TU Law School Ruled Best Bang for Every Buck

Monday, April 08, 2002

Published on 4/8/02

You don’t have to be an accountant to know where to find the best values in law schools. The March 2002 issue of The National Jurist lists the University of Tulsa College of Law among their “Best Values.” TU’s law school was rated a “Very Good Value” along with such other private schools as the University of Denver, Marquette, Drake and Southern Methodist University.

“Our program has become a regional law school of national impact -- attracting students from Oklahoma, nearby states, and increasingly from across the country,” said Martin H. Belsky, dean. “In fact, applications are up more than 35 percent for next year, over an increase of almost 30 percent from last year,” he added.

Six factors were considered in the ratings, the most weight going to low tuition and high bar pass rates. Also factored in were the percentage of graduates unemployed, median grant levels, clinic slots available, and faculty-to-student ratios.

Second year law student Jason Smith chose TU over a number of Tier II law schools nationwide. “I can afford to live on my student loans,” he said. “The town isn’t expensive, the classes are great and the professors are completely accessible. Most even give out their home phone numbers.”

A three-way tie for top honors among private law schools included Wake Forest, Washington and Lee, and Lewis and Clark. The University of Akron topped the public school ratings.