The LSU Law Center continues its upward trajectory in the latest national rankings of law schools, moving up four spots to #72 in the 2015 U.S. News rankings. The #72 ranking is the highest in LSU Law history. The U.S. News ranking of top law schools is a closely watched list among the nation’s public and private law schools.
“Taken together, the U. S News ranking, the #3 Best Value ranking by National Jurist/Pre-law Magazine, our students’ consistently high rate of success on the Louisiana Bar Exam, and our graduates’ continuing strong performance in obtaining employment, continue to confirm that we are providing our students with a valuable legal education at a reasonable cost,” according to LSU Law Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. “Although we are all aware of the limitations of this and other ranking schemes, it’s always a welcome relief to advance in the U.S. News rankings,” Weiss added.
Some 194 accredited law schools in the nation are reviewed by the magazine. LSU Law is one of only nine public law schools from Texas to Florida, and only one of three law schools in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, public or private, ranked in the Top 100. LSU Law entered the U.S. News Top 100 for the first time in 2004.
Factors in the rankings include: Quality Assessment (peer assessment and assessment scores by lawyers, recruiters and judges); Selectivity (median LSAT scores, median undergrad GPA and acceptance rate); Placement Success (employment rates for 2012 graduates at graduation and nine months after graduation, as well as their bar passage rate); and Faculty Resources (expenditures per student for instruction, library and supporting services and student/faculty ratio).