Duquesne Law rises in the 'U.S. News & World Report' rankings

For the fourth time in four consecutive years, Duquesne University School of Law has risen in the U.S. News & World Report's law school rankings.

The 2017 Best Graduate Schools, which was released on March 16, 2016, lists Duquesne Law at 111, up seven spots since last year's publication. Duquesne's legal writing program is again ranked as one of the best in the country, this year at no. 15. The part-time J.D. moved up four spots to be ranked no. 44.

"Our upward movement directly reflects a commitment to excellence by our faculty, staff and students," said Nancy Perkins, interim law dean. "Duquesne has high standards for admission and bar preparation and has not wavered, in spite of challenging times for law schools and legal markets across the country."

"Some law schools have lowered their criteria for admission in order to accept more students," said Ken Gormley, former law dean and president-elect of Duquesne University. "Fortunately, with the strong support of President Charles Dougherty, Provost Timothy Austin and the Board of Directors, our School of Law has maintained its commitment to the highest standards of excellence. This impressive ranking by U.S. News - the highest in our history - reflects the fact that our peers in legal education recognize Duquesne's continued rise as a top law school in the United States."

Duquesne's entering LSAT scores have held steady, with the 75th percentile for incoming classes of 2015, 2014, and 2013 reflecting a strong 155 score. The GPA median for incoming classes also has held steady and even gone up slightly over the last three years.

Duquesne had a 90.3 percent overall bar passage rate in Pennsylvania for calendar year 2014, the period covered in the newest U.S. News & World Report publication. This is almost 10 points higher than the 81 percent overall rate for the jurisdiction noted in 2017 Best Graduate Schools.

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