High bar pass rate and strong admission standards part of rankings news

For the seventh year in a row, Duquesne University School of Law made a solid showing in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings.   The 2020 Best Graduate Programs – Best Law Schools, released March 12, 2019, ranked Duquesne University School of Law at 122.

The rankings for both the Part-time (Evening) program and the Legal Writing Program improved.  U.S. News & World Report's 2020 publication ranks Duquesne’s legal writing program among the top 15 (at no. 14) in the country, up 8 slots from last year’s report. Similarly, the publication ranks the School of Law’s Part-time (Evening) J.D. program among the top 50 in the nation, up 4 places from last year at number 40.

U.S. News & World Report bases its annual rankings on a number of factors, including reputation among law schools, bar pass rate, admissions statistics, and job placement. Duquesne Law’s outstanding bar passage rate clearly contributed to its performance.  For the July 2018 Pennsylvania bar exam, the first-time pass rate for the School of Law was 86.73%, the third highest in the state.  Another strength reflected in the publication’s statistics is the School of Law’s robust admission standards. Duquesne Law’s entering LSAT and GPA scores have held steady for the last six years.  

“Duquesne Law’s commitment to excellence is evident in our academic programs, bar passage rates, and admission statistics,” says Dean Maureen Lally-Green. “We pursue the highest standards and rigorous instruction to provide not only the best law school education for our students, but one that leads to employment and lifelong learning.”

“Our network of 7,900 law alumni is integral to the success of all that we do here,” she added. “We are committed to educating the whole person with a special sensitivity to ethics. Future lawyers choose Duquesne because they know they will receive an uncompromising, values-based education that will prepare them for a career in law. Whether our graduates choose to practice in a firm, in-house, at a non-profit, or in public service or choose to use their degree in another capacity,  our outstanding faculty give them the tools to make a positive influence on in the lives of others.”

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