School of Law Moves up in U.S. News Top Tier

Posted: April 4, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman and Jeremy Lasich

George Mason’s School of Law remains in the first tier of the nation’s law schools, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking of “Best Graduate Schools.” The School of Law is ranked 40th in the country, after being ranked 47th the past two years, and remains the youngest law school in the top tier. A total of 175 law schools were ranked this year.

“We are all pleased to have solidified our position in tier one,” says School of Law Dean Mark Grady. “This year we experienced a significant rise in our reputation among lawyers and judges. As more and more people see the high quality of our graduates, we expect further increases. We already have one of the strongest law faculties in the country, and we are making some significant new faculty hires this year, including Ron Rotunda, one of the foremost constitutional law experts in the country who is joining us from the University of Illinois. The phones in the admissions office are ringing off the hook.”

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, as well as reputation ratings drawn from inside and outside academia.

The School of Law is one of four Virginia law schools that were included in the top tier. The others are the University of Virginia (No. 9), Washington and Lee University (No. 19), and the College of William and Mary (No. 28). For more information on the rankings, visit the U.S. News web site.

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