U. trails Yale in law school acceptance rates
Roughly 32 percent of Princeton applications to the top 12 law schools of U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 rankings were awarded admission in 2008, according to the Office of the Dean of the College.
This figure includes applications from seniors as well as alumni. The University declined to provide additional statistics from past years to indicate how the implementation of grade deflation in 2004 may have affected these acceptance rates.
Princeton’s 2008 acceptance rate is lower than the 37 percent acceptance rate for Yale applications to the same schools, according to the Yale Undergraduate Career Services website.
MIT applicants to the top schools were slightly less successful than Princeton ones, though, with an acceptance rate of 30 percent, according to the MIT Career Development Center website. This does not include data for MIT applicants to Northwestern Law School, which were not available.
Harvard’s Office of Career Services did not release its statistics to The Daily Princetonian, and Stanford’s Career Development Center did not respond to requests.
Yale students were accepted at a higher rate than Princeton students at 11 of the top 12 schools, with the University of Virginia School of Law being the sole exception. Forty-four percent of Princeton applicants were accepted to Virginia, compared to Yale’s 38 percent and MIT’s 30 percent.
At Yale Law School, which is ranked first in the country, 15 percent of Princeton applicants were accepted, compared to 22 percent of Yale applicants and 18 percent of MIT applicants.
Twenty-eight percent of applicants from Princeton were awarded admission to Harvard Law School, ranked second, slightly lower than the 32 percent acceptance rate for applicants from Yale. Twelve percent of MIT students were accepted.
At Stanford Law School, 21 percent of applications from Princeton students were granted admission, less than half the acceptance rate of 45 percent for Yale students and similar to the 24 percent acceptance rate for MIT applicants.
Columbia Law School accepted a higher percentage of Princeton applicants than MIT ones, though: 34 percent compared to 23 percent. Yale, however, maintained its advantage, with 46 percent of its applicants accepted by Columbia.
At NYU and Penn, the acceptance rates of MIT, Princeton and Yale applicants were roughly similar, but Yale applicants were still more successful than students from both Princeton and MIT.
In 2008, 74 Princeton seniors and 299 alumni applied to law schools nationwide, with an average LSAT score of 164 and an average GPA of 3.45. At Yale, the average LSAT score among law school applicants was 166, and the mean GPA was 3.58, compared to MIT applicants’ average 164 LSAT score and 3.32 GPA. The average GPA at Princeton was 3.28 in 2008, versus 3.51 at Yale. Recent data for MIT was not available.