Aug. 30, 2013 – The University of Houston Law Center’s Internet home page ranks third best among those of the nation’s 201 ABA accredited law schools, according to an annual survey conducted by library staff members at the Georgetown University Law Center.
“Our website has been redesigned with a grid layout to convey a modern look and feel and improving functionality across platforms and devices remains a top priority for communications and IT departments,” said Carrie Criado, UH Law Center’s Executive Director of Communications and Marketing.
The Law Center’s marketing and communications department, led by Criado and with staff Jessica Franklin and John Kling, worked with Coobo Media on the redesign last October. Assistant Dean for Information Technology Scott Smith and Web Developers Ruth McCleskey and Baroness Adams assisted with the implementation of the new website.
UHLC’s rankings in the annual Georgetown survey have improved steadily for the fourth consecutive year. It was 24th in 2011, 35th in 2010, and 52nd in 2009.
For the 2012 study, 26 separate elements were evaluated across three categories – design patterns and metadata, accessibility and validation, and marketing and communications. Elements ranged from having a search box and telephone number on the main page to social media interaction, images, and meaningful headlines. The evaluation process included a combination of human assessment and automated analysis. Points, including bonus awards for additional elements, were tallied to arrive at the final rankings. The Law Center scored 100 points out of a possible 100.
Tied for first place are the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The University of Arkansas School of Law tied with UHLC for third place.
The 4th annual survey was conducted by Roger V. Skalbeck, associate Law Librarian for Electronic Resources & Services, and Matthew L. Zimmerman, web application developer, at the Georgetown Law Library.