Northeastern University School of Law is ranked as one of the nation’s most outstanding law schools, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company announced today that it features the school in the new 2010 edition of its book, The Best 172 Law Schools.

10.05.09 — Northeastern was ranked number two among all the law schools in the book for both providing the “best environment” for minority students and for having the “most liberal” students. Only 40 percent of the schools were cited in more than one list.

The law school was cited for its “commitment to progressive lawyering,” its emphasis on experiential learning, and its “unique grading system (that) provides for (an) extremely cooperative atmosphere.”

Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publishing, said the 172 schools featured in the book were selected “based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools.

“We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our student survey for the book.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the law schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 172, nor name one law school best overall. Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 law schools in various categories.

Last year, Northeastern’s law school was cited as the top law school in the country in the area of public interest law by The National Jurist and preLaw magazine.