College Moves Up in National Ranking

Our College of Law has moved into the country’s top 20 public law schools – and is once again ranked in the top 50 public and private – as evaluated by U.S. News & World Report in its 2002 “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

And USN&WR in a section on specialty law programs again ranks our Graduate Tax Program second in the country, behind only New York University.

Rankings of educational institutions are somewhat subjective, regardless of formulas used, but they do provide a measuring stick against which we can compare aspects of our progress. The publication’s ranking of the law school in two important sub-categories – selectivity (acceptance rate) and bar passage rate – is excellent. The College of Law is in the top 25 in terms of selectivity and is 15th for bar passage rate differential.

Bar passage rates are objective measurements, and therefore of particular value to those ranking institutional quality. Better than 94 percent of our students pass the bar – compared to Florida’s overall 78 percent passage rate (explaining our high differential ranking) – which is especially notable when you consider test-taking abilities or LSAT scores are not the primary considerations for admittance to the UF law school. We believe we take great students and make them even better.

Also important is USN&WR’s determination we are among the country’s most racially diverse, placing us 25th of the more than 170 American Bar Association-accredited law schools. (In fact, there are only eight other top-tier colleges listed in the top 25 most diverse, including Columbia, Stanford, Yale, Northwestern and George Washington. Among top-tier law schools in the southeast, UF is ranked first in diversity, followed by Duke, Emory and Tulane.)

This recognition of the quality of our diverse student body and effectiveness of our faculty and programs is gratifying. It also serves to assure us we are on track toward our goal of becoming one of the nation’s top 10 public colleges of law.

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Published: May 24th, 2002

Category: News