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KU law school earns top-20 Best Value ranking for 3rd straight year

Monday, October 17, 2016

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law is the No. 17 Best Value Law School in the country, according to National Jurist magazine.

The ranking highlights affordable law schools whose graduates perform well on the bar exam and have had success finding legal jobs. National Jurist ranked the top 20 schools and assigned a letter grade to the other 38 honorees. This is the third consecutive top-20 finish for KU Law.

“Attending a Best Value Law School means having the freedom to pursue your career goals, no matter what direction they may lead,” said Stephen Mazza, dean of the law school. “We provide an outstanding legal education with ample opportunities for students to explore different practice areas through hands-on clinics and field placements. KU Law ranks among the top 25 percent of all law schools for employment, and our graduates are able to choose careers that aren’t defined by excessive financial burdens."

National Jurist gives employment success the greatest weight in the Best Value rankings. The magazine also looks at a number of other academic and financial variables, including price of tuition, bar passage rate, cost of living and student debt accumulation.

U.S. News ranked KU Law 30th in the nation among law schools whose graduates finish school with the least debt. More than 75 percent of the incoming class receives scholarships.

See the complete list of Best Value honorees and review the ranking methodology

 

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