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‘U.S. News’ Ranks Duquesne University in Top Tier of Best Law Schools

Legal Writing, Part-time/Evening Programs Also Ranked

U.S. News & World Report has named the Duquesne University School of Law among first-tier schools in its 2014 Best Graduate School Rankings. With a ranking at No. 144, this marks the first time in 10 years that the School of Law has been ranked in the top-tier.

In addition, U.S. News ranked the law school's Legal Research and Writing Program at No. 11 among law schools in the nation in the Legal Writing category. The part-time/evening program was ranked No. 49 in the Part-time Law category.

"This prestigious recognition by U.S. News demonstrates that our national reputation as an innovative and forward-moving law school continues to grow," said Law School Dean Ken Gormley.

As part of the rankings, U.S. News included law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association, utilizing 12 measures of quality that include peer assessment score, assessment score by lawyers/judges, median LSAT scores and acceptance rate, among others. Specialty rankings are based solely on nominations by legal educators at peer institutions, according to U.S. News.

The School of Law, which recently revamped its curriculum, has added new course offerings, including a capstone skills course, 11 new subject concentrations, a new bar preparation program and new experiential learning opportunities for students. A new, unique Veterans Clinic, which works in partnership with Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas' Veterans Court, was added to the school's 12 clinical and externship opportunities. Study-abroad offerings include summer programs in China, Germany, Ireland and Italy.

Other recent highlights from the School of Law include:

  • Law graduates achieved an 85.96 percent pass rate for first-time takers of the July 2012 Pennsylvania Bar Examination, marking the seventh consecutive year Duquesne exceeded the state's average first-time pass rate
  • Law students have most recently garnered victories at the regional competition for the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition as well as the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Regional Competition
  • The School of Law marked the centennial of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) with a special panel discussion in January that featured seven district attorneys, including the PDAA president, and a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice.

"At Duquesne, we seek the best and brightest students to join our community of scholars, and we prepare them for success every step of the way," added Gormley.

Duquesne University's School of Law, which features day, evening and part-time programs, offers juris doctor, dual-degree, LLM and accelerated 3/3 law degree programs.

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