Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law improved its standing in U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 ranking of the 185 American Bar Association-accredited law schools. In the most recent rankings, the law school moved up to the 88th slot from 97th the previous year, solidifying its place within the top 100 law schools.
“Our law school’s improvement puts it among a select group of law schools that made the biggest gains during the past year, based on the methodology of computing these rankings,” says Veryl V. Miles, dean of the Columbus School of Law. “We are very pleased with this recognition, as we continue our commitment to offer our students the best and most complete legal education experience possible.”
Higher bar exam passage rates among CUA alumni first-time test takers may have contributed to the law school’s improved standing in the rankings, according to the dean. Other factors that appeared to favor the Columbus School of Law included an employment rate among graduates of 93.7 percent nine months after graduation and an increase in the school’s overall peer-assessment score, which is the most heavily weighted category in the U.S. News ranking system.
Highlights of graduate school rankings were published in the April 7–14 edition of U.S. News. The publication’s ranking of
law schools is closely watched by prospective and current law students.
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