School Rises 8 Places in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

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UNC School of Law moves to No. 30 in the U.S. News and World Report's 2010 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools," rising eight notches since this time last year.  


"We are pleased with this improvement," says Jack Boger '74, dean and Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor of Law. "This positive change reflects, in part, the generous support of the university, our friends in the General Assembly, and our alumni."


"Over the past few years, the state and the university provided more than $4 million of additional support for faculty recruitment, student scholarship and administrative support," says Boger. "This has helped us to bring nationally renowned faculty to Chapel Hill and to provide additional resources for our students."


Carolina Law has always enjoyed a strong reputation. This year, U.S. News & Report has announced that lawyers and judges have ranked the school 17th in the nation and scholars have ranked it 20th in the nation.


Many of the areas in which the school has focused in recent years show improvement in the rankings. For example, the percentage of Carolina Law graduates employed nine months after graduation increased from 88.8% in 2008 to 98% in 2009.


"I hoped that the strides we made would be captured by U.S. News," says Boger, adding that while this is an important achievement, the school does not use any external ranking as the principal metric to measure its worth or progress.


U.S. News first ranked graduate programs in 1987 and has done so annually since 1990. Law is among the disciplines ranked annually. Rankings are based on expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students, according to magazine officials.


-April 23, 2009

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