BYU and University of Utah tie in U.S. News law school rankings

by | Apr. 16, 2010

News from Utah

For the first time in its more than 25 years of publicizing grad school rankings, the U.S. News & World Report has given law schools at the University of Utah and at Brigham Young University the same score, constituting a tie for the two rival institutions.

In its latest ranking of America's Best Graduate Schools, both the J. Reuben Clark Law School and the S.J. Quinney College of Law earned 42nd place out of the 100 schools across the country the magazine ranked. There are 200 American Bar Association accredited law schools in the U.S. Yale, Harvard, Stanford and Columbia top the U.S. News list, as usual, but officials at both Utah schools are proud to be considered among such great institutions.

"I hope everyone appreciates how extraordinary it is for a state of this size to have two great, nationally recognized law schools," U. law school dean Hiram Chodosh wrote in an e-mail. "The Y had been much higher in the rankings, and we have climbed 15 spots in three years."

BYU's program fell from last year's stance as 41st in the nation, however, they have been in the top 50 of law and business schools for at least 16 years in a row, according to BYU spokesman Todd Hollingshead.

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