Princeton Review: Business, Law Schools Among America’s Best

The Princeton Review named Mercer’s law and business programs among the nation’s best on Oct. 6, announcing that the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics in Atlanta and Macon was among the “Best 296 Business Schools” in its 2009 book and that the Walter F. George School of Law was among the “Best 174 Law Schools” in the 2009 edition of its law schools guidebook.

The business school’s Atlanta MBA program also was ranked No. 3 in the nation in the category of “Greatest Opportunity for Women.”

The Princeton Review selects schools based on its high regard for their academic programs and offerings, institutional data collected from the schools and the opinions of students attending the schools.

“The vision statement of Mercer University is ‘where every student matters and learns to make a difference’ and this recognition by the Princeton Review shows the commitment of the faculty of the Stetson School of Business and Economics to this vision and to our students,” said William Mounts, interim dean of the business school. “Of all the various other rankings given in the Princeton Review, ‘the greatest opportunity for women’ is one of the few that directly relates to the importance of all students to our program. This recognition affirms our commitment to student-centered learning.”

The Princeton Review ranked the programs in this category “(b)ased on the percent of students who are female, the percent of faculty who are female, and student assessment of: resources for female students, how supportive the culture is of female students, whether the business school offers coursework for women entrepreneurs and whether case study materials for classes proportionately reflect women in business.”

The Law School’s student-centered approach was also evident from the surveys completed by Mercer students that appear in the school’s profile, which reads, in part: “In Mercer, students find an institution that ‘rejects the ‘survival of the fittest’ mentality of most law schools,’ adopting instead a ‘no man left behind’ approach. “Every single person — librarians, professors, classmates, and even the sweet lady in the bookstore — is there to help you if you need it,’ a 1L reports.” And the profile includes quotes from students about professors as well. “The school is committed to producing lawyers who demonstrate  ‘compassion for the client,’ and this goal is reinforced by professors who are accessible and ‘seem to really care about the student.’ Students agree that ‘at any given time, you can pop in on a professor,’ ” according to the profile.

The ranking lists are based on surveys of law and business school students during the 2007-08, 2006-07 and 2005-06 academic years.   On average, 100 students at each law school and 65 students at each business school were surveyed for the rankings lists appearing in the new editions of the books.   The 80-question survey asked students about their school’s academics, student body and campus life, themselves, and their career plans. 

School profiles in “Best 174 Law Schools” and “Best 296 Business Schools” cover admission, academics, financial aid, campus life and career information.  Introductory chapters offer information and advice on funding the degrees, taking the LSAT and GMAT, applying to the schools and excelling at them. 

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