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UF law school rises in US News & World Report rankings

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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:03 am | Updated: 12:22 pm, Wed Mar 13, 2013.

UF’s Levin College of Law continues to rank highly both as a public and overall institution among 201 public and private accredited law schools, according to a U.S News & World Report released Tuesday.

The new law school methodology puts more emphasis on the types of jobs landed after graduation.

Last year, the law school ranked 25th among public schools and 48th overall. This year’s rankings show a jump to 23rd among public schools and 46th overall.

The college’s tax program maintained its standing as first among public schools and has kept a top 10 position at third overall. The college’s Environmental & Land Use Program kept its position as fifth among public institutions but went down from ninth to 12th overall.

Robert Jerry, dean of the law school, warns that this data should be taken with a grain of salt.

“Rankings are very sensitive to employment data, and the employment data they use is not audited,” he said. “There is a lot of confusion in law schools about whether someone is employed in a part-time or full-time job. It creates a considerable inaccuracy that has an impact on the rank itself.”

Although wary, Jerry was pleased by the potential effects of rankings on reputation.

“We have a ranking of 3.9 [out of 5] on how judges and lawyers think about our law school, 10th highest among public law schools nationwide, 26th highest among all law schools,” Jerry said. “If [judges and lawyers] like what you’re doing, they like your graduates.”

Will Matthews, 23, a second-year law student, views the improved ranking as a benefit.

“Any help that students can get in this legal market … is always a plus,” he said.

Welcome to the discussion.


  • MummysCurse posted at 11:03 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    MummysCurse Posts: 195

    Mr. Goldstein, what makes you think Robert Jerry was misquoted, as opposed to "said something that proved to be wrong?"

  • MummysCurse posted at 10:37 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    MummysCurse Posts: 195

    The lead paragraph ends with the phrase "according to a released Tuesday."

    I guess we're talking about actress Tuesday Weld.

    Sorry to hear that she'd been confined, but I'm even more disturbed to learn that she spent her time in captivity learning about law school rankings.

  • Richard Goldstein posted at 10:32 am on Wed, Mar 13, 2013.

    Richard Goldstein Posts: 1

    “We have a ranking of 3.9 [out of 5] on how judges and lawyers think about our law school, 11th highest among our state, 26th highest among all law schools,” Jerry said.

    This looks to be misquoted. In reputation rankings by judges and lawyers UF Law was actually ranked 10th among public law schools NATIONWIDE and 26th among all law schools.
    -- Richard Goldstein
    Associate Director of Communications
    UF Levin College of Law