Mason School of Law Ranked 41st by U.S. News

Posted: April 5, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robert Deal

The George Mason University School of Law maintained its claim among the nation’s top law schools, according to the newest edition of U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings. At a rank of 41, the newest placement ties George Mason with five other law schools and marks its fourth consecutive year in the top tier. The new ranking is a slight decline from last year’s school-high rank of 38.

Dean Daniel Polsby was pleased with the school’s spot in the top tier. “We are gratified that George Mason remains the youngest law school in the top 50, which is a testament to the high caliber of our students, faculty, and staff. As we build upon our recent successes, we are confident that George Mason’s national reputation will continue to improve.”

Schools tied with George Mason for the 41 spot are Tulane University, the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, the University of Arizona, the University of Florida, and the University of Maryland.

To create the rankings, U.S. News & World Report looks at many individually weighted categories to achieve a scaled score. Among the categories considered are: selectivity (a combination of median LSAT scores, GPAs, and proportion of accepted applicants); placement success (assessing employment and bar passage rates); faculty resources (considering funds spent per student and faculty member, library services, and financial aid); and most heavily, a quality assessment (based on two sets of surveys sent to law school deans and faculty members, judges, and practicing lawyers).

This article originally appeared in the Docket in a slightly different format.

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