DU Law ranked in U.S. News & World Report's top 100
March 13th, 2012
By: Chase Squires
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law took a big leap in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings this month, bolstering its place among the nation's top-tier law schools with five specialty programs selected for special recognition.
The publication's "America's Best Graduate Schools" survey, released March 10, ranks the Sturm College of Law at No. 69 in the country, tied with Seton Hall University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Miami, the University of New Mexico, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. DU previously ranked 77th.
In addition, DU's trial advocacy program is ranked 11th in the country, while the clinical training program ranks 12th, up five positions from last year and ahead of the University of Michigan and Harvard University. The part-time law degree program is ranked the 13th best in the country (identical to last year), and U.S. News ranks the legal writing program 16th in the country. Sturm's tax law program is ranked 21st.
"It is a good year for Denver Law," says Sturm College of Law Dean Martin Katz.
Katz says the rankings reflect an ongoing commitment to providing relevant, rigorous programs for law students. The University is seeing the benefit of adding faculty and improving student-faculty ratios. It also is seeing innovative new bar passage programs pay off with a steady climb in passage rates.
"We are gratified that we have moved up in the U.S. News rankings. This move recognizes the substantive changes we've made in the course of implementing our strategic plan, with a focus on producing graduates who are practice-ready and client-ready," Katz says. "We are particularly pleased with our assessment scores, as they are notoriously the hardest to move and are a testament to our reputation among our peers both in academia and within the legal profession."
U.S. News & World Report ranks law and other graduate programs, incorporating expert opinion and statistical data collected on more than 1,200 programs.