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The U.S. News & World Report rankings are in and I am proud to report the University of Houston Law Center has maintained its strong showing in the annual survey of the nation’s law schools and has drawn accolades from several other publications.

Three specialty programs retained their longstanding U.S. News Top 10 ranking dominance, with our Health Law program tied for 6th, Intellectual Property and Information Law, 7th, and the Part-time program, 9th.

Other U.S. News rankings include the Law Center’s Trial Advocacy program, 15th, Environmental Law, 21st, Tax Law, 37th, and Dispute Resolution, 44th. Overall, the Law Center ranked 59th among the 199 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association.

Law Center programs have also received honors from, preLaw and Corporate Counsel magazines.

The Law Center placed 29th on’s 2019 Go-To Law School list, a jump of 14 spots from its ranking of 43 in 2018. reported that 16.37 percent of the Law Center's 2018 graduating class secured associate jobs in “Big Law” — the top 100 law firms that are considered to be among the largest and most prestigious in the country.

preLaw magazine is scheduled to spotlight three specialty programs in its upcoming spring 2019 edition, bringing the total to nine honors over the last year. The national publication, which serves as a guide to undergraduates considering a career in law, recognized the Law Center as “Best for Practical Training,” “Top School in Intellectual Property Law,” and “Top School for Advocacy/Litigation.”

The Law Center was recognized earlier this year among “Most Diverse Law Schools,” and as “Best Specialties” in both Health Law and Criminal Law for 2018-19. The school was cited in 2018 as “Top School for Family Law,” “Top School for Business Law,” and among “Best Value Law Schools.”

Corporate Counsel magazine ranked the Law Center’s LL.M. Tax program 3rd in the nation.

While rankings are important and serve as a useful scorecard, they are just part of what goes into defining the educational quality and reputation of a law school. We are an excellent law school with an outstanding faculty, high caliber students, and thousands of successful alumni.

In 2016 as part of the Law Center’s “strategic vision,” one of our five-year goals was to have three specialty programs ranked in the top ten and one additional specialty program that was nationally ranked. In three years, we now have three specialty programs in the top 10, five in the top 25, and seven in the top 50. Moreover, we have received exemplary marks from other publications for these programs demonstrating that the Law Center affords a diversity of possibilities for law school applicants, students and alumni to succeed, and for employers and others to admire. 


Leonard M. Baynes
Dean & Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center

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