Watch out for that damn LIE! Come 8 am it's more of a parking lot than a road But hey, you're from NY, you already knew that!
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Forgive me for just relying on US News' data to try and make a quick point. f-ing christ.
Actually Duke was founded in its current inception in 1924 (per the Duke Website). It went by a different name (Trinity College) when it was founded in another place in 1859. Get your facts straight lady.
It's not just about "having" a law school. You need money to build a campus, the buildings, hire top professors, etc. It's usually in the hundreds of millions of dollars. You also need the space. I don't know about Princeton, but Brown doesn't have the room for a law school, and prefers to focus on undergrad education anyway. They also don't have the endowment for it, although Princeton is a lot wealthier by comparison (and therefore higher in the rankings, grumble grumble).
How developed New Jersey now is not necessarily the same as how it was 100-150 years ago when launching a law school was more likely to happen.
Princeton's location may have a lot to do with its historical lack of a law school. Legal education used to be built around the apprenticeship model, and you need practicing lawyers to have apprenticeship programs. While Boston/Cambridge and New Haven were thriving industrial centers in the late 19th century and thus generated a lot of legal work and attracted lawyers who could start apprenticeship programs and eventually law schools like "the new haven law school" (http://www.yale.edu/bulletin/html/law/study.html)--Princeton's rural location may have meant that there were few lawyers in the area taking in apprentices. Moreover, Princeton is close enough to New York that Columbia and NYU probably filled most of the need for legal education in northern New Jersey.