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The College of Law is one of the nation’s top 50 schools, according to recently released rankings by the National Law Journal.

The college ranked fiftieth in the journal’s top 50 “Go-To Law Schools” list. The list includes public and private schools. The publication surveyed 250 of the nation’s largest law firms to compile the rankings.

The College of Law also received another honor this month.

It ranked thirty-second among America’s public universities and moved up eight spots to sixty-first among all public and private law programs, according to the 2014 U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings released this month.

The college’s specialty in clinical training also ranked seventh among public universities and seventeenth among all universities.

The rankings were based on a weighted average of twelve measures of quality, including peer assessment, selectivity, bar passage rates, and student-faculty ratios.

The report’s specialty rankings are based on nominations by legal educators at peer institutions.

Doug Blaze, dean of the college, said the rankings prove that an emphasis on students and career services yields results.

“During challenging times in legal education, it’s good to see the U.S. News rankings acknowledge the hard work we are doing to continue providing for our students,” he said. “We are proud of what we do here, of the faculty and staff who help make it happen every day, and we are very pleased with our improved rankings.”

For a list of the National Law Journal‘s rankings, visit the journal’s website.

Visit the U.S. News and World Report website for the full list of 2014 graduate rankings.


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