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Temple vs. U. of Pittburgh?

Temple vs. U. of Pittburgh?
« on: January 23, 2006, 08:10:18 PM »
According to USNews - Temple is ranked 65...and Pitt is ranked 52. It seems like a bit of a difference. But, according to the stats, Temple seems pretty clearly the better school. What's up with that?

These stats are from The Princeton Review's 159 Best Law Schools book:
Academics   80
Selectivity   83
Career Rating   83
  Placement   93
  Bar pass rate   88

Academics   74
Selectivity   82
Career Rating   74
  % employed after 9 months   98
  Bar pass   82.5

The only area where Pitt beats Temple is in 'placement', but seems like they must be tallying the numbers differently. They are also similar in employment by field, except Temple has twice as many Government jobs (14% compared to 7%) and slightly less private practice jobs (49% to 63%). In terms of numbers of applications, Temple is about twice as high (in applicants and acceptees.

Sooooooooo what's up?
165 / 3.94

Re: Temple vs. U. of Pittburgh?
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2006, 08:26:51 PM »
Temple does make a better showing than Pitt in 'objective' numbers, and has done so for several years, which explains the higher Princeton Review ratings. However, 40% of the USNWR ranking is 'reputation' among law school deans, judges and big firm hiring partners.  Pitt still does better than Temple in this subjective factor.

I doubt that many of the people who fill out reputation questionaires are aware of the objective stats of all ABA acredited schools. Thus, Temple's USN rank suffers accordingly.

As for placement, those stats can be doctored, although it would not surprise me if in fact Pitt did have better placement. Pitt pretty much owns Pittsburgh, whereas Temple shares the Philadelphia market with Rutgers-Camden, Villanova, and the minority of Penn graduates who choose not to go to NYC.