To be considered, a school must have an average debt of less than $106,000 [$115,000 for private schools]; employment greater than 69.5%; and a bar passage rate greater than 75%, and no less than 3% below the state average.
PreLaw then ranked the schools using the following formula: percent of graduates who pass the bar exam (15%); employment rate (35%); tuition (25%); cost of living (10%); and average indebtedness upon graduation (15%).
The College of Law’s average debt is $85,473. Its employment is 79.7%. Its two-year bar passage is 86.7%. The state average bar passage rate is 85.1%.
In addition to the University of Utah, 20 other schools earned an A- using this methodology, including the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; the University of Texas; and the University of Washington.