The U.S. News & World Report recently unveiled the top U.S. law schools of 2015. Yale University, Harvard University, and Stanford University led the ranks as usual, securing the top three spots. Duke’s School of Law surprised experts by climbing to number 10, “tying with University of Michigan in Ann Arbor” and placing in “the top tier for the first time since 2010,” Businessweek reported.
The report lists Columbia University and the University of Chicago tied for fourth place. Businessweek also notes that some schools, although they did not rank among the top ten in the nation, earned top scores for their specialty programs. Stetson University’s trial advocacy program snagged the top spot in its category. U.S. News ranked Georgetown University’s clinical training program number one, and “Pepperdine University was first for dispute resolution,” according to Businessweek.
“Our Best Graduate Schools rankings are designed to help prospective students research and identify the right programs to pursue in their field of interest,” editor and chief content officer of U.S. News & World Report, Brian Kelly, said. “A graduate degree is a major investment of both time and money.”
A successful lawyer, moreover, has the potential to raise the value of an entire company, a Cornell University study reveals. As of 2013, 43% of boards included at least least one lawyer. Companies ran by boards with lawyers were also 9.5% more valuable than businesses without lawyers in top leadership roles. Many would argue that a quality lawyer begins with a similarly high quality education.
Law school applicants can carefully choose the best school using the most recent U.S. News & World Report. “The rankings are based on quality assessment, peer assessment score, selectivity, median LSAT scores and GPAs, acceptance rate and placement success,” The Huffington Post explains.