2010 Top Ten Most Mormon Friendly Law Schools

1.      1. Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 65
Cost of Living: $12,952
Cost of Tuition: $28,858
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 10 Miles
US News Ranking: 55

2. (Tie) University of Minnesota School of Law

Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 26
Cost of Living: $13,392
Cost of Tuition: $35,089
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 18 Miles
US News Ranking: 20

2University of Nevada, Las Vegas – William S. Boyd School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 26
Cost of Living: $14,260
Cost of Tuition: $21,332
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 13 Miles
US News Ranking: 75

3. George Washington School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 67
Cost of Living: $20,500
Cost of Tuition: $40,100
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 10 Miles
US News Ranking: 28

4. George Mason University School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 28
Cost of Living: $21,134

Cost of Tuition: $31948
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 21 Miles
US News Ranking: 41

5.      5. Texas Tech University School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 11
Cost of Living: $12,990
Cost of Tuition: $20,701
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 7 Miles
US News Ranking: 0

6.      6. University of Houston Law Center
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 16
Cost of Living: $15,536
Cost of Tuition: $25,977
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 29 Miles
US News Ranking: 59

7. Gonzaga University School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 33
Cost of Living: $14,375
Cost of Tuition: $30,263
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 12 Miles
US News Ranking: 100

8.      8. University of Idaho School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 45
Cost of Living: $15,270
Cost of Tuition: $20,962
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 83 Miles
US News Ranking: 0

9. Oklahoma City University School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 35
Cost of Living: $16,660
Cost of Tuition: $30,970
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 15 Miles
US News Ranking: 0

10. Lewis & Clark Law School
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 6
Cost of Living: $16,345
Cost of Tuition: $30,461
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 5 Miles
US News Ranking: 61

Honorable Mentions: (3 Way Tie)

Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 9
Cost of Living: $17,870
Cost of Tuition: $35,869
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 9 Miles
US News Ranking: 35

University of Nebraska School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 11
Cost of Living: $11,476
Cost of Tuition: $25,101
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 58 Miles
US News Ranking: 0

University of Virginia School of Law
Number of registered J. Reuben Clark Law Society Members: 47
Cost of Living: $15,700
Cost of Tuition: $41,800
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 119 Miles
US News Ranking: 10

10 thoughts on “2010 Top Ten Most Mormon Friendly Law Schools”

  1. Thanks for the great list. I am happy to see the University of Minnesota so high on the list.

    Obviously this would be a difficult factor to consider in your formula, but one thing worth noting about UMN is that most (if not all) non-resident LDS students successfully obtain residency status after their first year, bringing tuition down to $25,324.

    We have an active J.Reuben Clark Law Society student and attorney chapter in the area, too. If anyone has questions about the school, please feel free to contact me. The profile link above will send you to my JRCLS profile.

  2. Dear schools that made the list,

    Our basketball team is better than your basketball team.

    -University of Kansas JRCLS

  3. This has been said before, but the best law school for anyone to attend (including Mormons) is one that is either 1. free or extremely cheap (scholarships are your friend) or 2. High rank. If you don't want to work in Oklahoma, for example, it's probably not a good idea to go to Oklahoma for law school. The legal market is difficult enough without deciding to take on $100,000 in debt to attend a low-ranked school in an area where you don't want to live permanently.

  4. Gotta find a way to give the public schools credit for their substantially lower tuition vs. the private schools. Comparing only the non-resident tuitions really masks the true cost differential. For example, the vast majority of Idaho's LDS students are Idaho residents so they pay UNDER $12,000! That's world's different than any other school on the list and would likely bump them up a spot or two. Definitely over Texas Tech…and really, just looking at the numbers I don't see any reason Tech is higher than UH, which isn't appreciably more expensive and not THAT much further from a temple…I mean, 29 miles in Houston is just on the other side of town, short drive for a major urban area.

  5. Not that it really matters, but this study uses numerators (how many Mormon students) without denominators (total class size). And, fwiw, the Mormon Temple is about 10 miles from GMUSL, not 21. You probably measured from the main campus, not the law school.

  6. As for George Mason, I'm not sure how much it would change the values or where everything ends up, but fwiw, same comments as last year (the 2009 list):

    "Anonymous said…
    Just wanted to add a point for when you do this again next year: George Mason is 12 miles from the nearest temple. I think that it got flipped on your data.

    April 16, 2009 5:29 PM
    Anonymous said…
    As regards George Mason, I think you may have calculated the distance from the temple from the main campus instead of the law school campus, which is in Arlington. The change would increase George Mason's score to 263, not enough for top 10, but we're working on it 🙂

    April 16, 2009 5:38 PM"

  7. I am glad to see ASU is on the top of the list again. I did send a correction to the blog though. We have 89 J. Reuben Clark Law Society members here at ASU. (Out of approximately 600 students.) I'm not sure if they are only counting those who have registered nationally. We hold a weekly meeting that regularly draws 40 – 50 students.

    I can't say enough good about the school and Dean Berman. He is a huge supporter of the LDS community and they hope to draw more LDS students each year. The school has supported our chapter in everything we have asked to do this year. In addition, the Phoenix professional chapter is actively involved in networking and mentoring our student members.

    Also, we have a wonderful relationship the the Institute of Religion, which is across the street from the law school. If you want a great education and incredible weather, than I recommend ASU. (By the way, I also sent a correction about our US News Ranking – it is 38, not 55.)

  8. Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida should be considered. We have a very large and vibrant LDS community.

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