Law School Rises in Ranks of Top 20 Best Value Law Schools
September 29, 2010
Texas Tech University’s School of Law is ranked 17th in the nation in a Best Value
ranking of America’s nearly 200 law schools. National Jurist and preLaw magazines
published the list in their September issues.
Of Texas’ nine law schools, Texas Tech School of Law
was the only one ranked in the top 20 nationally, and its ranking is up two from
its 2009 ranking of 19.
The Best Value ranking is based on three factors: the law school’s annual tuition
costs; bar-passage rates above the state average; and employment rates for graduates
exceeding 85 percent within nine months after graduation.
Susan Fortney, interim dean of the law school, said that it is gratifying that the
preeminent pre-law magazine recognized something that Texas Tech graduates know –
that the school provides an outstanding legal education at a reasonable cost.
“This is particularly noteworthy for students who are looking for quality based on
outcome measures,” Fortney said. “Because our students graduate with less indebtedness
than students at many other law schools, our students have far more employment options
including going into public interest and public service positions.”
The magazines mention that the Top 20 schools on its Best Value list stress their
hard work to help graduates find jobs and offer strong career services programs. Reportedly,
smaller schools can do a better job on placement.
Fortney said that the law school’s career placement personnel work closely with students
in helping them find positions that are a good fit.
“We also have a strong required curriculum. As a result our students are well-prepared
for the bar, but more importantly, for the practice of law. The required curriculum
also helps Texas Tech students earn a high bar passage rate,” Fortney said. “For the
last two administrations of the bar exam, Texas Tech students obtained the highest
pass rate among the nine Texas law schools.”
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