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FIU Law rises in U.S. News rankings for fourth consecutive year


In U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Graduate Schools, the College of Law has risen to 105 among top law schools – up from 113 last year, an eight point rise.

In just four years, FIU Law has ascended from unranked (below 150), to 132, to 113, to their present ranking of 105. This represents an increase of more than 44 spots since 2009. At 105, FIU Law is tied with long-established schools such as Mercer University, Texas Tech University and Wayne State University.

FIU Ceremonial Mace

FIU Ceremonial Mace at Law Commencement

“I try not to put too much stock in rankings, particularly because I believe that they have had an unfortunate impact on the law school admissions process. U.S. News rankings, however, are part of our reality, and many people take them seriously. I am of course very pleased by our jump to 105,” said College of Law Dean R. Alexander Acosta.

FIU Law also ranked 54th among top part-time law schools. Part-time law schools provide working professionals the opportunity to balance a career with evening or weekend courses.

“The rankings reinforce what we have been saying for years: we are doing really, really well. We bring world-class faculty and high-caliber students to FIU Law and cultivate professional, practice ready attorneys,” said Acosta. “Our rise in the rankings year after year is the product of staying true to this goal. I am very proud of our students, alumni, faculty and supporters, whose accomplishments and efforts are reflected in today’s ranking.”

Selection criteria

U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of 194 law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association are based on a weighted average of 12 factors that include LSAT scores, bar passage rates and job placement after graduation. Data were collected in fall 2012 and early 2013. Access the complete methodology.

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