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Eight UH Law Center specialty programs rank in Top 50 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

March 30, 2021 - The excellence of several University of Houston Law Center specialty programs are recognized among the best in the country in the U.S. News & World Report's annual survey released today.

The law school's Health Care Law was ranked fifth, Intellectual Property eighth, No. 11 for the part-time program and No. 20 in Environmental Law.

“I am delighted that the University of Houston Law Center has achieved eight specialty law programs ranked in the top 50 in the recent U.S. News rankings, and four of those programs are in the top 20," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. "This was part of the Law Center’s strategic plan to increase the number of the Law Center’s top specialty rankings. One of the key features about the Law Center is that it has deep and excellent expertise in a wide variety of legal specialties, which ultimately provides our students a diversity of legal educational and job opportunities. There are not many other law schools who can highlight that they have eight unique legal specialties that are ranked in U.S. News top 50.

“We are also highly ranked on other ranking organizations like the top 30 Go-to law schools demonstrating that our students compete at the highest levels and are employed at jobs at the largest 100 firms in the nation. Moreover, for the past five years in a row, the Law Center has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and has been recognized for its diversity by Insight into Diversity Magazine.”
Other rankings included:

  • No. 42 in Trial Advocacy
  • No. 43 in International Law
  • No. 45 in Contracts/Commercial Law
  • No. 46 in Legal Writing (A 55-point increase from 2020)
  • No. 52 in Business and Corporate Law
  • No. 52 in Dispute resolution
  • No. 53 in Tax Law

The Law Center’s overall ranking was No. 60.

In a statement by U.S. News, the rankings, "evaluate institutions on their successful placement of graduates, their faculty resources, the academic achievements of entering students, and opinions by law schools, lawyers and judges on overall program quality."

"The Law Center is an excellent law school with well-credentialed faculty, students with high median GPAs and LSATs scores, very talented and hard-working staff, and outstanding alumni," Baynes said. "Our goal remains steadfast which is get even better and be even more recognized because rankings success is wonderful, but we all know that it doesn’t capture the full inherent excellence of the Law Center.”

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