U.S. News ranks Utah Law #28—our highest ranking ever

Apr 09, 2024 | General

Four young law students (two men and two women) dressed in blazers and dress pants walk outside the College of Law beneath red and white flags that say "U Law" on themThe S. J. Quinney College of Law has been ranked #28 nationally—and #11 among public law schools—in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Law Schools ranking, released this morning. This is the college’s highest ranking ever, the first time we’ve reached the Top 30, and our sixth straight year of gains.

“This is a collective accomplishment that reaffirms Utah Law’s position among the best law schools in the nation,” said Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner. “It reflects the talent and dedication of our community, as well as the invaluable support of the University of Utah and President Randall.”

The College of Law’s overall ranking was determined by several factors, including some exceptional highlights:

  • #2 overall for lowest student-to-faculty ratio—a measure of the unsurpassed legal education that our students receive.
  • #3 overall for first-time passage of the in-state bar exam, reflecting our comprehensive investment in helping our students succeed after law school.
  • #20 overall (and #9 among public schools) in employment rate within 10 months of graduation, thanks in part to our exceptional career development resources.
  • #30 overall (and #11 among public schools) in median undergraduate GPA—an indication of our students’ drive to excel in law school and throughout their careers.
  • Stellar rankings for our specialty law programs, including:
    • #7 overall for our environmental law program (#3 among public schools),
    • #26 overall for our intellectual property law program (#10 among public schools),
    • #34 overall (#14 among public schools) for our health law and criminal law programs.

“We know that rankings are just one measure of success, and Utah Law’s excellence extends far beyond the numbers,” said Warner. “Our college is defined by its impact on society—our students’ commitment to improving communities, our faculty’s transformational research and teaching, our alumni’s leadership across society, and our staff’s tireless efforts to make this college thrive.”

Explore the full U.S. News best law schools rankings here.