College of Law Retains Strong Position in 2014 U.S. News Rankings

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Climbs in Areas Including (1) 2012 grads employed at graduation; and (2) 2013 student/faculty ratio.

March 11, 2014 — The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law retained a strong position in the rankings of the top U.S. law schools, according to data compiled by U.S. News & World Report and presented in the 2015 “Best Law Schools” list.  For 2015, the College of Law is ranked 49th among 202 ABA-accredited U.S. law schools, dropping eight spots from the 2014 ranking.  In the past seven years, the College of Law has climbed eight spots, from 57th in 2008 to 41st in 2014, and 49th in 2015.  For schools with fewer than 500 students, the College of Law ranked 9th in the nation overall.

For 2015, the College of Law held steady in the majority of indices considered by the rankings. The College dropped very slightly in Peer assessment and LSAT score.

The Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment maintained its strong position and was ranked the 13th best Environmental Law program in the nation. 

Interim Dean Bob Adler described the rankings as “an inherently volatile system and an important, but necessarily incomplete measure” that does not reflect a number of impressive achievements by many law schools, including the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Adler pointed to the College of Law’s recent second-place ranking by the National Jurist for its number of clinical offerings per student, its awards for Best Brief at the 2013 National Moot Court Finals and Second-Best Brief at this year’s National Moot Court Finals, or its Best Brief Award and top three overall awards at the National Environmental Moot Court Finals this year.

“These highly impressive results are a testament to our very talented and hard-working student body, and to the extraordinary efforts by our dedicated faculty and staff. We are also proud of our community-oriented service learning programs, in which our relatively small student body dedicates more than 45,000 hours of service per year to our community while learning critical practice skills at the same time,” Adler said.

The 2015 edition of the Best Graduate Schools book will be available for purchase in April.  The graduate school rankings are available here »