Dean's Note

There is good news for the Law Center in the latest U.S. News & World Report survey released this week. Three of our programs rank in the top 10 among the nation’s 194 ABA accredited law schools. Our part-time program came in at No. 10. In addition, Intellectual Property and Information Law held steady in 7th place and Health Law ranks 9th.

The law school’s overall ranking, however, slipped to 58th based on a weighted average of twelve factors. Last year we were ranked 48. Most of our numbers that count toward the overall ranking actually held steady; some even increased. The major factor that did drop was Lawyer/Judge peer ranking. This number is very subjective, and we will be looking into ways to improve it. One number that held steady, but still should improve, is employment after graduation. Although we have an excellent rate of employment nine months after graduation (75.2%), we have initiated numerous new programs for this year to boost that number higher. I am confident this will translate into even better employment numbers in the future.

Among all the statistics and rankings, however, the important fact to keep in mind is that we are a fine law school, providing a quality education, solid career training, and producing significant scholarship.

Richard M. Alderman
Interim Dean
Dwight Olds Chair in Law