U.S. News Releases 2017 Law School Rankings

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U.S. News Releases 2017 Law School Rankings


UNC School of Law ranks No. 38 out of 196 law schools listed in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” released on March 16.

In the specialty areas ranking, the law school’s Research, Reasoning, Writing and Advocacy (RRWA) program, now in its fifth year as a full-year, six-credit program, ranks No. 19 in legal writing.

“We are extremely pleased to have our writing program recognized as one of the strongest programs in the country,” says Dean Martin H. Brinkley ’92. “It’s a testament to the hard work put forth by our students, faculty and staff that we can build programs that garner national recognition.”

According to U.S. News, UNC continues to maintain a strong reputation among legal professionals. This year Carolina Law ranks No. 18 in reputation among lawyers and judges and No. 21 among peers and scholars.

“We are glad to be well-regarded by our legal colleagues, but it’s clear we still have work to do,” says Brinkley. “We can improve our overall ranking while staying committed to our mission. Based on what I’ve learned over the eight months since I came to Carolina Law, we are doing more for our students with far less money than most of our peer schools. Lack of financial resources is one of the main reasons we do not rank as high as we should. Moving forward, we are going to work hard to increase resources so that we better serve our students and the legal community.”

Of the 28 public law schools listed in the top 50 law schools in the U.S. News rankings, UNC School of Law is No. 18.

“While we recognize the importance of rankings, they are just one measure of our success as a law school,” says Brinkley. “Every day we renew our commitment to make Carolina Law the nation’s finest public law school."


Posted by Benjamin Spain on Wed. March 16, 2016 4:27 PM
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