Princeton Review: Mercer Law, Business Among America’s Best Graduate Programs

The Princeton Review has again named Mercer’s law and business programs among the nation’s best, announcing Oct. 12 that the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics was listed in its guidebook, Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition, and that the Walter F. George School of Law was listed in Best 172 Law Schools: 2011 Edition.

For fourth year in a row, the business school’s Master of Business Administration program was ranked among the best in the country in the category of  “Greatest Opportunity for Women,” coming in at No. 3 in the nation.  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.”

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

“We are proud to once again be ranked among the top business and law schools in the nation. And we are particularly proud of the recognition for our outstanding track record and commitment to diversity,” said Dr. D. Scott Davis, senior vice provost for research and dean of graduate programs. “These recognitions, and those of our students in these surveys, show our commitment to individual attention, intellectual rigor and liberal learning are well regarded nationally and, most importantly, by our students and graduates.”

The Law School also earned praise in its profile, which quoted student surveys lauding its “familial atmosphere,” “outstanding” faculty, and strong academics. “Mercer University School of Law strikes the ‘perfect balance’ between a ‘familial atmosphere’ and one of ‘healthy competition’ thanks to its ‘smaller size,’ which ‘allows for close relationships with other students and productive interaction with professors,’” the profile stated. A student praised Mercer law faculty members for being “brilliant academics, which can be intimidating at times – especially in the beginning – yet they have the ability to stimulate student thought through engaging discussion and have successfully trained me to ‘think like a lawyer.’” Students called Mercer’s Legal Writing Program “second-to-none,” adding that their “superior” legal writing training will distinguish them from other law school graduates. “The substantial emphasis that Mercer Law places on developing superior legal writing skills is an asset that will distinguish all graduates throughout their legal careers,” a student said in the profile. 

The Princeton Review’s 80-question survey for the book asked students about themselves, their career plans, and their schools’ academics, student body and campus life. The ranking lists are based on surveys of law and business school students during the 2009-10, 2008-09 and 2007-08 academic years. The student surveys were primarily completed online. On average, 100 students at each law school and 65 students at each business school were surveyed for the rankings appearing in the new editions of the books. 

School profiles in Best 172 Law Schools and Best 300 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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