Law School Rises in Ranks of Top 20 Best Value Law Schools

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.” Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Casey Carson, director of alumni relations, Texas Tech University School of Law, (806) 742-3990 ext. 315, or casey.carson@ttu.edu.