U.S.News & World Report ranks UW School of Law 27th

On April 1, U.S. News released its 2006 list of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” ranking the University of Washington School of Law 27th in the nation, tied with four other institutions. The ranking brings the school up seven spots over last year.

Employment percentages, particularly for the post-graduation period, were very competitive with a placement rate of 99 percent nine months after graduation for the class of 2003. This puts the school on par with the top five schools. “Assistant Dean Naomi Sanchez and her staff in the Career Services Office deserve much praise for their excellent work in revitalizing our placement efforts,” said Dean Joe Knight. “Of course, staff throughout the school and everyone on the faculty should take credit for this wonderful turnaround.”

Several specialty law programs received top rankings this year, too. For the second year in a row the school ranked 15th for environmental law. The school also ranked 24th in intellectual property law and 19th in tax law.

U.S.News & World Report bases its rankings for professional schools on two types of data: expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. Indicator and opinion data is gathered through surveys of nearly 1,300 programs and almost 9,600 academics and professionals.