates for 2005-2006 Full- and Part-time Students
Percent of students discontinuing law school:
- First-year students: 14.4%
- Second-year students: 2.1%
- Third-year students: 1.6%
American Indian: 0.4%
Puerto Rican: 0.0%
Other Hispanic-American: 2.5%
Starting Salaries (2005 Graduates Employed Full-time)
Private sector (25th-75th percentile): $50,000 - $80,000
Median in the private sector: $60,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information: 55%
Median in public service: $40,000
Law firms: 49%
Business/industry (legal): 8%
Business/industry (nonlegal): 8%
Public interest: 3%
Judicial clerkship: 2%
Fall 2006 enrollment:
Full time: 74 students: LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-160
Part time: 116 students: LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 151-155
Peer assessment score (5.0 highest): 2
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (5.0 highest): 2.4
I think they are the only school with more part time students admitted than full time. They probably do this because they know USNews only calculates the average of full time students in their ranking. Notice that only 55% reported their salary and 7% are working in unknown/star bucks.
14% attrition for first year students? I'm sure this is partly due to the fact that Toledo's scholarships require you to be in the top 25% of your class. Also, they have a reputation for making it very difficult for out of state students to become classified as in-state. I think all of the other schools in Ohio are much more lenient in letting their students become classified as in-state.
Toledo does have an impressive 85% employed at graduation. However, given these stats, I wonder if that isn't fluffed up. Perhaps they get their students temp jobs just so they can report they are employed at graduation?
I don't think Toledo is a bad school, I was seriously considering going there myself. In the end I decided it wasn't worth the money they offered me because if I lost my scholarship I would instantly take 50k+ of debt.