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80 Reasons to Love the Big Ten - No. 6 - Our Law Schools

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No. 6 - Our Law Schools

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We're college football fans at The Rivalry, Esq.  We're something more than that, though.  We're also lawyers, soon-to-be-lawyers, and law students.  And no athletic conference does a better job preparing its young women and men to be lawyers than the Big Ten. 

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Iowa's Boyd Law Building sits on a bluff overlooking the Iowa River...and is a 1/3 mile walk to Kinnick Stadium.

Each Spring, the ranking gurus at USNews and World Reports releases their list of the top law schools in the country. Each year, you'll find a cluster of Big Ten schools in the Top Tier.  The 2010 Rankings (released in April of 2009) found eight Big Ten law schools ranked in the Top 35 

School

2010 US News Ranking

Michigan

9

Northwestern

10

Minnesota

20

Indiana

23

Illinois

23

Iowa

26

Ohio State

35

Wisconsin

35

(and nine if you count former member and still affiliated school University of Chicago at number 6).  No other conference can match that number of highly ranked law schools.

Not the Big East (none of their football members have law schools in the Top 35)

Not the Big XII (one - Texas-15)

Not the ACC (three - Duke-10, Virginia-10, North Carolina-30)

Not the SEC (three - Vanderbilt-17, Alabama-30, Georgia-35)

Not the Pac-10 (five - Stanford-3, California-6, UCLA-15, USC-18, Washington-30)

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We take pride in our football, but we take pride in the law too.