U.S. News Ranks School of Law in Tier One

Posted: April 3, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Muneeza Alam, Elena Barbre, and Jeremy Lasich contributed to this report.

The School of Law is among the top in the nation, according to the latest rankings by U.S. News and World Report. The magazine ranked the School of Law as 47th in the country, which makes it the youngest law school in tier one and also the “fastest rising law school in America,” according to statistics compiled by the law school. U.S. News also ranked the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program 46th in the nation and the College of Nursing and Health Science as 36th in its list of the top 175 nursing school master’s degree programs in the nation. Survey results appear in the U.S. News and World Report: Best Graduate Schools edition available this week on newsstands.

Each year, U.S. News re-evaluates graduate programs in five major disciplines: business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. Programs are ranked using objective measures, such as entering students’ test scores and faculty/student ratios, and reputation ratings drawn from inside and outside of academia.

In its ranking of 174 accredited law schools, U.S. News lists schools in four tiers, with the top 50 in the first tier. Dean Mark Grady credits the school’s rise to the dedication of its students, faculty, staff, and administration, as well as supporters in the legislature and community. “No single person or program is solely responsible for our success,” says Grady. “Rather our rise to the first tier after a scant 20 years in operation represents a concerted effort by many to create and sustain a strong, innovative law school in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology community.”

The College of Nursing and Health Science is ranked 36th by U.S. News for the second consecutive year, and the MPA program remains in the top 50, where it was ranked last time the survey was conducted in 1998. Also receiving recognition this year are the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program (8th in the nation) and the Intellectual Property Law concentration (19th).

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