The latest U.S. News & World Report survey was released this week and we have reason to celebrate. Two of our specialty programs climbed higher in the Top 10 among the nation’s 198 ABA accredited law schools. The Intellectual Property and Information Law program moved up from 7th to 6th place while Health Law now ranks 8th as compared to 9th last year. Our part-time program came in at No. 11. These programs, which are ranked by faculty in respective fields, enhance our national reputation and showcase the quality and depth of our offerings.
This year, the Law Center’s overall ranking was 59th, which is one point off from our 58th spot last year. This current ranking stabilizes the decline experienced last year when we fell 10-points in the overall rankings. Many of our U.S. News measurements gained ground over the previous year: (1) median undergraduate GPA; (2) student faculty ratio; (3) employment 9 months after graduation; and (4) bar passage rate. The U.S. News measures that we need to work on and continue to improve are: (1) the assessments by faculty, lawyers and judges; (2) median LSAT; (3) acceptance rate; and (4) employment at graduation.
Rest assured that we are examining ways to make strides on each of these measures and I am confident our rankings will continue to rise in the future.
We are an excellent law school, which provides students with a powerful legal education through highly credentialed and well published faculty and a terrific staff providing world class career advising, admissions, and student services. Here are some of the terrific other measures that are not covered by U.S. News in its rankings:
Leonard M. Baynes