TU Law breaks into Top 100 in U.S. News & World Report 2013 Best Law School rankings

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Among the smallest law schools in the nation, TU Law advances 48 places in three years

For the first time in its history, The University of Tulsa College of Law has been named in the top 100 law schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report 2013 Best Graduate Schools rankings. As one of the smallest law schools in the country, TU Law has advanced 48 places in the last three years in the rankings, which are based on several factors including an overall quality assessment, reputation, selectivity of student applications, job placement success and faculty resources.

In each category, TU Law has earned significant gains in recent years through focused efforts to attract qualified applicants, refining curriculum to prepare students to practice immediately upon graduation, and provide meaningful professional experiences to students during their legal education. Of the 195 accredited law schools assessed, TU Law was named 99th on the list.

"This is the result of a focused effort on the part of the entire TU Law community including our admissions office, professional development office, faculty, alumni network, and students to produce a valuable legal education," said Janet Levit, Dean of the TU College of Law and Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair. "This important ranking reflects our academic and professional strengths, but this is only the beginning; even greater achievements are yet to come."

TU Law graduates are obtaining employment at a rate well above the national average. TU’s most recent job placement rate of 92.4 percent for all 2010 graduates is more than eight percent higher than the national average of 84.1 percent, based on the National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) Employment Report and Salary Survey for all law graduates from the class of 2010, which NALP released last year. For more information about TU Law job placement statistics, please visit http://www.utulsa.edu/law/graduateplacement.

"The university charted a course several years ago to improve the academic standing and national reputation of TU’s College of Law, and today’s announcement confirms that our hard work has not gone unnoticed," said University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham.

TU Law is also bucking the national trend with its current tuition policy. As many other law schools report double-digit tuition increases in recent years, the TU Board of Trustees voted in 2011 to not raise tuition for the 2012-13 academic year.

About The TU College of Law

Nestled in one of the nation’s traditional energy centers in a state rich in oil, natural gas, and wind resources, The University of Tulsa’s College of Law has built its reputation as a destination for energy law. In addition to energy, the college is also the national leader in Native American law, one of only a few schools in the nation to offer an LL.M. in Native American and Indigenous Law.

The TU College of Law, a private law school with a total enrollment of 350 students and a student to faculty ratio of 11:1, provides an academically rigorous, yet congenial atmosphere with opportunities for scholarship, leadership and faculty mentoring. Students develop practical skills through participation with student-driven legal journals, award-winning moot court teams, an on-campus clinic, and pro bono program. In addition to unique specialties in energy and environmental law and Native American law, joint interdisciplinary degrees include a JD/MBA and JD/MTAX. TU’s Mabee Legal Information Center is recognized as one of the nation’s top university law libraries. For more information on the University of Tulsa’s College of Law, visit www.utulsa.edu/law.