Back-to-Back Best Value in Legal Education

For the second year in a row, the School of Law was named the Best Value in Legal Education in the United States by the National Jurist. As these rankings are based largely upon outcome-driven factors such as average indebtedness, bar passage and employment, this accolade speaks volumes to the school’s pursuit to be the nation’s very best return on investment in legal education.

Since 2015, buoyed by alumni / alumnae support and by holding the line on tuition, the law school has reduced the aggregate annual indebtedness of our students by over $5 million and, for the 2018-19 academic year, nearly 40% of our J.D. student body did not borrow funds to support their legal education.

At the same time, the first-rate training received at the law school helped our students secure jobs and enabled the school to post one of the nation’s top employment rates and an ultimate bar pass rate nearing 95%.

Being an excellent return on investment allows School of Law graduates to make their professional choices based on their passions, not their finances, as they embark on their chosen careers.

“The School of Law provides students a strong foundation so they can become future leaders serving state, nation and society,” Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge said. “We also remain committed to advancing our vision to be the nation’s best return on investment in legal education.”