July 15, 2011 – The University of Houston Law Center ranks among the Top 50 law schools in the nation for best standard of living according to an exclusive study conducted by National Jurist magazine. The National Jurist ranked law schools based on how much money recent graduates take home after debt payments, taxes, and adjustments for cost of living. UH Law Center came in 39th on the list.
“It is clear that a UH Law Center degree commands attention in the marketplace and that our graduates enjoy competitive salaries and a better quality of life upon graduation,” said Dean Raymond T. Nimmer.
To determine standard of living, The National Jurist used median starting salaries, average debt payments, estimated federal and state taxes and cost of living adjustments for the regions where graduates were employed. The magazine performed the analysis on a national basis and on a school-by-school basis.
The National Jurist did the first standard of living study in 1999 and reported that graduates who entered private practice at six law schools at that time had a lower standard of living than they did as students. Since then, salaries have increased dramatically, improving the standard of living at almost every law school in the nation.
Data for the recent study was used from NALP, U.S. News & World Report and the American Bar Association. The National Jurist will publish the top 50 school in the Back to School issue of preLaw magazine with details on salary, debt and cost of living. It will publish a complete list of 135 law schools in its September issue.