Law School Returns To USN&WR Top Tier
After a one-year absence evidently caused in part by measurements in two categories, the Fredric G. Levin College of Law returns to a top tier ranking for 2001 by U.S. News & World Report. “We feel good about returning to the top tier (47th of 174 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association),” noted Interim Dean Jon Mills. “We actually expect to continue to climb higher, and to meet our goal of being one of the top 10 public law schools in the U.S.” The law school’s Graduate Tax program continued to be ranked number two. Complete rankings and details can be found at www.usnews.com, but highlights of the UF rating included improvement in student/faculty ratio and percent of students employed nine months after graduation — two categories in which the school received lower scores in 2000. Mills said he and other law school administrators agree with the Law School Admission Council, which is quoted as saying it is wary of the magazine’s “arbitrary” annual rankings because “not all of a prospective student’s concerns (about a law school) — such as breadth of curriculum, externship options, quality of teaching and diversity” are considered. “I share a lot of feelings expressed by LSAC,” Mills said. “There are fine law schools not ranked, plus prospective law students need to be encouraged to consider their own interests, goals and priorities when applying to a school.” USN&WR rankings are based on a weighted average of “12 measures of quality,” including a school’s reputation as determined by surveys conducted by Market Facts, Inc., of law school deans and faculty members, lawyers, hiring partners and senior judges.