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Legal Research and Writing Program Ranked in the Top 10 Nationally

For the fourth consecutive year, the School of Law’s Legal Research and Writing Program was ranked as one of the best in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report. The magazine’s most recent rankings issue places Duquesne’s program in the top ten of all law schools on its Best Law Schools Specialty Rankings: Legal Writing List and ahead of more than 170 schools nationwide.

“It is a great honor for the Law School to receive this sort of national recognition in an area that is truly at the core of legal education,” said Dean Ken Gormley.  “It is also a great testament to the talent of Professor Jan Levine, the director of the program who built it from the ground up, as well as Assistant Professors Julia Glencer, Erin Karsman and Tara Willke, who have worked tirelessly to create this world-class Legal Research and Writing program at Duquesne.”

Rankings are based on information available at the start of the 2010–2011 academic year. Legal writing directors throughout the country determine the rankings by vote, a selection method that helps to ensure that rankings are based on the opinions of people with knowledge of the field.

In recent years, the School of Law has focused on improving the quality and effectiveness of its legal research and writing program. In fall 2007, Professor Jan M. Levine, a nationally known expert in the field, joined the faculty as the program’s first full-time legal research and writing program director, and for next year the three full-time professors in the program, Julia Glencer, Erin Karsman, and Tara Willke, will be on the tenure-track. In addition, a new curriculum for the required legal research and writing courses provides students with better preparation in this area.