In this year’s U.S. News and World Report rankings for law schools, published March 11, Gonzaga University School of Law is ranked 107 (tie), an increase of six spots over last year’s report. The report recognizes that Gonzaga’s Washington state bar passage rate for 2012 was 81 percent, 14 percentage points above the state average. This year’s report also recognizes the success Gonzaga Law alumni have had in finding employment. The number of 2012 graduates employed nine months after graduation rose to 68.7 percent, a 4.9 percent increase over the previous year.
The rankings are published in U.S. News’ 2015 edition of the book Best Graduate Schools and online.
In March, Gonzaga Law was also ranked in the top 36 schools for practical training by The National Jurist.
Focusing on Student Outcomes
According to U.S. News and World Report’s rankings, Gonzaga continues to show positive outcomes for graduates.
“This rise in rankings highlights that Gonzaga Law’s commitment to a skills-based curriculum is paying dividends where it matters – in student outcomes,” said Jane Korn, dean of Gonzaga Law School.
Gonzaga Law School notes that the bar passage rate for graduates taking the July 2013 Washington state bar exam was 91 percent. The expected rate of employment for those same 2013 graduates is also expected to be stronger than that of those graduating in 2012.
“From a student perspective, regardless of incoming statistics, the ability to pass the bar and be employed as a lawyer after graduation are some of the most important factors,” explained Laurie Powers, director of the Center for Professional Development. “In bar passage and employability, Gonzaga ranks as one of the best of the region.”
About the U.S. News and World Report Rankings
The publication’s annual rankings of the more than 200 accredited law schools in the United States are based on a weighted average of factors including: peer assessment; assessment score by lawyers/judges; selectivity; median undergraduate GPA; median LSAT scores; acceptance rate; placement success; bar exam passage rate; faculty resources; expenditures per student; student-faculty ratio; and library resources.
Gonzaga University School of Law, founded in 1912, currently enrolls approximately 380 students.