Monday, November 14, 2011

2011 Top Ten Most Mormon Friendly Law Schools

1. Arizona State University School of Law
Number of LDS Law Students: 110
Cost of Living: $11,700
Cost of Tuition: $35,147
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 10 Miles
US News Ranking: 40

2. Gonzaga University School of Law
Number of LDS Law Students: 50
Cost of Living: $8,775
Cost of Tuition: $32,775
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 12 Miles
US News Ranking: Not in Top 100

3. University of Denver School of Law
Number of LDS Law Students: 35
Cost of Living: $9,963
Cost of Tuition: $37,152
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 8 Miles
US News Ranking: 77

4. UNLV Law School
Number of LDS Law Students: 65
Cost of Living: $13,520
Cost of Tuition: $34,238
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 13 Miles
US News Ranking: 71

5. University of Idaho School of Law
Number of LDS Law Students: 75
Cost of Living: $9,318
Cost of Tuition: $24,532
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 83 Miles
US News Ranking: Not in Top 100

6. University of Nebraska School of Law
Number of LDS Law Students: 31
Cost of Living: $8368
Cost of Tuition: $28,649
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 58 Miles
US News Ranking: 84

7. Phoenix School of Law
Number of LDS Law Students: 90
Cost of Living: $12,316
Cost of Tuition: $36036
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 21 Miles
US News Ranking: Not in Top 100

8. Creighton University School of Law
Number of LDS Law Students: 50 Students
Cost of Living: $13,500
Cost of Tuition: $33054
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 7 Miles
US News Ranking: Not in Top 100

9. George Washington University Law School
Number of LDS Law Students: 58
Cost of Living: $16500
Cost of Tuition: $43999
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 10 Miles
US News Ranking: 20

10. George Mason University School of Law
Number of LDS Law Students: 30
Cost of Living: $16710
Cost of Tuition: $36278
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 21 Miles
US News Ranking: 40

Honorable Mention: University of Arizona School of Law
Number of LDS Law Students: 35
Cost of Living: $11,840
Cost of Tuition: $41,051
Distance to Nearest LDS Temple: 114 Miles
US News Ranking: 42

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Biggest Surprises of the 2011 Top Ten List

A few things jumped out at me after I reviewed the data from this year's top ten list.

First, is the skyrocketing costs of law school.  For example, consider the University of Arizona School of Law. Out of state tuition is $41,051, plus $11,840 in living expenses for a total one year cost of $63,101! That's mind blowing! $63K a year, for a single person to live in Tucson and attend a public school.

Another thing that stood out to me is the number of LDS students at Virginia and Phoenix. Currently, the University of Virginia Law currently has 60 LDS students and the Phoenix School of Law with 90.
Very impressive, way to go.

Lastly, I'm always underwhelmed with the University of Colorado Law School, which as far as I could tell has no LDS students. From the outside, Colorado Law would appear to be a strong hold for LDS students.It lies just east of the "Mormon Belt", it is highly ranked, and reasonably priced.
But then again why settle for the world's second best snow?