March 16, 2016 – The University of Houston Law Center moved up nine spots to tie for 50th among 196 ABA accredited law schools included in the latest U.S. News & World Report survey. UHLC's Health Law and Intellectual Property Law specialty programs maintained their Top 10 standing and are now joined by the school's part-time program.
Health Law improved from 8th to 2nd while IPIL decreased slightly from 6th to 8th. The school's part-time program, which has frequently held a position in the Top 10 over the years, moved up from 11th in last year's survey to a tie for 6th this year.
"The recent U.S. News rankings confirm what we all know and that is that the University of Houston Law Center is an academic powerhouse," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes.
Overall rankings are based on several factors including peer, judicial, and lawyer assessments, undergraduate GPA, LSAT scores, faculty/student ratio, bar passage, and employment rate after graduation.
Specialty programs are ranked by faculty teaching in the field. Part-time rankings are based on reputation among deans and faculty at peer schools, LSAT scores, undergraduate GPAs, and the breadth of each school's part-time program.