March 15, 2011—For the tenth straight year, the University of Denver (DU) Sturm College of Law is ranked among the top 100 law schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report, moving up three spots to number 77 in the top tier of American law schools. In addition, two of the school's specialized programs are also ranked among the nation's best.
The publication's "America's Best Graduate Schools" edition, released March 15, lists the Sturm College of Law tied with the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Miami (Fla.). In its review, the publication credits DU with having the 13th highest ranked part-time law program and a clinical training program ranked 17th.
In addition, U.S. News for the first time surveyed the nation's top law firms and asked recruiters and hiring partners to rank the law schools they recruit from. DU again was ranked among the top 100, at number 67. The survey is called "When Lawyers Do the Grading."
Sturm College of Law Dean Martin Katz says DU remains committed to consistently improving its law programs. In recent years, the school has continued adding faculty, creating new initiatives to build diversity, reducing class sizes, building new law programs relevant to today's legal climate, raising the standards for admission, increasing financial aid to attract the best students, and implementing a comprehensive bar passage program.
"We are certainly pleased that we have moved up in the rankings. This suggests that people are noticing the progress that DU has already made," Katz says. "And we are particularly pleased to see not only our objective factors – such as the student/faculty ratio – improving, but also to see our peer assessment and lawyer/judge assessment scores moving up. The fact that we are ranked so highly in the U.S. News' new ranking by recruiters and hiring partners suggests that those who are going to hire our graduates share the values reflected in our Strategic Plan."
U.S. News & World Report ranks law and other graduate programs, incorporating expert opinion and statistical data collected on more than 1,200 programs.