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The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is one of the nation's outstanding law schools, according to the Princeton Review's annual guide of "The Best 172 Law Schools."

The Princeton Review profiles Memphis Law and other top law schools with information and ratings about academic programs, student life, admissions, selectivity, and career placement services. The publication recognizes Memphis Law's "great education at an affordable price."

"The academic life is as rigorous as any intellectual could want, and the social atmosphere of the school as is team-oriented as it gets.' The U of M's professors, who are "down to earth, speak for their chosen fields eloquently, and very respectful", "combine Ivy League educations with real-world experience to create classroom experiences that are both challenging and relevant,'" the Review states about Memphis Law. The review also notes that the U of M's prime features are its shining facilities: the school recently "opened in a new, restored historic courthouse and customs building, and all of the facilities, library, and classrooms were (and still are) top notch."

Additionally, the Review also highlights Memphis Law's "great bang for your buck," while not sacrificing value for job readiness. One student notes, "the university is dedicated to ensuring our graduates hit the ground running."

Extracurricular and internship opportunities include the "Law Review, Mock Trial (both inter and intra school competitions), clinics, and the school's dynamic Memphis Association of Law and Business," as well as "opportunities to volunteer for first year students, such as the Saturday Legal Clinic and the weekday divorce clinics," and "networking opportunities with local professionals and the Memphis Bar Association."'

The law school's location on the Mississippi River in the heart of downtown Memphis is also continually lauded, as is the congenial atmosphere. "Our small class sizes create a friendly atmosphere both inside and outside the classroom," noted one student review. And students "cannot stress enough how awesome it is to live, go to school, gain outside experience, and have a fun social life all within half a mile."

The Princeton Review does not rank the law schools in the book from one to 172, or name one law school best overall. This year's guide was based on 19,400 responses from students at the 172 law schools, who were asked questions about their school's academics, student body, and campus life, as well as about themselves and their career plans.

For more information, visit the Princeton Review's website.