U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2023-2024 Best Law School overall rankings. The Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University ranked in the top 100 of all law schools, reaching a placement of #89 out of 196 ranked schools. This positions Duquesne Kline School of Law in the top half of law schools in the United States and alongside other Pennsylvania law schools that have the same ranking.

For its 2023 – 2024 publication, U.S. News & World Report implemented a new methodology that puts greater emphasis on bar passage and employment rates and less emphasis on subjective “peer assessment” scores. U.S. News used objective, verifiable data that all schools must provide to the American Bar Association, and Duquesne Kline School of Law’s new ranking illustrates how successful the school has been in preparing students for pursuing their bigger goals after graduation. These outcomes include Duquesne Kline School of Law’s high 92.31% Ultimate Bar Passage* rate and 93.8% career placement rate**.

“We prepare students for success and the revised metrics signify the importance of these outcomes and our students’ consistency in achieving them,” said April Barton, Dean of Duquesne Kline School of Law.   

Dean Barton is proud of our graduates and these outcomes-based student achievements and is grateful to the dedicated faculty and staff at Duquesne Kline School of Law who make student success possible.

 “Our faculty and staff place students first and empower them to accomplish their goals. The determination and guidance of our team continues to enable our next generation of lawyer leaders to be effective, ethical, and successful,” she said.

The U.S. News rank is just one of several honors Duquesne Kline School of Law recently received. According to an analysis of the Princeton Review’s 2023 Law School ratings, out of 168 law schools, Duquesne Kline School of Law ranked #27 for Career Rating, #26 for Quality of Professors Teaching, and #63 Overall.

*Class of 2019 ultimate bar passage rate use by U.S. News & World Report for all law schools.
**Class of 2022 Statistics as reported to the ABA 10 months after graduation. This includes three graduates whose start date was deferred beyond March 15, 2023, and one graduate who is enrolled in full-time graduate studies.

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May 19, 2023