The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law is rated 51st among the nation’s top 100 law schools, according to data compiled by U.S. News & World Report‘s 2009 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools. In 2008, the Quinney College of Law was ranked 57th in the same guide. The college’s 51 ranking was just one point behind five schools that tied at 46.
“Rankings are of instrumental importance as a rough proxy of value used by applicants, peers, donors, and employers,” said Hiram Chodosh, dean of the Quinney College of Law. “However, at the same time, rankings do not shape our institutional values and commitments.”
“We have an extraordinary school, one deeply rooted in rich traditions and simultaneously reaching new heights,” Chodosh continued. “We are dedicated to making a difference in the world through training the next generation of leaders, raising and helping to solve the critical issues of our time, and finding innovative ways to serve our local, national, and global communities. We have achieved so much, and can still do so much more. So if we take any pride and excitement from a boost in the rankings, let’s be sure to channel it into what matters most.” The 2009 edition of the U.S. News Best Graduate Schools ranked 184 American Bar Association-accredited law schools based on a weighted average of 12 categories, including selectivity, job placement success, and faculty resources. In addition, the dean and three faculty members at each law school were asked to rate schools on a scale that ranged from “marginal” to “outstanding.” Legal practitioners and judges were also invited to provide their assessments of the schools. The Quinney College’s higher position in the rankings represents a rise in the school’s peer and professional reputation, as well as a significant improvement in career placement and one of the best student-faculty ratios in the country.
Highlights of the graduate school rankings are scheduled to be published in the April 7-14 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine, available for newsstand purchase beginning Monday, March 31, and the America’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook goes on sale Tuesday, April 1.