There are a number of ways in which publications and websites attempt to rank law schools. Some focus on peer assessments, others on LSAT scores, student-faculty ratios, volumes in the library or other information. At Coastal Law, we make it our business not to expend valuable time and resources on “gaming” these ranking systems. Rather, we believe our reputation and the quality of the curriculum and services we provide should be measured by annually benchmarked feedback we collect from those who know us best: our students.
The Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) asks students about their law school experience — how they spend their time, what they feel they’ve gained from their classes, their assessment of the quality of interactions with faculty and friends, and about important activities. Extensive research indicates that good educational practices in the classroom and interactions with others, such as faculty and peers, are directly related to high-quality student outcomes.